The rocky start didn't deter me. The sole responsibility for feeding the baby didn't bother me. And the stares, comments and gawking from strangers while publicly nursing didn't stop me either.
But the rude remarks certainly made me feel uncomfortable, which decreased the normal comfort I felt while nursing my baby. And though I love to advocate breastfeeding, I often times felt like I just wanted to bond with my baby during a nursing session no matter whether I was in public or private, and that was hard for me to do while trying to ignore the people around me who were very interested, to say the least, in my decision to nurse my little guy.
When I came across Bebe Au Lait and Hooter Hider (same company, different designs for each brand) nursing covers just before our second little guy was born, I was really interested in giving one of them a shot to see whether it was worth adding to our stash of baby paraphernalia. I really wasn't too sold on the idea of having to remember to pack yet another baby item in the diaper bag every time we left the house. Nonetheless, I spoke with Bebe Au Lait about reviewing the product here on my blog so I could share my findings about the covers with you.
And I have to say this is one of the best baby/mommy products I have come across! I am so excited to share my experience with you because I think the Bebe Au Lait/Hooter Hider cover is a very beneficial breastfeeding aid for mama and baby.
I tried the beautiful Villa print Hooter Hider with baby E. when he was only five days old. My grandparents were visiting, and my grandfather's comfort level with nursing is on the lower end. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to evaluate it; nursing a newborn is often hard enough to do without having to mess with a cover, but using my Hooter Hider was extremely easy.
The rigid neckline allowed me to see exactly what I was doing while trying to latch baby E. onto the breast, and it allowed me to look at him during the entire duration of his nursing session while still being in the same room conversing with my grandparents.
Our Hooter Hider showcased its breathability on that hot day, too; when I lifted the cover off of baby E., I found he was still cool and comfortable.
After using the Hooter Hider that day in the comfort of our home and finding that it wasn't an added inconvenient step in the process of nursing a newborn, I decided to give it a go while nursing in public. We went out to lunch the very next day, and the Hooter Hider earned a permanent place in our diaper bag!
Our Hooter Hider proved to be the perfect aid for breastfeeding in public. Here's what I have found I love about using our Hooter Hider while nursing baby E. when we're out and about:
- The Hooter Hider not only covers my breasts for discreet nursing, but it also covers my stomach and sides, hiding the extra baby chub I managed to gain around my middle section -- a very nice perk for the post-partum mama!
- When used with a nursing pillow, I had one hand free so I could continue eating lunch while discreetly nursing my babe. The cover also provided a natural shield for baby against any food that might have fallen off of my fork while I was eating -- also a nice perk for the uncoordinated mama.
- It provides a barrier of warmth for baby while in air-conditioned places, yet it is light-weight enough to not overheat mama or baby.
- The Hooter Hider has wash cloth material sewn onto the corner of the under side of one edge, giving mom a handy spit up rag. There is also a small pocket sewn into the underside of the material -- perfect for holding a pacifier, credit cards, keys or any other small item.
- The Hooter Hider makes nursing in public feel like a private affair. Even when I'm immersed in a roomful of people, I still feel like I can steel away while wearing the cover and bond with my baby while he's nursing without totally removing us from the situation. The extended rigid neckline allows for eye contact, which helps mom and baby bond.
- I foresee the Hooter Hider being very convenient when baby E. is in the distractable stage. Using a nursing cover while in public definitely could help baby focus on eating instead of his or her surroundings.
- And as an added bonus to its functionality, it is beautiful. I feel stylish while wearing it -- it's much more chic than slinging a baby blanket over both baby and me.
Here's how you can win your very own Bebe Au Lait Hooter Hider nursing cover (you even get to pick the design you love if you win!):
* Leave a comment sharing why you think breastfeeding is so important! You do not have to be breastfeeding currently to win if you know a breastfeeding mother to whom you'd like to gift the nursing cover.
You can earn additional entries if you ...
* Become a follower of my blog and leave a comment letting me know (if you're already a followerer, leave a comment letting me know.)
*Leave a comment with a link to your Twitter page after you have Tweeted about why breastfeeding is so beneficial (please provide a link to this contest in your Tweet!).
* Leave a comment telling me you posted a link to this contest via your Facebook status. Be sure to include in your status about why breastfeeding is so important!
The winner of the Bebe Au Lait/ Hooter Hider nursing cover will be announced Tuesday, Sept. 29. The winner will be contacted via e-mail, so be sure to provide me with your e-mail address when you enter.