Guest blog: Isadora Watts is a London -based writer and consultant. Her first baby, Lady P, was born in February. See her blog about her transatlantic adventures here. Isadora is guest blogging for our Feelgood Motherhood blog as she navigates new motherhood. Let us know what you think about Isadora’s posts on our Twitter feed or follow her on Twitter here.
‘Why is the baby eating your cardigan?’ 5 year old niece asked.
I could see why she was confused. To the untrained observer it did look a bit like Lady P was eating my cardigan. In fact she was breastfeeding, through a gap between my vest and my cardy.
It strikes me that the ideal breastfeeding top might just be one that it looks as if the baby is eating. Yes, we do have the right to breastfeed wherever we like, unembarrassed. But there are political ideals, and personal preferences. And my personal preference is not to expose my enormous boobs to all and sundry. I’d also prefer to keep my softer-than-it-used-to-be belly to myself for a while longer. So I’ll all about cunning layers and discreet access.
This does not necessarily mean special breastfeeding tops, although a ‘nursing bra’ is an absolute must. I have a couple of breastfeeding vests I wear under regular, civilian tops and jumpers: the vest allows me to lift up my top to feed without exposing my tummy. Otherwise I wear a nursing bra underneath a shirt I can unbutton, or a top of which I can pull the neckline down (again, keeping my belly safely under wraps). Oversized boyfriend shirts and sloppy joe off-the-shoulder t-shirts are working overtime.
Best of all though are tops and dresses designed just for breastfeeding. They have the most cunning and discreet access of all, with no need for elaborate layers. I have worn my Babes with Babies Stella dress an awful lot.
The bubble hem disguises my tummy and the breastfeeding access is ingeniously discreet.
The Victoria top is similarly clever, and is long enough to wear over leggings and provide a nice smooth line over parts of me that are less than firm.
What’s your approach to breastfeeding in front of others? Do you don a scarf to hide the whole operation, or are you comfortable getting your Bristols out wherever you are?