Tuesday, 2 September 2014

BabyButton Breastfeeding Covers - A Review and Giveaway


I just adore breastfeeding. Really love it.
It is so amazing to think that my youngest is only three months shy of her second Birthday and yet here we are, still breastfeeding.

For us, it is such a joyous experience. What started out as challenging to say the least has blossomed into such a delightful time in our day and lives and I am holding onto each day knowing that it could end all too soon. My time breastfeeding will be cherished forever.

Celeste was born on the verge of premmie at 36 weeks gestation and we struggled in the early months to establish our feeding routine together. I had to top up breastfeeds initially with formula at the insistence of medical professionals, to meet weight gain recommendations. There were cracked and bleeding nipples (will I ever forget those?) and the associated pain feeding in the early weeks as well as the overwhelming fatigue and joy.

Celeste was diagnosed with a heart murmur shortly after birth due to a small hole in her heart which is common in early babies. As a bit of background, I had developed antibodies to my baby during pregnancy following a blood transfusion after the dramatic birth of my first Daughter. These little antibodies rose quite steadily in the final trimester of my sixth pregnancy which worried Doctors enough to bring on an early delivery. Severe jaundice was the flipside but by far the lesser complication in a list of worrying outcomes for Mums and babies with antibody issues. (Which range from anaemia to death. In Celeste's case they thought she was anaemic - thankfully she wasn't at all.)


If one thing was going to go right for us in the shadow of the drama of her arrival, it was going to be successfully breastfeeding my last child. While I never set out to have an ideal term for feeding, I do like to allow Nature run its course and let baby decide when the time's right to wean. Happily, Celeste is not interested in doing so yet!

The effort all Mums put into the great achievement that is breastfeeding should be celebrated, promoted and supported. Thankfully, social awareness campaigns are finally starting to break down some very real breastfeeding barriers and what was once frowned upon in public by some, is at last becoming accepted and even welcomed.

I personally have never had a bad experience in public, breastfeeding and thank my lucky stars for that. I am not sure how I would have handled it. Maybe it's because I have always hidden behind a closed door in a parent's room or behind a shawl or baby blanket and hoped like hell no-one would notice. Maybe I have just been lucky.


BabyButton recently sent me one of their designer breastfeeding covers for review here and I am more than happy to promote it. One of the apprehensions many breastfeeding Mums have when out and about, is the fear of glances, opinionated stares and persecution at the hands of the general public when the time comes to settle a hungry baby. Having something lovely to conceal your feeds behind that's purpose-built is fantastic!

BabyButton breastfeeding covers are designed to handle just that. These nursing aids are crafted from 100% fully breathable twill cotton and feature a soft contoured neckline which allows eye contact between the two people who need and want it and excludes everyone else. Simply slip the bib style strap over your neck and get down to business behind your own 'curtain.' No judgemental stares, no need to visit filthy restrooms or parent rooms. A breastfeeding cover allows you the freedom to feed where you like and when you need to without attracting unwanted attention. (Just like the freedoms bottle feeding Mums enjoy.)


Being cotton makes it light and airy so neither Mum or baby gets overheated making it perfect for Summer and heated environments. There's a nifty clip attachment for easy fastening of the neck band which means the whole cover is fully adjustable to suit all heights and builds. Make it as long or short as required.

One of the things I have always disliked about feeding in public, is hitching up my clothing to do so as I don't like wearing button-down tops. (Far too revealing for me when feeding.) I cannot bear the thought of people staring at my fleshy tummy however - the idea of it for me is worse than the breastfeeding part! A BabyButton cover takes care of that issue. No-one will see anything past this! This cover by the way, is called the Black and White Damask and retails for $34.95. It looks a lot like an apron I discovered while taking this picture and I think if you have basic sewing skills you could add a couple of ribbon ties to the sides and make it into just that, post breastfeeding! (Or an art smock for your baby when he or she gets bigger?)


The neckline has a soft band inside which keeps the cover loosely structured and allows Mum to view the goings on in privacy.There's even a built in ribbon dummy clip so that baby's soother can be kept clean and at the ready while you get on with it.


Aside from its main purpose, these breastfeeding covers can double as a sunshade over your pram (the clip fastening ensures it won't blow off) and even a baby play mat or change mat. Use it as a blanket too if desired.


There are a gorgeous selection of fabric designs to choose from on the BabyButton website and if you sign up to the online newsletter you will instantly receive a free breastfeeding e-book to help you along on your breastfeeding journey. If you're a Mum who likes to feed in privacy, a BabyButton cover is your ultimate solution.

Now something for the Mummies who are breastfeeding - Would you like to win one of these fab covers for yourself? Do you know someone who would? Maybe you're planning a pregnancy down the track and would like to get a stash of things together in preparation? This one's for you!
 
BabyButton have generously offered one lucky Six Little Hearts reader the chance to win a breastfeeding cover of their choice from their website.
This great giveaway is valued at $34.95.
 
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41 comments:

  1. Breastfeeding was undoubtedly a wonderful aspect of being a new mum for me. It not only made me feel very special but also gave me many special hours with my boys. I thoroughly recommend that any new mum at least gives breastfeeding a go. It's what nature intended , for a million reasons!

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  2. I love the bond breastfeeding creates between mother and baby, the practicability, no sterilizing bottles, the health benefits are amazing and I know what I am feeding my baby. Mary-Anne Jane

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    1. Lovely for all those reasons and I agree, knowing what's going inside is a huge benefit of the whole experience.

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  3. Moo is going through a really inquisitive phase. This is not so convenient when breastfeeding but incredibly cute. When she hears a noise, she pulls off and looks around smiling.. then she sighs and happily continues her meal. It is so sweet!

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    1. Kaz - you must be in desperate need then - that's the really hard part of breastfeeding - keeping them interested and focussed! Covers are great for this stage. (Mine's still in it!)

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  4. I reckon if these had been around back in our parents days more of them would have breastfed! A lovely product! Em - also visiting as part of #teamIBOT

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    1. How things have changed. I am reading a book on a woman who had a baby in the 1960's and they were never encouraged to breastfeed - just given tablets to dry up their supply from the moment their baby was born - tragic! I was entirely formula fed and never offered the breast at all.

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  5. Breastfeeding is the best way to keep baby closer to mother and it's so convenient becasue you can feed baby anywhere anytime. Breastmilk is very clean, nutritional and safe to baby. Breastfed baby is not easily overweight. Moreover, mum can benefit from breastfeeding, which helps mum keep fit and lose weight.

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  6. Ha! I'm breast feeding Phoebe as I read your post. I have a Teega cover which is virtually the same as the baby button one. It is so handy to have when breast feeding in public!

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  7. I hated the idea of people seeing my flabby mum tummy as well, so I always had a wrap around me. This would have been much easier I think!

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  8. It's free and accessible anytime, anywhere!

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  9. What a brilliant idea. There was nothing like that around when I was feeding my babies. I'd just have to hoik up my Tshirt. Celeste! What a gorgeous name :)

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  10. I love breastfeeding my toddler because it is practically the only time I can get him to cuddle anymore! I love baby (toddle?!?!) snuggles!

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  11. For me it's the chance to bond with my little girl. At first it was such a chore and I felt I was always chained to nursing or pumping, but now I treasure these days of just her time with me.

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  12. I was only able to breastfeed my daughter for 10 weeks but those 10 weeks were wonderful and I really enjoyed the special bond that mother and bub form. I am hoping to double that time at least with bub number 2 that is due in January

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  13. I was amazed at how challenging breastfeeding was in the beginning. I have traveled solo to some crazy places, been in difficult situations, dealt with tricky people, but breastfeeding is the most challenging thing I've ever undertaken in my life. My little one had a tongue and lip tie which made the first 3 months quite a rollercoaster. So glad we stuck with it though!

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  14. Can't say I ever had a special breastfeeding experience except for the normal joy of closeness and bonding between me and bub, but all Mum's feel this way so not really that out of the ordinary. - Diana Oz

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  15. Love breastfeeding because it's free (formula costs a fortune), and keeps my average sized boobs looking big with a cleavage and all!

    Di Donato

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  16. Whenever I have felt low or down on myself since having my 7month old daughter, I knew that if nothing else I could breastfeed her and help her grow string and soothe her when she was unsettled as well.

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  17. You know that you're little one is getting everything he/she needs and at basically no cost!
    Laura Scriven

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  18. I never had a problem either, but I have left a restaurant in a hurry because I didn't think they'd like it (full of Pakistanis, and they (owners) are Muslim). They never said anything, that was my call.

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  19. Choosing to leave before a feed was due, I mean...

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  20. I really struggled with breastfeeding for about 4-5 months then all of a sudden it was the easiest thing in the world. The best thing about it was being able to lift my baby up from next to my bed and breastfeed laying down for those night time feeds. I loved the downtime of feeding. It was so beautiful and I didn't want it to end, but my daughter self weaned at 1 year.

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  21. I really loved breastfeeding and the bond it created between my son and I. Even though we had issues, I'd highly recommend persevering with it. Tanya Clarke

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  22. Breast milk is always ready and comes in a nicer package than formula does. Need I say more?

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  23. It's an amazing function of the human body and I love that it allows me to give my bub the best start in life - Lisa Shulman

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  24. My breastfeeding experience wasn't the most positive. My daughter began refusing the breast after I started expressing and bottle feeding, purely due to discomfort feeding in front of anybody (including my parents and best friends) I never had a nursing cover back then, but now I'm 33 weeks with my second child and I am so so so committed to persevering with breastfeeding and doing everything it takes to establish a successful breastfeeding relationship with my baby.
    Shelley Cilia

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experiences here Shelley and you are the winner of the BabyButton breastfeeding cover! I hope you have a positive experience this time around and that this gets lots of use! I will be in touch shortly :D

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  25. Unfortunately I didn't have any luck first time around 17 years ago but due for my 2nd I'm having positive thoughts this time round

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  26. I love breastfeeding, the bond is just incredible and I love the feeling that I can provide my child with the best start in life :)

    Jessica Blundell

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  27. my name is tammy melendez I have had many ups and downs with breastfeeding. my lo is 6 months and ebf.. at first i was told that i shouldnt breastfeed past 2 months because my boobs with sag and she doesnt need it. and this was from my parents. but honestly every time i feed my little girl, its such a great experience. She looks into my eyes and i feel like im doing something right. shes super healthy and lovely. i have attempted feeding in public with a blanket but with this heat its too much.. this cover would help us a lot!

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  28. Breast feeding establishes the first 'bond' between mother and baby, a memory us mothers will hold dear for a life time!

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  29. Breastfeeding has always been a wonderful way to reconnect with my baby when I went back to work when she was 16 months old. Now at 16 months, it still is a special time for the both of us.

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  30. Having just had my second baby, breastfeeding is so much easier this time around - I'm not sure if it's because I'm more relaxed, or the fact my milk came in quickly (had supply issues last time and was expecting the same this time particularly following a complicated birth) - but I'm actually enjoying it this time around and hope I can continue for longer than I did with my first.
    Ange Fletcher

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  31. I remember the first time I breast fed my son, I felt an instant connection
    Renee Ballantyne

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  32. I love the closeness that you have while breastfeeding and that it gives you an excuse to relax and rest

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  33. I was only able to breast feed for a few weeks due to milk supply issues, so the entire time was special.

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