Being a plus size mom (and one with big boobs too boot!), I remember feeling like I was always tugging on my clothes trying desperately not to expose my belly or breasts while nursing. For those of us who are plus size and like a little privacy, a plus size nursing cover or oversized nursing cover is a new-parent essential.
I never found the perfect solution for me, so I reached out to plus size parents and asked what they use for a plus size nursing cover.
Here’s a list of seven options you can use to provide some additional coverage while nursing.
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7 Plus Size Nursing Covers
1. Tummy Coverage
Let’s start with my biggest frustration: an exposed stomach! When I was nursing, it was my belly that I feared exposing more than my breasts and I know I’m not alone in this.
There’s a brilliant tip no one shared with me until I was long past my nursing days, so I’m sharing it with you now – wear a camisole (AKA a cami or tight, thin tank top) under your top!
When wearing a cami or regular tank top under your shirt, you’re able to lift your shirt, undo the clasp on your nursing bra, and feed your baby without exposing your belly. Ta-da!
By doing this trick, the shirt you’re already wearing provides some coverage for you, but you can use a nursing cover as well if you’d like.
Whatever makes you feel comfortable while nursing is all that matters!
Beyond just your basic cami, you can pick up a breastfeeding tank top that will easily snap down like a nursing bra. This nursing tank, that clips to your bra, by Undercover Mama goes all the way up to 5XL!
2. Plus Size Nursing Cover Poncho
Ponchos are back in style and work quite well as a nursing cover as long as the fabric isn’t too thick (which could possibly cause your little one to overheat).
There are also ponchos designed specifically for nursing!
According to plus size moms online, this multi-use poncho is the best plus size nursing cover.
We also recommend large nursing ponchos that are designed with plus size nursing moms in mind. They come in beautiful colors including this floral pattern below.
3. Oversized Nursing Cover
When you think of nursing covers, the design of Bebe Au Lait will come to mind! I selected this brand to share with you because it comes highly recommended from other plus size moms.
This nursing cover does its job keeping you fully covered, but still allows you to see what you’re doing with your baby. This sounds simple, but many nursing covers inhibit the nursing parent from seeing their baby’s face!
The Bebe Au Lait lets your baby stay visible to you which is a real need if you have a little one with a challenging latch, not to mention providing an opportunity to connect with your baby as you’re nursing!
4. Nursing Scarf
Yes, this is a scarf designed to be a nursing cover! A nursing scarf has less fabric than a poncho but also allows for full coverage.
5. Infinity Scarf
Having a regular scarf vs. a nursing scarf can feel a lot less cumbersome. If you want a little coverage (mostly to avoid a nip slip!), an infinity scarf is functional, fashionable, and affordable!
The infinity scarf below comes in over 40 patterns and is very lightweight.
6. Make Your Own Plus Size Nursing Cover!
For the crafty among us, creating your own custom nursing cover might just be easier than you think! Head to your local fabric store and measure out the perfect amount of fabric to keep you comfortably covered while nursing. Watch the helpful DIY video below!
7. Ditch The Cover!
Yes, of course, not using a cover is on the list!
You have every right to feed your baby whenever and however you want. Nursing without a cover is cooler in terms of temperature and you never have to worry about forgetting your scarf or fabric at home!
While I can’t prevent creepy people from staring at you, or making you feel uncomfortable in public, I can share there are far more moms like me who support you!
We hope you found these plus size nursing cover options helpful. You might also like our resource with reviews of plus size nursing pillows.
Did your favorite plus size nursing cover make the list? If not, please share yours in the comments below!
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Friday 22nd of March 2019
Being super self conscious of my non-perky big ass boobs made me not feed my baby in public without being locked in one of those breastfeeding rooms.. I gave up breastfeeding early on because I felt like a failure. If I get the privilege of having another baby, I think I will care less and definitely use some of these hints and tips!!
Friday 22nd of March 2019
Oh, Anne, I'm so sorry!! Yes, I hope next time (if there is one) you don't feel as self-conscious. You're feeding your baby and that's the most natural thing in the world.