If you’re a beastfeeding mum …

I recently purchased a breastfeeding cover, I did this for 2 reasons:

1. So that I can leave the house for longer than 2 hours before baby needs a feed (I totally support breastfeeding in public, but I’m just not confident enough to do it with the ladies on show).

2. So that I can breast feed at home with guests round, without either making myself feel awkward, or watching other people feel awkward around me.

I’ve only been a mum for a month now, but so far this has been one of the best purchases I’ve made. Sure, it’s not the most glamorous, but it looks good enough for the job. There are loads available, some better/more attractive than others. I wasn’t sure how much I’d use it, or if I’d be confident enough when the time came, so I opted for a cheap one from The Daisy Baby Shop (only £6.95, what a bargain!)

Excuse the selfie! I wanted to show what it really looks like, the photo on the website doesn’t look quite the same…

I first tried it out in Starbucks. I was a bit nervous to start with, sure it covers you up, but what if I used it wrong? What if I had a dreaded nip slip? What if someone looked at me and passed judgement? But after some toing and froing, I went for it. I was surprised by how easy it is to use. Just tie a knot around the back, throw it over your neck and you’re good to go. There’s a handy little gap at the top too – I assume this is so you can still see your baby, but maybe it also keeps it cooler under there for them? I imagine it gets quite hot under there otherwise. It’s also wide enough that there are no risks of anyone catching a sneak peak. If it wasn’t for the little feet hanging out the end, you wouldn’t even know that there was a baby under there! Dominic did seem a little frightened at first and whinged a bit, but who can blame him? I wouldn’t be too happy if someone suddenly shoved a cloth over my head. But he doesn’t seem to mind it now, he gets his milk without fuss.

If you’re a breast feeding and a unsure whether you’re confident enough to do it in public, give this a go. It’s totally worth it, and really cheap. I can actually take long trips out without panicking about getting back before my baby fusses for another feed. And, when I have friends round I don’t have to keep running upstairs to feed in private every couple of hours.

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