No one wants to be held hostage by a breast pump in a trendy restaurant’s busy, three-stalled, unisex bathroom with their dress around their ankles. In Los Angeles. In between meetings with editors of high-profile fashion magazines. But there I was. Stress-sweating it out, as one, after another, after another male/female banged on my stall door and jiggled my door handle, sending fresh waves of terror throughout my body with each bang and jiggle. Just the sound of my pump was mortifying enough, and that stupid thing just moaned on, and on, and bloody ooonnnn. It was the longest fifteen minutes of my life. I was ready to smash my pump into faces, if they didn’t stop with the banging, already. I just needed fifteen friggin’ minutes for my one-and-only chance to pump until late evening!!! These people were clearly insensitive beings (assuming they were all telepathic). On top of all that, I felt so ridiculously uncomfortable and vulnerable sitting on the toilet in my spanx and nursing bra, watching the slightly horrific pumping experience take place on my body (I never got used to the pumping thing – probably because I didn’t have to do it much, thankfully).
I had just had my fourth baby two-and-half months prior to that LA work trip, and you’d think that I’d be at ease with the whole breastfeeding/pumping-away-from-home thing by then. But I was not. I never was. Every time I tried (out of absolute necessity because I hated it so much), it always ended in intense mortification. A lot of flailing, nursing covers flying about, and once-calm-suddenly-gone-wild babies, were involved. I felt so betrayed. My chest feels tight just thinking about it. Breeeathe.
So. All that to say, I thought I’d put together some looks that can help make the nursing process a little easier on you when you’re out-and-about, and can eliminate the whole dress-around-your-ankles thing. Okay, I admit I was being a liiiittle dramatic? I did not let my white sheath dress lie in a wrinkled heap around my ankles on the nasty bathroom floor; I folded it neatly, and laid it on top of the toilet paper dispenser. But you get the idea. No stripping of any kind is necessary with these cute looks! Oh, you are so very welcome.
How genius are the hidden nursing flaps?! I’m obsessed. It would’ve made my “away from home” nursing life soooo much easier!!! Wearing nursing pads, as well as a blazer, or any type of jacket/sweater, is always a great idea for breast-feeding mamas because nips can leak, and they can be very…. “alert” afterwards – especially after pumping. Just a tip. Loooove the coated denim in look two, but if you’re looking for something less expensive, you can’t beat the price on these.
I hope your public nursing endeavors are far less stressful than mine were! Just doing my bit to help make that happen, Ma’am (I say this in my best Captain voice). Carry on, amazing mamas! Carry on.
Until Next Wednesday….
-Carrie J (proud mama of 4)