I’m just gonna say it. It needs to be said. I can’t hold back any longer.
Breastfeeding in public doesn’t mean you have to show all your goods. You can successfully breastfeed while maintaining a standard of modesty.
I mean, let’s be real. I don’t care if you are feeding your baby, I don’t need to see it. Hear me out though, because I don’t think it’s gross to breastfeed. I successfully breastfed two of my own babes until nearly a year when they weaned themselves, so I think I’m well versed enough to speak on the topic. But to breastfeed modestly shows that I respect myself, my husband, and my children, enough to not expose myself to make a point. But, in efforts to not receive a bazillion emails bashing me for being a bad person… I’ll skip the rest of my thoughts and get on to the point.
So I know you’re wanting to know how to breastfeed modestly.
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When I had Johannah, I was one of those mom’s who was way paranoid when even asked about breastfeeding. I was young, inexperienced, and would hide in the closest closed area to feed. I’ve fed in cars, bathrooms, closets, dressing rooms. If there was a secret of secret place, I found it. But when I had Elijah, I was no longer worried about hiding to breastfeed. I was confident that I would be able to breastfeed successfully without compromising my modest standards.
After some MAJOR research, I found brands that provided that experience I was looking for. From tried and true methods to some simple tips and tricks, I’ve combined a few great answers to that very question, “How to breastfeed modestly”.
I’m gonna be a little biased here, and say that this is my absolute favorite nursing accessory that there is. There’s nothing better than having one item that can be used multiple ways, and this four-way nursing cover is a lifesaver. PLUS, it’s not your average nursing cover. This thing is a stretchy, lightweight fabric that covers both the front and the back of you, ensuring that you’ll be fully covered- mah fave. The Covered Goods Nursing Cover is:
- a cart cover
- a car seat cover
- a scarf
- a nursing cover
You know all those people who fuss about putting a blanket over their kids head? Forget ’em. Sometimes you do things in life that aren’t comfortable, sometimes you do things that aren’t always fun, but sometimes they’re necessary. I mean, you wouldn’t walk around with your bosoms out any other time, would you? Besides, I haven’t breastfed for almost a year, and I still use this thing almost daily, my kids love to use them as a blanket. I told you this baby was good.
This is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” products. But, really is so good. Oh and Rupal, the MomBoss behind NursElet is as sweet as they come. This simple band is also multi-purpose.
I really wish I had one of these when I was nursing. Between holding my shirt with my chin while balancing a wobbly babe or forgetting which breast I used last for those midnight feedings, it could have totally come in handy. This option allowed my hands to be freed while breastfeeding and trying to stay covered.
This is the first I’ve seen of a nursing undershirt and I’m completely in love. I’m one of those people who wears an undershirt under everything, literally, and this thing is genius. It is strapless but comes with hooks that attach to your nursing bra straps.
- Different colors
- Slimming options
Using this shirt, there’s no need to fold one side of the shirt up or even pull down to stretch the material, leaving you more covered. Undercover Mama definitely made this with mamas in mind, and I also love that I’m able to adjust the height of coverage as well. It’s an all around top choice.
While breastfeeding modestly doesn’t mean a whole lot to everyone, finding companies that had me in mind meant a lot to me. I felt as though these companies knew the struggle of being a mom in a modern era, who wants the option to breastfeed in public (or at least not in hiding) and still be comfortably covered. These are options that will definitely serve you well when choosing to breastfeed modestly. Or even if you’re just wanting to breastfeed at all, you’ll want to hold tight to these tips.
(This post is purely my own opinion, and they have not been swayed in any way.)