Do you use a nursing cover?

April 12, 2010. Posted in: Blog Posts

I have mixed feelings about nursing covers. I never use one myself, and feel that it actually draws attention to the fact that mom is breastfeeding. On the other hand, I want other moms to do whatever is necessary to feel comfortable feeding their babies. In this story, Karin Cadwell also points out that seeing other women breastfeeding makes it more likely that a new mom will choose to breastfeed her baby. Do YOU use a nursing cover?

Public displays of nutrition: How breast-feeding begets breast-feeding.

After dashing through the Barnes & Noble in Peabody, clutching my screaming 4-month-old, I finally found a spot to sit down. At the opposite end of the store from where my 2-year-old was browsing with my husband, there was an empty chair across from two teenagers texting and next to an elderly woman who glanced up with what I thought was a judging look. My daughter still screaming, I draped a blanket over my breast and Phoebe’s head, hoping to avoid an unfortunate nipple flash, and once she was latched, shifted the blanket so it covered my breast but left her head uncovered…


Tania April 12, 2010 at 11:58 am

No, I’ve never used one. The idea definitely doesn’t appeal to me.
Of course this might be because I live in a country where even though many mothers quit breastfeeding between one and three months postpartum due to the lack of information and support, breastfeeding in public is not frowned at. People are a bit curious, a bit shy, overall supportive, so it’s quite easy to nurse in public (not to flash the mob, though, just to nurse the ‘normal’ discreet way). We can see breast and not faint.

My sister visited us with her nursing toddler, bringing along a nursing cover, obviously quite popular in the USA. It seemed so funny to imagine someone would cover her baby’s head to nurse… I told her people would stare much more at her if she used the cover.
People here (Bulgaria, Eastern Europe) are not used to this kind of puritanism. Thank goodness for that :)

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THW April 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm

I bought a nursing cover 5 days after my son was born. I used it twice. The first time it worked just fine as I fed my son while out to dinner. The second time was so frustrating for both of us that I ended up moving the cover to the side so he could latch on successfully. I then used the cover to shield most of my breast but not to cover his head. I wasn’t comfortable breastfeeding in public because my chest is extremely large. I’ve since gotten over that concern because the nursing cover gets in the way of my son feeding. We both get frustrated and sweaty and I think I draw more attention to myself. So, now I don’t care and I whip it out without a cover!