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Last year, faced with the daunting task of finding a whole new breastfeeding friendly wardrobe, I took to the internet to see if there were any articles that had already done their research for me on the best breastfeeding friendly dresses out there.
With a demanding four month old, I didn’t have the time to sit and scroll ASOS, zooming in on photos of blurry buttons to try and ascertain whether they were real or not (they’re almost always fake). Sadly, my search was fruitless and with limited time, I found it oddly difficult to put together a summer wardrobe that included breastfeeding friendly dresses.
It was just another chore on a long list of other chores to complete.
Still nervous to feed in public, I was eager to find dresses that would still give me a level of privacy when breastfeeding Olive. Unexpectedly, I found breastfeeding in the summer months more difficult than winter due to the style of summer dresses. Rather than lifting up a jumper and pulling down a feeding top, it sometimes felt like I was revealing my bosoms to the world when a flimsy piece of my summer dress flapped open.
Now 14-months into my breastfeeding journey and a lot more confident in what makes for the best nursing dress, I thought I’d put together a bumper post on my favourite dresses for 2022. I have included everyday dresses, work-friendly feeding dresses and dresses for special occasions, such as weddings or parties.
Below is a round-up of the best summer breastfeeding dresses for summer 2022 (all from high street brands).
Everyday breastfeeding friendly dresses
As we head into sunnier days, a few everyday summer dresses for breastfeeding are an essential. Easy to throw on and forgiving around the tummy, I found just three summer breastfeeding dresses last year that I virtually lived in. Based on the style and comfort of these sacred dresses, I’ve put together a list of similar style dresses that would be ideal nursing dress for warmer months.
Breastfeeding Dresses UK for Under £25.00
Green Button Front V Neck Midi Dress from New Look £20.99
Orange Check Square Neck Midi Dress from New Look £22.49
Green floral midi button-up dress from Monki £30.00
Breastfeeding Friendly Summer Dresses for Under £50.00
Ella Angled Seamed Dress from Joules £49.95
Dusty orange cotton smock dunagrees from Monki £35.00
Yasmine Button Through V Neck Dress from Joules £49.95
Polka Dot Square Neck Shirred Midaxi Dress from Marks and Spencer £45.00
Midi Dress with Panels from Zara £32.99
Beige Gingham Seersucker Wrap Midi Dress from Monki £45.00
Blue Denim Midi Dress from Monki £40
Alexa Midi Dress from Nobody’s Child £39.99
Cotton Shirt Dress from Zara £32.99
Checked Wide Leg Jumpsuit from Monki £35.00
Breastfeeding Friendly Summer Dresses for Under 100.00
Broderie Green Mini Shirt Dress from Oliver Bonas £69.50
Textured Pinstripe Pink Midi Dress from Oliver Bonas £79.50
Gingham Print & Shirred Waist Green Midi Dress from Oliver Bonas £75.00
Monsoon Gingham Embroidered Dress from Monsoon £75.00
Button Through Pink Mini Shirt Dress from Oliver Bonas £65.00
Spot Print Shirt Long Dress from Olive £89.99
Olsen orange print shirt dress orange from Monsoon £99.00
Puff Sleeve Broderie Dress from Boden £130.00
Gingham Green Print Midi Dress from Oliver Bonas £85
Animal Print White & Pink Midi Dress from Oliver Bonas £75.00
Breastfeeding Friendly Dresses for Work
For those working and breastfeeding, the rush to ‘feed and go’ in the morning means that having a breastfeeding friendly work dress can save you plenty of time and stress.
Not too ‘smart’, these dresses would also work perfectly as everyday summer dresses.
Green Mark Making Print Frill Belted Midi Shirt Dress, New Look £22.49
Orange belted midi dress from Monki £30.00
Animal Print Puff Sleeve Midi Shirt Dress from Marks and Spencer £39.40
Tie Front Midi Shirt Dress from Marks and Spencers £45.00
Rowan Diagonal Print Midi Dress from Whistles (Pink) £129.00
Flora Abstract Animal Print Button-Through Maxi Dress (Green) from Hush £119.00
Murlo Camp Collar Dress from Olive £99.00
Breastfeeding Friendly Dresses for Weddings or Special Occasions
With the summer season comes the inevitable wedding season, and the wonderful stress of needing to find a more formal, yet nursing friendly wedding guest dress. I had two stressful weeks last year, trying to find a breastfeeding friendly dress for a wedding while still feeding Olive 6-7 times a day. Eager not to buy a dress that was specifically designed for breastfeeding (I find them all a little frumpy), my mission to find something that felt like ‘me’, yet easy to feed in was a fraught one.
To save you time and panic, I’ve put together a few ideas of dresses that would be ideal breastfeeding friendly dresses for weddings or a special occasion. I have also included a few ideas for a breastfeeding friendly bridesmaid dress.
Satin Bridesmaids dress from H&M £49.99
Wrap Knee Length Pink Midi Dress from Oliver Bonas £75.00
Marte Tie Front Midi Dress (Red) from Mango £49.99
Valentina Dress from Ghost £179
Lara Cutout Midi Dress from Nobody’s Child £59.00
Lara Midi Dress from Nobody’s Child £55.00
Daisy Print Pink & White Midi Dress from Oliver Bonas £85.00