I’m all about women breastfeeding. Liam on occasion still nurses, even with me being due any day now. However, the nursing cover trend just doesn’t do it for me. I know a lot of women love them because they make them feel more discreet while nursing in public. For myself, I just feel that it draws un-needed attention to myself. The fabrics that they are using on the covers are beautiful prints that just say look at me. They are large pieces of fabric that when used look like you’re trying to hide an extra fifty pounds on you. Then if you have a child that likes to move a lot, it appears that you have some sort of alien being trying to get out of your beautiful apron. Liam wouldn’t have let me use one of these covers for long because he is a very warm little guy. I can understand how someone would think a cover would be useful in the early weeks, when it takes a little bit longer to get the baby latched onto the breast. However, on top of trying to get your baby into position, your bra/shirt into position, you are trying to make sure that you have this gigantic piece of fabric around you. Then you try to see your child’s mouth and your breast to make sure that you are obtaining a perfect latch. It seems like the cover would get in your way. Maybe I’m wrong though, maybe it is simpler to use for some women than that. I just became really good at keeping my free hand close to my my baby so that if he came off quickly, I could cover myself and get him latched back on quickly.
I’m glad that women are breastfeeding and that they are doing it in public. I think that you can be discreet while nursing, if discreet nursing is your style, without a cover. You don’t even need a special nursing shirt. If you are self-conscious about your body, simply layering a camisole with a t-shirt will keep you completely covered while nursing. If you don’t want to stretch out your undershirt, then Target has some great nursing tank tops that have a built in bra that allow you to do the layering thing easily.
The nursing covers out there are getting very inventive with their naming too. There are Hooter Hiders, Moo Moo Mamas, The Mommy Cover, Justincase with Pouch, the Slurp & Burp (which I kind of find this name gross), Hide in Chic, etc.
I discovered that there is an entire website devoted to nursing covers… www.nursingcovers.com I guess if it keeps women breastfeeding their babes, then it is better to use them, but why do we feel the need to cover ourselves. Women that bottle feed don’t use these covers. Some of them may even be embarrassed because they are using a bottle for formula or breastmilk, but you don’t see them feeling the need to cover themselves or their babies while feeding. I’ve been fortunate with my breastfeeding experience so far that I have not been harrassed by anyone. I look forward to the day when I can come back with some quip to anyone that dares bugs me while I feed my baby. When I did feel a need for more privacy while nursing, I would find a quiet spot, angle myself and my son in a way that I felt comfortable and get him nursing quickly. In the early days, since he was a winter baby, I was known to nurse in my car just for the warmth factor. As he got bigger though and I wanted to go out walking with my friends, he went into a carrier and off we went, only stopping if I needed to nurse. I don’t believe my friends ever saw my breasts while nursing Liam. If they did, they can comment on here and tell me that I wasn’t nearly as discreet as I thought I was.
Here are two funny cartoons I saw on Facebook the other day. I’ve been meaning to put them on here so that I don’t forget about them. I really want to pull out my knitting and sewing stuff and create the craft projects in one of the cartoons.