Breastfeeding cover is a type of scarf that is used on the principle of covering during breastfeeding. Its primary function is to provide you with privacy and comfort while breastfeeding.
There are several products on the market:
- the principle of a baby carrier that can also be used during breastfeeding;
- cover principle for moms that can be used during breastfeeding when spread.
The function of the former is to make it easier to hold the baby while breastfeeding, while the latter’s role is to provide privacy when breastfeeding.
How is a breastfeeding cover used?
Hold the baby in your arms, hang a scarf around your neck, and swipe it over the baby. In this way, the scarf covers both you and the baby, without tightening or bothering either of them. You are free to be able to adjust to breastfeeding while the scarf covers your torso. The baby is comfortable in your arms while she is covered with a veil; she sees nothing but you, and the only thing left for her is to wait for her meal. The elastic hem on the scarf allows you to look at the baby while breastfeeding.
You can use them in a variety of situations
– when walking, shopping, staying in nature, waiting for a doctor, or traveling.
More on breastfeeding scarves
The materials used to make the breastfeeding cover should be natural and comfortable to wear. It must be firm enough so that it stands as a cover when it is transferred over the baby. The dimensions of the scarf should be chosen so that it is large enough to cover the baby and your torso, and yet not too large to make it difficult for you to fit the breastfeeding scarf and later bend and pack it in the bag when you are done with it.
When packing, you should take into account the elastic hem of the scarf. When bending and folding the breastfeeding scarf, the scarf’s elastic edge will turn in a semicircle. Without additional pressure, fold it on top of the folded scarf.
Other purposes of breastfeeding scarves
In addition to the essential purpose – to provide mom and baby privacy when breastfeeding outside the home, we also used the scarf as a lightweight blanket. Or for a stroller, as a shelter from the sun and dust.
What is the best breastfeeding carrier?
You can breastfeed in any carrier! It is not necessary to buy a new baby carrier just for that reason. But breastfeeding while carrying a baby is an advanced skill, and before you get into it, you need to be experienced in both giving and breastfeeding individually!
If you have trouble putting your baby to the breast, trying to do so in a carrier or on a walk will make it even harder for you to position your baby. If you feel uncomfortable in the carrier you are using and you are not sure that the baby will not fall out of it, you will probably not dare to loosen the carrier yet due to breastfeeding. The same goes for your baby: she must master breastfeeding and be accustomed to carrying before offering a baby breast in a carrier.
How to breastfeed in a litter?
The principle is the same regardless of the carrier you use:
- loosen the stretcher,
- lower the baby lower towards the breast and raise the chest with your hand towards the baby,
- attach the baby to the chest,
- When the baby is done, return her to the starting position and tighten everything again.
In the sling, loosen the rings and, holding the baby’s buttocks, lower the baby lower towards the breast. Just as we recommend wearing in an upright position, we recommend that you breastfeed in this way. This way, you can feed the newborn, so you don’t have to move the baby to the cradle position while breastfeeding, but you can if you want. Most women hold the baby in a sling with one hand while breastfeeding, so your hands are not entirely free, but at least you can move while breastfeeding.
In the scarf, it is usually necessary to untie the veil and, holding the arms, jump a little and loosen so that the baby moves lower. Then you can tie the scarf again and offer the baby a breast. When the baby is done, put it back more and tighten everything.
During breastfeeding, the baby is in a lower position than is considered safe due to an emergency. You can’t breastfeed a baby whose head is higher than the breast. But other rules of safe wearing are still relevant:
1. You need to see the baby during breastfeeding.
You can cover the breast or part of the baby with a scarf, shawl, sling tail, or hood, but do not cover it completely. Want to see the baby make sure everything is okay; the baby needs fresh air.
2. The baby’s chin should not fall on his chest.
Your breast will not suffocate the baby, even if your nose seems to be stuck entirely in you. At any sign of snoring, snoring, or similar sounds, stop breastfeeding and check the baby.
3. The carrier must support the baby.
You need to loosen everything to place the baby in the breastfeeding position, but in that position, the baby should not be loose. Feel free to hold the baby, baby carrier, or breast with your hand!
Choosing clothes can help you breastfeed
If you are planning to breastfeed in a litter, consider the clothes you are wearing. It will be hard for you to lift your shirt and lower your bra while the baby is tied to you with a scarf. In general, the best option is a breastfeeding bra and a breastfeeding T-shirt, but be sure to try the mix at home before you find yourself in an awkward situation, especially if you are uncomfortable breastfeeding in public.