Going out into the world in the winter can be an undertaking under the best of circumstances. When you’re venturing out with a baby or a pump (or both), it’s especially tricky. We’ve got a few tips to help you weather the winter fashionably.
1. Dress in layers that make nursing easier.
This is true for anyone come wintertime. If you’re out and about when the temperatures drop, you’re also likely to be in and out of heated spaces. You’ll want to peel a layer or two off when you come inside to avoid overheating, especially if you’re prone to hot flashes. Yes, it happens. Nursing affects your hormones, and some breastfeeding moms run hot, even in winter.
In addition to being able to tailor your personal temperature, warm outer layers can make it easier and more comfortable to nurse or pump if you’re on a schedule. Lots of winter classics like cardigans and ranch coats allow you to swaddle your little one while you nurse, keeping you both warm and protected from the elements.
While outer layers like sweaters and jackets lend themselves to easy breastfeeding, the layers closest to your body should be nursing specific items. Start with a comfortable nursing bra or, if your day will include more pumping than nursing, a hands-free bustier instead.
Then add a soft, versatile top like the Josephina tank by Ailana J in California. I love this flowing tank because the handkerchief hem makes it a natural for layering, the buttery French terry is super soft. Plus, Ailana J was founded by mama and milspouse Jeannine Brady, who also came up with the beautiful designs.
3. Accessorize for an extra layer of warmth and style.
Trendy blanket wraps and Pashmina shawls bring color and a little extra coziness to mom’s going out style. Plus, they make great cover for nursing sessions if you prefer a little privacy. Don’t forget a colorful cooler if you’re going to need to carry breastmilk storage bags or bottles. Even if it’s cold outside, breastmilk doesn’t hold up well to fluctuating temperatures, so it’s best to keep it on ice, so to speak, until you get back home.
Winter can be rough on anyone’s skin, but especially nursing women. Breastmilk is mostly water, and guess where that comes from? Since nursing makes you more susceptible to dehydration, your skin is also more likely to be dry. Add winter cold, and you could have some seriously dry skin. Remember to take especially good care of the skin of your breast and nipple to prevent irritation.