When talking about breastfeeding, it seems like the question I hear the most is to cover or not to cover? And people are usually all too willing to give the best advice for breastfeeding, whether you ask them for it or not!
This has come to be known as quite a controversial topic. But whatever your take on it, we have tips and ideas that will make breastfeeding easier, however you choose to do it!
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Many moms, although they truly love breastfeeding baby, aren't that comfortable breastfeeding in public. If this is you and you feel the need for a breastfeeding cover, then by all means, use one. Please don't feel that just because not covering up when breastfeeding has gained such popularity (in fact, it's pretty much the norm now) that you have to follow the crowd.
On the other hand, if you're comfortable being out in the open when feeding your baby, you have that right. No one should ever be told that they can't breastfeed anywhere they choose to.
Everyone is different. Moms who don't like covering up to breastfeed don't want to be told we have to or receive disapproving looks from others. Mom's who want to cover should be allowed to do so without fear of being criticized by fellow breastfeeders.
So in support of whatever you choose to do, we have options to help you either way. This advice for breastfeeding comes with no judgement but simply ideas to help you whether you choose to cover or not to cover.
Ideas for Covering Up When Breastfeeding
These nursing covers are very popular, and definitely so much easier than the traditional blanket method. (Although that works too, I breastfed all 4 of my kids using a blanket!)
There are many different styles, but here are a few to choose from:
You guessed it, goes around mom's neck and fastens in back just like an apron. Has adjustable straps and a rigid neckline that allows for ventilation while feeding.
This is so stylish, I just love it! Wear it around your neck when you don't need it, no one will ever know it's a nursing cover until you use it. This particular one can also be used as a sun shade, baby blanket and more. Having multiple uses for a breastfeeding cover is such a great idea!
I love this because it really looks like a classic poncho. Again, who will know it's a nursing cover until they see it in use? No one! It's made of super breathable fabric that is thick enough to prevent it from being see-through, yet thin enough you (and your baby) won't overheat. I really like the stripes as well.
I worked with the folks at Cover Me Strap years ago when I had my online store. I really liked nursing cover strap because it eliminated the need to buy a separate nursing cover by allowing you to use a blanket that you already have.
Again, different strokes for different folks here. But using a breastfeeding cover strap allows you to attach it to any blanket you use. This means it's easy to make sure you always have a clean cover.
Ideas for Not Covering Up When Breastfeeding
Find a Quiet Place to Nurse
No, I don't mean go into the restroom (yuck!). But many places nowadays have nursing stations, feeding rooms, or even very nice dressing rooms that work well for a little bit of privacy. Remember, it's not always about just your comfort either. Your baby might do better in a more quiet and comfortable environment.
There is clothing that's designed especially for nursing that makes it easier than ever to nurse wherever you are.
This Undercover Mama Slimming Nursing Tank is the best! Yes, I love it so much because it was invented by a mom, and the company is mom owned and operated. But I also love how well it works. It will work with both your nursing bra and regular bra, which is amazing. It has a slimming mid-section that offers both support and coverage to your post-baby tummy. You can wear these alone or under a shirt or cardigan (like the one just below!). This nursing tank can even be worn when you're through nursing, it's that amazing!
These pair so well with a nursing tank or cami and allow easy access for breastfeeding in public (or anywhere, for that matter!).
More Breastfeeding Essentials
Here are a few of our favorite breastfeeding products:
Safe for mama and baby, no need to wash off before nursing. Plus the company is in my home state of Oregon, so yeah, they're awesome!
I had a glider rocker with two of my kiddos and liked it. They really enjoyed the rocking motion, and I loved being able to put my feet up while I nursed.
There are a number of breastfeeding pillows out there now, but back when I nursed, the selection was limited. I used this breastfeeding pillow and boy was it a lifesaver! When I had my first baby I used a standard bed pillow and it was difficult to adjust and get the right fit. I highly recommend a pillow made especially for breastfeeding, it helps tremendously in the nursing process.
I love this! Even though it's not specifically for breastfeeding, I wanted to mention it as it can be used by breastfeeding moms. What a great way to keep baby close to you! I think it's a fairly new product and boy how I wish I would have had one of these when my kids were babies. They liked to be held. A lot.
Visit this post for even more ideas on products that help breastfeeding moms.
More Breastfeeding Tips
31 Breastfeeding Secrets from Parents.
Tips From Breastfeeding Veterans from Baby Center
10 Breastfeeding Tips from Mama Natural
Breast milk storage from Mamapedia
At the end of the day, whether you choose to cover or not to cover is a personal choice that only you can make. And as moms, we all should be supportive of each other in our decisions. The best kind of advice for breastfeeding comes with no judgment.
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