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Old 05-06-09, 19:53
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Question Breastfeeding discreetly

I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how I can breastfeed discreetly when I have guests and in public?

I have no problem with doing it, believe me, all and sundry plus half of Ikea Leeds this evening have seen at least one of my boobs, but I'd like to try and be as discreet as I can, which is no mean feat with my 36J boobs.

I have a few breastfeeding tops from Mothercare, which while they serve a purpose, make me feel like a frump and I want to feel good about myself.

Anyone got any tips about how you went about it, what you wore etc?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 05-06-09, 19:56
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I sort of draped a muslin over my shoulder and sort of over Iz trying to conceal things as much as possible.
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Old 05-06-09, 19:58
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Hiya

I didn't have the boob size you have, so this might not be relevant... I wore a stretchy body top under a normal t-shirt or body top, and a cardi or blouse too. The layers mean you can bring the bra down, the stretchy vest down (so your tummy is still covered) and the over top up (so the top of your chest is still covered). This means the only bit revealed is the nipple, which is attached to the baby. Extra covereage possible with a cardi or blouse unbuttoned. Not so good in the warm weather though.

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Old 05-06-09, 20:00
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I was useless to begin with at b'fing in public & once nearly had a meltdown in a Starbucks in Times Square because 2 indian ladies came and sat either side of me 'peeking' at Oliver while he was latched on!!!

Back to your question...

I got a few nursing tops (think they were called Glamour mom) which were like vests that were easy to unfasten but to be honest my absolute best buy was a nursing cover called Bebe au lait (I think it also goes by the name of 'hooter hider'!) it really was fab and it was a lifesaver especially in those early days when you fumble a lot!! I got 2 as I found they went in the wash a lot and they even have a little corner of terry towelling on them that you can use like a burp cloth to wipe their little mouths.

Anyway let me know if you can't get your hands on one there & I am more than happy to send you one across the pond - they are now sold everywhere by me. I'll have a look online now & see if I can find it on uk sites. x
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My SIL is quite large on top and she used to just drape a light blanket over her shoulder when she was feeding my niece. Sorry, no other advice cos I never really got that far Am so chuffed it;s working out for you Ellie!!
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Old 05-06-09, 20:04
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Found this site that sell Bebe au lait Ellie

https://maternityandnursing.co.uk/Be...s-details.aspx

Not sure if this link will work as i'm rubbish at posting links to things but at least you can see the web address.
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Old 05-06-09, 20:15
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Ellie I was a H cup and never had a problem feeding out and about.

I always wore a loose cotton top that I could lift up and a tight stretchy vest underneath. I would unclip my bra, lower the vest and lift my outer top up just enough to pop Isabella on so the outer top was resting on her head.

At home I'd sit cross legged on the sofa, pop her on and put a cushion behind her head so none of OH friends had a clue I was feeding her.
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Old 05-06-09, 20:20
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I positioned bubs before pulling my bra down so no nipple flashing. That is until they get nosey and start looking around LOL.
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Old 05-06-09, 20:52
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i have tryed the two tops thing but find i get realy hot with two tops on,

in the beginning i was realy leaky only started to get better last two week i used to tuck muslin in my bra under my boob then when fraser come off would tuck the other end of muslin in my top to cover my boob so i could wind him, don't realy have a problem showing my tummy as fraser is so big you can't realy see it when he is on my lap

now i just pull my top down when winding

so pleased BF is going well for you this time xxx
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Old 05-06-09, 20:55
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I had a couple of items from Expresssiva (not sure where you can get them in the UK) but other than that I just went with the two top option when out and about. At home I had a nursing pillow, which pretty much hid all anyway.
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