and then a nursing top changed my life

I’d like to tell you a story. It’s the story of the last five months of my life, spent searching for nursing clothes that 1) I liked 2) work,  although not necessarily in that order, because both traits were absolutely imperative.

It all started with the nursing hospital gown. Do you know what I’m talking about? Where, after laboring in a drafty hospital gown for a while and then giving birth in it (well, in my case, in no gown at all), the nurse comes in and hands you one of these. The entire sides of the gown are slits which are supposed to be hidden in pleats (which nicely compliment the small pink floral pattern and the – no joke – frilly shoulders) but the thing has been sent to the laundry service so many times that the slits are no longer nicely disguised and you might as well be wearing a grass skirt.

wpid5110-IMG_0372-1.jpg{See, I was not kidding about the frill on the shoulders}

Welcome to nursing apparel.

You go home and are for an embarrassingly long time, you don’t even bother with bras. Mostly because you didn’t find any you like when you were pregnant and you don’t exactly have time to go shop for new ones now. No matter what you are wearing, you have to have an ‘access panel’ (AKA a boobie escape route).  Nursing clothes designers have come up with some creative ways to accommodate this, including but not limited to the shelf-bra-drop-down, the ‘slit’, the cross-over-pull-over, and the keyhole.

You guys, I tried them all. You have no idea how many times DanO (and the neighbors) heard me complain about nursing clothes, and how I just wanted them to look normal and be functional FOR THE LOVE OF BREAST MILK.

I did happen upon some good nursing bras somewhere along the way, but the tank top was always, always a hang-up for me. The Superstore with a Red Bull’s-Eye Logo sells some nursing tanks with the drop-down-shelf-bra mechanism. I used them for the last 5 months and they ‘worked’, but left much to be desired. Mostly, they were too short to layer, gave me two things to snap and unsnap (bra and tank), and showed funny fabric lines in some of my shirts because of the shelf-bra.

One day, I’m browsing nursing apparel on the internet, looking for a solution and I stumble upon this:


Ingenious! These Undercover Mamas looked like they solve every single problem I had with my old nursing tank top. After finding this, I contacted Elena at Undercover Mama and gushed about how awesome her product was. She sent me one last week, and can I just say: they are as awesome as I had hoped.

It clips onto my existing nursing bra (if you have a convertible strap bra or swimsuit top, it works like that) so there’s no more double unsnapping and re-snapping every time OBaby nurses.

They are LONG ENOUGH to layer. Thank you, a million times thank you, Undercover Mama, for not assuming that nursing moms want to be Fashion Fall Behinds just because we need ‘access’.

Lastly, no unnecessary shelf-bra fabric lines. Just the smooth look and coverage of a camisole without the extra straps.

I so wish I had known about these 5 months ago. Think of the heartache and struggle it could have saved! Naturally, I told Elena she is a genius and a God-send, and then I asked her if I could shout from the rooftops about the Undercover Mama to my readers. Not only did she give me permission, she offered free shipping on any reader orders (normally $5)!

Just send her an email at elena (at) undercovermama [.] com and mention this here blog. She will hook you up!

Get it? Hook? Like the straps on the Undercover Mama?

O man, I crack myself up.

FYI: I usually wear a size 8 on top and got a Medium, but for my next one (and there will be many next ones) I will order a large. (I just told the world what size I wear. Yeesh.)

23 Responses to “and then a nursing top changed my life”

    • AllisonO

      YAY! O, just one person knowing about these makes the 5 months of frustration worth it. Have fun!

  1. melissa

    love this….just wish i[d read it 5 months ago when i was nursing. oh well…i’ll just bookmark it for the next little one.
    love your writing! love your humor!!
    thanks for sharing

    • AllisonO

      Ugh, those 5 months without these are lost on us both. For shame.

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment!

  2. Sarah @ This Heavenly Life

    Oh, these look amazing! I’m not even pregnant or nursing right now, and I’m contemplating a purchase…I’ve never seen such a thing! I’m having trouble visualizing exactly how it works, but from your recommendation, I gather it’s simple?

    Thanks for the tip!

    • AllisonO

      Yea! there is a clip (like the ones on convertible strap bras or swimsuit straps that cross) that slides onto the loop of fabric that holds the nursing snap. You just slide them through those loops in the morning and out of those loops when you take it off. Super simple.

      I hope that made sense. Here’s their FAQ page with a little more info.

      • Sarah L.

        Ok so I looked into these more yesterday and I am sold. I am buying it in black, white, and brown. I am due next month and don’t have ANY nursing tops. Thank you for posting this! :)

  3. Mandy

    O Ya!!! I am going to officially retire all of my nursing tanks from the red bull’s-eye super store‚ and order me some of these.

    • AllisonO

      Yay! I’m glad I could help a lady out. I mean, those bulls-eye ones are ok, right? But never really, GREAT? Well these are GREAT. ::love love love, gush gush gush::

  4. Shell

    Very cool! I nMaever came across those when I was nursing. I did have luck with some Majamas nursing dresses, which were awesome. Actually getting to wear a dress while nursing and not have to hike it up inappropriately.

    Stopping by from SITS.

    • AllisonO

      Haha! I was a little confused and had to goodle SITS. Once I saw what it was short for I was like “Wait, no she’s not.”

      Glad we got that all figured out. Thanks for visiting!

  5. Amba

    Fantastic Blog, loving the read!
    As for those nursing tops, wish I had one for when I was bfeeding would have made life much easier!

  6. Sarah


    I have enjoyed you and your blog, but now must say that I love you! These are fabulous!! I wish I had known of them 8 months ago! I am so purchasing one. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  7. allie

    I LOVE your blog…super cute! I have been wondering what I was going to do about nursing wear. I am going to give these a shot. I was due yesterday…guess I really gotta get on top of this! Thanks for sharing (and saving me a ton of hassle/time!) :-D

  8. Jacquelyn

    I like this for a gift idea for any new Mommy in my life. (I like to get gifts for Mommy’s because they o so deserve it!)


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