A couple of weeks ago I was asked whether I’d like to wear a beautiful Milk and Mummy dress to The Baby Show. And how could I refuse? I’d been looking for a breastfeeding friendly dress for a while and had been lusting over several pieces from the new collection already. It wasn’t a difficult decision at all, but choosing the right dress wasn’t quite so easy! I managed to whittle down my choice to four dresses and the lovely Emma very kindly offered to send them all to me to try. I went for the Ellie in new apple print,
the electric blue Maddy, the pink and grey Sabina and the black and white Monroe. Then I took to instagram to see if my followers could help me decide!
I went for the black and white Monroe in the end. I loved the shape of this dress the most and felt it suited my postnatal body quite well. I also love the bold black and white- quite different to anything else that I own currently. And yes, I found it a breeze to breastfeed Elsie whilst wearing it.
When the dress arrived it was packaged beautifully, wrapped in delicate tissue paper- I loved it instantly! The dress is made from soft organic cotton knit and has an empire line access panel that you lift for breastfeeding.
You cannot tell this is a nursing dress at all! It has short sleeves so is perfect for spring/ summer and the length is perfect (I’m 5.6.5″) at just below the knee. I wore a size 10 and found it was a perfect fit- and very flattering thanks to the soft pleats at the waist.
I love the way the dress falls. It seems to skim past lumps and bumps, which for me at the moment is essential. The style of the dress means it can be worn smart with heels (and in the autumn I’ll wear it with tights and boots) or slightly more casual with ballet pumps, which is the look I went for at The Baby Show. I also teamed it with a denim jacket and it worked really well as a day dress.
The dress washes at 40 degrees on a gentle cycle and looks just as good afterwards- no stretching at all, so it’s kept its wonderful shape.
As a breastfeeding dress the Monroe scores a perfect 10. You really can’t tell its a nursing dress and I was able to feed Elsie at several points throughout the day without ever feeling ‘on show’. The panel provides easy access so feeding was no issue whatsoever, even when standing on a packed commuter train!
The Monroe costs £69 And I think perfectly priced. It’s well made, superbly designed and extremely comfortable to wear. At a time where my body isn’t quite back to how I want it to be, the Monroe flatters without compromising on style and the fact that I can easily feed Elsie is a huge bonus too. It’s soft and stretchy and means that I can race around after all the kids and tend to the baby without losing my cool!
I love love love the Monroe and I wish that I could’ve been able to keep all the dresses I tried! Milk and mummy have some wonderful dresses for summer and if you’re planning to attend a slightly more dressy event you should check out the Imani or the Josie in dark purple. I also love look of the Lulu and blue black Zelda. Teamed with a pair of heels and a chunky necklace any of those dresses would make a stunning outfit- and nobody would know they were nursing dresses at all.
When your’e breastfeeding it can be hard to find clothes that are both stylish and provide easy access for baby, so I thoroughly recommend Milk and Mummy. No need to take a bottle with you after all!
I received The Monroe dress free of charge; all opinions are my own.