Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
Breastfeeding Hats: Just How Embarrassed are You?
The MoBoleez nursing bonnet is a breastfeeding hat for babies. Presumably the name stands for "mobile ease."
Place this hat on your kid and whip out your boob in relative secrecy. The hat’s extra wide brim obscures your sinful nefarious activity.
The MoBoleez is machine washable, made from cotton and bamboo fibers (optionally organic) and has two sizes â€” birth to 6 months and 6 to 12 months.
So, you are good to go if you only breastfeed for one year. (The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, "Breastfeeding should be continued for at least the first year of life and beyond for as long as mutually desired by mother and child.")
Seeing this hat left me impressed and depressed.
First, it’s sad that some men and women feel the need for women to cover up beyond basic measures for modesty. Pull up your shirt, unhook, place the baby and pull the shirt down to near the baby’s face. You’re done. That’s my wife’s technique when she’s not carrying our son in her Maya Wrap (which acts as an instant concealer).
My wife asks, "Why are people so afraid of boobies?"
I’m slightly skittish. Now on our second child, I’ve mostly gotten over wanting her to drape a swaddling blanket, burp cloth or jacket over her shoulder… except in crowded locations. After you’ve seen your first covert cleavage photographer brush past you at a crowded street fair, you worry a little more about pervs snapping photos of your wife’s boobies.
Second, the hat is an ingenious idea. Instead of mothers wearing blankets, jackets, shawls or specialty aprons, the baby does the work. The more you convince yourself the baby is just wearing a sun hat, the more normal you feel. And hey, a natural method of eliminating the need for sunscreen is a good thing.
And, right now my 4-month-old son is going through a distraction phase. Take 3 sucks and look around. Take 4 more sucks and look around. A hat that blocks his peripheral vision like a horse blinder might help.
However, Non-Toxic Reviews indicates wearing the hat full-time is perhaps not ideal because the hat is "very floppy." My own son despises hats that flop down over his eyes.
A similar invention, also dubbed a nursing bonnet, was patented in 1980. It has two key differences. First, the hat is more of a skull cap with a brim that attaches with Velcro. Second, the design exudes old-timey wholesome goodness you expect to find in a little house on a prairie or at an insular fundamentalist religious compound.
Anyhow, getting back to the title of this article… just how embarrassed are you about breastfeeding around people outside your immediate family? Or even within your immediate family? Would you put a boob-concealing hat on your babe?
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