I’ve had the discussion at least a dozen times with various friends who were nursing or planning to nurse: a nursing cover need not relate to your baby. You’re accessorizing yourself. You can pick a fabric or fabrics that work with your own style of dress and blend nicely. Which is not to say that moms should HAVE to cover up or get into any of that lengthy discussion. My own feeling is that a nursing mom is focused first and foremost on feeding her baby, and for me, a nursing cover meant I could do that without being distracted (or my babies being distracted) by passersby or commentary.
After sending friend and new mom Katie a whole bunch of links, she chose Amy Butler’s Midwest Modern Optic Blossom in Linen. (At the time it was available on Fabric.com but it looks like it’s out of stock until October. Waaah.)
Marjorie was happy to help model. She’s so cooperative. I asked my kids to note that she stood perfectly still without so much as the mention of M&Ms.
If you’ve not examined a nursing cover in person before, you may not know what the big deal is. The genius part of it is the adjustable neck, and…
But only Mom can see what’s happening. In this case, there’s a 2yo at my house who thought this was the perfect time for peekaboo. I followed the tutorial from Little Birdie Secrets and it was perfect. The only change I made was putting the D-rings on the right side because I thought that would be easier for a right-handed Mama. But it’s not a substantive change.
I’m thinking of adding loops to the center later on so that Katie can use this as a car seat tent, too, so that people will keep their grubby paws off of Liam at the grocery store and such. I mean, I understand why people WANT to touch babies. I just don’t understand how so many fail to take a moment to ASK before touching. But that’s a whole other sensitive topic. I know I’m already opening a can of worms by talking about nursing.
Lastly, I feel that I must share this anecdote. ‘Cause I’m still laughing about it. When I first got a nursing cover 5 years ago, I got a “Hooter Hider”. After explaining it’s purpose to a friend’s husband, he looked at me with annoyance. “Hooter hider?” he said. “We don’t need hooter hiders. I want to see the hooters. I don’t want to see the baby. We need baby hider hooter show-ers!”