Adventures in Breastfeeding + Altered Shirt Tutorial

Little man is 7 weeks old now; where has the time gone!? Actually, much of it has been spent sitting on the couch watching Netflix and breastfeeding. Not many complaints here, though. My wonderful husband has done a great job with most of the cooking and house upkeep so that I can feed Gabe and keep him happy.  Plus, I get to stare at his sweet face on cuddle him. And steal lots of baby kisses, don’t forget about those.

It has been nice, though, that he has started going longer between feeds. It’s nice to have a little break!

Breastfeeding for a new mom can be a bit of a surprise (at least for me and those that I have talked to). Much of the time you expect it to be such a natural thing, but it can be hard work! Between getting that baby to latch correctly, worrying about supply, and having sore and sensitive nipples, it’s no wonder our breastfeeding rate is one of the lowest in the world. Having said that, nowadays there is so many resources available to new moms that can help. Le Leche League and hospital run courses are just the tip of the iceberg – just do a Google search!

Get through some of the tough patches and the benefits of breastfeeding make themselves more clear. Besides the health benefit of the milk itself, the amount of money we save, and the bonding experience, I really think little Gabe would cry much more if it wasn’t for breastfeeding. We are lucky that so far, he has never been inconsolable. If he starts to cry, it is usually because he is hungry. If he is crying for another reason, then breastfeeding automatically fixes the problem. Nothing the boob won’t fix and it’s always a pleasure having a happy baby.

My biggest breastfeeding problem currently? Trying to find clothes I actually want to nurse in (and can afford)! I think I have finally found the solution: altered camis/spaghetti-strap tanks with a nursing bra under a loose or stretchy shirt. This makes nursing easy and discreet and way cheaper than buying specialty nursing clothes. Sometimes nursing tanks don’t offer much support; by altering these tanks it is easy to choose the support you want by wearing it with a nursing bra.

All you need is:

Easy!

All the tanks I used were fitted, so there was no droop in the back. It is so easy to nurse in any top!

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21 thoughts on “Adventures in Breastfeeding + Altered Shirt Tutorial

  1. Thanks so much for posting this! I am due in 2 months and am already dreading the wardrobe change that will need to occur! This looks so simple though, and it will be a huge lifesaver!

  2. I and my sister-in-law have both just recently started breastfeeding and have been lamenting about the lack of clothing choices for us, especially because we are both smaller women. I bought some nursing tanks at Target yesterday, without trying them on since I had the baby, and come to find out, they are huge on me and won’t work. You may have just provided the perfect solution to my problem. So glad I found this on Pinterest.

  3. Awesome idea! I will be doing this! Could you do the same alteration for the back of the singlet and slip the loop over your bra strap to keep it up?

  4. This is awesome! What a simply brilliant idea!

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    Thanks for sharing this!

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  7. for everyone who has questions about the back its just like wearing a tube top shirt you dont need straps to hold it up. thats why you have to get a fitted shirt so it isnt so lose to fall.

  8. If your tank top isn’t fitted enough and you’re worried about it sagging in the back, you could always add a little bit of elastic across the top of the back to pull it in a little too. 🙂
    Love this and working on some right now since my first little one is due in just a couple weeks!

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