It’s safe to say I am fairly passionate about breastfeeding. It’s something very important to me, not only because of the nutritional and health benefits to babies, but also because of how it has cemented the bond between me and both my little ones.
As with everything in life, however, there is always a downside, even to seemingly wonderful things. With breastfeeding Little Pea, it’s the mess. Honestly, you’ve never seen anything like it. He’s got it down to a fine art too; suck and suck and suck until the let down starts, then fall sleep, roll off and leave me spurting milk 20 feet across the room like white laser beams, soaking everything in sight. Every day, Little Pea and I have several costume changes thanks to his appalling table manners and lack of attentiveness.
This is manageable at home, just about, if you ignore the discomfort of being coated in sticky wet milk from boob to lap, but it’s a different story when out in public. And not only do we have to contend with the mess and execute bra / top / babygrow changes, but there’s the added bonus of risking flooring members of the public with my super-fast-flowing milk lasers, not to mention the potential for being accused of indecent exposure, and trying to apologise for hitting someone in the eye with breastmilk, while struggling to tuck said breast back into an ill-fitting bra with one hand, while the instigator of all the chaos is busy sleeping across the other arm, is not easy.
But recently, I haven’t had to worry about baring my boobs for all to see when Little Pea decides it’s time for a mid-feed sleep. The lovely people at Bibs and Stuff sent me a Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover to try, and it’s made feeding in public a much less hazardous task. The best thing about it, apart from the cute design, is the rigid neckline which means it’s easy for me to still see Little Pea while he is feeding / sleeping, yet no-one else could tell there was even a baby under there, much less anything else.
If, like me, you have a baby who amuses himself by leaving you exposed and firing milk at anyone unfortunate enough to be in the same post-code, I suggest you invest in one. It could save an awful lot of apologies.
I was sent a Bebe au Lait Nursing Cover by Bibs and Stuff to review. I was not paid to write this article, and all opinions are my own.