Nursing Covers

Menachem has expressed his discomfort of immodest breastfeeding practices in public. I find these specially designed “nursing covers” to be sort of silly–won’t a normal blanket do the trick?–but for the sake of reliable modesty, I am open to the idea. Also, all of these covers come with a strap that goes around your neck (to hold it up) that then opens up a bit before relaxing again to cover breast and baby. This allows you to see the baby and maintain eye contact and to make sure baby doesn’t overheat down there.

There’s quite a market for these covers with prices ranging from about $10 upwards to $35 or $40. I guess my main qualification is that it is lightweight and compact enough that it can be folded and fit into our diaper bag.

Here are a few I’ve come across, and would appreciate feedback if anyone out there has experience with these (or others).

1. Peanut Shell Nursing Cover – Fun colors and prints, 100% cotton, and looks like it’s not too bulky.

2. Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover – Not much to add for this one except there’s a print called Chocolate Mint, which is quite tempting.

3. L’ovedbaby 4-in-1 Nursing Shawl – This one looks a bit bulkier and makes me think that you may as well just use a blanket. It advertises that it can be used as a blanket and as a sun shield–but don’t they all provide those extra benefits? It also serves as a pregnancy poncho, which I won’t really need at that point. One plus: It’s made of microfiber, not cotton, which is just as soft yet doesn’t harbor bacteria as easily as cotton. Or so they say.

4. The First Years – Nursing Privacy Wrap Black – This is the cheapest one I found, but it only comes in black! That’s no fun.

Waste of money? A must-have? What do you think?

7 thoughts on “Nursing Covers

  • January 5, 2009 at 4:51 am

    I was waiting for you to post one about these – almost even suggested it! I saw some nice ones advertised on the modiin list, I’ll have to forward it to you.
    Gotta say – there were times I gave Eden a bottle so that I wouldn’t have to nurse in public. She was wiggly and never did it well. That said, she also would have never tolerated a blanket over her where she couldn’t see the outside world, so this wouldn’t have worked either.

  • January 5, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Yeah, whenever I was in public, I would use a regular receiving blanket. As my son got closer to 3 months and started getting interested in the outside world, he would also just wiggle around so much that a blanket wouldn’t work anymore. When that started happening, I also started pumping bottles for when we would be in public. As a baby gets a little older and starts getting interested in the things around them, having a blanket or any sort of cover over them while nursing really bothers them, and all they want to do is look around it. That might cause more exposure than just not having anything at all!

    Have you looked into pumps yet?

  • January 5, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    So it sounds like a normal blanket is fine for those first few months, and then when the baby gets to be wiggly and interested in the world, even a specially designed nursing cover won’t cut it. Maybe I’ll have a non-wiggly kid who isn’t interested in the world. I guess if that’s the case then one of these would come in handy. Or just a regular blanket. Here’s how i feel: if it’s cheap, i’ll get it. or if someone gets it FOR me, i’ll use it. otherwise, i’ll just use a blanket.

    Yeah, bethami, will you forward me what you saw?

  • January 6, 2009 at 5:53 am

    My baby’s hated nursing under a blanket they always pulled them off. I have the bebe au lait and it’s awesome, I basically just flashed people all the time with my last two kids and now, I am covered and it’s great. The one feature that the bebe au lait has that the others don’t have is that it has a wire on the top that pushes the material out so you can see your baby and, more importantly, see what you are doing. I have to see what I am doing so I can be sure she is latched properly. It is a huge plus to have that. a nursing cover is a must because it gives you freedom to nurse anywhere without offending anyone and you will feel totally comfortable- even at a shabbos table, in the middle of the mall, wherever.

  • January 20, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    The right nursing bra also makes a difference too! I would definitely recommend the Medala (their pump is awesome too!)

  • January 20, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    oh the dreaded topic of nursing bras. See, i’m used to a little more “umph” than what normal nursing bras generally provide. And companies just assume that if you’re nursing than you must have big ones…so it’s been hard to find one that suits my needs. I’ll see when my order arrives.

    In terms of pumps, I”ll be borrowing that from bethami, and i forgot which one she has, but she doesn’t like it and says she felt like a cow hooked up to it. I’m not sure I’d mind feeling like a cow.

  • July 16, 2009 at 6:49 pm

    This probably isn't relevant for you anymore, Sarah, but I thought I'd respond in case it would be useful to your future readers.

    The difference between a nursing cover and a blanket is that a blanket tends to slip off. Also, when the baby gets older s/he will try to pull it off. If it's tied around your neck you don't have to worry about constantly holding it or adjusting it.

    My baby is 9 months old now and I basically can't nurse him anywhere but in a dark room because otherwise he is too curious to focus on nursing. A cover would help, hypothetically, to keep him from getting distracted – if he'd let me keep it on!

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