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Mama’s MilkBox Review

by Meghann on January 4, 2016

Please note I was NOT compensated by Mama’s MilkBox, I did not receive free clothes, and this post does not contain any affiliate links. It’s simply an awesome product that I had to share with you guys ASAP. 

It’s happening – it’s finally happening! – three months postpartum and I’m finally excited about wearing real clothes again. I’m still nowhere near my pre-pregnancy weight (and pants with zippers remain my mortal enemy), but I feel like I finally found a subscription clothes service that truly gets the new me.

Mamas Milkbox Review

I was first introduced to Mama’s MilkBox via Instagram about a month ago. Basically it’s StitchFix for breastfeeding moms. The concept is very similar: you pay a styling fee, answer a few questions regarding your style and basic wardrobe needs, then receive a box full of tops and dresses that are breastfeeding friendly. You have a few days to try everything on and find out what works before sending the box back. You only pay for the pieces you keep and aren’t responsible for anything you return.

Mama MilkBox

Within 15 minutes of being directed to their website I was completing a request for my first MilkBox. I’m a big fan of StitchFix, I currently hate every store at the mall, and my wardrobe is in desperate need of an update with clothes that actually fit. Clearly, this concept had my name written all over it. I asked for Florida-friendly work clothes that I could pump and nurse in then crossed my fingers.

My MilkBox arrived a few weeks later in a plain USPS box and, I have to say, I’ve never been so happy to try clothes on. Finally, FINALLY, items that really work!

Here’s what I got:

(Please note I was using a ladder as a tripod and trying to get all the photos taken during Annalynn’s nap so the majority of the photos are blurry #reallife)

Gray Strip Nursing Tank with Snaps

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I despise nursing tanks. Mainly because “tanks” are really spaghetti strap camis that still require a bra underneath and are too low cut to even wear with a cardigan. This nursing tank is awesome. It has just enough of a sleeve where you can wear a bra underneath and not have the straps show. It also has a nice neckline that’s not too low and not too high. The clips on the top and allows just enough gap to nurse your baby without having your whole chest hang out and no need for the popular “two-shirt method”. I feel comfortable wearing this tank on its own with a pair of leggings or paired with a cardigan and nice pants for the office.

Striped nursing shirt

Verdict: Keep

Nursing Top with Zippers and Pockets

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This is one of two shirts I received where the vertical seams on the front of the shirt also double as zippers. This office-friendly top would be super easy to pump or nurse in. I even like that the top has pockets. My only complaint is the animal (cheetah) print, which really isn’t my style. This is also the most expensive shirt of the bunch and is pretty $$.

zipper nursing shirt

Verdict: Return (only because I had to send some pieces back because I couldn’t afford to keep them all!)

Rachel Nursing Top

black nursing top

This black top has an extra layer of fabric over the top that can easily be pulled up, while the main portion of the shirt can be pulled down. It allows another easy access point for pumping or nursing. It’s also an easy shirt to dress down for the weekends or pair with a skirt for the office. The only problem is I have approximately a dozen black tops in my closet and I don’t wear half of them.

Verdict: Return (again, a great shirt but I had to rule items out since I couldn’t afford them all)

Chevron Nursing Top with Zippers

chevron nursing top

Another top with zippers instead of seams. I loved, loved, LOVED this top. The pattern was cute, the fit was right, and it’s the perfect top to pump in at work.

Verdict: Keep

Navy Nursing Dress

navy nursing dress

I miss dresses. Before I was pregnant I wore a dress at least 3 days a week, when I was pregnant I wore a dress 7 days a week. I would still wear them all the time (see comment above regarding pants with zippers), but the ones I own either don’t fit or are terrible for nursing. This dress is awesome. I really like the cut and style, it also has the double fabric on top that makes it a winner for pumping or nursing.

Verdict: Keep

Nursing Dress with Leaf Print

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Meh. This dress was my least favorite of the bunch. While the tie front does make it nursing friendly…

tie nursing shirt

I thought the fabric and cut of the dress was a bit dated. It reminded me of something my mother would have worn to nurse in in the late 80s/ early 90s.

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Verdict: Return

Nursing Dress with Pleat Skirt

two tone nursing dress

This dress featured a criss crossed front that could be pulled to the side and the panel lift up. I’ll admit this looked better on than when I first pulled it out of the box, but I still wasn’t impressed with the cut or fabric combination.

Verdict: Return

Nursing Dress with Blush Detail

black pink nursing dress

I really liked this dress. It’s adorable and fits great. The top portion lifts up for easy access and I think it will be my new go-to special occasion dress for upcoming events.

Verdict: Keep

In conclusion, I was really impressed with everything I received from Mama’s MilkBox. I would have loved to have kept everything, but the whole box would have been a bit out of our current budget (technically how much I paid for what I kept is still out of current budget, but what-evs). A little draw back is the majority of the pieces were a bit pricey, but I think it’s worth paying a little extra for the quality and uniqueness of each piece.

I can’t wait to wear my new pieces to the office this week and I’m looking forward to receiving my next Milkbox!

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Aimee January 4, 2016 at 9:00 am

Still nursing my 14 month old and I would LOVE to try this. Since you kept mentioning the expense can you share some specific prices? Wondering if it’s feasible or just a total budget-buster for us.

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2 Meghann January 4, 2016 at 10:16 am

It ranged from $35-$65 for the shirts and $65-$89 for the dresses. Like I said, very pricey but the quality is definitely there.

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3 Callie January 4, 2016 at 10:43 am

I was about to ask the same thing. I LOOOOOVE the dresses you bought! Tempting, very tempting…

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4 Kelli @ Hungry Hobby January 4, 2016 at 10:05 am

You made great choices! Glad you found some stuff you really liked. I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t even know that’s how nursing clothing worked…. clearly I have not experienced it yet! I find to stitchfix to be moderately pricy even though I set it to the lowest price point, was this more or less expensive?
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5 Meghann January 4, 2016 at 10:17 am

I’d say these were a little higher than Stitch Fix but I think the quality is better

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6 Ash Diamond January 4, 2016 at 10:05 am

This is a brilliant company and idea. I’m actually surprised that StitchFix hasn’t added something like this to keep their subscribers.
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7 Jenn January 4, 2016 at 10:24 am

Sorry if this is a dumb question, but are those zipper pull/dangly things on the shirts removable tags or part of the shirt?

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8 Sana January 4, 2016 at 10:49 am

what an awesome concept!!
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9 Katie D. January 4, 2016 at 11:19 am

I am nursed and pumped exclusively for a year and still am rocking pre-bed nursing (or more often when my 18 month old is sick) and I honestly never wore nursing specific clothes. I wore all regular tops with a nursing bra and cami underneath. I would lift up my top, unclasp my bra, pull down my bra/cami and nurse! I think the dresses would have been nice to have (there is really no good way to nurse/pump in a conventional dress), if I ever wore a dress, I made sure I could change into something nursing friendly before the next feeding!

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10 Kelly January 4, 2016 at 3:01 pm

This is such a genius idea! Thank you so much for sharing. I’m going to check it out right now! I have struggled to find nursing/pumping friendly attire and especially miss wearing dresses!
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11 Morgan @ Morgan Manages Mommyhood January 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

This is amazing. I never bought any nursing clothes because i felt they were all pretty matronly and not cute at all, but these are adorable! I nursed my son for 17 months until I had to stop due to my second pregnancy, and I basically just subsisted off of layering a shirt over a shelf cami that I could push down. I cannot wait to try this service out!!
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12 Elizabeth January 4, 2016 at 4:10 pm

I love that navy dress, it’s so gorgeous! I really wanted to try Mama’s Milk Box but, alas, they don’t deliver to Canada. Oh well, I get a year of paid maternity leave so I call it a win. My heart seriously goes out to you and every other mom who has to go back this early, I can’t even imagine how difficult it is for you moms (because I firmly believe the babes are just fine in daycare/with dad/whatever childcare arrangement suits each family)! Just as an FYI my new favourite online store for nursing wear is Momzelle, their stuff is mostly basics but it is so flattering, comfortable and easy to nurse in! I’m probably going to order a few more nursing dresses and the shirt that shares the same name as my daughter. I highly recommend them (and no, I don’t work for them just love their clothes). They are a Canadian company but I believe they ship to the states as well! The weight of the fabrics is fairly heavy (very flattering and cozy) but you might want to stay away from long sleeves which may be too hot down in Florida.

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13 Sarah @ Seriously Lovely January 4, 2016 at 4:33 pm

I will be making a note to check out this service after my baby arrives–I love the idea of the nursing dresses in particular!
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14 Erin @ LivingEZ January 4, 2016 at 4:59 pm

Thanks for sharing this service!! I will definitely keep it in mind if we have a second. I only nursed for six months but I absolutely hated all of my nursing tops by the end of it. I ended up with a lot of blah v-necks and wrap dresses but I love all of the hidden flaps on these pieces. I should have but the bullet and splurged on nicer nursing clothes like you are!
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15 Dannie January 4, 2016 at 6:06 pm

I’ve actually found that nursing tips are more of a pain in the ass than not. They’re expensive and fussy and usually pretty frumpy, so I’ve stopped birth wring with them. I’m back in my pre-pregnancy clothes and having no problem nursing and pumping if I have a cover (Covered Goods is awesome because it’s a full cover!) and a regular camo underneath my tops. No problem at all and I feel way more comfortable/confident in my normal clothes. No need for nursing-specific stuff! I encourage you to try your old clothes, you might be surprised by how versatile a lot of it is!

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16 Dannie January 4, 2016 at 6:07 pm

Tops not tips! Ha!

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17 Dannie January 4, 2016 at 6:08 pm

Good lord, I keep finding typos/auto corrects! Can you tell I’m typing while nursing my baby in a wrap while cooking supper and browsing blogs?? Lol

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18 Melissa January 5, 2016 at 9:05 am

I wish I’d known about them when I was nursing! Next time! 😉 I love that black and pink dress, so cute on you!
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19 jill May 11, 2016 at 5:04 pm

hey meghann,
i hope you are still enjoying your new wardrobe. have you gotten anything else from mama’s milk box? also, would you be willing to share what brands these shirts and dresses are? thanks!

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