What is Nursing Cover?
Nursing cover is just fabric that is use to hide the breasts while nursing baby or pumping milk in public.
When I’m breastfeeding, it isn’t always practical to look for the nursing room or nearest empty room whenever baby gets the urge to nurse. Even though my baby need to be nursed every 2 hours because of hunger, sometimes it is just for comfort or tired. There are times where I have to breastfeed in public or at family gatherings, and nursing covers helps to keep my business private while my baby gets all the nutrient-rich breast milk she needs.
When I’m away from my baby, I need to pump to collect milk so my baby can have it when I’m not around my baby and to maintain milk supply. When I’m in the office or attending whole day training/ seminar, sometimes I might not be able to get an empty room to pump.Even with the perfect nursing cover; I feel a little awkward and uncomfortable the first few times breastfeed in public. But like riding a bike or driving a car, I get better every time I do it. As times grows by, my confidence grow and soon I am breastfeeding in public without a care in the world; my only focus being my little baby, no matter how many people stare.
Even with the perfect nursing cover, I still feel a little awkward and uncomfortable the first few times breastfeed in public. But like riding a bike or driving a car, I get better every time I do it. As times pass, my confidence grow and soon I am breastfeeding in public without a care in the world; my only focus being my little baby, no matter how many people stare.
Reasons To Use A Baby Nursing Cover
I prefer nobody see my breasts and feel more comfortable nursing with a cover so that I don’t expose myself in any way. I prefer most people not even see or know what you are doing so it can still be a quiet, relaxed time with my baby without any questions or comments from others.
When using nursing cover, my baby may get less distracted Sometimes she get really distracted out in public and stop nursing every time she see something! Under a nursing cover, she won’t be able to see anything and won’t be so distracted. As my baby latches and unlatches or change positioning, I want to be covered up so nobody sees anything.
Just like breastfeeding is a personal decision, so is the decision to use a nursing cover when breastfeeding in public. You have to decide what works best for you. I couldn’t bring myself to do it. It didn’t matter if I was with friends or strangers. There was no way I was comfortable with it. Because of my conservation thinking and my sensitivity to other people’s feelings, I wouldn’t have breastfeed in public without a nursing cover.
What to Look for in a Nursing Cover?
I don’t have to be a rocket scientist to pick out a nursing cover — it’s pretty hard to screw up this purchase. All I need to do is find covers that meet these 2 simple needs/ function:-
- Adequately cover exposed areas
- ALLOW BABY TO BREATH!
To find the best nursing cover for you, you need to consider how you plan to use it (nursing or pumping), how important full coverage is to you, and your baby’s personality, if you’re nursing. There are several types of nursing covers and each of them has their own advantages, disadvantages and learning curve.
Actually, I prefer apron-style covers because they looked more fashionable me. It consist of a large rectangle of fabric that covers chest, and they have a strap on the back of the neck holding them in place, like an apron. Both nursing and pumping can be done easily with an apron-style cover. Most apron-style nursing covers have a firm neckline – sort of like the underwire on a bra – that holds the fabric out enough so that you can see your baby or your pump parts, which really helps with latching on or getting your pumping stuff hooked up. As these covers are easy to quickly put on whenever you need to nurse or pump, but they can also be easy for your baby to pull off.
I use nursing cover ponchos because they provide coverage around my entire body. Other covers can slip off to the side while nursing or pumping, but that won’t happen with a poncho. It’s also much harder for baby to pull these off if she doesn’t like covers. Additionally, sometimes, when I pull my shirt up to nurse or pump, a poncho will cover that up.
How Many Nursing Covers Do I Need?
With only 1 nursing cover, I successfully breastfeed for more than 2 years for both my girls. But from a fashion perspective, it doesn’t hurt to have two or more different nursing covers so you always have one to go with your outfits.
Do you use nursing cover when breastfeeding in public? Share your experience.