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post #41 of 281
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Originally Posted by Lovinmy2babies+1
I personally think they are a great idea. When my son was tiny, I wasn't comfortable trying to get him latched on when he wasn't covered up and was glad they had similar products out there so I didn't feel like I had to stay home. When we got our latched better, I didn't use anything.
Me too!! I was always afraid of a square foot of boob flopping out and totally embarrasing me.

I don't even wear shorts for crying out loud!
post #42 of 281
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Originally Posted by Warda_Rose
Not an attack.. just a funny thought...underneath our clothes we are ALL naked!
I actually thought that when I typed it. But I don't view people with clothes on as "naked under there," you know? However, if I saw a man with a trench coat and no visible pants, my first thought would be his potential nakedness under his coat.
post #43 of 281
Haven't read all the posts but....

I think they're dumb. Really dumb. Just another excuse for the "I breastfed my baby and NEVER nursed in public" crowd to make all of us who DO NIP be more "discreet."

My boobs never, ever show when I NIP. Never have, even when I had to put a shield on before latching dd on. And I don't own a cape, a poncho, or any nursing tops, and certainly nothing approaching the "hooter hider." If there are moms who need such devices to feel more comfortable NIP, fine-- it's all about the mother's and the baby's comfort levels, after all. But I'd rather work towards changing the culture so that mothers don't have to feel like they have to hide something when they're feeding their babies.

And I know it'll probably never happen but that won't stop me from trying!
post #44 of 281
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Originally Posted by grumpyshoegirl
...But I'd rather work towards changing the culture so that mothers don't have to feel like they have to hide something when they're feeding their babies.

And I know it'll probably never happen but that won't stop me from trying!
It will happen one day................. Maybe when we're like, 90.
post #45 of 281
Well, better than not nursing I guess. Honestly before I got comfortable with NIP I used a cover up, but then realized that was too much of a hassle. I see these as a stepping stone to ease into NIP with comfort
post #46 of 281
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Originally Posted by romans_mum
I make no effort to cover up, And because i dont use nursing clothes and have big breasts (and a distractable 10mth old) alot of skin is flashed......I really don't care if someone sees it and doesnt like it. I tryed a blanket etc before, my newborn son ripped it off him, and it was to hard to do.....and it just screams "im nursing!!!". So I never cover up now, thats how me and my son are comfortable, and not to be mean.....but screw what anyone else thinks.
I agree. except I have a daughter.lol
I'm a rather large breasted mom DDD's,I also don't wear nursing tops just reg. t-shirts that i pull up and I do wear nursing bras.DD won't let me cover her up either.
post #47 of 281
What do I think? You mean, aside from the fact that the name "hooter hiders" revolts me??? :

I don't use cover-ups for nursing except in certain rare situations like being at the beach when my whole breast really would be exposed while I pull down my swimsuit to bf my child. I find it awkward and cumbersome to use cover ups. They look more obvious than just nursing.

But if someone else wants to use them, I'm not faulting them. I think some women have been made to be so self-conscious that they are afraid not to cover up when nip. I no longer care. I nip all the time and don't think twice about it up until age 2 or so. At that point I don't nip b/c the older kids can understand waiting and while it really wouldn't bother me, I'm actually afraid some nosey idiot is gonna called CPS or something. You never know in this society...

In deference to those who really genuinely are uncomfortable seeing moms nurse in public (regardless of how ridiculous I find that), I take care to be deft and discreet and choose the less obvious places to nurse if they are equally convenient and comfortable. I'll turn my body to the side to increase the privacy factor while I sit watching my older kids at the playground, but I won't leave the playground. I'm happy to meet people part-way and show them that I do have some respect for their "sensibilities", so long as they don't demand I stop altogether.

I like to think that by demonstrating that mamas nursing in public can be very discreet and considerate and such, that people will grow to see that nip is just no big deal. I personally couldn't care less who gets a flash of skin and no way am I being moved off to the bathroom or hidden in a dressing room (unless I go there by choice). But I never found the "in your face" approach to be productive. So my approach is just to simply, quietly, discreetly, happily, go about our business with confidence. And really, nobody seems to give me any glares or comments.
post #48 of 281
I cover up with my sling in public b/c DS will pop off to look at things and people and just STARE at them instead of eating, so there won't be any NIP if I don't cover up. So I could see why some women might want a nursing cover. But I also think it's a shame if any mom thinks she has to cover up so other people aren't "offended" by them NIPing. Screw that.
post #49 of 281
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Originally Posted by Sharlla
Well, better than not nursing I guess. Honestly before I got comfortable with NIP I used a cover up, but then realized that was too much of a hassle. I see these as a stepping stone to ease into NIP with comfort
ITA!!!!
post #50 of 281
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Originally Posted by monkeys4mama
What do I think? You mean, aside from the fact that the name "hooter hiders" revolts me??? :

I don't use cover-ups for nursing except in certain rare situations like being at the beach when my whole breast really would be exposed while I pull down my swimsuit to bf my child. I find it awkward and cumbersome to use cover ups. They look more obvious than just nursing.

But if someone else wants to use them, I'm not faulting them. I think some women have been made to be so self-conscious that they are afraid not to cover up when nip. I no longer care. I nip all the time and don't think twice about it up until age 2 or so. At that point I don't nip b/c the older kids can understand waiting and while it really wouldn't bother me, I'm actually afraid some nosey idiot is gonna called CPS or something. You never know in this society...

In deference to those who really genuinely are uncomfortable seeing moms nurse in public (regardless of how ridiculous I find that), I take care to be deft and discreet and choose the less obvious places to nurse if they are equally convenient and comfortable. I'll turn my body to the side to increase the privacy factor while I sit watching my older kids at the playground, but I won't leave the playground. I'm happy to meet people part-way and show them that I do have some respect for their "sensibilities", so long as they don't demand I stop altogether.

I like to think that by demonstrating that mamas nursing in public can be very discreet and considerate and such, that people will grow to see that nip is just no big deal. I personally couldn't care less who gets a flash of skin and no way am I being moved off to the bathroom or hidden in a dressing room (unless I go there by choice). But I never found the "in your face" approach to be productive. So my approach is just to simply, quietly, discreetly, happily, go about our business with confidence. And really, nobody seems to give me any glares or comments.
post #51 of 281
I wish a friend of mine had had one today - I ran into her at the pool with her 2 yr old and 3 month old.

She had decided to wear her non-NIP bathing suit (a tankini that is so high cut with weird straps she basically has to remove her top to nurse in it) because she had a bottle of defrosting milk she needed to use up - and the tankini was the only clean/dry one, etc.

Unfortunately, she accidentally spilled the entire bottle as soon as she got to the pool!

So once the baby got hungry, they had to leave. I suggested she just go into a private corner, but she showed me how it really is impossible to nurse in that bathing suit without taking off her top. The only private area of the pool is the bathroom and she said if she had to nurse in the bathroom, she might as well go home.

I think one of these devices would have been great!

Siobhan
post #52 of 281
I used one of those for the first two months of my DD's life. I wasn't very good at or confident about NIP yet. It often took several tries to get a good latch, and my milk supply was extremely overabundant. My DD would gag when I let down, come off, and my nipples on both sides would spray like crazy. I found the cover useful to sop up the mess! It did, however, make me feel more conspicuous about NIP - "look at me - I'm nursing a baby under here!" As soon as my supply regulated and DD had her latch perfected, I ditched the cover and never looked back.

BTW, my Hungarian friend and I were at the pool last week, and she nursed her 3 month old. She popped her entire breast out of her bikini top! Nobody said a word to her. I think her boldness wards off any naysayers.
post #53 of 281
It doesn't surprise me that the person who makes these, and sees the necessecity, calls them 'hooter hiders'.
post #54 of 281
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Originally Posted by brookerenee
I used one of those for the first two months of my DD's life. I wasn't very good at or confident about NIP yet. It often took several tries to get a good latch, and my milk supply was extremely overabundant. My DD would gag when I let down, come off, and my nipples on both sides would spray like crazy. I found the cover useful to sop up the mess! It did, however, make me feel more conspicuous about NIP - "look at me - I'm nursing a baby under here!" As soon as my supply regulated and DD had her latch perfected, I ditched the cover and never looked back.

BTW, my Hungarian friend and I were at the pool last week, and she nursed her 3 month old. She popped her entire breast out of her bikini top! Nobody said a word to her. I think her boldness wards off any naysayers.

SAME HERE! My dd will not even allow my nursing bra anymore, she pulls the whole side off to nurse, nothing can cover an inchi, if I try she yanks it off. So I know have to wear my "dare say something to me face". Not cuz im an exhibitionist, but because I cant cover.
post #55 of 281
Why would I want to hide my hooters?
post #56 of 281
I'm really fed up and increasingly discouraged by a society that says nursing is something that needs to be hidden. My thoughts on NIP have changed. I once felt that a woman could do what she wanted in--cover or not. Then I had my son and now I feel that no woman should feel like they have to cover. If I don't have to hide under a tent when I am eating in public, neither should my child. He's a person just like I'm a person. There is nothing remotely sexual about a breast that is feeding a child and I refuse to accept that it is okay for women to walk around half naked in the summer time for no reason but it is not okay for me to feed my son wherever and however I and he likes. I am very modest--I wear ankle length skirts, never wear tank tops or low cut blouses and always wear a headwrap. I cannot see how nursing is somehow a breech of discretion. What a shame on American culture that it has gotten so removed from the root that a child eating the way he was intended to eat has somehow turned taboo and perverse! Nurse however you need to, show however much you need to! Nursing is not equivalent to flashing! Not when Pamela Anderson and all the Victoria Secret's models can show what they show on t.v.

That being said, I am in agreement with pps who said that if this cover up thingee encourages a woman to nurse, then fine . . . whatever works. I would like to see this society move past all this squeamishness and I think it starts with a community like MDC committing to NIP proudly, without any special props or gadgets . . . nursing our children like it's natural, as natural as walking, talking and eating . . . because, after all, it is. It takes a few passionate and committed people to change the attitude of a nation--just check history.
post #57 of 281
Honestly, I have never, *ever* had a problem with NIP - either mine or anyone elses. I don't feel that I should have to cover up my breasts performing their natural function, and I would never ever use a blanket, or consider buying a cape etc.

Having said that, if this type of product enables those mamas more ambivalent about NIP to do just that instead of packing bottles of formula, or feeling that they have to hide away in a back too then I guess it's ok. I just detest the name though - strikes me as really 'teenage humour-ish'. It would be great if *everybody* was as comfortable with NIP as we are, and one day maybe the mamas using these types of coverups will forget them and realise that they don't need them to go ahead and nurse anyway, but in the meantime at least those babes are going to get the mama-made goodness!
post #58 of 281
Ummm.... Ok. I know they are called "Hooter Hiders", but did anyone read the blurb about them?

Hooter Hiders™ help baby to relax and concentrate on nursing by blocking out busy surroundings. The
lightweight fabric keeps baby from overheating while nursing unlike heavy blankets or towels. Plus,
Mom can see exactly what baby is doing instead of completely obscuring baby as with a blanket.


All the posts have been about the one aspect about them... the whole 'modesty' and nursing in public thing, which I know is a big aspect... but There is a secondary use for them, though, which is the above, which I'm surprised I didn't see a single post mention. (or if I did, I missed it)

Now, personally I'd never use one. Goodness are they ugly looking, and I'd feel completely ridiculous and draw only 100x more attention to myself. Having said, that though... the above blurb about it, is a 'valid' reason for these. I couldn't NIP in public for a while initially, b/c dd could not nurse when the surroundings were too busy/loud, and instead of latching, she'd start screaming in hysterics. I either would seek out a women's lounge like Nordstrom which was quiet, or when she was a bit older, I would use my sling to cover her, and that provide enough of a safe haven for her to feel safe/secure and nurse... without a cover or quiet/safe location, she refused to latch. After about 6m... then she wanted nothing to do with a cover.

For me, the product would have been very useful for those first 6 months, when dd absolutely NEEDED to be able to relax enough to even be willing to latch on... and a light weight fabric definitely would have helped.


Tammy
post #59 of 281
The product looks hot and uncomfortable.

~Nay
post #60 of 281
I'm going to be the lone voice of dissent--I like Hooter Hiders and if I had the extra $$ I'd consider shelling it out for one! I NIP all the time, sometimes with a blanket, sometimes without. I don't have a problem with it either way. Heck, I nursed ds all day today while walking around the art museum.

I use a light blanket if ds is getting distracted, if I'm nursing him down for a nap, or if I am in close proximity to someone who is totally supportive of my breastfeeding but maybe a little anxious about me being exposed. These are people like dh's bachelor friends, my younger brother, maybe some older male relatives. The kind of people who would never say anything negative to me or about me, but start to get shifty and nervous and feel like they are invading my privacy. Ds has no problem being covered so I don't mind using a blanket and putting the poor guys at ease.

Anyway, I like the Hooter Hiders because I love the prints and they are so much more fun than a receiving blanket with bunnies or pastel stripes! I also think they would be encouraging for people like my SIL who is too nervous to NIP. I understand that ideally we would not use covers and that people would become accustomed to seeing women NIP and eventually it would be a non-issue. BUT I'm torn because at the same time a Hooter Hider might help women who currently only nurse at home, in the car, or in the bathroom out in public with the rest of us, which would also make breastfeeding more visible.

Sooo in short I think Hooter Hiders are cute and I want one for me and I also kinda like the name :
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