Breastfeeding covers explained
Breastfeeding cover, nursing shawl, even hooter hider. Whatever you choose to call it, they all have one important job – to help keep your privacy if you want to breastfeed but are worried about being exposed in any way.
Relatives coming over, fancy a café catch up with your new mum friends, or got hours of expressing ahead? Some mums will feel more comfortable knowing there’s no way any bare flesh might be on show.
They can even be useful if you have an older baby who is easily distracted by their surroundings when feeding.
Whether a chic pashmina-style cover, a stylish poncho or cape, a breastfeeding sling, or a rigid-necked apron, there’s a plethora of designs, colours and patterns to choose from.
Read on for MFM’s pick of the best breastfeeding covers out there.
Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover
Bebe au Lait nursing cover, £34.95
The Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover comes in a range of patterns and is 100% cotton, machine washable and multi purpose. As a nursing cover, or for expressing, it give you generous coverage providing privacy and focus for mum and baby. It has a rigid neckline so you can can see your baby, and this also allows airflow.
Available from Natural Baby Shower
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Seraphine Versatile Nursing Shawl
Seraphine nursing shawl, £45
The chic design of the Seraphine Versatile Nursing Shawl makes it an ideal cover for breastfeeding. It’s long enough to swathe your baby and cover your belly, so it’s perfect for feeding in public, in bed or on the sofa!
The brand of choice for celebs including Lily Allen, Jennifer Garner, and Kimberly Wyatt, this multi-functional Seraphine shawl has poppers at the shoulder and can also be used for swaddling your baby, or as a post-breastfeeding wrap.
Available from Seraphine
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The Mamascarf is 100% cotton and machine washable at 30 degrees. One size fits all, suitable for any age baby. Easy to use and stylish, it lets you see your baby and maintain eye contact.
Available in black, navy blue, cream or a retro leaf design.
Buy the Mamascarf from Amazon
Snoob breastfeeding scarf
Snoob breastfeeding scarf, £25
Endorsed by X Factor winner Sam Bailey, the Snoob is the brainchild of two mums-of-four, who wanted to create a stylish scarf and breastfeeding cover in one.
Made in the UK, the 100% cotton jersey scarf can be used for tandem feeding twins, and the long loop means there’s no need to move it around as your baby changes sides.
Available from Snoob.co.uk