Finding and Using a Nursing Scarf
Here's a list of six nursing scarves and how they work.
When you're in public, you might want to cover up when breastfeeding. Maybe you feel shy about exposing your breasts, tummy or back, but still want to be able to feed without too much hassle. A nursing scarf provides a great way to cover up, plus it's easy to wear and stylish. This accessory can be worn as a traditional scarf, but when your baby is ready to feed, it unravels for wide coverage and privacy.
Here are six you may want to consider for your next purchase:
- NuRoo Nursing Scarves
"Nursing scarves should offer you discreet coverage when you're out and about and feeding your baby," says Hope Parish, cofounder of NuRoo. That's what the NuRoo Nursing Scarf does. It has snaps along its width to let you customize the coverage. You can wear it as a scarf, shrug, tunic or vest, all based on how you button it. "For nursing, you can snap it to make it a shawl or a vest, and it covers your back as well as your front," says Parish. The fabric is 90 percent polyester and 10 percent spandex, so it's soft and breathable, doesn't wrinkle and won't distract your baby. The scarf is machine washable and can go in the dryer.
- Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf
The Itzy Ritzy Nursing Happens Infinity Breastfeeding Scarf comes in fun patterns and allows you to keep eye contact with your baby as you nurse. You start by arranging this infinity scarf around your neck in a double loop. When you're ready to feed your baby, simply unwrap one layer and adjust the scarf around your body for full coverage. This jersey knit scarf is a blend of 50 percent cotton and 50 percent polyester. It's machine washable, and you line dry it.
- Liv & Lila Nursing Scarf
Moms who want versatility will love the Liv & Lila Nursing Scarf. "Our design is worn as an infinity scarf or shrug, and when mom is ready to breastfeed, she unwraps the top layer of the infinity scarf from around her neck and rotates it, draping the scarf from shoulder to shoulder," says Liv & Lila cofounder Monica Jacquay. "Our design is different from others on the market because we've added an extra stitch and dressed it with a permanent button, so that when worn as a nursing cover, it is more like a poncho." This scarf, made from a lightweight cotton and spandex blend, is machine washable, and you lay it flat to dry.
- The Honest Co. 2-in-1 Organic Nursing Cover + Scarf
Actress Jessica Alba created The Honest Company along with Christopher Gavigan, the author of "Healthy Child Healthy World." Their take on the piece is the 2-in-1 Organic Nursing Cover + Scarf, which is made from 100 percent organically grown cotton, comes in four patterns and was co-designed with a women's artisan collective in India. There is no chlorine processing, pesticides, dyes or phthalates in the material. The scarves are hand woven with lightweight cotton that is soft for your baby. You can use this scarf as a baby shade for your stroller, a lightweight blanket for your baby and as a nursing cover. It does require hand-washing in cold water and hang drying.
- InfinityMOM Nursing Scarves
The InfinityMOM Nursing Scarf is made from soft jersey fabric, is lightweight and can fold to fit in your diaper bag. You simply double loop the scarf around your neck as you would any infinity scarf and unloop one when you're ready to nurse. The scarf fits around your baby while providing full coverage for you. It's also machine washable.
- Hold Me Close Nursing Scarves
This Hold Me Close Nursing Scarf comes in many fun designs -- all of which are lightweight and soft. They even come in different sizes to fit multiple body types and the varying ages of children who nurse. They're handmade from lightweight jersey knit and can be made to order. As a bonus, they are machine washable.
Moms who still want to learn more about breastfeeding and nursing accessories should read 9 Nutrition Tips for Breastfeeding Moms.
Laura Agadoni is a parenting writer and mom whose articles appear in various publications such as Modern Mom, The Penny Hoarder, Tom's of Maine, Global Post and Livestrong.