We just registered Baby Spawn for swimming lessons this summer. Swim safety is so very important to me. When I was six, I was thrown in the deep end as part of a swim lesson (kind of like graduation), and I almost drowned. Thanks, a-hole swim instructor.
Anyway, it’s time for me to pick up a new swimsuit. My new mom body is a little different from my pre-pregnancy body. Here are some of my requirements for a new mom swimsuit:
- Supportive top – my bra size has changed because of breastfeeding and pumping. I don’t need to see my saggy boobs floating away from me in the pool. It’s not a flattering look.
- “Fuller” bottom – While I believe every body is a bikini body but if you’re looking for more coverage, a tankini or a higher brief would probably work. Bikini bottoms that show off your pubes is not flattering on me.
- Easy access to boobs – No doubt there will be time when I have to nurse the baby. There must not be jangles or clasps that are hard to take off.
- Preferably a two-piece or a supportive one-piece. Logistically speaking, it’s easier to pull a bikini bottom off to pee than it is to pull an entire swimsuit.
With these in mind, here are my picks.
My Fave New Mom Swimsuits
5. Tommy Bahama Pearl Solids swimsuit also looks promising. It’s got straps you can bring down and nurse. The cups are separate so you don’t get uniboob. The middle is shirred, which is fantastic to hide any bumps or bulges.
4. Curvy Kate Luau Love Bikini – I like this bikini because of its straps and back clasp. You order by bra size – this helps in getting the right support and lift. It’s an underwire which some people like and others abhor. I think it depends on how the top sits and if it’s digging into you. The last thing you need as a breastfeeding mom are plugged ducts because an underwire is digging into your boobs.
3. One of the mamas in my Mommy & Me class highly recommends this Bathing Beauty one-piece swimsuit. She said you could pull down the cup and nurse easily, which is great. It looks like it would work for any body type, so I’ll add this to the list of potentials.
2. Panache Anya Stripe Bandeau Tankini – Stripes are my fave so this wins just for having flattering stripes. You can convert it to a strapless if you’re brave. The cups are lightly padded, which prevents nipple-gate, and underwire. Order the bottom here.
1. What do I love more than stripes? Leopard print. This is the Fantasie Caya Underwire Bandeau Flared Tankini Top. Now if you have a little more going on in the tummy area, this is great because it’s flowy. They’ve cut it so that there’s more room in the middle. Also, there is a back clasp to keep your boobs even more secure and supported! There are two different bottoms for this top: the full-on leopard bottom or the black one with leopard trim. I’m a fan of the latter; I like a little contrast. Both look like they’re mid-rise so they’ll hit below your belly button.
And there you go. Five similar but different swimsuits for the new moms out there. They’re all easy to pull down for nursing, but supportive enough for your new postnatal body.
Tell me – which would you choose? Where do you go swimsuit shopping??
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