How many people did it take to get you into your wedding gown? Now, imagine if you had to breastfeed in that.
When fashion designer Samantha Sleeper heard that a nursing mother resigned to slipping in and out of her gown on her wedding day and leaving the celebration to breastfeed her baby, she knew she had to do something.
“I was like ‘No, you don’t want to do that. You can’t miss your own wedding,’” said the 28-year-old mom of a 2-year-old boy.
So she challenged herself to make a bridal gown that’s both beautiful and would provide easy nursing access to the bride.
The dress she came up with is the one on the right, and it's definitely a stunner.
“The front of the dress has a bust panel that goes across the chest, but that opens to expose a silk camisole underneath, and that’s where there is an overlapping opening that allows for breastfeeding,” explained Sleeper.
“And you’re not exposed at all,” she added.
The wedding dress can be separated into a top and skirt and is priced at $2,800 (P126,000). The dress underwent four prototypes until it was perfect. Everything was considered from the design of the dress, the kind of closures to be used, to the fabric.
“You don’t want milk to leak through, but you don’t want it to be cotton – you want it to be luxurious,” Sleeper said. Iit also had to support the wearer’s breasts, so she went all-silk with a lycra-silk blend in the base layer.
The success of her bridal gown creation has inspired her to make more clothes for nursing mothers. She’s currently working on creating breastfeeding shirts for two nursing mothers with corporate office jobs.
Source: April 21, 2015. "Gorgeous Wedding Dress You Can Breastfeed In". yahoo.com