Undercover Mama Nursing Shirt + GIVEAWAY!!

As I’ve written about before, breastfeeding is an important choice I make for my family.  Perhaps the best part about it is that Vivian’s food is always readily available no matter where we go.  I don’t have to worry about packing bottles or formula or water.

Now that a feeding routine is established, breastfeeding is truly second nature. I don’t even think twice about it.  With that said, I’m always excited when I find a simple way to make this simple act even easier.

I am a big fan of nursing tanks because I can nurse in public without my post-pregnancy tummy exposed.  I recently wrote about the Bliss Nursing Bra from Bravado – its ridiculously comfortable and I want to wear it as often as possible.  Lucky for me, I discovered the Undercover Mama nursing shirt.

I love the Undercover Mama nursing shirt because it works with any nursing bra (including the one I love from Bravado).  Small hooks on the Undercover Mama easily slide onto the straps of the bra.  And, when it comes time to feed Vivian, the hooks easily slide off.  I tried to take a picture:

This shirt is like a nursing tank in the way it creates a camisole-like appearance under my regular shirts.  Not only can I easily and discreetly nurse my baby, but I can also wear the bra I find to be the most supportive and comfortable. Its a really neat product and a great solution for nursing mothers.

I sent Undercover Mama an email to let them know how innovative I think their product is, and they offered to participate in a GIVEAWAY for Homemade Mothering readers.  If you or someone you know is or will be breastfeeding, go ahead and enter!

To enter, leave an answer to the following question:

Do you think mothers should cover-up when breastfeeding in a public place?

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Written by Maureen

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36 Comments for this entry

  1. Kate says:

    I don’t think you have to, but I know for me, I feel so much more comfortable doing so.

  2. Jessica says:

    It’s a personal choice, I do nurse in public but always do so as discreetly as possible. I wouldn’t be comfortable otherwise.

  3. Evie says:

    I think it’s up to the mother to decide. While I would prefer not to see her whole breast exposed, if the baby is nursing I don’t think she needs to have a blanket over everything. For my own comfort, I always use a blanket… never know when baby might suddenly pull back!

  4. Samantha says:

    I nurse as discreetly as possible. I generally don’t use a nursing cover because they are hard for me to manage. I think nursing in public is perfectly fine and wonderful, but I don’t think an entire breast needs to be exposed.

  5. Tara C says:

    I dont think mothers should cover up. Its a personal choice, but I dont cover-up when nursing. I also think it sends a message that nursing is something to be ashamed of, instead of the natural way to feed your babe.

  6. Tara C says:

    I also commented on your FB wall- I’m Tara Elizabeth on facebook :)

  7. Virginia says:

    Love this idea for a nursing tank! I nurse in public. The busiest place was the bar at Giradanos when we were waiting for a table a couple of years ago. Not ideal but when you have a hungry baby you do what you have to. I normally breastfeed without a cover. But I do try to show as little of the breast as possible and position myself away from people. I always figure people would rather see me breastfeeding then hear a crying baby. I also try to wear shirts that expose as little as possible. I think I show a lot less then what I see coming from the beach these days!

  8. Tracy says:

    I think it’s up to each mother and baby pair. Some mother’s feel more comfortable covering up, some babies can’t stand having their heads covered while they’re eating. I don’t think there should be a “standard” either way. Nourishing the baby is more important than the comfort of those around.

  9. Gina says:

    I think it is all about what is comfortable for the mother.

  10. Julie Hockenberg says:

    It’s all about how the nursing mother feels, but that said, I think it’s appropriate to consider the surroundings. I was once at a birthday party for a 5-year-old and while all the party goers congregated in a small space to eat and sing to the birthday girl, a woman just whipped it out and fed…for all to see. The men felt uncomfortable and the hostess of the party was not a “nurser” herself so I think it was awkward for her too.

  11. Kelly says:

    I agree with many comments that it is mostly up to the mother’s comfort. I think it is important to take into consideration the others around you and breastfeed in a way that they can be comfortable with as well.

  12. Emily says:

    I think it depends on the situation and others around you. I try to be as discreet as possible but sometimes the baby is hungry and you just have to get it done. Those tanks look awesome! Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Rebecca says:

    I know my baby, so I can tell when he is going to be distracted in a particular setting (like a mall) and want to pull off and look around. But in other venues he’ll stay focused on eating. I’d probably weigh my chances of being exposed before deciding whether or not to cover! :)

  14. Lori says:

    I agree with most mothers here that whatever the mom feels most comfortable with is fine with me. I just feel a little sad when a mother feels like she has to be covered all the time and or feels like she needs to leave to be private. For me, as long as my belly was somewhat covered, I was fine wittin nursing in public.

  15. Jenny says:

    I agree with Emily. While the mother has the choice to cover or not to cover, they should be considerate of those around them and practicing modesty.

  16. katrina says:

    mama should never have to cover up but I do a lot of the time because it makes me feel more comfortable

  17. Sarah says:

    While I appreciate a little discretion with nursing in public, I’m always so encouraged to see mamas doing it. It makes breast-feeding feel like the natural, normal part of life that it is.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  18. steph says:

    i think it is up to the mom!

  19. suzanne says:

    I always covered up with my first child, but this time around, I am not sure that I will be so modest. My views have changed over the course of my experience. However, I do think that it is the mother’s choice. No one should be made to feel wrong for either choice.

  20. katie says:

    I think it’s about the mother & babies comfort. When my daughter was a newborn, we were clumsy and felt more comfortable covered. Now that she’s 1 I can’t imagine using one… she’d probably think we were playing peek-a-boo :-)

  21. Margaret says:

    I think if you can nurse without a cover, but still not show anything, then go ahead. If you cannot do this, then use a cover! I don’t want strangers seeing my boobs and I don’t want to see other ladies’. Nursing tanks are a great way to nurse discretely without having to cover with a blanket!

  22. Katie O says:

    I think Moms should do what they are comfortable with.

  23. Jessica says:

    I think nursing should be done as modestly as possible. Yes it is natural, however it is not appropriate to whip your breasts out in a public setting regardless of the reason why. I personally am not comfortable being exposed in public nor am I comfortable with others exposing themselves in front of me.

  24. sarah says:

    yes…it is always kind to be modest

  25. Amanda says:

    I think it’s really a personal choice and whatever is best for mama & baby, although I think when you can do it as discreetly as possible, it’s best for everyone! I’m planning to breastfeed and hope to do so as discreetly as possible. I would love to win the Undercover Mama nursing shirt.

  26. Elle says:

    No. Women should be able to do what is best for themselves and their babies. It’s a breast, and it has one particularly important purpose – to nourish a child – and I think that’s beautiful and should be celebrated! I hope to have products like this, as it would make it easier to be discreet, but I imagine that it can be important to see what’s happening with baby while feeding, and it seems like a blanket could make that difficult and could be really hot in the summer! Thanks, and congratulations on your newest sweetheart – Vivian is a doll!

  27. Jayme says:

    I nurse in public but try to be discrete about it. My little one does not like to have a cover over him so we try to find a quite place. It is a choice, but I feel that doing it discretely is respectful to others.

  28. Jessica says:

    Personally, I always try my best to be discreet with nursing in public. I think that each mom should do what is most comfortable for her, her baby, and those around her. I have no problem with moms nursing in public either way. :)

  29. Laura says:

    No, but I also believe it is a mother’s choice and what her comfort level is. Breasts are oversexualized in our culture, and I think that’s a shame.

  30. Megan says:

    Cover their breasts? Yes. Hide under a tent? No. I do not think you need an ‘cover’ to be appropriate and modest. These tops are a great solution.

  31. Tara L says:

    I believe if someone doesn’t want to see it, they shouldn’t look. I nurse in public all the time; however, I try to keep the exposure to a minimum. I knew my boobs had temporarily become a utility (and no longer a sex symbol) when the lactation consultant was expressing my nipple onto a spoon to be sure my son was getting the few drops of colostrum he needed. It took everything for me not to start ‘moo’ing right then.

  32. Johanna I. says:

    I think moms should do whatever works best for them and baby. That said, we have a long way to go before our culture is comfortable with breastfeeding in public so I usually try to be discreet. If I can be comfortable, relaxed, and nonchalant about it, then no one else seems to have an issue with it.

    Thanks for hosting a giveaway – I’d LOVE to try this top.

  33. Michelle says:

    I don’t think you have to cover up while nursing, but I think it is good if you can be discreet while nursing in public. I am a modest person so I always tried to go into a dressing room to nurse.

  34. Michelle A says:

    Well i think mothers should be able to do where ever they want!

  35. Kristi Marsh says:

    when my son was breastfeeding, I just felt more comfortable covering myself up. However, with baby #2 due this summer that is extremely hot, I would want her to be comfortable so I’m sure there will be times I will be open to the idea of not covering myself and baby up

    with all that said, if I saw a mommy in public breastfeeding, not covered up, I would have no problem with that at all! I think all mom’s should have the right to make themselves and baby comfortable in public. It’s a beautiful thing being able to feed your child, there shouldn’t be any limitations to it at all!

  36. antal says:

    With my first, my big chest was a consideration, so we did the football hold. I didn’t like nursing in public, because I had trouble relaxing and often felt awkward. I’m now carrying #2 and I doubt this time will be much different. I certainly appreciate the right to nurse in public (my state just says you need to try to be discreet), but this time I think I’ll try to find a fold up chair and pillow to put in my daughter’s stroller so I can find a public restroom and be comfy.

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