Once we got over all the jaundice and weight gain issues and then the milk supply issues, we had a new problem. Unless I wanted to be a shut in for the rest of my life, I was going to have to figure out how to feed my son somewhere other than inside my house.
I didn’t want my business all hanging out everywhere so I needed to figure out how to nurse discreetly. I’ve found three options that work for me: nursing in public with a cover, nursing in public without a cover, and nursing in a carrier or sling.
When I was pregnant I saw a deal for a “free” nursing cover, just pay $8.95 shipping. I jumped on it and ordered an Udder Cover. I later found out they’re always free with a coupon code you can easily find online but I still think it was worth it. I like it because it has a rigid neckline so you can still see what you’re doing even though everyone else can’t. But nothing lasts forever and eventually my baby (as I’m sure yours will eventually) decided he wanted to rip that thing off every time I used it.
Whenever I go out I usually layer a shirt over a tank from Old Navy (I’m currently loving these & these) with a loose neckline. I’ve also used my BellaBand from when I was pregnant under a shirt. It works great to hide my belly when I pull up my top shirt. Sometimes if I’m going to be hiking (there is usually no one else around) then I don’t bother with the layers because it’s too hot.
I absolutely adore my ERGO because it’s so easy to nurse in discreetly. It has a hood that I can just snap in place and it covers everything.
I know plenty of women who breastfed but chose to pump and bottle feed when out in public or just not go out in public. Neither of those were really an option for me because it takes me three days to pump one bottle and I love being outdoors. So now, I’m comfortable feeding the gnome whenever and where ever he gets hungry. On occasion I will still use my nursing cover if I feel like it but it draws more attention than just nursing him does.
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