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LilacRain Wed 06-Jan-16 18:14:25

That can be worn over a baby carrier?

I usually feed my 4-month-old in a Baby Bjorn One Carrier when out but it's hard to be discreet.

Or is it worth getting a different carrier? Any recommendations? I have a wrap too (just a stretchy piece of fabric) but it's fiddly to tie and hard to adjust for feeding.

TheKitchenWitch Wed 06-Jan-16 18:17:46

What are you needing to cover? I don't understand. I bf ds2 in the Ergo all the time, regardless of where we are.

LilacRain Wed 06-Jan-16 18:30:10

My baby takes ages to latch, I have to leave breast exposed and he fusses with it before latching then keeps coming off. Would feel better covering up when in close proximity to others eg crowded train, restaurants etc. With carrier I can't do 1-top-up 1-down so have to get whole boob out blush

Butterfliesprettybutterflies Wed 06-Jan-16 18:33:43

I find most bf covers just draw attention to what you're doing! I had a selection of scarves - mostly those infinity scarves - that did the trick for a bit more coverage but also didn't draw attention.

Fratelli Wed 06-Jan-16 18:35:14

Don't use it. Imagine someone putting a cover over your head whilst you're trying to eat! How uncomfortable!

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Wed 06-Jan-16 18:37:14

I love my Bebe Au Lait cover up. It's one of those with a structured top so you can look down and see your baby. My ds sometimes has a fussy latch so I have to be able to see him and because it stands away from your body it's perfect with a baby carrier. I got mine from Jojo Maman Bebe

GoldPlatedBacon Wed 06-Jan-16 18:40:23

When I want to cover up I just use a large muslin. I do have a specific cover, not sure of brand but sounds the same as bebe au lait, but I find the muslin easier

Nottalotta Wed 06-Jan-16 18:40:32

I still use one top up one down in a carrier. Or wear a cardigan c with just the top couple of buttons done up.

metimeisforwimps Wed 06-Jan-16 18:42:45

I made a large jersey poncho, it was very easy, just one seam as it didn't need hemming. I prefered that to the specially designed covers which as pp said draw attention to what you are doing. I made the neck wide so I could peek down it to see what was going on. Also the jersey is thin so folds easily into your bag.

mrtwitsglasseye Wed 06-Jan-16 18:47:42

I just don't cover tbh. How old is your baby? Latching on gets easier as you get feeding established.

eternalopt Wed 06-Jan-16 18:48:01

Another vote for Bebe au lait. I never felt I HAD to cover up, and don't always use it, but it was very handy for the times I did want a bit of discretion. Baby doesn't get hot underneath thanks to the structured collar, which also allows you to still see him, as opposed to using scarfs and muslins.

Samantha28 Wed 06-Jan-16 18:51:02

Just use a scarf . Otherwise you will draw attention to yourself .

Baby will get better at latching as he gets older

Tatie3 Wed 06-Jan-16 18:53:32

I've personally never used a cover but I'd think a cotton scarf would do the job and be less of a faff.

ftmsoon Wed 06-Jan-16 18:57:14

I just used a metre square muslin. I don't know anyone who did buy a special cover.

RubyWoooo Wed 06-Jan-16 19:00:26

Watching this with interest as I've just bought a Bebe au Lait cover. DC2 due in a few weeks. It's black and I wear a lot of black so hoping it will blend in with my clothes and not draw attention. If it doesn't work I have a vast collection of scarves to call on grin

MrsMook Wed 06-Jan-16 19:03:03

I just used scarves on occasions when I needed more coverage. Much more subtle.

outputgap Wed 06-Jan-16 19:08:09

I have a mamascarf, and while it is just a bloody triangle of cotton and thus stupidly expensive, I really really loved it, and will use it again. I found it much easier and more discrete than a normal scarf or muslin. Dc2 liked a good old look around and it helped with that too. And it rolled up tiny, as you would expect with just a bit of cotton.

BirdInTheRoom Wed 06-Jan-16 19:13:30

Bebe au lait is great if you have a flappy baby. Scarves & muslins can get pulled off at inopportune moments, and you can't actually see what you're doing under those. With the Bebe au lait you remain covered but you can still look down and see what you're doing to get baby latched. I didn't care whether I drew attention to what I was doing - I preferred that to exposing my nipples to all and sundry! Not all babies feed discreetly.

CaffeineBomb Wed 06-Jan-16 19:38:31

I liked the mama scarf. It was cheap, discreet as it was in black, hands free and I could still see my DS.

I had to stop using one at about 5/6 months as he HATED being covered up though

CaffeineBomb Wed 06-Jan-16 19:39:36

Meant to say I got it off eBay for a couple of pounds

Minions Wed 06-Jan-16 19:42:41

Bebe Au Lait gets my vote too. I totally understand - I wasn't embarrassed to BF in public but definitely didn't want to be flashing my boobs! The Bebe au Lait probably does draw a bit of attention so if you want something very discreet maybe not the best option. If you don't mind people knowing you're feeding but don't want to flash your nipples this is the one for you smile

LumpySpaceCow Wed 06-Jan-16 20:13:15

I didn't like the bebe au lait as felt it drew more attention. I would either lift top up - have a vest top on underneath to cover stomach; or tuck a muslin into my bra to cover the top of my breast if I was pulling top down or use a big scarf.

LilacRain Wed 06-Jan-16 20:24:23

Thanks, I'll try the Bebe au lait, sounds ideal.

I don't care if it draws attention. I'm not shy about BF in public I just prefer to keep my boobs out of sight sometimes. Also I'd like to be able to walk around with boob out while baby gets ready to feed, he latches better with skin to skin first.

He's 4months and pulls off a lot to look round, so the milk often sprays out in a jet! blush hoping the cover will help with that!

LorelaiVictoriaGilmore Wed 06-Jan-16 20:26:29

With my ds, there's no such thing as a discreet feed. He flaps around like a crazed eel and makes extremely loud 'nom, nom, nom' yummy noises as he feeds. grin The Bebe au Lait is the most discreet part of his feeds and it also seems to focus ds a bit as there's not much to distract him under there!

Samantha28 Thu 07-Jan-16 10:59:51

* I wasn't embarrassed to BF in public but definitely didn't want to be flashing my boobs........If you don't mind people knowing you're feeding but don't want to flash your nipples*

Very few mothers or babies want to " flash" anything hmm. if a baby is hungry , it's just wants fed. I find this emotive and pejorative language very unhelpful and off putting .

Flashers are people who deliberately display private parts of their bodies to intimidate and seek attention . That is NOTHING to do with 99.99% of mothers or hungry babies and it's inappropriate to suggest that it is .

If a baby pulls off suddenly , someone who is sitting right beside you and watching very closely might see a glimpse of flesh . To imply that this action by an innocent baby is somehow " flashing " is quite disturbing, IMO.

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