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