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I have recently given birth to my second child. I am breastfeeding him and now that he is 6 weeks old, and we are starting to venture further from home, there is an increased chance of me needing to feed him in public. I breastfed my first son and in that time I invested in a nursing vest.
When breastfeeding at home, it doesn't really matter what I wear. I can just lift my top up as it doesn't matter how much flesh I expose. However this is less than ideal for when I feed my son in the presence of other people. I don't want people getting an eye-full of my breasts or post-baby wobbly tummy and I'm sure they don't want that either!
With my first son I tried using various shawls and pashminas to keep things covered. My main problem with them was that my son's face or head ended up being covered up by them and I worried about him overheating. Also, once he was a few months old he could grab the shawl and pull it off me leaving me rather exposed! It always became a bit of a juggling act and probably drew more attention to me.
I then saw these nursing vests in Mothercare and decided to give one a try. I bought one in white and this style is also available in black, grey or navy and white striped. The vests cost £15 but are currently on 3 for 2 special offer. This vest, like all nursing vests, has 2 layers. The top layer is a normal vest, the only difference is at the straps where it has a clip on each side, just like a nursing bra. This means you can unclip one side of the vest and pull it down slightly without having to take off or pull up the whole vest.
The second layer is like a crop top and it is underneath the main vest part. This layer has two little slits in so you can expose just the nipple foor feeding without having to expose the full breast. The bottom of the crop top layer is very elasticated and quite supportive. This means that if you chose you could wear it without a bra, although this depends on how much support you need. I do sometimes wear it at night instead when I'm feeling like I need a break from wearing a nursing bra constantly.
I hav found this vest to be very useful when breastfeeding as it helps me to be far more discreet. It also makes me less self conscious as I know people aren't able to see everything. It is very easy to unclip the top and I can do it quickly and easily with one hand whilst supporting my son with the other. I like that the vest is a long style as it covers my tummy well and I don't have to worry about it riding up. I would definitely recommend this vest as it has made breastfeeding in public so much simpler and less stressful.