I posted some of our breastfeeding sessions in Paris, France during our recent trip in my Instagram account. This lead me to a lot of private messages from moms asking how I breastfeed Pablo in public using regular clothes and in a place like Paris during fall (transitioning to winter).
First, I shared my process HERE on how I dress my son for the cold weather. I do the same for myself – I do a lot of layering.
A closer look.
In the photos above for example, I was wearing a button-down top, a sweater on top of it, and then a jacket (and a coat to top it all off).
However, my base is not the button-down top. Before I became a mom, I used long-sleeved tops from Uniqlo’s Heat Tech (thin thermalwear) collection as base. Now that I am a breastfeeding mom, I know that I can no longer use that and should instead use the tank top/camisole version (yes, Uniqlo’s Heat Tech collection includes tank tops/ camisole) as my base.
That way, I can pull up any top and still have the camisole to cover up the rest of my body. With the camisole, all I need to do is pull down one side so I can feed my son (wearing nursing bras made it a lot easier, too! For my nursing bra blogpost, click THIS). Now, if it’s really cold, I just add more layers. So it’s camisole, and then another Heat Tech top (the long-sleeved one), and then my regular tops and outerwear.
If it’s not that cold, I remove the long-sleeved heat tech top. What I love about Uniqlo’s thermals is that they’re really much thinner than other brands. That means removing layers and keeping them in your bag won’t take up too much space. And yes, they do the job (for really cold places, though, like when we chased the Northern Lights in Alaska, I highly recommend using the slightly thicker Heat Tech tops of Uniqlo – but for general trips, their thinnest versions will do).
Having a nursing top specifically for the cold weather would have been a great option, too, but we don’t have anything like that in the Philippines, and when I searched for them online, the foreign brands were too expensive for my budget. Luckily, I realized that this technique actually works! However, I don’t do this technique (tank top + regular top) back here in the Philippines – it’s just too hot. I would rather wear a proper nursing top here.
The next most important thing to bring is an efficient nursing cover. I’ve tried several kinds and brands of nursing covers, and although my top choice tends to be very wrinkly, I love it because of several things:
1) Wide body coverage (poncho style) – this means I can really breastfeed anywhere as seen in the photos here, and I can easily see and communicate with my son, too!
2) Material – it’s made of organic cotton, so it’s very forgiving for the skin and breathable, too!
3) Color choices – love their neutral palette selection! It’s very simple yet tasteful.
The brand is called Poncho Baby. It’s an American brand but you can get it locally through their Official Distributor HERE. Just like the camisole + regular top technique, I also don’t use nursing covers when I’m in the Philippines (unless I’m in a mall and the aircon is cold enough), because Pablo keeps sweating. It’s just too hot. I must say though, that this nursing cover helps him focus on feeding (instead of being distracted by the environment), so when really needed (like when I know he’s so sleepy but he can’t catch his sleep), I use this.
So that’s it! This camisole+regular top covered with Poncho Baby nursing cover technique really worked well for us during our trip. I was literally able to feed Pablo whenever he wanted to wherever we were at that time.
You can do it too, Momma!