As I mentioned in a previous post
, nursing clothes are not a necessity...but they can be very nice. Especially in circumstances that may require you to nurse in public (example: taking a trip by plane).
I know some women feel comfortable nursing anytime, anywhere - but I'm a more private person. If I am out-and-about, I much prefer to nurse in a dressing room, a designated nursing lounge, or in my car. Or, at the very least, I use my Bebe Au Lait nursing cover.
Nursing clothes offer extra modesty because they allow you to show less skin...and less tummy (that's an especially good thing for the first few months postpartum...).
Japanese Weekend is the 5th brand of nursing clothing that I have reviewed and I can honestly say that it is the very best of the ones I have tried. Other brands tend to offer clothing that is too tight/form-fitting or too rigid, but JW pieces are buttery soft and more "forgiving" when it comes to covering up the postpartum belly.
The luxe jersey maternity and nursing cami ($60) is probably my favorite piece. The material is breathable, soft, and "cool" - perfect for summer weather! The double strap makes the top "interesting" and the layered look is so modern. I love that top is fitted, yet not clingy.
The vintage knit v-neck nursing top ($59) will probably be the "most-worn" of the items that I was sent to review because of its classic appeal and simplicity. Paired with jeans, it's perfect for a busy mom on a casual day.
The hug a boo d&a nursing hoody ($70) is soft and flattering. It's simple and doesn't attract much attention - which is good for a nursing mama who may not want her body to be the "center of attention."
The hugaboo side shirred nursing cami ($60) was probably my least favorite of the samples that I received. The emerald green color is positively radiant (I LOVE it!), but the material isn't quite as soft as the other tops and it's a bit too fitted around the stomach area. The cami also "plunges" quite low - which is probably my biggest "complaint." As a mom, I don't feel comfortable showing quite that much skin...especially because I want to be an example of modesty and "class" to my daughters.
Overall, I am thoroughly impressed by the JW collection. I'd love to see JW design more pieces in rich "jewel" colors (wine, forest green, plum, navy, etc.) and bright, non-pastel colors (orange, red, pink, etc.). And I'm always a fan of v-necks, scoop necks, and off-the-shoulder pieces.
YOUR TURN: Have you tried nursing tops/clothes? If so, what did you think (and what brands do you recommend)? If not, what would convince you to "give it a shot"?
WIN IT! One winner will receive her choice of one of the four nursing tops mentioned above. To enter, leave any topic-related comment on this post prior to Tuesday, April 21 at midnight (Don’t forget to follow the rules…all generic comments like “Enter me!,” “Love it,” and “Cool stuff!” will be disqualified.).
*UPDATE* The winner is #67 Emily B. Congratulations!