Trying to find an outfit for any occasion after having a baby might feel like an impossible task, especially when it comes to finding something that is breastfeeding-friendly. That said, you can feel your best self with a little help from a maternity nursing dress.
Whether it’s a family event or office party, it takes time to find the perfect breastfeeding occasion outfit. But with a baby, your shopping days are probably behind you, and breastfeeding can make it a lot harder to find a dress that you love that makes nursing easier too.
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What is a breastfeeding dress?
A breastfeeding dress, more commonly known as a nursing dress, is an outfit that allows you to feed your baby without exposing your breasts, sides, back or tummy. How amazing is that?!
You'll usually find that these dresses have hidden openings near the breast. Sometimes, the bodice is even made of two pieces that cross over each other, with one that can be pulled to the side.
The best thing about nursing-friendly dresses is that they allow you to stay at the event without having to pop to the toilets to underdress and feed - you can do so discretely without having to miss a thing. These outfits are a good choice when watching your sister, best friend or someone close say "I do".
Stacey Solomon's hen do dress
Stacey Solomon wore a gorgeous occasion dress on her hen do and as well as being a versatile pick for bridesmaids, brides-to-be, and formal occasions, it's great for breastfeeding mums too.
In a beautiful satin fabric, the dress has a wrap front and adjustable tie-waist that makes it ideal for easy access and adjustment, and the large frill detailing can be used to make breastfeeding a little more discreet. Available in a bunch of colours on ASOS, we had to include it on our list.
The best breastfeeding occasion outfits
From floaty maxi dresses with hidden nursing slits to double-layered cocktail dresses, take a look at our pick of gorgeous dresses that also make breastfeeding easier at any occasion.
Topshop Bridesmaid Satin Frill Wrap Dress
Whilst it's described as a bridesmaid dress, this dress is perfect for dressing up for all sorts of occasions. If the gold version Stacey Solomon wore isn't quite your colour, you can also buy it in sage, navy, green, and lilac with less metallic options available in each. Each features a plunge neck and wrap front for easy nursing access.
Sizes: 4-18 and petite
Claret Maternity & Nursing Evening Dress
How beautiful is this nursing evening dress? Not only is it available in red or blue, but it also has concealed nursing access, a faux-wrap crossover style, and a cinched empire waistline.
MAMA Flounce-Trimmed Nursing Dress
H&M has delivered with this timeless flounce dress, perfect for summer occasions. Dress it up with accessories or dress it down with a comfortable pair of trainers. That said, the best thing about this outfit is the amount of wear you'll get out of it. Plus, it features a practical inner top for easier nursing access.
Maternity & Nursing Crossover Mini Dress
Whether you're going to a friend's birthday party or a graduation, this little black dress is a breastfeeding occasion outfit staple. The overlayer at the front is great for nursing, and you'll feel fab in it. Win-win!
Mamalicious Peace Tess Maternity Dress
Perfect for both maternity and nursing, this bold jade dress is what you need to wear for your next big anniversary dinner or wedding you're attending. We love the smock detail above the belly for a beautiful silhouette, and how the V-neck is elasticated for nursing.
Sage Maternity & Nursing Midi Dress
If you're after a dress with more boho than formal vibes, this dress is a must. It has beautiful feminine flutter sleeves, and a soft tiered hemline with plenty of room to grow. It also features a hidden zip for discreet nursing access - it's fully breastfeeding friendly.
Queen Bee Maternity Wrap Dress
You'll be saying yes to every opportunity to leave the house in this gorgeous ASOS DESIGN nursing dress. It's designed to fit your body from bump to baby (so you'll definitely be getting your money's worth), and it comes with a double-layer design ideal for nursing.
Blue Ditsy Print Pleated Maternity & Nursing Tunic Dress
Short-cut sleeves and a floral print are a fabulous combination for a wedding outfit. If you're looking for a dress that is comfortable around the waist but has invisible zips making feeding or expressing accessible, this dress is for you.
Zeta Ville Maternity A-Line Dress
This floral dress is easy to dress up from the little occasions to the big ones. Made from stretchy materials, the dress fits to your body shape comfortably, and the crossover V-line neck makes breastfeeding easy too, as the design hides a nursing slit.
MAMA Nursing Dress
Fabulous for a picnic, lunch date with friends or visiting loved ones, this MAMA Nursing dress is a good allrounder. Its calf-length and inner top for nursing access are what make this outfit a winner for us.
Teal Blue Maternity & Nursing Dress
Team this soft stretch jersey dress with a pair of tights and ankle boots for your next special occasion. It's the perfect length, sitting just above the knee and has concealed nursing access. What more could you want?
ASOS DESIGN Maternity Nursing Pleated Tie Wrap Around Midi Dress
Available in this beautiful dusky blue, yellow, or navy, this dress is perfect for all sorts of occasions where you're looking dress to impress. We love the jacquard-chevron pattern, blouson sleeves, and wrap design for easy feeding.