As the time of Vicki Jo's birth drew nearer, I realized I was going to have to give some thought to this whole nursing thing. I had been so focused on having a healthy pregnancy and natural birth that my train of thought had kind of ended there. I read what Dr. Bradley had to say about the first few days after birth, and I knew La Leche League would be a good resource, but so much of it seemed just like pregnancy - every woman (and baby!) is so different. Would I need nursing pads? Would I not? Would a Boppy pillow help me, or just get in the way? Did I need a rocking chair? I chose to go with Jeff's approach on these matters: wait and see (very unusual for me!).
Turns out I didn't need any of that stuff. The one thing I ended up needing, loving, wearing daily, was this tank top from Gilligan & O'Malley:
I have two in white, one in gray, one in black, and I'm about to buy another one in black. They are a steal for the number of times I've worn them: $17 at Target. This tank doesn't have the weird yoke-looking piece in the front that many nursing tanks have that always pops out and looks awkward. It just has a hook that links the fabric into each strap. It is cut generously and hasn't shrunk in the wash. It is convenient and easy. It is my daily uniform: I wear it under a sweater, shirt, or dress every single day. This tank and my rental pump have been the only two things I needed to nurse my baby for the last six months.