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Nursing Covers

Has anyone else tried out a nursing cover with their new LO?

I ask because my mom is coming for a week visit on Tuesday and she's not someone I'd pull my boob out in front of so I figured I'd just use a nursing cover when BFing. however, the only times I've used mine, he didn't like it! The first time was when he was 2 days old and he wouldn't even latch. The second time he barely latched. He doesn't seem to like the fact that I'm covering him up while he eats. Is anyone elses LO not like being covered? Should I just try and nurse him under a cover so he's use to it?

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I will usually just throw a blanket over Peyton when he is nursing if someone is around that I don't want to just pop it out in front of. Do you have any nursing cami's? I wear a home made nursing cami under my shirts and just pull my shirt up and the cami covers my body while my shirt covers everything else that Peyton isn't using LoL.

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Yes, layers work well for covering up. I regularly wear a nursing tank with a shirt over and really the only skin showing is what baby needs. I nursed LO yesterday at DS1s baseball game and he was fine with it. My 18 month old has been over using a cover for months now (though we don't NIP as often anymore) so I just adjust my clothing discreetly.

Maybe you'll feel differently once your mom is there too. My mom was too embarrassed to nurse herself so I've always felt uneasy nursing around her. This time I totally felt more comfortable around her and nursed without a cover the whole time she was around. She didn't care a bit and is way more open to nursing now that she has seem me and my cousin do it loads of times over the years.

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I don't use covers. I use nursing as a way to leave the room around my IL's or anyone I don't feel comfortable nursing around and get some time to myself with my newborn. With my mom and sister here I nursed around them shamelessly so I'm selective about who I nurse in front of. I need to get over my unease about NIP, but it's not been a big issue since I'm pretty much a hermit.

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With each little one, I get myself 4-5 shelf tank tops (I love the ones I recently got at Costco) & wear a tank top under everything. I can un-snap my nursing bra, pull down the shelf tank top, and pull my shirt up just enough. My skin is covered almost completely, and I don't pull the shirt up until baby is in position & ready to go. It does stretch out the tank tops a little to pull them down, but they aren't expensive, and they serve their purpose. None of my kids will cooperate with nursing if I try to use a cover or blanket, but the method I came up with for my first daughter works perfectly for us. Smile I feel like it's modest enough, without having to do anything extra around strangers.

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I think he's young enough you could still try the nursing cover.

What I like to do is wear a Bella Band, and a regular shirt. That way, the most skin possible is covered. I do try to sort of lean away (or in front of the baby) as I latch. I regularily nurse in front of my step dad this way and he has no idea.

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side-note- I have 2 nursing covers that were given to me, which I won't be using. I'll give them away for free, if someone wants to pay shipping costs.

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I have two nursing covers, one for the diaper bag when I go out and one to use around the house (if I can get him to accept being covered up!). He just doesn't seem to like his head covered at all unless he's trying to sleep (to block out light, he buries his face in a blanket).

I may use some of DH's wife-beaters to try the pull down method under a shirt to see if Desmond is okay with that. I'm really hoping to find something that works for us only because IMO BFing is a lot more convinent than having to pack bottles and making sure you have enough formula (I went through this with both my girls and I remember having to make sure I had enough for however long I'd be out for.) But then again, it's not like I go out a lot now (there's not many places around here anyway and I don't like a lot of people lol).

I'm really hoping to find something that works because my mom never seemed very encouraging about breastfeeding...when I got pregnant with DD1 she told me the "horrors" of breastfeeding. :dry:

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Kate I found a really easy way to make nursing came's for cheap my computer is messed up right now but I posted it on the last chat thread We had

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http://thejensonjaunts.blogspot.com/2011/07/thrifty-fun-diy-make-your-own-nursing.html there is some instructions... I can't sew and made these, super easy!

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Whether I use a cover or not depends on if I think the other person will be uncomfortable. Maddie is still small enough that I have to help get her latched, so I use a largish recerving blanket and put my head under it to get her started. I usually try to choose my chair carefully and slouch so I don't show a lot of back. It's too hot in Arizona to wear extra layers!

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I use a big receiving blanket and nurse under that when around other people. If you have a big enough cover you can move it so you can still look down at the baby and he can still see you, but no one looking at you can see anything, that helps. Try it a few times at home and hopefully he will be ok with it.

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I use a receiving blanket too. I sewed a button onto one corner and a buttonhole in the adjacent corner. I half-cover her while angled away from people so I can see what we're doing, but no one else can. Once she's latched I completely cover her. I'm much less self-conscious about it with DD2 than I was with DD1.