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Is it just me, or is a basic, loose fitting top, everything these days? As a mom of two, and a nursing mom at that, my daily wardrobe decisions constantly revolve around things I can 1.) easily breastfeed in and 2.) feel comfortable and confident in all day long. I need to be able to move freely and quickly after my 3 year old, but still snuggle up with my 6 month old. I need to look put together enough to take a video conference call, do preschool drop off, and run errands with two littles, all while knowing if I need to nurse at the drop of a hat, I’m able to with ease. Basically, my top needs to be a workhorse that can hold up against all that my day throws at it!
We’ve all heard the term, “the fourth trimester.” Yes? Well, the fourth trimester is really a strange time. It technically is meant to symbolize the first 12 weeks after birth, but to me it feels like it represents a much longer timeframe. Especially as a breastfeeding mom. When you’re nursing, your hormones are all over the place, and your body is, well, attached to a baby 24/7 basically. Your boobs are huge and weird and not exactly symmetrical, and your belly is probably still firming up. I know with A, I didn’t feel like myself emotionally, or physically, until after I was done breastfeeding. And because of this, clothes certainly didn’t fit quite right for a while either! I always felt like I had my “breastfeeding/postpartum clothes” and my “normal clothes.” But finding cute postpartum clothes can be a struggle, since you’re navigating a somewhat narrow window in time. You need something to fit your postpartum curves and bumps, but also be flattering as you shrink back down to your pre-baby weight. It’s also got to be easy to breastfeed in, but also not look like your stereotypical nursing top. Brownie points if it’s cute and doesn’t bunch or cling in all the wrong places. I’m finding myself once again at the same crossroads, and relying on a handful of favorites to get me through.
Enter: the Motherhood + Apple Pie Bump and Beyond Bamboo top. This handmade top is “life friendly”, meaning it can stand up to whatever adventure your littles have in store for you on any given day. It’s unbelievably soft, and flowy, with a hint of stretch. And the fabric is high quality, and stands up to multiple washes like a champ. The fit of the shirt is meant to be loose, with enough bagginess to allow for just enough wiggle room for easy breastfeeding access. If your baby is still little enough, you can easily fit them under the shirt to nurse, without needing an additional cover.
I’m all for neutral patterns, and things that can be worn season after season, without going out of style. I’ve gotten to the point in my personal fashion journey where if it is too bright, or too unique a pattern, or too outside of my comfort zone, I know it’s not worth buying because I know I’ll never wear it. I’ve learned that my comfort zone includes soft, forgiving basics, that are neutral in color, easily paired with any bottom, and able to be worn on multiple occasions. This Bump & Beyond top is exactly that, and has officially become a STAPLE in my closet during this “fourth trimester” season. It’s literally all.the.things.
Like I mentioned above, the top is handmade. YES, handmade. Not in a factory, not halfway across the world, but handmade by the fabulous ladies behind Motherhood + Apple Pie. They are the makers of simple designs that compliment motherhood, including butter soft mom tees, nursing necklaces, and this bamboo top. Oh, and better yet? A portion of each purchase made through Motherhood + Apple Pie goes towards helping mothers in Nicaragua.
The Bump & Beyond bamboo top is intended for exactly what its namesake implies – from the bump, to beyond. From those beautiful bump-flaunting days of pregnancy, to the equally beautiful postpartum days of early motherhood. This top can comfortably dress up a bump, and comfortably dress up a new mom, still trying to find her footing in this crazy season of life.