Menu

Fashion Find: Au Lait

With its chic silhouettes and luxurious fabrics, you'd never know our favorite new nursing line is even a nursing line.

Fashion Find: Au Lait

After spending nine pregnant months outgrowing your wardrobe, the first thing you want to do postpartum is put on some of your “real” clothes. But we all know it’s not that easy. Not only does that belly usually take a lot longer to shrink than you'd anticipated, but if you’re nursing, you may be reevaluating your wardrobe options -- easy access has taken on a whole new meaning. And although motherhood is pretty amazing, with all the changes going on in your life (and to your body), sometimes a girl just wants to feel like her old beautiful and chic self. Emily Hsu knows that feeling well, and created the Au Lait line of nursing tops to flatter new moms while allowing ease and privacy for breastfeeding. “Just because we are breastfeeding doesn't mean we should all of a sudden throw all our standards to the wind,” she says. We couldn’t agree more. Read on to hear how Au Lait is ushering in a new wave of style and performance for nursingwear. How is Au Lait different from the other nursing lines in the market? There are a lot of good nursing brands in the market that try to address the issues of over-exposure, but for many, the area that is used to nurse is just a hole dug out of the garment. I wanted every seam in the garment to have an impact on how the mother feels, and to create a high-quality, well-constructed and elegant item. Who's the gal that would wear Au Lait? When I first tried to answer this question, my answer was that the Au Lait mom has an active lifestyle. Then I realized, all moms are active, trying to balance the demands of a newborn, home, family, and possibly career. Au Lait was created because since the moment of pregnancy, everyday was a learning experience in loving my own body and a battle of self-esteem. I understood the joy that I was feeling but at the same time, I felt completely out of control because I was changing from the girl I've known for the past 30-plus years. After the pregnancy, while basking in the glory of loving Avery everyday, I just wanted to look the way I feel inside. How does your background in garments and textiles inform your design? It allows me to really delve into the fabrics and construction to create a nursing line that makes sense for a modern lifestyle. Although stretchy jersey is easy to wear, it was unrealistic for me to wear a T-shirt everyday, especially once I started consulting again and had meetings out of the house. Your fabrics look beautiful -- can they really withstand the lifestyle of a nursing mom? I remember one night after I had weaned but had to test a fabric for Au Lait -- I was standing in the bathroom at 2 a.m. with a vial of my neighbor's breast milk, splattering it onto the fabrics to test staining, laundering, and quick dryness. Walk us through some of the pieces for the launch fall collection and let us know what we can expect in future seasons. My personal dream item while I was breastfeeding was the Pullover Cardigan. This is the style I am most proud of and took many many months of trial-and-error to achieve. You literally pull it over your head like any T-shirt, but you look like you are in an outfit that took some effort to put together. Also, the front panel is swappable so you can look different every day, then just throw the front panels straight into the washer. The Blouse is another style that took a lot of effort to construct. I think this is the one style that will really shock people to learn that it's a nursing top. The Tee-Dress is inspired by one of my favorite tops. I even wore it through most of my pregnancy. This is the style that I hope can help breastfeeding moms who are pregnant with their next. I hope to have sweaters with swappable jewel collars for the holiday. Why is it worthwhile to invest in nursing garments? Nursing can be a fleeting experience for some women. However, more and more women are choosing to breastfeed their babies up to one year and some even past that. I believe that investing in nursing garments to wear for a year or more is definitely worth it if it makes you feel beautiful inside and out. Which look is your favorite?

FEATURED VIDEO

By its very nature, motherhood requires some lifestyle adjustments: Instead of staying up late with friends, you get up early for snuggles with your baby. Instead of spontaneous date nights with your honey, you take afternoon family strolls with your little love. Instead of running out of the house with just your keys and phone, you only leave with a fully loaded diaper bag.

For breastfeeding or pumping mamas, there is an additional layer of consideration around when, how and how much your baby will eat. Thankfully, when it comes to effective solutions for nursing or bottle-feeding your baby, Dr. Brown's puts the considerations of mamas and their babies first with products that help with every step of the process—from comfortably adjusting to nursing your newborn to introducing a bottle to efficiently pumping.

With countless hours spent breastfeeding, pumping and bottle-feeding, the editors at Motherly know the secret to success is having dependable supplies that can help you feed your baby in a way that matches lifestyle.

Here are 9 breastfeeding and pumping products to help you no matter what the day holds.

Customflow™ Double Electric Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's electric pump

For efficient, productive pumping sessions, a double electric breast pump will help you get the job done as quickly as possible. Quiet for nighttime pumping sessions and compact for bringing along to work, this double pump puts you in control with fully adjustable settings.

$159.99

Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Dr. Brown''s hands free pumping bra

Especially in the early days, feeding your baby can feel like a pretty consuming task. A hands-free pumping bra will help you reclaim some of your precious time while pumping—and all mamas will know just how valuable more time can be!

$29.99

Manual Breast Pump with SoftShape™ Silicone Shield

Dr. Brown's manual breast pump

If you live a life that sometimes takes you away from electrical outlets (that's most of us!), then you'll absolutely want a manual breast pump in your arsenal. With two pumping modes to promote efficient milk expression and a comfort-fitted shield, a manual pump is simply the most convenient pump to take along and use. Although it may not get as much glory as an electric pump, we really appreciate how quick and easy this manual pump is to use—and how liberating it is not to stress about finding a power supply.

$29.99

Nipple Shields and Sterilization Case

Dr. Brown's nipple shields

There is a bit of a learning curve to breastfeeding—for both mamas and babies. Thankfully, even if there are some physical challenges (like inverted nipples or a baby's tongue tie) or nursing doesn't click right away, silicone nipple shields can be a huge help. With a convenient carry case that can be sterilized in the microwave, you don't have to worry about germs or bacteria either. 🙌

$9.99

Silicone One-Piece Breast Pump

Dr. Brown's silicone pump

When you are feeding your baby on one breast, the other can still experience milk letdown—which means it's a golden opportunity to save some additional milk. With a silent, hands-free silicone pump, you can easily collect milk while nursing.

$14.99

Breast to Bottle Pump & Store Feeding Set

After a lifetime of nursing from the breast, introducing a bottle can be a bit of a strange experience for babies. Dr. Brown's Options+™ and slow flow bottle nipples were designed with this in mind to make the introduction to bottles smooth and pleasant for parents and babies. As a set that seamlessly works together from pumping to storing milk to bottle feeding, you don't have to stress about having everything you need to keep your baby fed and happy either.

$24.99

Washable Breast Pads

washable breast pads

Mamas' bodies are amazingly made to help breast milk flow when it's in demand—but occasionally also at other times. Especially as your supply is establishing or your breasts are fuller as the length between feeding sessions increase, it's helpful to use washable nursing pads to prevent breast milk from leaking through your bra.

$8.99

Breast Milk Storage Bags

Dr. Brown's milk storage bags

The essential for mamas who do any pumping, breast milk storage bags allow you to easily and safely seal expressed milk in the refrigerator or freezer. Dr. Brown's™ Breast Milk Storage Bags take it even further with extra thick walls that block out scents from other food items and feature an ultra secure lock to prevent leaking.

$7.99


Watch one mama's review of the new Dr. Brown's breastfeeding line here:

This article was sponsored by Dr. Brown's. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

Our Partners

Every week, we stock the Motherly Shop with innovative and fresh products from brands we feel good about. We want to be certain you don't miss anything, so to keep you in the loop, we're providing a cheat sheet.

So, what's new this week?

Meri Meri: Decor and gifts that bring the wonder of childhood to life

We could not be more excited to bring the magic of Meri Meri to the Motherly Shop. For over 30 years, their playful line of party products, decorations, children's toys and stationery have brought magic to celebrations and spaces all over the world. Staring as a kitchen table endeavor with some scissors, pens and glitter in Los Angeles in 1985, Meri Meri (founder Meredithe Stuart-Smith's childhood nickname) has evolved from a little network of mamas working from home to a team of 200 dreaming up beautiful, well-crafted products that make any day feel special.

We've stocked The Motherly Shop with everything from Halloween must-haves to instant-heirloom gifts kiddos will adore. Whether you're throwing a party or just trying to make the everyday feel a little more special, we've got you covered.

Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:

Keep reading Show less
Shop

The American Academy of Pediatrics says that newborns, especially, do not need a bath every day. While parents should make sure the diaper region of a baby is clean, until a baby learns how to crawl around and truly get messy, a daily bath is unnecessary.

So, why do we feel like kids should bathe every day?

Keep reading Show less
Learn + Play