Tips for Nursing in Public [+ Undercover Mama Review & Giveaway]

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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

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Buy it

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.

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Winner: Mandi N.

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Comments

  1. sherry blamer says:

    I love undercover mama nursing shirts. I love their pink undercovermama shirt.

  2. I would choose the black nursing shirt.

  3. I love Undercover Mama. I have 3; 2 regular and one slimming.

  4. Christi Bailey says:

    I would love love love to have one of these, maybe even three of them!!! So handy and they look absolutely wonderful!!!!

  5. christine k says:

    These shirts have been amazing for me…. I love that I can match them to outfits and wear them to work and not have to worry about straps falling down like spaghetti strap shirts do. It was easy to pump at work with these on. :)

  6. Michele Rodocker says:

    I absolutely love these nursing shirts as they make me feel much more comfortable nursing in front of anyone, at home or in public. I just need more of them!

  7. This would be the perfect gift for my sister in law!

  8. i’ve found that it’s more discreet for me to nurse without a cover, but i do like my sides to be covered. this is a genius product! still get support from a bra, versus a nursing tank… at least for us larger-chested mamas.

  9. I’d love to try one of these. It’d be nice to have a nursing tank with actual support.

  10. I like the fact that you can attach it to any nursing bra. I hate showing my stomach in public

  11. Erin Knack says:

    I bought one of their tank tops when my first baby was born. I used it throughout our breastfeeding journey and did the same with my second. I am desperately in need of some more though for baby number 3!

  12. From birth to one year, dd was nursed in public under a bebe au lait nursing cover.

    Now, I use the Boba or a nursing shirt. I haven‘t tried undercover mama yet.

  13. my favorite is the premium slimming style

  14. Tracy Gordon says:

    I have two of their regular cami’s and love them. Would love to get another one in cream.

  15. I’d love to win this.

  16. I am a new mom and new to nursing. This shirt seems amazing because I seem to wear undershirts with everything. Thanks for letting me know!!

  17. Diane Cooper says:

    My daughter is pregnant with my third grandchild, and has nursed her first two, as I did her. She would love to have some of these, I know!

  18. Love my undercover mama, I only have one so is love another one

  19. Babies should be fed when hungry- even in public :) I love the nursing tanks, they make it easier for moms because there are certainly babies who hate covers. I would love a blueberry, red or black tank.

  20. I like the black, and the grey. good basics that can be paired with all colours. i love that this shirt gives me the freedom to wear more and to feel more comfortable nursing in public

  21. I really like the Emerald and Lime! Green is my favorite color.

  22. My first baby is due any day (I’m 40wks 1 day and getting impatient, hehe) so I’m looking for some easy nursing clothes. I really like the idea of this tanktop and they have a lot of great colors. The tops with the lace are cute too. I’m definitely going to get one!

  23. I’d love to try the premium slimming style.

  24. I love that I can nurse where ever I am, home, in public, at the in-laws, Its always the perfect temperature and its always ready!

  25. I can’t wait to use one of these shirts!! I am due any day now..

  26. I had a hard time nursing in public when my baby was little, but after a bit of experience we got a lot better at it and now I don’t even think twice about nursing my baby when out and about. I use a cover in some situations but other times I don’t. It all depends on the situation.

  27. would love to give these a try!

  28. casey hepford says:

    this is so neat

  29. I love the look of the undercover mama shirts, I think they’d be great while nursing and even afterwards for getting the layered look without having extra straps to worry about. I’m expecting my first next month and may have to get some of these shirts

  30. I would love to try this. I currently do not have one and I just started back at work, so I bet they work great for pumping too!

  31. I breastfed my son for 4.5 months and my daughter for 3 weeks. Both I happily fed from the boob in public, but I would never feed where I wouldn’t expect a bottle fed baby could not feed and one of those places is the swimming pool. People made a stigma over breastfeeding, that it shouldn’t be done in public. Instead of being ashamed of every mother feels proud of this beautiful and natural phenomenon, for making you nursing days better you can take your doctors advice read about breastfeeding online from here http://www.first1000days.ie/category/breastfeeding/

    • Why not at the swimming pool? I’ve nursed my children at the swimming pool before and never thought twice about it. If they’re hungry – then I’ll feed them no matter where we are – the pool included.

  32. These are cute but it’s actually quite easy to make your own – and cheaper, too!! I bought spaghetti strap tank tops at Kohls for $6 each and turned them into nursing tanks. Black, white, gray, nude and purple – $30 for 5 shirts…and I’m no sewing/crafting master! Now I make them for all my expectant mommy friends. Here’s the tutorial I found on pinterest: http://thejensonjaunts.blogspot.com/2011/07/thrifty-fun-diy-make-your-own-nursing.html?m=1

  33. Katherine Blankenship says:

    I love these! I wish I had had something like this with my older two kids.

  34. Next time ,I think you should become more confident and passionate.

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