Nursing Scarves for Breastfeeding Mamas in Fall, Winter, & Spring
Breastfeeding is wonderful. I’m a HUGE fan…
BUT it definitely makes getting dressed way more complicated.
I know, there are some beautiful breastfeeding-friendly clothing options out there, but it’s not always affordable. Plus, when the cooler months hit, we end up covering up our expensive nursing top with a coat.
Then there’s the nursing cover route, but am I the only one who thinks some of those giant wirey ones actually draw MORE attention to the fact that my boob is hanging out underneath?
When I had my first baby, I spent about two weeks cooped up inside before venturing out. When I did, I literally started crying when the time came to breastfeed in public. I had never done it before and I felt vulnerable, exposed and clueless (I think a lot of postpartum hormones also went into that breakdown, but still.)
Then it dawned on me.
I could use a SCARF to breastfeed. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for an excuse to wear a scarf. I lovvvve scarves, especially during the Fall and Winter months, which was great because my babies were born in early September and mid-November.
It was perfect.
- I didn’t have to stretch out my clothes or spend a fortune on dozens of nursing tops
- I could totally pull off a casual OR dressed up look and stop feeling like a mom-zombie all the time (on the outside at least)
- It felt way more natural and discreet to breastfeed my baby while on-the-go
- AND I got to go buy a few new scarves to last me through Spring
It’s super easy to use the scarf to cover any exposed areas or just drape it lightly over Baby while they are nursing, leaving their nose free for breathing, of course.
Cute. Practical. Genius.
So, I thought I’d help a sister out and hunt down some of the best scarf options out there for breastfeeding mothers. I’m hoping this will be especially helpful for the pregnant mom-to-be as you spend time preparing for baby (and I have a really popular post on that subject here.)
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12 Breastfeeding Scarves for the Pregnant or New Mom
This list has some really great and versatile options for mamas planning to breastfeed this winter, fall, and spring. Not every one of these scarves are specifically for breastfeeding, but they are all long and terrific options for nursing privacy.
I actually really like using regular scarves for breastfeeding on outings. Just be sure to leave plenty of breathing room for Baby with some of the thicker fabrics.
If you’re planning on breastfeeding up until the one year mark or beyond, you’ll be able to use these for multiple seasons, for multiple years. And honestly, most of these are so cute and versatile that you can totally wear them well after you’re done breastfeeding. Best of all, these breastfeeding scarves are all totally affordable!
So, let’s get down to it.
The Multi-Use Breastfeeding Scarf
I’ll start here because these multi-use scarves are really the most bang for your buck, and they’re just really dang cool. These are loose or stretchy scarves that can be worn multiple ways and some of them can even be used as carseat covers, shopping cart/highchair covers, or even a maternity top! If you click through, you can see all the pretty details like buttons and styling options.
The Casual Breastfeeding Scarf
I really love these every day scarves that convert very easily into breastfeeding covers. The fabrics are light and they go with a huge variety of outfits, even t-shirts.
The Formal Breastfeeding Scarf
I didn’t exactly go to fancy events while toting around newborns, BUT I realize some people’s lives are far more glamorous than mine, so I wanted to include some more formal options.
The first is beautiful and could work with a lot of dress styles and be worn in a few different ways. The second is a super soft and cozy shawl that is really lovely and would make a perfect cuddly cover for breastfeeding your little one.
The Fall Breastfeeding Scarf
To me, the Fall season screams SCARVES! Some of these styles are sooo beautiful and really perfect for the breastfeeding mother and baby. I think I wore a scarf EVERY time I left the house for the first chunk of my babies’ lives. It just makes it so much easier to dress and to breastfeed without a fuss.
A little tip:
When you’re out walking around (like at a fall festival or farmer’s market) you can strap Baby into the carrier (this is my FAVORITE) while breastfeeding and use your scarf to strategically cover the exposed side and leave an opening for breathing. I’ve done this a thousand times and it works super well!
The Winter Breastfeeding Scarf
These winter scarves are so cozy and adorable! I have a couple of these styles and they work perfectly for breastfeeding or even wrapping Baby in when it’s cold out and they blanky is still in the car. These are warm, comfy and so great for helping the exhausted new mom feel a little cuter (pair with a winter hat if Baby wont sleep long enough for you to shower! Been there, girl.)
Breastfeeding Shawls & Sweaters
Obviously these are not scarves, but they were too perfect for me to pass on including them. If you click through to see more details you can see what I mean. Any of these gorgeous sweaters and shawls would work super well for nursing your baby in a public setting. Just be sure to leave breathing room for baby under these warm fabrics.
The Spring Scarf
These Spring scarves are so pretty and fantastically practical for the breastfeeding mama. Most of these are also those clever multi-use scarves that every new mom should have too. The breathable, lightweight fabrics and beautiful pastel coloring make these perfect for using in springtime!
Tips for Breastfeeding, Pregnancy, and New Mom Life
Breastfeeding scarves are such a beautiful and simple way to feed your baby in public places, while still feeling put-together. I LOVE that I can stock up on several because they are affordable and I can continue using them even after we are done breastfeeding.
If you’re pregnant and preparing for Baby, check out some of my more popular posts here:
- Pregnancy Tips for Every Season
- Practical Baby Items You Probably Won’t Get at Your Baby Shower
- Not-So-Obvious Ways to Prepare for Baby
- How to Pack Your Hospital Bag for Mama, Baby and Dad
- 3rd Trimester Checklist
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