While it’s not difficult to breastfeed modestly in public, many women in the Middle East prefer to wear a breastfeeding cover. And a range of companies will be happy to sell you a new one. But there is a greener way: buy second-hand, borrow from a friend, or make one yourself with fabric you already have on hand. Choose a light-weight all-cotton fabric, so stains won’t show. You can cut up an abaya that you no longer wear, or get something at the second-hand store or gemach (a type of lending library for items with limited use).
There are a range of ideas for do-it-yourself breastfeeding covers. Here are the best ones I found:
- If you can sew on a button, Victoria from ehow.com explains how to make a cover using only an old apron and a baby blanket.
- Here is a more sophisticated cover from Jaime at Prudent Baby (pictured above in the works). It requires supplies from the sewing store, but you may have enough fabric on hand. It can make a great baby gift too, if you know the mom uses a cover. This tutorial by Angela at Blisstree is similar.
- If you like bows, try this version of a breastfeeding cover from SewStitchClub.
- You can try this cute reversible cover from Shannon Makes Stuff.
- Or just use any kind of poncho that fits over your head.
- If a cover is not your thing, here are great tips for breastfeeding discreetly with ordinary clothes.
- A sling is great for discreet nursing, keeps your hands free, works great on public transit and is “greener” than a stroller.
However you cover up (or not) when you’re breastfeeding, you’re helping your baby get a great start in life and contributing to a greener planet.
Read more green breastfeeding posts by Hannah Katsman:
Breastfeed Your Baby in a Hijab: Public Breastfeeding in the Middle East
Book Review: A Fading Art: Understanding Breastfeeding in the Middle East
Breastfeeding and Cosmetic Breast Surgery in Israel
Ten Ways to Buy Less When You Breastfeed Your Baby