How to make your own Nursing/Breastfeeding Top

Breastfeeding tops from the Highstreet Retailers can drain your purse dry… There is no doubt that nursing/breastfeeding tops can help a mother feel comfortable whilst nursing her baby, but not everyone can afford to purchase these tops (me included) but that doesn’t mean those of us who cant afford them miss out!. So ive found the perfect solution.

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I bought a couple of Brand New Nursing Bras from ebay for about £5.00 each, there’s nothing flash or sexy about them and whether there branded/non branded they all do the same job. Then I had a venture into Primark clothes shop, i found loads of Long thin strappy tops in every colour you could imagine for £2.00 each (i bought 5 of them) BARGAIN. The tops have abit of stretch to them so they can cling to you without moving, I would suggest you go for a size smaller than usual.

Right lets get onto making those tops!

Supplies:

  • Nursing Bra
  • Long Thin Strappy Top
  • Scissors
  • Needle & Thread
Breastfeeding/Nursing Bra with the Clips

Breastfeeding/Nursing Bra with the Clips

The Bra Unclips and the front comes down to allow breastfeeding whilst the bra remains where it is.

The Bra Unclips and the front comes down to allow breastfeeding whilst the bra remains where it is.

Thin String Strappy, Stretch Top

Thin String Strappy, Stretch Top

Need to cut the straps off at the back

Need to cut the straps off at the back

Cut off the Back straps as close to the top as possible without damaging the top

Cut off the Back straps as close to the top as possible without damaging the top

Remove the Back of the strap.

Remove the Back of the strap.

Leave the front of the straps intact.

Leave the front of the straps intact. DO NOT CUT THEM OFF! not just yet.

The front straps need to be cut down to 1" in length.

The front straps need to be cut down to 1″ in length.

Fold over the 1" piece of strap left and secure it in place by sewing it on with a needle and thread

Fold over the 1″ piece of strap left and secure it in place by sewing it on with a needle and thread, making a loop.

heres how the strap looks once stitched in place, if you stitch it on the inside of the top, this gives a seamless look to the top.

Heres how the strap looks once stitched in place, if you stitch it on the inside of the top, this gives a seamless look to the top.

Unclip your Bra and push the clip up and through the loop you have just created on the top

Unclip your Bra and push the clip up and through the loop you have just created on the top

The loop will sit snuggly behind the clip.

The loop will sit snuggly behind the clip.

This is how it looks when worn, as you can see the top works solely with the Bra.

This is how it looks when worn, as you can see the top works solely with the Bra.

So when you unclip one side to Breastfeed, both the top and bra come down together :)

So when you unclip one side to Breastfeed, both the top and bra come down together 🙂

EDIT – 14/12/2013 : I’ve been breastfeeding for 8 months now and I use these tops everyday under other tops, jumpers etc and there have been absolute godsend!!! for nursing and covering up those jiggly bits:)

EDIT – 11/11/2016 : I started my 2nd Breastfeeding Journey 13months ago now and these tops are going strong! i haven’t paid a single penny for special nursing tops! 😀

If you wish to purchase some Ready-Made Breastfeeding friendly Tops, click on the image below:

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7 thoughts on “How to make your own Nursing/Breastfeeding Top

  1. Caroline

    I Love this idea! Very clever! I struggled so much with clothes last time and not revealing more than intended, I will definitely have a go at making a couple of these if/when we have another! xx

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  2. Sara Brylyn

    Just bought 3 tops at a charity shop today and stitched them up this evening. Thanks for the simply brilliant and easy idea!!

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    1. Leanne

      Your very welcome!!!… mine are still going strong nearly 10 months down the line 🙂 I wear them everyday, there just make breastfeeding more easier and affordable x

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    1. Leanne

      You are very welcome!!… I totally recommend them, as I wore one every single day for 10 months whilst breastfeeding… In the warmer weather I wore oversized tops and in the winter I wore jumpers… so you don’t need any “Special” expensive Breastfeeding clothes 🙂 x

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  3. Victoria Mylittlel

    wow, awesome idea, i would never thought about it myself, im definitely bookmarking it)

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