There are a few things I always knew I wanted to do when I had a baby. Top of that list was breastfeed my children. Foolishly I though since breastfeeding was natural it would come easily. While that may be the case for some, for me breastfeeding was never easy. With both my babies I dealt with a lazy, shallow latch. With my first baby cracked and bleeding nipples for 7 weeks before I found relief. My boys are constantly on/off on/off when they are nursing. I also have an over supply and heavy letdown the first few months of breastfeeding. Often times I end up soaking wet with milk after my babies would nurse.
I know many women are comfortable nursing with no cover or worry of anyone seeing anything. Nursing that way is something I fully support. Breastfeeding is natural and beautiful. Cover or not, breastfeeding is all about finding what is most comfortable for you and baby because in the long run that will allow mom and baby to have a more successful breastfeeding journey. For me that comfort has come with using a nursing cover. However, it took a while before I found one that I really liked.
I remember the first time I ventured out post baby I headed to the mall for some nursing bras and tops. I was unable to get my errand done before my 2 week old baby was wanting to nurse. It was the middle of June, it was hot, I was sweating something awful due to postpartum hormones. I ended up on a bench in a woman’s lounge nearly in tears from the pain and sweating my butt off trying to feed my lazy shallow latching baby while using a cover fearing I would spray a stranger coming. (And yes, at one point in time I did actually spray someone while my son was eating…but that is a different blog post).
Eventually I learned how to breastfeed while babywearing and it gave me a new sense of freedom, but I still prefer in crowded places to use a nursing cover. The older my baby got the more distracted he became while nursing out in public, often times a cover was the only way I could get him to eat a full feeding and keep his belly full and happy. After trying and failing to find a cover that I really liked I began to use my muslin blankets as my cover because the muslin was the only fabric that didn’t make Baby K and me overheat. However, he would always pull them off and leave me fully exposed and I wasn’t able to look my baby in the eyes while he was nursing which is my favorite part of breastfeeding.
For me the perfect nursing cover would be simple, fold up small in my diaper bag, be made of muslin, and allow me to see my baby and keep eye contact as he is nursing. When I was at the ABC Expo two months ago, that is exactly what I found.
I met the owner and designer behind Poncho Baby Nursing Covers and I immediately drawn to the fact that it was made of muslin. The simple design, muted colors, boning to allow me to see baby, a wide hole allowing me to take it on and off with easy, and the two small pockets perfect for holding a pacifier while baby is eating makes this nursing cover the best one I have ever used. I was even happier to find out that the cover was made in the USA.
Retailing at $58.00 Poncho Baby Nursing Cover can be used for feeding baby, covering your car seat, as a blanket, or even as a poncho to compliment your outfit. The poncho design also allows you to be covered, but air to flow as baby is nursing. It is machine washable and easily stored in my diaper bag. Like all muslin, the more it gets washed, the softer the cover gets. I wish I had this nursing cover with my first baby, but since it is such high quality I know this will continue to hold up as we grow our family. Poncho Baby comes in 5 colors: Olive Green, Emerald, Black, Navy, and Beige with your choice of square cut or oval cut.
Breastfeeding, regardless of all my troubles, has been such a rewarding journey as a mom. Using the Poncho Baby nursing cover simply allows me a bit of discretion when I want it, and a quiet moment with my baby when he needs it.
I received a Poncho Baby nursing cover for the purpose on my review. All thoughts and opinions are 100% honest and my own. If I didn’t use it, I wouldn’t share it!
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