As a first time mom, a nursing cover was on my must-have registry list.  Honestly, before my son was born, the thought never crossed my mind to nurse uncovered.  I had never seen anyone breastfeed without a cover before, and for all I knew, it could have been illegal to do so!  (It totally is NOT illegal to nurse without a cover!  Check out the National Conference of State Legislatures website for up-to-date breastfeeding state laws.)

Image taken from Google search
Image taken from Google search
As a person who always likes to be on the go, I knew that I would inevitably find myself nursing in public from time to time.  And as a woman who has always veered towards the ‘modest’ side, regardless of the law, I knew that I would feel more comfortable nursing around others covered.
 
When my little one entered the world, breastfeeding was not as natural as I had hoped it would be (you can read a little bit about my struggles on my post “How a Bottle Saved My Breastfeeding Relationship“).  My son struggled to latch and we were advised to use a nipple shield.  The nipple shield helped my son’s latch tremendously, but was a HUGE hassle for me.  It often took me more than five attempts to correctly apply the shield to my nipple.  This hassle was amplified by not being able to see what I was doing when I tried to apply the nipple shield while wearing a nursing cover.
 
After a few months of struggling to apply the nipple shield, while wearing a cover and holding a baby that was screaming from hunger, I decided that something had to give.  So I bought a couple of nursing tanks, dumped the cover, and never looked back.
This is how the 'two-shirt' nursing method works. Image taken from Google search.
This is how the ‘two-shirt’ nursing method works. Image taken from Google search.
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To cover or not to cover, that is the question.  What do you think?

This is the first time that I nursed uncovered at my parents' house. Neither of them batted an eye... probably because the 'two-shirt' method keeps me pretty covered without my son having to eat under a blanket!
This is the first time that I nursed uncovered at my parents’ house. Neither of them batted an eye… probably because the ‘two-shirt’ method keeps me pretty covered without my son having to eat under a blanket!

We would love to hear from you…! What is your go to method for breastfeeding your baby in public?

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Amber Castro

Lifestyle Blogger at On Life & Leche
I'm currently a stay-at-home mom to my son who was born in January of 2015.I have my degree in Anthropology and spent the two years before my son was born teaching. After months of struggling with nursing, I was finally able to have the beautiful breastfeeding relationship I dreamed of.These struggles helped me find my passion for helping other mothers in their breastfeeding journeys and guided me to study to become a lactation counselor.

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1 Comment on To Cover or Not to Cover

  1. JaimieZaki
    September 17, 2015 at 12:23 PM (2 years ago)

    I think every mom should do what is most comfortable to her… My story is very similar to yours. I feel if someone feels he needs to cover, that’s A-ok, but she should understand that moms who don’t cover have their reasons, none of which have anything to do with attention seeking lol

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