There are two things I’ve learned as a discrete nursing mother traveling to churches across the country with my Christian musician husband:
You know that really cool one-way glass that allows you to see out of the nursing mothers’ room, but supposedly doesn’t let anyone see into the nursing mothers’ room…emphasis on “supposedly”? It doesn’t work.
As soon as this nursing mother is situated in the nursing mothers’ room, a kindly gentleman will pop in to see if we need anything, and the curious baby will throw off the blankie cover-up just to see if that man-voice in the mothers’ room belongs to her fun daddy, which, unfortunately, it rarely does, since my man doesn’t hang out in nursing mothers’ rooms.
I am in no way implying that you yourself cannot stand in front of the TWO-way glass and nurse your baby, so, please, no nurse-ins on my driveway. My personal nursing preference is to remain as covered as possible. If I could pop up an instant tent for feeding my baby discreetly, I would, complete with a glider and stocked mini-frig. That is why I was happy to discover Udder Covers.
Udder Covers Review
I recently began using a nursing smock by a company called Udder Covers. Get it? Udder Covers. Okay, so they could have chosen a better name. Moo.
The product itself, however, is fantastic!
This is why:
It is an ideal size to cover me, my baby, and the love handles left over from growing that little cutie. It is much better than my previous nursing smock, which is approximately the size of a hankie.
The smock fastens around my neck, secured by a metal O (or D) ring, and is easily adjusted with one hand—one hand, Mamas! No need to grow that third arm, after all!
It fits neatly into my too-small-for-a-mama-of-seven purse, although, admittedly, it is not wrinkle-free when I pull it out. Then again, I’m not wrinkle-free either, so we’re a good match.
The upper section of the smock contains bendable boning to hold it open enough for the air to circulate, because one thing I’ve learned over my extensive years of parenting is that babies like oxygen. When I’m finished, I roll the boning up, wrap the smock around it, and shove it in my purse, and it maintains its shape—don’t fold the boning, though, Girls.
The flexible boning allows baby to see me which reduces the urge to pull off the smock to have a peek at what she’s missing…such as the aforementioned kindly gentleman in the mothers’ room.
It also allows me to see my baby, so I see this:
While anybody looking at me sees this:
Okay, maybe more like this:
Unless they do this:
Which the gentlemen in the mothers’ room don’t generally do.
How to Get Your Own Free Nursing Smock
There are two ways to get a free nursing smock:
- Order one (but pay shipping)
- Win one here.
If you would like to order an Udder Covers smock for free, simply enter the code ONEFREE at checkout. You will be charged $11.95 for shipping and handling. While this is not really free in my book, it is a huge savings of $32.
For an additional $5, you can upgrade to a gift set as seen here:
- a smock in the chic style of your choice;
- four cotton nursing pads that really work (really!);
- a corresponding milk band designed to help you keep track of your feeding details. (I used the bracelet for several days and found it somewhat useful, but being an on-demand, experienced feeder, I opted not to continue using it.)
You supply the baby.
Udder Covers is also offering one of my readers a free gift set. Enter for yourself or for a new mother you know.
Enter to win a smock below:
This giveaway is now closed, but you can still get your free smock!
Disclosure Statement: While you can turn the smock around backwards and transform it into a Supermom cape, it will not enable you to fly. Don’t ask me why I know this. Also, Udder Covers gave me a free gift set to test and review. I have been using it for a couple months both at home and on the road and base my review on my personal experience, nothing more.
There will be one winner. The winner:
- will be announced on this post on Saturday, April 24, 2012;
- will be contacted by email and announced on the mailing list;
- will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen;
- must be a US resident over age 18;
- must supply a name and mailing address for Udder Covers to fulfill the order;
- must not hold The Simple Homemaker accountable for anything…ever.
Special thanks to my photographer and my mini model for their help.
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