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Monday, April 01, 2013

Breastfeeding idea: Everlane scarves

Recently I ordered a Everlane scarf and was surprised by how soft, light and breathable it was. Not only would it look pretty with spring outfits, but I realized it would also be perfect for breastfeeding in public. I'm a big supporter of mamas who want or need to nurse their hungry babies in public (Toby chowed all over Manhattan) and breastfeeding is actually naturally modest because the baby's head covers anything booby and interesting:) But if you'd like extra privacy, this scarf would be a lovely way to cover up without having to lug around a bulky nursing apparatus!

What do you think? xoxo

P.S. Breastfeeding in public, and more about boobs.

59 comments:

Kayla said...

I still haven't gotten the hang of getting my baby to latch subtly in public. I feel I'm just hanging out there; but my baby needs to eat and I have to get outta the house sometimes! May have to get myself something like one of these scarves

Memoirs & Mochas

SLOmygosh said...

I agree, these would be perfect. I also found the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, light and easy to use as a cover-up. :)

SLOmygosh said...

I agree, these would be perfect. I also found the Aden + Anais swaddle blankets, light and easy to use as a cover-up. :)

Lauren said...

haha..."booby and interesting" :)

Ashley@MarriedLane said...

Hmm.. I love this idea, but they're dry clean only, and my babies are usually champion spitters! I think I'm going to stick with my bebe au lait cover with little built in terry cloth corners for spit up :)

Chandra Fredrick said...

great idea! making a note of it for next time. my first baby was a high maintenance nurser, so we needed a special pillow, among other things, and I'm hoping next time nursing will be a bit easier and I can nurse all over LA :)

C. said...

Whenever someone mentions public breastfeeding I think of the time I was 16 and working as a barista, and a woman came in with one of her boobs hanging out and a baby latched halfway onto it, with her cellphone in the other hand and she came up and ordered her chai, not even batting an eyelash. Not once did she really seem like she was noticing that she was breastfeeding. It was very weird and it felt kind of "wrong".

I think my whole issue is with the mothers who do five other things while breastfeeding - I'm still young and not at all reaching my "baby age" yet, but I sort of think that the breastfeeding is a bit intimate and shouldn't be one of the more automatic things we do. Maybe it's just because I don't have a child - but for me that is where I get slightly "offended" and I would rather not see it. As people say, you are feeding a child. Would you do a gazillion things at once when you're having lunch with your kids later on?

But for the women who are breastfeeding and look at their child and really are in the moment, those are just beautiful and I'm glad I live in Denmark where only few people look twice when they see a mother breastfeeding. I mean, what better experience can there be than "eating out in the open"? :-)

SincerelySammie said...

Those scarves look soft! I've never heard of this brand before so thanks for the introduction. :)

Mariyam ABAG said...

This scarf looks lovely :0 Beautiful colours.

http://beautyaddictsguidetothegalaxy.blogspot.co.uk/

Sequin Doll said...

I look at it this way -- I would feel extremely uncomfortable in a bikini top that only covered my nipple. Therefore, I think I would feel extremely uncomfortable not using a bit of a cover, but that's just me!

http://sequindollfashion.blogspot.com/

Lisa_M said...

That's what I use for my cover-up as well. Those blankets are seriously my most-used baby item.

Unknown said...

it's a great idea. I use my jungle jam swaddle blankets, they are also very breathable, have fun prints and can also be used to cover my little one up if it's cold or to clean any milk related mess. I'm all for not bulky and multi-purpose!

Kristin said...

I'm not a mom, so I have nothing to add about it's use as a breastfeeding implement, but I have that Everlane scarf and it is the softest, most comfortable scarf I own. Highly recommend!

brandilyn said...

I'm a breastfeed-anywhere kinda mom (sometimes I toss a blanket over my shoulder, but often I don't), but I always wear scarves while traveling because it's a lot more comfortable to nurse in close quarters with a little extra discretion, and it doesn't take up a ton of room in my diaper bag!

Brandilyn
www.catsandcardigans.com

Laura said...

Probably a more fashionable option than the "Hooter Hider" I've got for my baby-soon-to-come. The nice thing about those, though, is that the top is constructed so you can look down and keep eye contact with your baby, and I bet he feels less suffocated that way.

jm said...

These are so light and floaty. Very pretty, plus perfect for breast-feeding. Breast-feeding is the most natural thing in the world and you should be free to do it anywhere at all when your baby needs feeding. These scarves make it discrete and private, too. Great find.

tkat said...

Scarves are definitely a great idea for nursing, as I find the "hooter hider" covers make both me and baby so hot and sweaty and they scream out "breastfeeding over here!" when I whip it out of my bag (they're also not easy to stick into my purse). There's a Canadian gal making really pretty and wearable nursing scarves in a neat infinity style called Coverboo Couture. I haven't tried one yet but am dying to.

lisaathome said...

These are beautiful and perfect for warmer weather months. While I don't have a little one just yet I'm a big advocate of investing in versatile pieces like this one.

girlseeksplace said...

Those are very pretty. I am pro nursing, but I'm also pro modesty. Do your thing, but don't let it all hang out. These scarves are a perfect way to cover up and still look chic.

Lauren Knight said...

I actually did this with my three babies when each was breastfeeding! I used a lightweight scarf or a baby blanket and it worked so well. Great idea!

Juliana Centimeter said...

I just used an old sarong that I often wear as a scarf in the winter... over the years it's been used as a picnic blanket, a skirt, a light jacket and a curtain as well. Just one of those cheap cotton ones you can buy at beach shops and throw in the washer.

holtkamp said...

this is a great idea. i had a cover especially made for nursing, BUT it doesn't cover your back which was a little awkward nursing on a public bench! i'll have to look for something like this for the next baby.

Lizzie Polish said...

I think that unless you're in a truly public place where you would generally not want to draw attention to yourself like the subway or Starbucks I just whip it out. I breast fed during a parent teacher interview once but it was just me and a teacher who was the mother of three. I asked first though, obviously. No need to make my son's teacher uncomfortable if she is s prude and have her think he has a mom with boundary problems. Generally though, people are still going to know what is going down under the scarf. Just let the boobies go bare. It will be hot when the baby is tiny and you'll probably be done breast feeding by the time it is cold enough that you want to carry around a scarf.

aly said...

Have you seen the luvs commercial about breastfeeding in public. I think it's awesome and I love seeing that luvs is in support of moms not having to hide in corners to breastfeed.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgmbJso-2-o

Jesse said...

yes! blogged about these last week. i'm not expecting right now, but these scarves would add just that right touch to my weekend ripped jeans and v neck ensemble.
http://semiweeklyeats.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-random-list-of-links.html

Amy Lauree said...

The nice, wide Everlane scarf is such a good idea! Nursing covers (like the one you linked) can be so huge like a tent, and especially in the summer can get hot in there for babe! A scarf would be great to cover just the parts needed and let their little body breathe if needed. I like it.

Anna said...

I can also recommend Besos scarves - for those of you who love all things Scandinavian - gorgeous scarves from Denmark http://www.besos.dk/

Second Floor Flat said...

I originally read about Everlane on Cup of Jo and am considering buying the French Terry (https://www.everlane.com/collections/womens-terry-sweatshirts) and wearing it with some Bensimons slip-ons, white jeans, and bright lipstick this spring.

Are these shirts really as great as they sound? Love the concept - sometimes the simplest ideas really are the best.

Diana said...

I totally just started making infinity scarves just for nursing covers because it's all I ever use!

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheRingSlinger?ref=seller_info_count

J.M. Swanson said...

I used sheer cotton scarves as cover when I nursed my babies in public. The Everlane ones aren't washable. Definitely need to choose a washable scarf.

J.M. Swanson said...

I used sheer cotton scarves as cover when I nursed my babies in public. The Everlane ones aren't washable. Definitely need to choose a washable scarf.

ScarlettM said...

It's so funny - I live en Denmark and people here normally just nurse wherever they feel like it. It's only lately (maybe once or twice) that I've seen these weird nursing covers in public. To me, they seem to catch the eye far more than a woman just nursing normally would do. But if you're shy, a scarf makes so much more sense then heaps of canvas. It looks like the baby is being attacked by a tent!

I think it's really nice how you write about nursing - remembering to say that to you it was completely fine to just do it wherever, etc., even though you're writing about an idea for a nursing cover. You're so good at finding that middle ground to write from. I work in publishing, and actually, I often look to you for inspiration when it comes to writing in a neutral, nonjudgmental tone - something that often comes in handy with the egos that come with the territory. So thanks!

gigi said...

I'm also in the market for a chic option to use while breastfeeding, but I'm so glad the other commenters pointed out that this scarf is not machine washable - not in a million years!!!

Joselle Palacios said...

Before I had my baby, I was anti-nursing cover. What's to hide? It's normal! Then I started nursing. And my always large boobs became ginormous nursing boobs. And well, my 6 week old baby's head doesn't cover anything and I pretty much have to take my whole breast out and lift my shirt up to feed her. So, I appreciate a nice cover! :)

elisabeth said...

My breastfeeding uniform with both my little ones was a nursing tank top and scarf (when it was hot) or a nursing tank, button down/cardigan, and scarf (when it was cold). Those nursing covers seem so conspicuous, not to mention suffocating. The few times I tried them, my littles flailed around under there like they were being smothered and it looked more like I was wrestling an alligator than having a beautiful breastfeeding moment.

KKat79 said...

My Aden + Anais blankets were my favorite nursing covers/sunshades/spitup catchers/towels/blankets, but for dressier occasions I had a fun printed scarf that worked well too. Agree that if they are truly not washable, though, that a different scarf might work better. Sometimes, they just aren't very neat eaters:)

Mrs. M said...

Babies should be able to eat unencumbered. Meanwhile, nursing tops are better for larger busted mamas, like me, so you don't feel like your breasts are hanging out for all to see (i.e. Boobdesign). My baby never approved of being covered during feedings, and I don't blame him. I don't eat with a scarf or blanket over my head either. Whenever he needed privacy (sometimes he preferred to eat without distractions), we sought privacy instead of a nursing cover.

scgrits said...

I am way past nursing, but I love this model's look. Taking these photos to my next hair appointment. Thanks for sharing :-)

b8bca662-9b08-11e1-82d4-000bcdcb5194 said...

When you originally posted about ever lane, I thought they'd continue to be a brand that really kept their prices down. But with the exception of their t-shirts, I don't find their clothes so reasonable. I can get a vince silk blouse on gilt (with the middle man) for basically the same price as theirs. disappointing.

Christy Sidorova said...

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nice blog)loves it)
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xoxo Christy

Alli M. said...

Scarf is beautiful- I use a super soft circle scarf I got from American Apparel...works like a charm!

Jane said...

I was just working for an organization called MomsRising and was part of an effort to support breastfeeding African American women. It was such a humbling space and effort to be a part of! I have yet to be a mama and but nonetheless it was very empowering to hear the women's stories of breastfeeding!

Sarah D said...

I didn't use a nursing cover often. My 1st child hated to be covered and by the time I was nursing my 2nd, I had no qualms about privacy at all. I generally wore a nursing tank under another shirt, so I could pull the top shirt up, the tank top down and be pretty well covered anyway. More often than not, I used my nursing cover as a blanket/wipe! It is handy to have a lighweight blanket with a baby, so in that way a nice big scarf would be lovely.
If you are considering buying one, I'd encourage you to check out this site and reach out to find out if they have any natella available for sale. https://www.facebook.com/EthiopiaEWEF

This is the Ethiopian Women's Empowerment Fund, a small organization working to promote self-sufficiency among Ethiopian mothers and young women, to allow them to be able to care for themselves and their families. Started by a friend of mine and her mother. They held a fundraiser earlier in the year, selling handmade natella- large, light gauzy cotton wraps/shawls. Beautiful, versatile, and in support of moms! What could be better?

madeline said...

I feel like this post is a fabulous example of why I love this blog. You're passionate about motherhood, and you have fantastic taste. Of course that's not to say I don't think you're an excellent and thoughtful writer, because I do, but yep, it's this kind of thing that keeps me checking your blog every day. And sometimes more than that :)

Jonna said...

Hi Joanna, check out this Swedish web site :) I used t-shirts and dresses from them while I was breast feeding!
http://www.boobdesign.com/

Regards, Jonna

moseyblog said...

Awesome idea! I've been wondering how to pull this off without having to buy all those feeding tops and coverups, etc. but still look chic and discreet. Thanks!

Michal Conger said...

Love it!! I have a friend who makes these adorable Infinity Mom scarves that she designed specifically for nursing. They're jersey knit, so they can stretch enough for modesty but also look really chic all the time. https://www.facebook.com/Infinitymom

Therese said...

This nursing shawl from Seraphine is hands down the best thing I've found. It is pricey, but months after I stopped nursing I'm still using it as a scarf/shawl/cape. Get it in the gray. Seraphine has great knitwear too. http://www.seraphine.com/breastfeeding-shawl-grey-summer.html

Maggie said...

Thank you as always for advocating breastfeeding in public, even sans coverup. Anytime I used a coverup my babies just flapped it around, exposing everything, whereas my own clothes (and often my scarf) served as less conspicuous shields.

betz said...

maternal america's nursing scarf is the single best thing I used throughout nmy first year. http://tummystyle.com/products/Maternal-America--Original-Nursing-Scarf~1850.html

machine washable, lightweight for any season, scrunches down to nothing and acts as a light blanket, sunshade or teething buddy- what more could you want?

emma summer said...

It's how Beyonce does it...

http://www.momsalive.com/2012/03/beyonces-boobs/

Sunday Grant Photography said...

You should really check out my friends company, The Milk and Honey Co. We live in the mountains of NC just outside of Asheville. She searched and searched for a down sleep sack to keep her babies warm during the cold winters. She could not find one so she decided to make them herself and her company was born. She is in the process of developing a scarf, nursing cover, and swaddle all made out of organic natural fibers. Really awesome. Seems like a line and products you would love. Just thought I would share. I love this blog! Jealous of your babymoon!

HappyFish said...

I use my aden and anais blankets as a quick cover if I need one. Just tie a little knot and you are good to go. I have also been known to throw one on as a scarf too, so your post is quite fitting.

HyipHitandRun said...

nice women clothing she would look good in a dress

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Khali//Bandit and the Scene Stealers said...

I always used a beautiful scarf when I needed a little more covering during feedings. Those nursing contraptions bring so much more attention than you would ever get with out. And the patterns are always so yuck. With a scarf you can change it up all the time and even end up using for so many other things too with baby.

jami said...

my MIL gave me a lightweight, but opaque scarf with a sewn-in slit in the middle exactly for nursing! looks very similar to this one. i wish the tag was still on it! also thinking of getting the Am Apparel circle scarf, too, for clothes versatility and nursing cover.

Emily said...

I've been out of the blogging world pretty much since becoming pregnant a year ago. I thought of your blog today and was so happy to see this post AND to hear that you are pregnant again! I started following your blog while you were pregnant with Toby. I am so excited for you! Thank you for promoting healthy pregnancies and breastfeeding and for your very honest post about depression post-nursing. It is something that I came across while pregnant and that has stuck with me now that I am nursing. I will be sure to watch for the signs! Thank you!

GingerLand said...

Thank you! This is a perfect way to say this. I understand that it's a natural thing. And I support women breastfeeding. It is beautiful. But there are lots of natural things that aren't appropriate to do in public, even if you're "covered" (using the bathroom, ahem, bedroom activities...).

Inari said...

Oh, I've been using light spring time scarves for breastfeeding in public since the beginning. It's a fantastic and comfortable way to make sure no one gets a sneak peek at the goods if you don't want them to.

I have no problem nursing in public in front of family or strangers, but I get a little weirded out when a few of my fiance's friends are over so a cover is nice. It's also nice if it's breezy or chilly!

A few other things I found really useful are your old maternity t-shirts! Why not get extra use out of them, they don't fit anymore. Throw them in the diaper bag and slip them on over what you're really wearing then just tuck baby underneath to nurse discreetly.

Also ponchos! Mostly if the weather is a bit chillier, otherwise both you and baby are going to get too warm, but a nice knit poncho looks nice and keeps your privacy while breastfeeding. Way less expensive than "official" nursing covers and you can continue using them after baby is weaned.

I've a few other ideas over here that I've tested out and found really helpful:
http://momnari.blogspot.com/2013/01/tips-for-nursing-mothers.html

Nurse on, mamas!

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