One thing they don’t tell you when you first have a baby (or rather, one of the many surprises of being a first-time parent) is how much time you’ll spend breastfeeding or pumping if you decide to go that route. Babies eat all. The. Time. Like, every two to four hours for 20 to 45 minutes each session. I’ll let you do the math on exactly how much time you’ll spend nursing during those first few weeks, months, or years of the baby’s life, but it’s a lot. Something everyone does tell you, though? How busy your life suddenly gets after baby’s big arrival. And since life doesn’t slow down from there, you gotta be prepared to nurse anytime that hunger strikes. Enter: Nursing dresses.
Like your favorite nursing bras, nursing dresses make breastfeeding as comfy and convenient as possible, no matter where you are. Some of the options below aren’t exactly maternity clothes, but they have all the flexibility and ease of nursing dresses, and you’d never know the difference. Others on this list could even work as pregnancy outfits before baby arrives. So whether you wear them when you’re pregnant, when you’re nursing, or long after you’re finished with both, you’re gonna want to check out the 20 nursing dresses ahead.
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This Sleep Dress
Sleep Etc. Nursing Dress
Not just a nursing dress, consider this the nursing dress. You can sleep in it, lounge it, and go in public in it—what else do you need? It’s got a comfy built-in shelf bra, lots of stretch, and the straps have clips that are easy to pop off with one hand.
This Shirt Dress
Women’s TIE Curious Dress
Nothing about this screams “maternity,” and yet it totally makes sense for a nursing dress if you think about it. The ruched fabric allows room for a changing belly, and the buttons in the front make it easy to uncover only where you want.
This Maternity Midi Dress
2-in-1 Nursing & Maternity Knit Midi Dress
With this maternity outfit, you get a tank dress and a matching cropped shrug that doubles as a nursing cover. Three things for the price of one? Yes, please.
This Maternity Mini Dress
Faux-Leather Shirred Mini Dress
This faux-leather fabric is basically waterproof, which is key when handling babies and milk.
This Convenient Cutout Dress
Women’s Alora Sweater Dress
Technically, it’s not a nursing dress, but this cool little number could totally work as one, thanks to the perfectly placed layers and cutouts.
This Oversized Sweater Dress
Women’s Regan Cardigan Dress
Sweaters are always a good idea. Wear this sweater dress as an oversized cardigan with jeans or wear it alone. Either way, it’s perfectly practical for nursing when you need.
This Relaxed Shirt Dress
Ripe Demi Tencel Maternity & Nursing Dress
Never mind the easy-access, button-up front on this nursing dress, did you see it has pockets?! The main drawback to dresses is the lack of places to put things, and as a mom, you need to keep a lot of things on you at all times.
This Deep-V Sweater Dress
Icon Long Sleeve Wool Blend Dress
This fitted sweater dress will show off your curves and make it easy to nurse, thanks to the low-cut neckline and buttons all the way down.
This Nursing Dress With Secret Slits
The Short Secret Nursing Dress
You’d never know it, but this dress is designed with discreet vertical slits over the boob area that snap up to close when not in use but are easy to pop open when you need.
This Ruffle Wrap Dress
Women’s Boho V Neck Ruffle Floral Wrap Maxi Dress
Wrap dresses FTW! The adjustable waist tie is not only a must for a growing belly and changing body, in general, but is also particularly helpful when you need to loosen the top to nurse.
This Layered T-Shirt Dress
Maternity Overlay Nursing Dress
Sometimes you just want to wear a T-shirt, know what I mean? If you’d rather not show your midriff every time you have to nurse, this T-shirt dress with an overlay on top is the answer.
This Wrap Tank Dress
Maternity/Nursing Wrap Dress
Normally, high-necklines are a no-go for nursing, but this one’s different. The sash around the waist isn’t just there for looks—untie it, and you’ll find an easy-access slit underneath.
This Deep-V Wrap Dress
Shimmer Wrap Dress
Got a big event to go to and can’t wear your fave nursing clothes? This comfy wrap dress with a plunging neckline is basically maternity loungewear in disguise.
This V-Neck Sweater Dress
The Visitor Dress
This aptly named dress is what you should throw on every time someone shows up to meet the new baby, and you don’t have the energy to put together an outfit for yourself.
This Zip-Up Sweatshirt Dress
Women’s Cotton Pleat Sleeve Quarter Zip Dress
The only problem with pullover sweatshirts is how tricky it can be to nurse in one. A quarter-zip neckine will fix that.
This Flowy Shirt Dress
Women’s Mini Feminine Fluid Twill Shirt Dress
Similar to a quarter-zip except with buttons, this shirt dress is a tad dressier than the sweatshirt dress before—but offers the same kind of flexible neckline.
This Maxi Maternity Dress
Satin Maxi Dress
When you’ve got a special occasion not long after welcoming a new baby, you’ll want to find a dress, like this one, that offers all the function and flexibility you need to nurse or pump throughout the night.
This Comfy Midi Dress
The Softest Rib Nursing Dress
Doesn’t this button-up nursing dress just look comfy? If you *must* change out of your pajamas, change into this dress instead.
This Button-Down Shirt Dress
Women’s Mini Feminine Flannel Shirt Dress
Can you have too many button-up options when you’re nursing? (The answer is no, no you cannot.)
This Frilly Wrap Dress
It’s frilly, it’s fancy, and it’s freakin’ perfect for nursing with a low neckline and adjustable wrap waist.
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