The Best Nursing Covers and Clothing Reviewed and Compared

by The Caffeinated Mommy -

Breast is best … all us moms have heard that expression.

I had the worst trouble breastfeeding my babies, between difficulty getting a good latch, fat content of my milk and my intense discomfort of feeding in public.  Despite the fact that breast-feeding my baby was one of the most natural and beautiful things in the world, I’m an introvert by nature and was never comfortable with whipping out my boobs in public and nursing.  Not only was I self-conscious that it would make others uncomfortable, but that time feeding my baby was such a precious and intimate moment and I honestly didn’t want to share it with the world.  Even when I switched to formula, I still loved taking my baby to another room or a quiet spot and having that bonding moment to myself.

For those of you moms who want and are able to breastfeed your babies … you’re awesome.  I seriously admire your dedication and the bond you’re building with your baby can’t be put into words.  But if you’re like me and you’re either shy or just want to keep your Milk Duds between you and your baby, I highly recommend a nursing cover, my favorite being the Hicoco Nursing Cover.  Read on for my review of this and a few other great nursing covers to find your own perfect personal privacy screen.

Best Nursing Covers Why it’s Awesome Rating
 

Hicoco Nursing Cover

 

Multiple ways to use; affordable; breathable fabric; stylish designs  

♥♥♥♥♥

 

 

MOMMYKOO Swaddle/Nursing Cover Gift Set

 

Affordable; multi-purpose; gender-neutral; gift set ♥♥♥♥
 

Hooter Hiders Nursing Cover

 

Affordable; adjustable; lightweight, machine-washable fabric ♥♥♥♥
 

Happy Mama Maternity Nursing Dress

 

Stylish; soft, layered fabric with concealed cut-out; multiple color and design choices ♥♥♥♥♥
 

LifeTree Multi-Use Nursing Cover

 

Affordable; multi-purpose; stylish ♥♥♥♥
 

Baby Be Mine 3 in 1 Labor/Delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown

 

Stylish; comfortable; shoulder snaps for nursing ♥♥♥
 

Simple Wishes D Lite Hands-Free Pumping Bra

 

Perfect for pumping discreetly; fits any size of breast pump ♥♥♥♥

Hicoco Nursing Cover

Best Multi-Use Nursing Cover

 

If I’d been able to be a rocking success at breastfeeding, I absolutely would have wanted the Hicoco Nursing Cover.  I’m all about being cost-efficient without sacrificing functionality, style or comfort, and this cover … well … covers it all.

Why It’s Awesome

This nursing cover has so many other uses, it’s crazy.  It can also be a car seat and stroller cover, shopping cart liner and stylish infinity scarf (there are three designs from which to choose).  This cover is also made of soft, stretchy and breathable fabric so you and baby won’t overheat and can have a comfortable snuggle (and don’t worry, it’s peek-proof AND machine-washable!).

Why You Might Pass

This cover is best used during summer months because of the lightweight fabric, so you’ll want a separate warmer cover for cold weather.  Also, the only common complaint I could find in reviews was that it can be too tight on plus-size moms or moms trying to breastfeed twins.

 

MOMMYKOO Swaddle/Nursing Cover Gift Set

Best Gift Set

Image of the Multi-use Swaddle Nursing Cover Blanket Set Perfect Baby Shower Gifts 

If you’re the nursing mom or you’re heading to a baby shower and looking for the perfect gift for mommy-to-be, the MOMMYKOO Swaddle/Nursing Cover Gift Set is a fantastic choice.  While not specifically a traditional nursing cover, it’s one of its many uses.

Pros

  • This gift set includes two swaddle blankets, milestone stickers, teether, hook, pouch for storage AND comes in a reusable box.
  • Gender-neutral colors are perfect for little guy OR girl.
  • This soft, breathable, 100% bamboo swaddle blanket can be made into a nursing cover OR scarf by using the teether and adjustable snaps.

Cons

  • My only concern was that there were only three reviews, so not a whole lot of feedback.  However, the feedback received was positive, the only suggestion being a second teether to have both be ready as nursing covers at the same time.
  • If you want a more multi-purpose nursing cover (car seat/stroller/high chair cover, shopping cart liner, etc.), go with a different product.

 

Hooter Hiders Nursing Cover

Best Nursing Apron

 

The apron style of cover is another very popular choice for breastfeeding moms, mostly due to the ability to adjust the neck and great air flow to baby, so my top choice is the Hooter Hiders Nursing Cover.

Pros

  • Adjustable, rigid neckline, which allows any size of mommy to peek in on baby.
  • Two internal pockets for pacifiers, breast pads or any other small items.
  • Made of lightweight, machine-washable cotton for sweat-free feeding.
  • Multi-purpose; can also be used as a blanket or car seat/stroller cover.
  • Very affordable.

Cons

  • Not as many uses as my top choice (unable to use as a cart liner or scarf).
  • Just like with my top choice, you might need a warmer cover for cold weather.

 

Happy Mama Maternity Nursing Dress

Best Long-Term Investment

Image of the Happy Mama. Womens Maternity Nursing Skater Dress Sleeveless Layered Neck. 808p (Black, US 8, L)

I know this isn’t technically a nursing cover, but let’s face it … just because we’re moms doesn’t mean we want to look schlumpy when we’re out and about.  I absolutely love the Happy Mama Maternity Nursing Dress for both style AND ease of nursing.

Pros

  • Versatile style with nearly 30 choices as far as fabric color and design.  (And since it’s not an obvious maternity dress, it can be worn well after pregnancy and breastfeeding.)
  • With the layered design and concealed cut-out, nursing is still a breeze.
  • Made of soft, jersey-type machine-washable material.

Cons

  • More expensive than other nursing choices.  (But keep in mind it can be worn whether pregnant or not.)
  • You might still need an actual cover for privacy purposes.
  • Material is extremely thin, so you’ll want to be aware of that when choosing what you wear underneath.

 

LifeTree Multi-Use Nursing Cover

Best Nursing Poncho

Image of the LifeTree Multi-Use Nursing Cover Poncho | Breastfeeding Cover | Shopping Cart Cover | Maternity Top | Baby Car Seat Cover Canopy 

As you can probably tell by now, I love multi-purpose items that can be used even after you’re pregnant and done nursing.  The LifeTree Multi-Use Nursing Cover is a stylish option that can still be worn even after the days of breastfeeding are long gone, plus it can be used in other ways to make your dollar go even farther.

Pros

  • Multi-purpose; can be used as a car seat/stroller cover and shopping cart liner, too.
  • With three striped designs available it has choice in style
  • Affordable!
  • Breathable, lightweight fabric for cool, comfortable feeding and full coverage front to back.

Cons

  • The neckline can be tight for some, which doesn’t allow Mommy to peek in on baby and check the latch.
  • A bit expensive at $30, though you can wear it after you stop nursing.

 

Baby Be Mine 3 in 1 Labor/Delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown

Best for the Hospital

Image of the Baby Be Mine 3 in 1 Labor/Delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown Maternity,, Hospital Bag Must Have (S/M, Amelia) 

I know I was one of those moms who did her hair and makeup before I waddled into the hospital, so looking good for the inevitable barrage of pictures (even while having super painful contractions) was important.  The Baby Be Mine 3 in 1 Labor/Delivery/Nursing Hospital Gown is a gorgeous choice for you moms who don’t dig the whole open-in-the-back look with standard hospital gowns.

Pros

  • Beautiful and stylish with 13 choices for color and design.
  • Shoulder snaps for ease of nursing, along with a hidden front flap to allow doctors to check you discreetly and snaps in the back for those who get an epidural.
  • Made of 100% cotton, so it’s comfortable and machine-washable.

Cons

  • It’s a bit expensive.
  • Although those flaps and snaps are handy while in the hospital and breastfeeding, they might become cumbersome or annoying if you’re looking to wear it at home and after you’re done nursing.

 

Simple Wishes D Lite Hands-Free Pumping Bra

Best for Pumping

Image of the Simple Wishes D Lite Hands Free Pumping Bra, Patented, Black, XS-Large 

So it’s naturally assumed that if you’re breastfeeding, you’re probably going to have to pump at some point in time.  While this isn’t technically a nursing cover, the Simple Wishes D Lite Hands-Free Pumping Bra is highly recommended so you can pump, yet still have your hands free to do other things.

Pros

  • Hands-free pumping, so you can read a book, eat your lunch, type an email … whatever you busy moms need to do.
  • Fits any breast pump.

Cons

  • Not multi-purpose … this is a nursing bra only and you’ll still probably want a cover while you pump for privacy.
  • More expensive than the others on this page.
  • Although the reviews were overwhelmingly positive, one common complaint was that if the fabric in the bra failed, it left exposed Velcro, which was scratchy on skin and snagged clothes.

 

Final Thoughts

We’ve all been there, trying to get baby to latch, focus and feed while struggling with a blanket to give ourselves the privacy we deserve.  But there are so many great products out there now that allow moms to breastfeed, look and feel good AND not worry about a nip slip in public … shawl, swaddle, cover, dress, poncho or robe, you honestly can’t go wrong.  Your body grew another human being AND is able to feed that precious baby, which essentially makes you a superhero.  Maybe they should be labeled as nursing capes since you’re essentially Superwoman.

And for you moms that can’t breastfeed or choose to use formula, you’re super, too.  You’re still loving and caring for that perfect little person and with every hug and cuddle, you’re making the world a better, more beautiful place. Breast is great, but fed is best … moms, never forget your awesomeness.

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The Caffeinated Mommy
I'm a stay-at-home mom of three totally awesome kids, Sam (6), Sarah Jean (3) and Noah (8 months) and I'm married to a Navy veteran. We live in Indianapolis with our two adorable dogs, Georgia (a Basset Hound/Sheltie) and Gus (Golden Retriever/Pyrenees/fat dog). I'm a graduate of Purdue University (Boiler Up!) with a B.A. in Communication and I love sports. Between the random hours of sleep my kids let me have and Yetis full of coffee I drink, I try to squeeze in exercise. Some days I'm successful. Most days I'm not.

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