I’m part of a group called CIBII, sounds intriguing right? It’s not a mystical, fantastically secret group but rather a lifesaver for all new mums. Can I breastfeed in it is a facebook group with a huge amount of followers. Daily, mums all over the UK share their amazing fashion finds that make breastfeeding possible because let’s face it we really don’t want to wear nursing or maternity wear months after giving birth. It’s important for us to feel good about ourselves, gorgeous and glamorous, in normal, beautiful, fashionable clothes.
I can often be found perusing the group, clicking on links to check out the amazing dress finds by breastfeeding mums because I am a real dress girl and it’s dresses that are the hardest when it comes to breastfeeding. There is no one up, one down option here so the neckline needs to be just right, enough room for easy access for baby and stretchy material that doesn’t get out of shape when you feed.
Perhaps one of the most tricky outfits to find when breastfeeding is one you can wear to a formal event like a wedding or christening and typically this year is the year for such celebrations among our friends. So far we have 3 christenings and 3 weddings in the agenda, luckily not all with the same group of friends so I may get to reuse my outfit! On the search for pretty dresses one day I spotted this beauty from Land’s End, a company well known to me for their great quality clothes. I’ve several pieces from them including dresses, cardigans, coats and even boots so I know the quality, fit and comfort are a great match for me.
The Patterned ponte crossover sleeveless dress is £55 and available in a few different colour options. The lady who originally shared the dress on CIBII looks great in it, sure she is skinnier than me but I’m thinking it looks like the type of dress that would suit many shapes and hide a multitude of sins. I really don’t want anything clingy that highlights my mum tum so this looks like a perfect option. Sadly it’s out of stock in clear coral floral so I keep checking back in to see when it will be back in stock and I’m in luck!
When I receive the dress the first thing I notice is the lovely heavy stretchy cotton material which is great for comfort and for cover. I adore the print and colour palette and the neckline does indeed look like it will be perfect for feeding. Whatsmore it is lined with lovely polka dot fabric so if anyone catches a glimpse of the inside of the neckline it’s pretty too. I’m a size 14 and a fairly big one these days after having Babylish yet the size small is a perfect fit. It’s comfy without too much extra fabric and flattering to my curves. I love that it nips in at the smallest part of my waist accentuating any trace of a waist that might still be there!
I’m actually excited rather than dreading attending our summer events as I know I’ve got one beautiful summer dress that I can wear styled a few ways that will also be perfect for feeding Babylish. I’ll need to find at least one or two more but I’m tempted to head to Land’s End for the Evening Sapphire Moroccan tile version too!
Let me know if you’ve come across any brilliant breastfeeding dresses or if like me you are a lover of Land’s End clothes.
Disclaimer: The dress was gifted by Land’s End but all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own!