Posts Tagged ‘nursing cover’

Why I Choose to Cover

Monday, August 10th, 2015

Why I choose to coverWhen I was pregnant with my first baby, I dreamt of nursing in public, baring it all and joining in the Nurse-Ins I had heard so much about. Yet as my first little guy came into being, and once I adjusted into my new role of mom I found that this was not for me. I loved nursing, I loved being out in public with my baby, yet nursing completely openly was something I never felt comfortable with.

Besides my babies being extremely distracted in public, my biggest unease about nursing in public had to do with modesty. I never felt comfortable nursing while out and about. Even with a baby blocking most of the view, I felt exposed, and the more I stressed over it the less milk I would give my babe. Amidst my uneasiness, I found myself reaching for my beautiful nursing cover more and more.

Even at home, if anyone is visiting my house other than another nursing mother, I prefer to cover up or leave the room. I do not feel it is respectful to my guests to nurse in front of them unless there is a blanket over us. My baby needs the privacy, and I do not like to make my guests uncomfortable by baring my breasts to nurse. While this may seem odd in today’s “it’s my right” society, my upbringing keeps me from being comfortable with it.

Babies, as they grow and become mobile, become more and more acrobatic as they nurse. Currently at nine months old, my littlest guy is more octopus than baby when he nurses. Even when he’s sleepy he pops on and off, talks, grunts, kicks and likes to release his frustrations at the breast. I enjoy these moments as a conversation between us–not to be shared with the general public. My baby and I have this special bond of nursing, and by keeping it private between us I believe I make him feel safe and important. At the moment of nursing, it is just him and I in the moment, taking a breather to reconnect.

Today, three babies into my mothering journey, I find that I love my nursing cover and am rarely without it or a thin muslin blanket to cover up with. My baby loves his covers, and I feel very connected to the privacy and respect it offers me. While baring it all is quite popular, for me and my little ones keeping it in is the way to go.

Pia Watzig is a stay at home mom to three crazy boys who keep her laughing and on her toes. She attempts to stay sane in Portland, Oregon.


Nursing at the Pool

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Nursing at the PoolIn the summer of 2011, I had my second daughter, Alice, on July 30, eight days late. That’s beside the point for this blog, but I can’t help but say it every time I mention her birthday.

My oldest daughter was 2 years old, and she was used to going to the pool every day, because that is where I sought relief from the Texas heat when I was pregnant and eight days overdue. In the summer. In Texas.

OK, now we can move on.

So once paternity leave was over, staying home all day wasn’t an option. Not because she threw a fit over not going to the pool, but because the water wore her out so well, she took an amazing nap afterward. So, I was stuck taking a toddler and newborn to the pool in Texas. I was addicted to that post-pool nap.

Fortunately, the pool was very kid-friendly and my daughter was a great swimmer, so it was easy to manage them both. But the first time the baby began crying when there were a bunch of other people at the pool, I had a dilemma as an NIP newbie: bust out the cover, or just slip my strap down and nurse?

Nursing in a swimsuit meant that my entire boob was out. But at a place where one is surrounded by breasts, why did I feel weird? I had always used a cover with my first baby. But in the Texas heat, and at the pool under the shade, I decided to just go with it.

Part of my Southern upbringing means I’m a people pleaser. Even if no one says anything to me, even if no one complains, I’m hyperaware of how people are acting and if someone is uncomfortable. So as an attachment-parenting mom, part of what I have had to do is turn that people-pleaser voice off. My other daughter is happy, safe, and entertained, and I have a rare moment to nurse in peace—I’m taking it!

Nursing at the Pool

Sometimes we also nursed on the way there!

We did nurse at the pool all summer long that summer, and no one batted an eye. Several times, small children came up to me to ask about the baby and sometimes what we were doing, and I just told them I was feeding my baby milk. I love that kids have no shame associated with nursing and I feel like in that moment I am helping to make it nursing more normal for the next generation in a tiny way.

If taking your kids to the pool or the beach is something you can enjoy safely with your baby in tow, don’t feel weird nursing there, covered or uncovered. If your baby likes to hang out at the boob for a long time, you may want to bring a cover since the best form of sun protection for babies under 6 months is physically blocking sunlight with UV clothing, hats, or keeping them in the shade. Covers can be great for that! But if your baby won’t tolerate it, just find a shady spot and relax. The pool is the one place where you are not the only one letting it all hang out.

Erin Burt is a freelance writer and mom of three. She lives and writes in (much cooler) Queensbury, New York.



Your Rights In-Flight: Nursing on an Airplane

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Your Rights In-FLight: Nursing on an Airplane

Can nursing moms be required to pump or cover up on a flight?

That question is at the heart of a media firestorm between Delta and a breastfeeding mom. Delta is not the only airline that has been in the media over the subject of breastfeeding.  This leads many moms to wonder if breastfeeding while flying is a good idea, allowed, or even legal. The answer is: YES!

First of all, know that you never need to ask someone if it’s OK to breastfeed your baby. In many countries around the world including the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, the law sides with the breastfeeding mom. Breastfeeding while flying can lead to a happier baby and less to pack in the carry-on bag for mom. I have breastfed both of my babies on airplanes, and thankfully never had anyone comment in a negative way.

Pointers for Breastfeeding on an Airplane:

  • If possible, choose a seat where you will be comfortable. I prefer a window seat while nursing; I feel like it is easier to be discreet. If your baby has a favorite side when nursing, take that into consideration when choosing which side of the plane to sit on.
  • If you are traveling alone and are more comfortable sitting next to a female while breastfeeding, ask a flight attendant if this is possible.
  • Dress for nursing ease; I usually wear a tank underneath a shirt or cardigan. This makes it easy for me to nurse and I often nurse without a cover when I dress this way. See more about dressing comfortably for nursing–with or without a cover–in this post.
  • Pack a nursing cover or blanket if your baby will nurse with a cover. Both of my babies nursed under covers when they were really young, but as they got older this was no longer possible.
  • Nurse during take-off and landing; this alleviates the pressure in your baby’s ears. Both your baby and your fellow passengers should thank you for this.

Most airlines do not have an official breastfeeding policy that can be easily found online. If you are looking to fly the most breastfeeding friendly airline, here are some comments from media relations of various airlines. This ambiguity could be what has led to airline employees telling moms they must cover up while nursing.

Ask to speak to another airline employee if you are treated unfairly; keep in mind you may be dealing with an uninformed employee if you receive negative comments. If a fellow passenger is rude or making you uncomfortable, you can ask that they are re-seated or if you can move next to a more accommodating passenger.

We love to travel with our children and have found flying with babies to be quicker and often more enjoyable than a long car ride. Nursing on airplanes is easy and within your rights as a mom.

Kristen Beggs is a mom of two who has nursed both of her babies on multiple airlines without incident.

Sunday Funday Giveaway | Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover - Parkside

In a recent post about breastfeeding, using a Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover was suggested as an option to increase a mother’s comfort level when nursing in public. The design of the Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover allows a mother to easily view her baby while providing ample coverage. It’s light-weight making it easy to pack along in your diaper bag and comfortable to use in warm climates. There’s even a small pocket which could be used to store breast pads, a pacifier,or  a nipple shield. The Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover is really well designed for the needs of a breastfeeding mom, including the ability to maintain eye contact with nursing baby.

Would you like to win a Bebe Au Lait Nursing Cover? Follow the directions below to enter today!