I know for some of you this may not seem like a big deal but I have NEVER been comfortable nursing in public. I breastfed my first for 6 months and for 6 months I hid. When in public I’d feed the baby in the car or the bathroom.
Sad. I know.
I wish I was more open about it as I’d love to influence more women to breastfeed but, it’s tough! There really is no support. Even my husband is very modest about it.
I’ve tried using a blanket to cover up but it’s awkward and you can’t drape it until you have the baby latched. Meaning, for a few seconds you are just hanging out. Not to mention, by yourself it’s almost impossible to do. At least it is for me.
I’m also not a fan of nursing in a wrap as I like to use two hands. One to support my breast and the other to hold the baby. I know other women who achieve expert level nursing but I’m not one of them.
I just figured I was out of options until my friend handed down her nursing cover. The one pictured above. Honestly, I’ve heard of nursing covers before but I just assumed they were large pieces of material. Never did I think it would actually be something useful.
Then I tried it.
Honestly, it is AWESOME! It drapes over your head and has a reinforced neckline that holds the fabric out from your body allowing you–and only you– to look down and see the baby and the boob. The rest of it does it’s job and covers!
So today I decided to give it a try IN PUBLIC.
I nursed my newborn at a crowded park while watching my kindergartner on the swings. People noticed but no one saw a thing!
I actually felt comfortable!
This opens a whole new world for me. No more planning errands around baby’s feeding schedule. I shall not fear the public nurse ever again!
That may sound dramatic but I really feel like I have an option I didn’t before. I can’t be the only one who’s struggled with this.
Do you nurse in public? How do you cover up?
Click here to check out the Balboa Baby Nursing Cover. I have the black geo one.