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With my first, Grady, I was so so nervous about nursing in public. It was a combination of it being a new thing and some difficulties that we had that required the use of a nipple shield. He nursed for 2 years – and I definitely got better about it over time. But, now with Haley – I’m a PRO. And from the beginning, too! A little more experience and the right products really helped me to feel comfortable. She’s 18 months and we’re still going strong. Below I’ve listed a few tips for nursing in public that I think you’ll find helpful.
Tips for Nursing in Public
- Relax: Honestly, I think this is the most important thing. If you’re uptight about it, your baby will sense that. Some deep breaths can help calm your nerves so that both you and your baby are relaxed.
- Wear the right clothes: Fumbling around with clothes while you’re trying to get your baby latched on is no fun. A nursing bra is a must, and nursing shirts and tank tops go a long way in helping you feel more covered. When I’m out in public, I definitely like the coverage that a nursing camisole, like the Undercover Mama that I was sent to review, offers. Since it attaches to your nursing bra, you can pull your top shirt up, unhook your bra, and still have your stomach covered, which is great since I definitely don’t want to show off my postpartum tummy.
- Use some accessories: Learning to breastfeed in a baby carrier has been one of the best things I ever learned to do. It makes feeding on the go so easy – it’s how I get my grocery shopping done! Other great accessories – nursing covers, scarfs, shawls, etc. I’ve even seen oversized hats for babies that serve to block other people’s view.
- Location: If you can, move to a quite place. Being nervous and trying to feed your baby in the middle of the food court at the mall is going to be a lot harder than sitting on a bench just a little bit farther away. You definitely don’t need to feed your baby in the bathroom – but a quiter location is almost always better than a loud, busy area where your baby’s distracted.
Undercover Mama has a very unique product on the market for breastfeeding moms. I’ve never been a fan of traditional nursing shirts, so their nursing tank that allows you to make any of your shirts a “nursing shirt” really appeals to me. I can simply wear any of my shirts with the Undercover Mama tank underneath and have access to all my clothes again.
Basically, the Undercover Mama is a tank top with no straps. Your bra straps become the straps, essentially. There are 2 attachment pieces at the top of the tank that you use to hook to the flap on your nursing bra. You can either use the hook or the loop. Whichever one you choose you’ll bring to the front. I always use the hook over the loop. I find it to be a tad bit easier – although both are easy. I take the hook and slide it through the opening at the top of my nursing bra “flap.” There’s a seam directly under the clip on your bra. If you were using the loop, you’d just slide the whole loop over the top of the flap. Writing it out, it seems complicated, but trust me, it’s not.
I only have 1 bra that I can’t get the Undercover Mama to work with. It’s probably my least favorite bra, so it’s no big deal because I hardly wear it. There’s just no opening to slide the hook through and the top part of the flap is too wide for the loop.
The Undercover Mama is 95% cotton and 5% spandex so it has some decent stretch to it. It’s supposed to fit snug, so you may want to size down. I’m wearing an XS (I’m tall and slender) and it fits great. It’s plenty long to peek out from underneath my shirt, yet snug enough that it stays put.
The quality is great, too. I’ve had this one in pink for a few months now and I haven’t had any problems washing it. No unraveled seams, no fading, etc. I have another one in brown that’s probably 2 years old now and it’s also still in perfect condition even after being worn weekly.
What are your tips for nursing in public? What advice would you give to a new mama who’s nervous about it? Have you tried and Undercover Mama tank yet? It’s really such a neat concept.
You can purchase the Undercover Mama, like the one I reviewed, on the Undercover Mama Website and select retailers for $24.99. They come in a variety of colors, a sliming version, and one with lace at the bottom, too. If the price for one tank top seems high, just remember that it allows you to use ALL your shirts like nursing shirts, so it’s totally worth the price.
One lucky According to Jenny reader is going to win Undercover Mama in choice of size and color!
Enter below using the rafflecopter form. The first entry is mandatory and then the rest of the entries are optional, but will greatly increase your chances of winning! You can view my official giveaway rules here. Good Luck!
US/CAN, 18+, Ends 12/21/13
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Winner: Mandi N.