Visit the shops and you will find nursing nighties. What about nursing kurtas? Nursing nighties are all well and good when you are nursing at night or if you are one of those who wears nighties in the daytime*. But that is not me! (Even if the Firstpost has “hailed” the nightie as “India’s National Dress.”)
You are of course free to nurse your baby anytime, anywhere and in any wear. No special clothing is required to nurse your baby. But if you ever find yourself hesitating to breastfeed because of the inconvenience of adjusting your clothing while doing other work or while others are around, then please try the nursing kurta, a garment that helped several mothers achieve total nursing freedom. No zippers to open and close, ultra simple latch-on and latch-off, means that what most peole see is a baby snuggled up with mama. The nursing kurta makes it easy to nurse in the sling as well. Baby can latch on, latch off, doze, wake and nurse again all while mama goes about her activities.
We will update this page in November with instructions to order your nursing kurta from a boutique in Bangalore.
* A note on nursing nighties available in India: Unfortunately most of them come with zippers which can be awkward. You can alter a nightie by making two slits to allow for easy latch-on while sleeping, while keeping the rest of you warm. The nursing kurta also goes well with the sling, and makes it easy to nurse in the sling.
** I have recently started calling these nursing-enabled kurtas because anyone can wear them actually. The nursing capability consists of a single layer of cloth that blends in with the kurta itself.