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post #21 of 90
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Originally Posted by CookAMH View Post
I'm pretty conservative/modest and don't want anyone seeing my breast except my husband (or a lactation consultant lol)
I agree - and I DON'T cover. Ever.
post #22 of 90
i've covered a few times to get a latch going in extremely crowded places, but after they latched, i just uncovered and pulled my shirt to cover skin. i say, if it makes YOU comfortable, cover or not. i usually don't cover to latch after they are a few weeks old because by then latching isn't an issue and they hate the cover. it's more distraction than just popping them on. oh, and if someone sees my boob, they are too damn close
post #23 of 90
never have, never will. i live in the states, fwiw, in new mexico.
post #24 of 90
I wear a shirt that covers my belly. I can't stand having my flabby belly exposed.

I don't use a nursing cover. In the early days I needed to see. Now there is no chance DD would cooperate. I tried a couple of times with a blanket when DD hit the distraction phase and she absolutely refused to use it.

DD mostly covers my breast even though it is large. If people catch a glimpse here and there it just isn't the end of the world.
post #25 of 90
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Originally Posted by doulawoman View Post
yes, I live in a small city that is conservatie and most ppl have covers, ev en at the mom and baby groups.
Even people at the LLL cover here. You ladies inspire me though!
post #26 of 90
No never, personally I think to cover up - unless the baby actually needs it to concentrate on the job in hand - still gives the impression that breastfeeding isn't normal and breasts are sexual objects, but then we're in europe and breasts aren't 'seen' in the same way as they are in the USA.
post #27 of 90
Nope. Even if I wanted to, my breasts are large and require lots of support, especially in the early stages of breastfeeding. I couldn't manipulate the baby, the breast, and a cover.

But, I still wouldn't want to. I want to help normalize breastfeeding.

I have seen 2 women at LLL meetings (separate meetings) cover-up.
post #28 of 90
Never.

But - I think covering is often a regional thing, a new-nursing thing and or a religious/conservative thing. Combine that with a consumer-driven culture that's sexualized breasts and you see a lot of covering.

I do have nursing clothing for when I feel the need to be really discreet. I just took my baby to a work outing and while I'm comfortable nursing in front of strangers and my friends, my male co-workers were another matter - that and it was questionable if the baby should have been there. But it was the baby or the breastpump and I thought the baby would be more fun.
post #29 of 90
Depends.

I mostly wear nursing tanks. I have a few where covering would be redundant. They literally show NO skin (these, if anyone is interested).

Otherwise it sort of depends on where I am, who I'm with, who is around, and how I feel that day.

But I never completely cover. I usually sort of pull whatever carrier I'm using up over her body, up to maybe her chin. I'm not actually covering her head, or really hiding anything, but I imagine that it makes the people around me feel a bit better.
post #30 of 90
I don't have a cover, but depending on what I'm wearing I try to cover up a little with a burp cloth or a blanket, but I only cover up my breast not my baby. He tends to get distracted while NIP, and puts my boob on display constantly. I try to be a little discreet. It's way too hot in Puerto Rico to cover babies, though I have seen moms do so. Nursing is natural. I don't know why people don't make a big deal how so many babies are being feed formula junk and celebrate/promote breastfeeding more(even extended breasfeeding- which makes some people uncomfortable or critical). Babies need to breastfeed often, no matter where they are! It's our right to feed our children the best!

post #31 of 90
I bought a cover in case I wanted one, but so far I haven't used it. She is getting more into that pop on and off phase, so I may get some use out of it just to cut down on distractions, but I haven't felt the need and no one has batted an eye. Folks are pretty middle of the road where I am, not super conservative or liberal, so as long as I am not flaunting it, most don't even notice and if they do don't care.
post #32 of 90
Because it seems appropriate here.

This is a video I made when DD was 10 months old showing how we NIP'd. I'm pretty conservative and don't really want the general public seeing my breasts or flabby belly and I still choose not to cover. They aren't mutually exclusive. That said, if a mama is more comfortable nursing with a cover, then she should do what makes her comfortable with no shame.
post #33 of 90
No, I don't use a nursing cover. I did 10 years ago when I had my oldest but slowly over the years got rid of it. My kids always hated them and spent most of the time fighting them instead of nursing and usually ended up showing off far more skin than just lifting up my shirt and holding it does.

I do what Kristi does in her video. It is very easy to cover the breast as baby is sliding off and nothing ever shows.

And yes, I am a very modest person. Using covers just drew more attention to the situation.
post #34 of 90
My kids were just asking me the other day why boobies are private!!
Isnt it sickening that our country makes such a big deal about human baby food containers.

It depends wherr I am and what kind of a shirt I have on.
I am not embarassed to nurse anywhere, but I feel like I would flip out if anyone said anything about my exposed breast. I try to be discreet- not to protect myself from people disapproving, but to protect myself from acting in a way that would definitely be very negative.
This being my third nursling I have no tolerance for people who have a problem with it. I just dont get it and I never will!!
post #35 of 90
Nope. I too think it works against normalizing breastfeeding.
post #36 of 90
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Originally Posted by KristyDi View Post
Because it seems appropriate here.

This is a video I made when DD was 10 months old showing how we NIP'd. I'm pretty conservative and don't really want the general public seeing my breasts or flabby belly and I still choose not to cover. They aren't mutually exclusive. That said, if a mama is more comfortable nursing with a cover, then she should do what makes her comfortable with no shame.
Love the video. That is exactly what I did and it worked great. I think too many people think that covering is required if you don't want to show skin, but you and I know it is not. Thanks for sharing!
post #37 of 90
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Originally Posted by KristyDi View Post
Because it seems appropriate here.

This is a video I made when DD was 10 months old showing how we NIP'd. I'm pretty conservative and don't really want the general public seeing my breasts or flabby belly and I still choose not to cover. They aren't mutually exclusive. That said, if a mama is more comfortable nursing with a cover, then she should do what makes her comfortable with no shame.
Thanks for the demo!! Personally, I'm more concerned with people seeing my post-pregnancy tummy than my breast.
post #38 of 90
no, never ever.
post #39 of 90
I don't.

I just lift my shirt enough for DD to latch on. So, my breast is usually covered anyway. But I don't intentionally cover-up. Ever.
post #40 of 90
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Originally Posted by dakotablue View Post
at first yeah. Then I realized using those monster covers just attract more attention to what your doing. no one can even tell unless their really looking, but I also am an under the shirt lift rather than an over the shirt, so that I think makes a difference. Unless in a carrier...
With my first I did use a ridiculous animal print cover that I thought was so cool!
It actually just draws more attention!
My second I typically chose clothes to aid in me NIP fairly discreetly.
My third...boobs and all out! ...well, not exposed of course but ykwim.

Here in Canada I would say its 50-50 mix of covered and uncovered nursing mums.
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