Why I support breastfeeding in public without a cover

Merry - posted on 04/04/2012 ( 9 moms have responded )

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Here's why I support not using a cover

1- babies almost universally hate covers.

2- even babies who used to allow covers usually get to an age where they hate it

3- you can't see the baby or their latch as easily and this can be stressful for mom or baby

4- it gets hot under covers

5- babies breathing the same air over and over again isn't good

6- eye contact is impossible while using most covers

7- if cover is forgotten then baby can't eat? Or mom is distressed and embarressed.

8- fancy covers are expensive and cheap blankets not as useful

9- moms have enough crap to lug around without a cover too

10- covers give the mom and any onlookers the impression that what she's doing is shameful or embarrassing or gross

11- covers make the impression to moms that breastfeeding is more work or more complicated then it needs to be

12- they're just a nice marketing ploy and a waste of money!



There may be more reasons not to cover but I think that's a good start.



I was just at a moms group today. I saw 7+ moms feed their babies and none of them covered. I saw ONE glimpse of one moms breast as her son unlatched to look at me. Other then that I saw nothing.



I nurse my baby(s) in public all the time, never use a cover. Never had a negative look from anyone! In fact most people don't even know I'm nursing.

The only time I've covered is once I was wearing a strapy dress to church and I had to take myboob out the top to feed so I put a blanket over my shoulder but kept my baby's head uncovered. Otherwise my shirt covers the top of my boob and the baby covers the rest!

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I think whatever makes the mom the most comfortable when nursing in public. If she is more comfortable with a cover, she maximizes the nursing session. If she's confident and does not need a cover, more power to her.

Krista - posted on 04/04/2012

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Yeah, when people go on about how mothers should use a cover, I always think, "Wouldn't it get awfully hot and stuffy for the baby having to nurse under a blanket?" I think the whole protest about women "whipping it out" is a total red herring. Most women I know who breastfeed are either discreet, or at the most, matter-of-fact and focused on their child. I have NEVER seen a woman breastfeeding who has appeared to be actively seeking attention.

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User - posted on 04/05/2012

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To be honest using a cover draws more attention to you than if you just pop baby under your top.

The funniest thing happened to me once. I was feeding my son, who was a few weeks old in the vestibule area of church before the service. One of the old gents came over to say hello. He bent his head down to kiss my son and must have got his face about 5 inches away from him when he realised what I was doing. The poor guy didn't know what to do with himself. I thought it was hilarious!

Merry - posted on 04/05/2012

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I also agree that if a mom wants to cover that's totally fine. Just that she shouldn't be made to think she -has- to cover.

No one should be made to feel bad either way of course, just the majority seems to think covering should be standerd with every public feed and it's simply not their choice.

I think many moms wouldn't cover if they thought it was a valid option.

Michelle - posted on 04/04/2012

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When I was breastfeeding my daughter I loved going to my local coffee shop. They had a sign at the counter that states "We support breastfeeding here, all mother's are welcome to breastfeed".



I thought it was great but I never had anyone look at me or make any comments.

Lady Heather - posted on 04/04/2012

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I only use a cover when I need to. Yes, that happens sometimes. Recently my 5 month old has decided she won't eat in busy places. I avoid feeding in these places as much as possible but I can't always. Like I'm on an airplane and everything was distracting her and milk was spraying all over and then she started freaking. Blanket solved that problem.



Definitely not my preference though. I don't understand why I would fuss with a cover when you can't see anything anyways.

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Oh... and when I did use a cover it was just to figure out getting him latched (until I learned to do it discretely and ditched the cover). Once he was latched I'd pull the cover up off his head to the same position as my shirt so he wouldn't be covered. ♥

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:) Fed my son regularly in public for 2 years (and church for 2.5)... only used a cover a handful of times in the very beginning... and also never had a negative look or comment. Not that I would've noticed anyway since I was either focused on my son or on keeping an eye on his sisters. :)

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