Breastfeeding in public (part2)

Bebe au Lait nursing coversAs I have written in a previous post, I want to breastfeed my baby on the go even in a city that offers virtually no mum&baby rooms and where very few mums breastfeed in public. In my quest for products that could help me nurse in public, I ran into the very chic Bébé au Lait nursing cover (which was also praised by our reader, Elaina).

The founder, a mum herself, realised that attending public events while nursing a new baby proved to be a hassle. Breastfeeding in public always seemed to lead to the dreaded tug-o-war between baby and blanket, usually ending with one’s modesty compromised. Tired of having to leave the room in order to feed the baby in privacy, she came up with the Bébé au Lait nursing cover (or Hooter Hider as it was first called).

Nursing covers on the market at that time were clinical, unsightly, impractical and, moreover, hard to find. She gave the cover style by using beautiful fabrics thoughtfully chosen with chic mums in mind. In addition Bébé au Lait covers have a rigid collar that allows mum to view baby while nursing and the strap length is adjustable so you can find the best viewing angle and the most comfortable feeding position. A terry cloth pocket serves as a clean-up cloth and a pocket to store nursing pads. And it can also double up as a sun shade!
bebe6.jpgI used it recently in the Police Station (I had to report my stolen wallet) and I got the most astonished looks from everybody around. Typically though other mums comment on how smart the cover is and how beautiful the fabric is.
Bébé au Lait can be found in upscale maternity and baby boutiques all across the U.S. and Canada, plus a few places in the rest of the world. Alternatively you can buy them online, and they ship worldwide.



Comments (9)

March 4, 2008

Congrats on finding something that works for you! I considered something like that but was afraid it would draw even more attention to us.

Here in the Netherlands, everyone is very very pro-breastfeeding. So it’s been a surprise to me that I don’t see MORE moms doing it in public. I think I’ve seen one other mother at Ikea (hunched over against a wall, appearing for all the world as though she would disappear if she could) and maybe one mother at a cafe. But I also live out in the country and get into the cities only on weekends. Esther, what’s your take?

Also, we’re hoping to visit Paris and London in the next year or so. I’d love to hear Courtney’s and Emilie’s opinions on breastfeeding in public in those cities. How common and accepted is it?

March 4, 2008

How funny. My sister-in-law gave me one of these when my first son was born. It was really cute, but I always found it more of a hassle to take everywhere, dig it out of the bag when you need it, etc.
But I suppose I live in a city where it isn’t too frowned upon. (I also am not very modest and don’t really care if people don’t approve- because it’s totally natural, and beautiful, etc.)

Though- I did see a woman on an airplane in the states with one of these, and it did seem to really work well for her. (You couldn’t even tell she had a baby under there).

I just always wore a scarf and used that to shield my boobs… 🙂

March 4, 2008

wow! ormai siete famosissime, eh? e che bella idea questa, per allattare “on the go”!

March 4, 2008

I actually find that people in the Netherlands breastfeed less than in the UK, or less long, that is. I think it is because mums have to go back to work after 3 months, and expressing is such a hassle. But things seem to be changing!
In London you’ll find it quite common to see breastfeeding mums in public (especially in Starbucks!), but in the Netherlands I don’t see it that often, like Krees said before. The bébé au lait would certainly come in handy! Or Starbucks, for that matter! 🙂

March 4, 2008

I literally copied Courtney’s scarf method and it worked really well for me in London and Paris. There is not a huge amount of public breastfeeding in Paris, but you do see it now and then and no one seems to care.
I was once sitting in a cafe in the Marais feeding my daughter and had forgotten my scarf. She came off my breast and I literally squirted milk onto the window I was sitting by. I was mortified, but some people walking passed laughed instead of looking shocked… but it might have helped that I was sitting in a cafe in a more liberal part of Paris!

March 4, 2008

I have one but only used it with my first. Breastfeeding in public never bothered me, whether other people frowned upon it or not. I just used a little blanket from the diaper bag that seemed to work well.

March 4, 2008

I am the same, but I was living in London. In Italy it’s a different matter, people are so much more conservative!! Breastfeeding in public is just not done – you might as well be pole dancing!

March 4, 2008

Gosh Emilie, that is hilarious!

March 5, 2008

I’m so glad the Bebe Au Lait is working for you. Yes, Emilie, your story was hilarious (probably more so now than it was at the time)! Also, thanks for the link!

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