So you want to learn to nurse in public without a cover, eh? Well, you’ve come to the right blog. And I assure you, the only awkward thing about this video is me and my weird facial expressions.
Because a few people asked:
- I am only wearing the red t-shirt and a nursing bra (I like the brand Anita). I also have a fleece jacket on. Having another layer on top will help keep your back out of the breeze while your shirt is up, but I don’t always have a sweater/jacket/cardi on. Sometimes I just let the back skin show. I’m a rebel like that.
- I’m using a cradle hold here. It’s just how I prefer to nurse. I can usually do something with my other hand when I use this hold.
- When latching your babe, just do it in one fluid motion. Shirt up a teeeeensy bit, baby on. Think like Indiana Jones.
- If I feel him start to pull away, I’ll either put my hand near by for a quick cover, or I will hold on to my shirt so I can pull it down as he pulls away. Usually I try to pull him in closer and keep him latched though.
- I will say that the fact that my kids are/were great nurselettes makes this easier, so don’t be discouraged if it doesn’t work for you and your baby.
Could there be a less flattering cover image for this video? I don’t think so.
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Nurse with a cover. Nurse at home. Nurse without a cover. Bottle feed your baby with formula. Pump breast milk. Or get donor milk. I don’t care how you feed your baby. You rock for taking care of that little being, and you do what works for both of you.
Efficient Momma says
lol! Love this :-) I also felt like a cover brought more attention to the fact that I was nursing so I’ve not used one. But that’s just me :-)
I usually end up using a scarf for cover if needed…but I agree w/ ^Efficient Momma that covers draw more attention…but the best part about the Vlog was “meeting” you in person! :) It’s funny, but hearing someone’s actual voice makes such a difference on perceptions! aka you are even nicer w/ your voice ;)
I nursed my first three kids everywere and anywhere in public without ever using a cover all through the toddler years, just like you showed by pulling my shirt up. When I had my fourth, someone gave me a nursing cover and now I LOVE using it. I don’t use it all the time, or even most of the time, but having it has opened up my nursing wardrobe in a whole new way, Now I can wear dresses and certain tops (things which are tighter that make pulling my shirt up less modest because it exposes all of my side) and belts and tucked in shirts…basically anything where nursing access is easier by pulling up out of the top of my shirt instead of lifting my shirt up. It also makes nursing in the sling much easier, because it is easier to just pull up out of the shirt, rather than lifting the shirt up.
I do feel like a cover brings more attention to me, but if I wearing an outfit where nursing access is easier over the top, rather than by lifting up my shirt I use it, because I feel pulling up out of my shirt without a cover is just not modest. There is just no way to make that decent without using something (a scarf, a blanket, a cover, the tail of the sling…but something).
I love nursing with a cover sometimes (to make me feel comfortable) – but a lot of times, I don’t use one and no one notices (or they’re polite enough to not say anything).
I do hate taking out my cover at Mass. We sit in the front and I wear a veil, so putting my cover on over the veil makes me self conscious, but I’m not going to nurse an acrobatic toddler in the third row without a cover…I’d prefer not to nurse her in church at all, but sometimes that’s the only thing that keeps her from trying to scramble into the choir loft (where her Grandma and Dad are singing).
Leanne W says
I love this. I’m on my third child and unfortunately for me, I have super nosey eaters who like to unlatch, look around, and smile at those nearby before continuing. You make it look so easy!
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