Formal Wear for the Nursing Mama

Whether you’re dressing for a wedding, holiday party or formal gathering, when you’re a breastfeeding mama, finding the right outfit can be a bit tricky. If baby is tagging along you need something with access and if it’s a long event you may even find yourself stealing away to pump. That all means the girls can’t be hidden away in something too confining.

So, what to wear?

Here’s a gathering of a few fashionable options that will suite both mama’s need for formal wear and baby’s need for a snack 🙂


High Tea Skirt from Shabby Apple $69.00 – Skirts are a great option for breastfeeding mamas … just add a crisp button up top or flowy blouse.

Wrap Dress from Old Navy $25.00 – Hallelujah for wrap dresses! It’s like they were designed with mamas in mind!

Skater Dress from ASOS $62.29 – If you’re comfortable with a little cleavage, you’ll usually find a dress that works for nursing too.

Tie Waist Shirt Dress from Ann Taylor LOFT  $79.50- A button-up dress means it will work great for your little one’s snack time too!

Ivy & Blue V-Neck Dress from Nordstrom $138.00 – Since the top of this dress is a jersey knit you can stretch it to each side as needed.

JR Nites Dress from Macy’s $118.99 – Another jersey knit top, but this time, with a gorgeous long, lace bottom. And it’s currently on sale!

Are you a nursing mama heading to a formal event soon? What’s your go to outfit?

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (

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