I pretty much lost all modesty while nursing Roo for over two years, but I must admit it is nice to be able to feed your baby in public without feeling like you're whipping your boobs out. I love the concept of nursing smocks with all the pretty fabric choices but Jasper pulls the things off with all his wiggling and exposes me or else cries inconsolably because he doesn't like his face to be covered. When I heard about a new breastfeeding cover-up called Slurp & Burp, I was really intrigued and ordered one to try out.
The Slurp & Burp is essentially a two-layer knit tube with an attached white cotton burp cloth. My husband asked if it was a baby sling, and it does indeed look a bit like a tiny one, but it only covers the shoulder and one breast. Like a dainty poncho. The S&B doesn't cover the baby– the two layers go over and under the breast, providing a discreet opening for the baby to suckle at. Here's a pic from their website that shows how innocuous it looks in use:
Initially, I thought my gigantic shoulders and milk-laden boobs were too big to use the S&B until a plus-sized option is available, but I just wasn't putting it on right. It takes a bit of getting used to and it does require you to wear clothing that allows your breasts to be accessed from the top, while I usually pull my shirts up to nurse. The S&B is nice because no special nursing openings are necessary, you basically just poke the nipple between the layers. The soft knit fabric rolls up compactly and can also double as a pillow or burpcloth in a pinch. As an added bonus, the stripes look great with striped BabyLegs dangling below…
Here's a chance for you to try it out yourself: Mom4Life is giving a Slurp & Burp to one lucky blog reader. Or order one from Mom4Life yourself!