Okay, so it should be okay in our modern world to feed your baby without stares and ogling, but, alas, it is a foreign concept to some – this is where Udder Covers comes into play. Udder Covers allows you to breastfeed discreetly anytime – anyplace!
I admit that I am a prude. I am modest; I instill modesty in my children. It’s a tough journey when you’re trying to feed a screaming infant. With my other three children, we did the drape with the receiving blankets. They worked okay until baby decided to yank on said blanket and it went flying down revealing all she wrote or it would be stifling hot – you know in South Carolina, those yummy cozy flannel receiving blankets, which are so nice in January, are NOT pleasant in the middle of our humid July. Many reviewers complain about the thin fabric or that it is unlined, but this is actually a plus – it isn’t hot for Mom and baby even in the summer. The fabric isn’t cheap fabric (it’s very soft); it just seems thin. I don’t think thin is a problem.
So many of my friends this year have had babies and have been using these covers. They look kind of like an apron for your neck. I love the concept! I was so excited to get my Laila Udder Cover for nursing mothers last week. It is already packed in my hospital bag. (That was the biggest surprise to me with my first baby – even when you’re nursing in private, one never knows who will pop in for a visit – in the hospital, in your house, or even when you’re in the backseat of the car in Target’s parking lot trying for privacy and the people are trying to unlock their car doors next to your car! – but that’s another rant.) I even found that having company over was uncomfortable because I had to go in the bedroom to nurse or off in a dark corner so that people didn’t have to avert their gaze. With Udder Covers, this problem is solved because the baby is covered and Mom can adjust anything that needs adjusting without any awkwardness.
I love the fabric. It’s thin cotton so it won’t be too hot for the baby or for Mommy. It is sewn really well and seems like it will be durable. I love that Baby Girl won’t be pulling this off, but that she can hold on to the soft cotton while she nurses. It is small enough that I can fold it up and fit it in my purse (because I am not so good with hauling a diaper bag around after the first six weeks). I love the boning in the neckline which allows me to look down at my precious bundle while she nurses – something that Mommy can not do if she is using a receiving blanket drape.
These would make a great baby shower gift for the nursing mom that would be used many, many times!
Milk Bands Nursing Bracelet
Give your nursing journal a rest! Throw away your safety pins and stickers! Quit juggling objects from wrist to wrist! Stop relying on imperfect memory! Milk Bands™ Nursing Bracelet is designed to help you keep track of which side you nursed from, what time, and how long – all on one wrist!
With my three previous babies, I was sometimes – okay – a lot of the time – confused about which breast I had just nursed from and for how long. This was especially true in the hospital when the nurses would ask when did you last nurse and for how long. I am sort of free-spirited in that regard; if Baby wants to eat, I feed her. If she still seems hungry, I put her on the other side.
Milk Bands™ Nursing Bracelet is going to help my chaotic system to no end. I think sometimes I prefer one side to the other; you know one arm is stronger than the other or I can kick my leg under more comfortably to nurse on the one side and then there is a vicious cycle of “Hmmm, is this going to work for me?”
Milk Bands™ are a uniquely designed nursing bracelet that enables the mother to quickly and conveniently identify which breast she last used to feed her baby by simply turning the bracelet inside-out! One side is imprinted with the word “LEFT” and the other side with the word “RIGHT” and both sides have hours and minute increments and convenient sliders so that Mom can keep track of what time she began nursing and on which side. The jelly bands are easy to roll so Mom doesn’t have to spend a great deal of time moving beads and switching wrists and so on.
I also love that Milk Bands™ can be used at night. Granted, I have not tried this feature since Baby Girl has not arrived in the world yet, and I am still relishing a full night’s sleep before the big arrival.
The last reason that I am looking forward to using Milk Bands™ is simply because I will have three other children who will also need attention and this will be one LESS thing that I have to think about… Anytime I can have one LESS thing to think about, I’ll take it!
COTTON BREAST PADS from Udder Covers
With my past pregnancies, I have always bought a big box of disposable nursing breast pads and hated them. First of all, they weren’t comfortable – they would get wet and sticky. Secondly, I usually ended up with extras – what are you going to do with a bunch of extra breast pads?! Really??!! Udder Covers sent me a pack of two pairs of 100% cotton Breast Pads that I am excited to use (yep, it’s the little things that get me excited!). I am looking forward to being greener and not having the waste of the disposables and I am looking forward to using the cotton, which I think will be a lot more comfortable to wear. These pads are large enough that I am not worried about them slipping and sliding around while I am trying to adjust after nursing.
Between the Milk Brands Nursing Bracelet, Udder Cover, and the 100% Cotton Breast Pads, Baby Girl’s menu is set for the first few months!
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Cotton Nursing Pads
Lauralee Saad loves homeschooling her three kiddos: Ballerina, age 8, Big Boy, age 6, and MESS, age 3. She enjoys sewing when she can find a spare corner to set up her machine and dig out fabrics, cooking and baking – especially if the kiddos are helping, and enjoying a good book after the kiddos have gone to bed. She is thrilled to be welcoming a baby girl into the family in March of 2012.
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