Although breastfeeding is undoubtedly the best way to nourish your baby in the first six to 12 month of life, brandishing your breasts outside of the bedroom remains a taboo topic that makes doing so in public problematic. In fact, the U.S. National Library of Medicine reported results from a 2001 public opinion survey that found only 43 percent of adults in the U.S. believed women should even be allowed to breastfeed in public, while managers of places like restaurants and shopping centers readily admit they discourage breastfeeding or suggest a more secluded spot for doing so.
Many states and the federal government have laws that protect the rights of nursing women, and a plethora of products exist that can help you do so comfortably while avoiding embarrassment and being stigmatized in social settings.
The Bliss Nursing Scarf from Born Free is a one-size-fits-all shawl that you can arrange as a scarf, and don like a cape when it’s time to feed baby. Online photos don’t do justice to the subtle texture of this gauzy black cotton cover-up.
Breastfeeding and Beyond
The long-sleeved STOLA Nursing Cover may be a splurge at $99 CAN, but rest assured you can incorporate it into your wardrobe long after you’ve stopped nursing. This stylish sweater alternative is a blend of cotton and bamboo rayon textiles, accented at each shoulder with an epaulette and a Mother of Pearl button that you can affix to one of the button holes at the base of the garment for added privacy while nursing.
Bamboobies Cute Little Nursing Cover by Soft Style, available online at Hourglass Angel, features fabric made from Spandex, soy fiber and certified organic cotton. Designed by a mother of three in Boulder, CO, it offers shapely coverage and is small enough to fit into a diaper bag so it’s ready whenever you are.
Poncho Baby provides front-to-back coverage in a variety of colors and a curved or square shape at the bottom to suit your style preferences. Best of all, it works overtime as a blanket, car seat canopy, stroller cover or sun shade.
Carry and Chow
The Soothe Shirt from Lalabu is a simple way to wear baby for skin-to-skin contact and has a built-in nursing bra that allows for impromptu feedings no matter where you are. When not holding or feeding baby, it retains its shape as a chic, figure-slimming tank with concealing coverage for ample cleavage.
Nursing Bra’s Best Friend
A Chic Cowl Neck Nursing Top from Udderly Hot Mama can be worn alone or under a jacket or cardigan. Made of a stretchy, soft material with cute capped sleeves, it has a neckline that’s roomy enough dip discreetly, allowing baby to easily access a nursing bra without stretching out your garment. A removable undercover flap provides added privacy when nursing.
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