Saturday, 25 July 2015

Modest breastfeeding

        

I have been absent for a while settling in to life with a newborn. Looking after 3 children sure does take up a lot of my time but I long to start writing again so write I will! Baby boy is now 7 weeks old; where does the time go! It feels like only yesterday I was writing about my pregnancy and now I'm here writing about life with a not-so-newborn.

Once the pregnancy clothing challenge is over, a whole new challenge begins; namely that of modest breastfeeding. How does one manage to feed a baby without flashing some bare skin? Is this possible? Is it not? Should we even be attempting to breastfeed in public? Well of course we should! After all, babies need to feed when they need to feed. Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world and we should not be ashamed of it. We just need to take the necessary precautions to do it modestly and this is absolutely possible.

So, what is the secret to modest breastfeeding? Well, I will tell you how I do it; baggy tops and vests underneath. I am never without a vest top when I am breastfeeding. It is one of my must-haves. Why? Well, because it prevents my stomach being on show. I wear something baggy on top so when I need to feed the baby I simply pull the baggy top up and slip the vest top down and therefore only expose the breast and nothing else. It's really easy. Baby's head will cover the breast when you are feeding them but you also have your hijab for a bit of extra coverage if needed.

                 

Since giving birth just over 7 weeks ago I have been living in these harem trousers. They are one size fits all and are super comfy; I just don't want to wear anything else! I have them in quite a few different colours and these grey ones are among my favourite. I also love the fact they have pockets in each side which makes them very practical.

             

I have teamed the harem trousers with an orange vest top which you can just see poking out underneath the green top. The short-sleeved green top I am wearing has mock buttons and a woven pattern to it. I finished off the look with a long dark green cardigan and a leopard print hijab. I am not really a fan of animal print so you won't see me wearing it too much but I think this hijab finishes off the look nicely. Flip flops are always good for comfort in the summertime.

Harem trousers: Delal Designs
Vest top: primark
Green top: River Island
Long cardigan: New look
Leopard print hijab

               

Here is the back view. I love the length of the cardigan. It is great for modesty.