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Blake Lively has joined the ranks of celebrity moms who are publicly touting the benefits of breastfeeding. This time, she's showing how swimwear can play a super-helpful role.
The 27-year-old mom of daughter James posted an Instagram photo of herself wearing a purple-on-purple bikini next to a gorgeous lagoon, while her off-camera baby nurses.
"The PERKS of breastfeeding," she writes.
Lively joins celebrity moms such as Gwen Stefani, Gisele Bundchen and Jaime King, who have happily posted their own breastfeeding photos to Instagram.
While we obviously also support formula-feeding moms, we can't argue the simplicity of the swimsuit when it comes to feeding our young kids.
In fact, Maryam, an Oahu, Hawaii-based mom of three who runs the Milk-Friendly blog, offers up her recommendations for swimsuits that are great for breastfeeding.
While she admits "that pretty much every swimsuit is easy peezy to breastfeed (talk about easy-access!)," she also writes that it's often hard for time-strapped moms to search the sea of swimsuits out there for comfort, style and return policies (she says Victoria's Secret and ASOS are great in that department).
Maryam's three main faves are the bandeau, the halter and the sliding bikini.
The bandeau is perhaps the easiest for Baby to access, but the detachable halter strap is perfect for extra support — or if you have a "boob grabber," she writes.
The halter, she adds, is great if you need support. But be careful to just loosen the tie behind your neck, Maryam cautions, or you could be letting the world peek at your other non-breastfeeding breast.
Finally, the sliding bikini does just that — moves over to accommodate nursing, without having to untie anything.
So breastfeeding moms, now there's no reason to skip the beach, pool or gorgeous private lagoon! Unless you're exhausted after breastfeeding. We get that, too.