- Wear a shirt that you pull up while you pump (and then you have to deal with cold pump parts against your skin),
- Pull your shirt down, stretching it out, or
- Taking your clothes off completely (i.e. a dress that zips up the back), which is both annoying and chilly.
I have been spent about half of the last six years lactating for one or another of my three kids, and I wish I would have heard of Loyal Hana sooner. I have spent so much time sitting freezing in the lactation room because I wanted to wear a dress with a high neckline and back zipper! Apparently, that was all avoidable.
Each dress or top is designed to be a maternity and nursing top; to facilitate nursing (or, for us exclusive pumpers, pumping) zippers on both sides near the breasts allow easy access without taking the whole garment off. It’s an awesome idea!
The shirt that I tried was the Christy. It is basically a normal cotton top, but with the side zippers. The zippers are the same color as the shirt, and very small, so they aren’t obvious at all. I would imagine that if someone noticed them they would think they were a fashion thing rather than a utility thing.
As far as utility for pumping goes, the blouse/zippers worked great! I wore my hands-free bra on top of it, unzipped the sides, and I was ready to go.
I wasn’t sure how what a combo maternity/nursing shirt would look like, but after putting it on, I understood. Without being too baggy, it has enough room that it will work as a maternity shirt from your first trimester to probably mid-way through the third, depending on how big you get. (I would guess I could have worn this until about 32 weeks, and my belly “outgrew” a lot of my maternity shirts by the end of my pregnancies.) I also think that this shirt would be good at hiding a post-partum belly, and obviously the zippers are key for making this a functional nursing top.
As for downsides, my husband made a lot of “easy access” jokes, but hopefully your partner is more mature than mine! Additionally, the price points can be a bit high. However, I do think you can get a lot of wear out of these, AND Loyal Hana is giving readers of this blog a discount. You can get 25% off of your purchase with the code PUMPING25. So there you go!
Loyal Hana is giving away a $100 gift card to one lucky reader. To enter, leave a comment below (with a valid email address so I can contact you if you win – it will not be published). Tell us your most unfortunate wardrobe malfunction/issue related to pumping, or – if you are lucky enough not to have had one – tell us what you’d want to get from Loyal Hana with the gift card.
Updated: The winner is comment #32, Ayda! Congratulations!
Fine print: This giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18 years of age or older. The giveaway will end on 12/15/2016 at 11:59pm CST. Enter by commenting below. Winner will be selected by matching the comment number with a randomly generated number. This post will be updated on 12/16/2016 with the comment number and first name of the winner. Loyal Hana is responsible for prize fulfillment. Good luck!