Little P has never spared my blushes when it comes to breastfeeding. Ever since she was a newborn she’s insisted on full access to the breast (preferably both of them). She gets both hands on and woe betide anything that gets in her way. So scarves, cover ups or muslins demurely draped over my boobage area have never really been an option for me.
I’ve been breastfeeding for over two years now and basically muddled through with various unsatisfactory items of clothing! Tops with low necklines are perfect at home I just pull them down and that’s easy but out and about it can make me feel a bit exposed (and chilly!). A top that pulls up from the bottom is fine in theory but leaves a handful of fabric that always ended up falling in Little P’s face. Button through shirts I thought were the perfect solution until I left the buttons open on more than one occasion (thankfully the postman averted his gaze in a gentlemanly fashion). My mother, aunt and sister in law have all bought breastfeeding tops for me. But I never managed to find one that functioned well, was comfortable and looked, well, cool (is that too much to ask for a breastfeeding Mum?😉). Most of what is available is either very dull, impractical or far too expensive.
So, I was pretty excited when Cecilia from Handmade by Cece offered me the opportunity to review one of her breastfeeding tops. All of her clothing is handmade from organic cotton in a lush variety of colours and patterns. I chose a pretty leaf pattern in my favourite shade of purple and the ‘Eva’ style top (€35 breastfeeding or non breastfeeding). I emailed my fabric choice along with my dress size and to say that I was excited about the arrival of my top is something of an understatement. I have technically been waiting over two years for this moment!
Little P was with me when the package arrived so she did the opening and was suitably impressed with the contents. ‘Oh Mama it’s so soft’! And it is! The softness of the fabric you wear when breastfeeding cannot be underestimated. Suddenly when you’re holding a delicate newborn every item of clothing you own feels like sandpaper. Handmade by Cece cotton is supersoft with a generous stretch. The colours are vibrant and the pattern is a modern Orla Kiely-esque print that is eye catching but neutral enough to match what is already in my wardrobe.
I tried it on (is there anything more wonderful than getting a parcel with clothes for yourself and not for your offspring?😀). It fits perfectly, even down to the sleeve length and is really comfy with a scoop neck. The length is just right, sitting on my hips so it will work well with trousers or a skirt. I told Little P it was a special top for giving her ‘Mamas’ (that’s what she calls breastfeeding!) and she was very eager to see if it worked so we didn’t waste any time testing it out!
As you can see from the video basically the ‘bust’ part of the top lifts up and the fabric underneath the ‘bust’ pulls down. Simple as that! There was no extra fabic hanging over Little P’s face while feeding, which is obviously even more important when feeding a newborn.
The top can be opened as much or as little as required. This was one the major things I found lacking in other breastfeeding tops. Now I can use this top both for nap feeding at home when Little P wants to snuggle close to my skin or out and about for more discreet (or less chilly!) feeding. There is plenty of fabric covering the boobage area so it can be worn just with a bra (or without) with no fear of anything falling out! Or layered with a vest top underneath for chillier days.
And guess what? It looks cool too! At last. But there is one major negative I have to point out. I have had to wait over two years to find THE ultimate breastfeeding top!
Handmade by Cece where have you been all my daughter’s life?😀😉