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Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Specialist

Q&A: Nursing Cover?

Do I really need a nursing cover?

Not necessarily. When you breastfeed with a roomy pullover top, your baby covers your midriff. Some moms breastfeed in baby slings that have built-in fabric that can cover their babies. Other moms say a blanket works just fine or aren't shy about flashing a nipple now and then. Still, some love their nursing wraps or covers. If you're looking for an easy way to keep covered in public, go ahead and give one a try. There are several varieties on the market, and different covers work better for different preferences and body types.

When you're shopping, consider your priorities. Want to be able to look your babe in the eyes? Grab a cover with a stiff neckline that stands out from your body. Worried about full coverage? Check the length, and shy away from apron-like covers that can flap in the wind. Concerned with being discreet? Go for a wrap with a color palette that fits with your everyday style.