Nursing covers, also known as breastfeeding covers or nursing shawls, are designed to provide mothers with privacy while nursing in public places. They come in various styles, materials, and sizes, and offer many benefits to both the mother and baby. In this article, we will answer some of the most commonly we get asked about our nursing cover:
What is a nursing cover and how does it work?
A nursing cover is a piece of fabric that covers a mother's chest and baby's head while breastfeeding. It is designed to provide privacy and comfort to the mother and baby while nursing in public places. The cover can be draped over the mother's shoulder or wrapped around her neck like a scarf, and we specifically designed ours so that it has a rigid neckline that allows the mother to see the baby while nursing.
What are the benefits of using a nursing cover?
Using a nursing cover offers several benefits, including:
Nursing covers provide mothers with privacy while breastfeeding in public places. This can help mothers feel more comfortable and relaxed while nursing, which can help improve milk flow and overall breastfeeding experience.
Nursing covers can help provide comfort to both the mother and baby while nursing. The cover can help shield the baby from bright lights, noise, and distractions, which can make it easier for them to feed and fall asleep.
Nursing covers can also help protect the baby from germs and bacteria that may be present in public places.
Nursing covers come in a variety of styles and materials, allowing mothers to choose one that suits their personality and style.
How do I choose the right nursing cover for me?
Choosing the right nursing cover can depend on several factors, such as:
Nursing covers come in various materials, such as cotton, muslin, or polyester. Consider choosing a material that is breathable, lightweight, and easy to wash. We strongly recommend organic muslin cotton for your nursing cover, which is the lightest and most breathable option, as well as very soft for baby' sensitive skin.
Nursing covers come in different designs and styles, including plain colors, patterns, and prints. Choose a design that suits your style and personality. Our nursing cover has a very convenient open neckline design that holds the cover away from mum and baby, ensuring proper air flow and allowing them to maintain eye contact.
Nursing covers come in different sizes, so consider choosing one that will comfortably fit you and your baby. Our nursing cover is one size fits all: 60 * 90cm (23.6 * 35.4 inches).
Ease of use:
Look for a nursing cover that is easy to use and can be quickly removed and stored away when not in use. Our nursing cover comes with its assorted pouch, easy to carry everywhere, pop in your nappy bag, and washable also.
Can I use a nursing cover in public places in Australia?
Yes, it is legal to breastfeed in public places in Australia, and using a nursing cover is a personal choice. Nursing covers can provide mothers with privacy and comfort while breastfeeding in public places, but it is not a legal requirement to use one.
How do I clean my nursing cover?
Cleaning your nursing cover will depend on the material it is made of. Most nursing covers can be machine washed and tumble dried, but it's important to check the care instructions before washing. Some nursing covers may require hand washing or air drying to maintain their quality.
Our nursing cover is machine washable on a cold cycle and for drying, we recommend to line dry in the sunshine: this has the added bonus of sanitising the fabric, removing potential stains and keeping the nursing cover bright.
Are nursing covers safe for my baby?
Nursing covers are safe for babies as long as they are used correctly. The rigid neckline of the nursing cover allows mothers to see their baby while nursing, which can help ensure that the baby is latching properly and is safe while nursing. It's important to make sure that the nursing cover is not too tight around the baby's neck or head, and that the baby has enough air flow while nursing.
How do I use a nursing cover?
Using a nursing cover is simple and straightforward. Here are some steps to follow:
- Put the nursing cover over your head and let it rest on your shoulders.
- Adjust the cover to ensure that it is securely in place and covering your chest and baby's head.
- Adjust the neckline to allow you to see your baby while nursing.
- Position your baby under the cover and bring them to your breast.
- Make sure that the baby is latching properly and is comfortable.
- Adjust the cover as needed to provide privacy and comfort while nursing.
- When you're finished nursing, remove the baby from the breast and the cover.
Can I make my own nursing cover?
Yes, you can make your own nursing cover using simple sewing techniques and materials. There are many DIY nursing cover tutorials available online, which can help you create a nursing cover that suits your style and needs.
Can I breastfeed without a nursing cover?
Yes, it is legal to breastfeed in public places in Australia, and you can breastfeed without a nursing cover if you prefer. It's important to feel comfortable and confident while breastfeeding, and if using a nursing cover doesn't suit your needs, there are other options available.
Do nursing covers work for all types of breastfeeding positions?
Nursing covers are designed to work with most types of breastfeeding positions, including the cradle hold, cross-cradle hold, football hold, and side-lying position. However, depending on the size and shape of the nursing cover, it may be easier to use with certain positions over others.
In conclusion, nursing covers can provide breastfeeding mus with privacy, comfort, and protection while breastfeeding in public places. They come in various styles and materials, and choosing the right nursing cover can depend on personal preferences and needs. While using a nursing cover is a personal choice, it's important to remember that it is legal to breastfeed in public places in Australia, and mothers should feel comfortable and confident while nursing.