I've had three babies and have perfected breastfeeding on the go, but it wasn't always this way. When I was a new first time mom I was nervous about breastfeeding while out and about. I wondered if people would look at me, and I was self conscious in my postpartum body. I remember struggling with covers and trying to work with multiple shirts to keep myself feeling covered. While this works okay, I find it much easier to find the right kind of clothing for breastfeeding. This makes me much more confident in my ability to breastfeed anywhere.
My favorite products for breastfeeding on the go are an amazing nursing bra, and a top made for breastfeeding. I find this combination makes it easy to get my baby latched quickly and without fuss. When my baby is hungry the last thing I want to do is mess with trying to pull my shirt up or down, or pull out a cover. I believe this draws more attention and makes feeding on the go harder than it needs to be.
Bravado Designs makes most of my favorite nursing bras including the new Buttercup Nursing Bra.
It has wonderful support and comfort without underwire, and it looks great under clothes. Like all Bravado bras the clips are easy to operate one handed, and the foam cup fully drops down to accommodate skin to skin while breastfeeding.
This Baju Mama Cloe Banded Cross Over Nursing Top is an example of how breastfeeding clothes can work for you.
The top drapes with a few thin comfortable pieces of fabric which can be pulled aside to make breastfeeding easy. I have actually been able to walk around and breastfeed while out with tops like this. It took me a couple of kids to perfect that skill but with the right products it's definitely possible.
It's hard to believe, but when I started my breastfeeding journey I only had one nursing bra and no breastfeeding friendly tops. I've come a long way since then, and I now know my fears about breastfeeding in public were unfounded. Still, I definitely recommend getting some nursing bras and tops because anything to make us feel more confident and breastfeeding on the go easier is a win for me.
All of these products can be found at my favorite maternity and breastfeeding clothing store, Figure 8 Maternity!