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Covering while beast feeding

post #1 of 12
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I am very pro-breastfeeding! I am the only one in my family except an aunt who maybe did a short time IMO and definitely the only one who has gone over a year! My beliefs and convictions are leading me to be more modest and while I do not judge those who choose not to cover I choose to in public! (I realize those who do not cover are not flaunting their breasts out and for the most part nothing is even showing!) I just choose to be a little more covered... With that said is their anyone here on the forum who covers for their beliefs (religion)? Please do not turn this into a bashing session. I'm just curious who shares my same opinions! I am all for
Normalizing breast feeding which I do everywhere, stores, mall, restaurants, you name it! So I am not saying to go and hide in a closet!!! Please let's keep it friendly!!
post #2 of 12
I am generally a modest person even though it is not based on a religious belief. I cover up based on where I am. If I am surrounded by strangers, I will attempt to cover up more just because I don't know who will be looking at my breasts and why. If I am with other moms or my family, I don't bother.
post #3 of 12

I covered up. I have huge breasts and my babies' heads were no help in keeping me from being exposed. I am just simply more modest than others and my comfort level was being covered. Maybe if my breasts were smaller, I would have felt differently.

post #4 of 12

Ring sling does a great job of keeping everybody else out of the loop that it's feeding time until they're about crawling age. If they're really co-operative I can latch on when nobody is looking and pull my shirt most of the way down and that's plenty modest. If they're older and squirmy I excuse myself to another room, then nursing time is usually naptime anyway and he needs to be put down in quiet. I'm fine with those who don't cover much too but that's not me, I'd rather keep my modesty and avoid people acting awkward around me.

post #5 of 12

I don't use a dedicated "cover." I do try to conceal as much of my breast as I can, which is why I like zip hoodies and scarves. The latching on remains the difficult part-I usually turn away for that.

post #6 of 12

Some of this may be because this is my first and he is only a month old, but I don't really nurse around people in the first place. If I'm around my mom, I do it and don't bother to hide...she's the one who taught me how. My husband, obviously I don't cover for him lol.

 

When I am with family it seems to be understood that I just excuse myself to a bedroom. I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable, it's more that than a modesty issue. I also prefer to be alone because I'm new at this and it's easier when I don't have to make sure everything stays covered.

If it's just one female, like my sister or I have a friend over, I will just latch him in another room (because I'm bad at not being able to see that) and then cover up and return. My friends are also mothers, so I feel more comfortable doing it in front of them.

 

I think it's fine to breastfeed in public, covered or not. I'm saying that mostly because I think it's less obvious when you don't cover up. Whatever the mother is comfortable with. Now that I think about it, I've never really seen a woman breastfeeding. Maybe 3 or so occasions in my lifetime, that might explain why I'm not very comfortable doing it.

post #7 of 12

I do not consider myself modest at all.  But I only ever nurse in public by lifting my shirt, and then the baby and shirt cover me up.  I don't lift my breast out the top of my tank tops in public- that just feels weird for me.  I have never used one, but I do think nursing covers call attention to nursing way more than the baby snuggled into your shirt- but you gotta do what makes you comfortable.    

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by CLplus1 View Post

Some of this may be because this is my first and he is only a month old, but I don't really nurse around people in the first place. If I'm around my mom, I do it and don't bother to hide...she's the one who taught me how. My husband, obviously I don't cover for him lol.

When I am with family it seems to be understood that I just excuse myself to a bedroom. I don't want to make people feel uncomfortable, it's more that than a modesty issue. I also prefer to be alone because I'm new at this and it's easier when I don't have to make sure everything stays covered.
If it's just one female, like my sister or I have a friend over, I will just latch him in another room (because I'm bad at not being able to see that) and then cover up and return. My friends are also mothers, so I feel more comfortable doing it in front of them.

I think it's fine to breastfeed in public, covered or not. I'm saying that mostly because I think it's less obvious when you don't cover up. Whatever the mother is comfortable with. Now that I think about it, I've never really seen a woman breastfeeding. Maybe 3 or so occasions in my lifetime, that might explain why I'm not very comfortable doing it.
Yes with my guest I would usually go in a different room too but now u nurse anywhere but I cover
post #9 of 12
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First not guest
post #10 of 12
The nursing covers they make are kind of ridiculous. Most are really bright colors with bold patterns. That is not inconspicuous at all!
post #11 of 12
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I'm not trying to hide that I'm breast feeding I'm just trying to keep my breasts covered when the baby in latches or when switching sides... I guess some May try yo hide it all together but I thought the covers were to just hide your breasts never thought about it
post #12 of 12
With my first I never used a cover, but with each additional child I find myself using a cover more (in public places). Maybe because of not being able to focus on baby and pull my shirt down as soon as they let go. I'm too busy keeping an eye on the older kids. I also find that as they get older I use it more, either to cut down on distractions for them because they are too curious and keep stopping before done or they need to go to sleep. I do feel like it makes what you are doing more conspicuous, so I still prefer not to use one when it's practical. But when you are nursing a baby and helping your toddler do something at the same time, it's nice not to have to worry about being covered if baby lets go.
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