I’d like to start out by saying I don’t have strong convictions one way or the other when it comes to breast vs. formula milk. I’ve chosen, and have been lucky to be able, to breast-feed, but both Peter and I were formula fed by our mothers and I like to think we turned out OK.
That said, if you are breast-feeding or pumping on the go, you will want to be able to have easy access to your boobs. I have breast-fed and pumped on buses all over London (particularly in the beginning when Daniel’s schedule was more of a suggestion). I even pumped on a tour of some castle grounds (you can just see the Medela Freestyle poking out from under my Bebe-au-Lait, see my post about pumps here).
Easily my favourite brand of clothing for ease of access/style is BOOB Design. I saw great reviews of their tops all over the internet and many of my fellow mothers have reported similar ease. Unlike other tops that require one hand to hold the fabric to the side, one hand to hold the fabric to the other side, one hand to hold the bra cup out-of-the-way, one hand to support the babies head and one hand to present the nipple, the BOOB tops have a slit across the front where an empire waist would sit, and the overlapping panels move out-of-the-way easily when it’s time to breastfeed, without revealing too much skin. I started with the hoodie, then picked up two striped shirts and a t-shirt. They have been through the wash weekly for the past eight months and they still look great (I hang them to dry).
I also have 3 tank-tops (black, grey and white,mine are GAP Pure Body Tank, but anything comfortable will work – I liked that these were long enough to hide my new love handles and stayed down) that I can wear under any sweater. These are stretchy enough to pull down and expose my bra and boob, so I lift my sweater up and pull the tank top down and feed away. A friend went this route for the entire duration of breastfeeding, and never bothered with a cover. For me, it was somewhere around the 4-months mark that I became comfortable enough with breastfeeding, to not need a cover anymore. Earlier than this I felt like Daniel was on and off the boob too much and I preferred the privacy that the cover offered. Oddly, at around 6-months the cover was practically useless because Daniel would tug on it to look around and ruin any modesty that had been in place.
Another friend of mine, Stephanie, wore mainly button down shirts and looser clothing in combination with a Bebe-au-Lait and shied away from any specific breastfeeding tops. I always admired how stylish she looked, and everyone in the room felt at ease when she feeding thanks to the privacy provided by the cover.
So whether you’re going around the corner or to a different continent, there are lots of options for feeding on the go. A post about comfortable and stylish bras is next.
Found yourself breast-feeding in odd places? How is public breast-feeding look-upon in your part of the world? Do you have advice on how to cover up? What’s your favourite feeding top? Tell us about it, or be a guest blogger.