Everyone asked me when I was pregnant with Beth … “will you be breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby?”. I always knew that I wanted to try to breastfeed but I did also purchase all the bottle kit (just in case!) and I didn’t want to put too much pressure on myself.
When Beth arrived I wanted to try as hard as I could to breastfeed her as I knew it was the best I could give her and to be honest all that sterilising and the mixed messages around how to make formula safely really put me off. I thought I have free milk on tap whenever my baby needs it – only thing is, what am I going to do when we’re out and about?
Then I discovered the Breastfeeding Butterfly, genius was my immediate thought – I don’t have to worry about having the right tops on or purchase special breastfeeding tops so I didn’t have to worry about my tummy as well as discreetly feed my baby. At first I only used it indoors to make sure I was completely comfortable using it and to make sure I wasn’t exposed – this did reveal a second use for the butterfly that I hadn’t expected, it wasn’t just useful for when we went out.
Breastfeeding at Home
When you have guests over, having to keep popping upstairs every few hours (or even sometimes hourly!) isn’t very convenient – but now I had the Breastfeeding Butterfly I didn’t need to.
I just popped it over my head and hey presto I could continue with my conversation as well as feed Beth.
As Beth got older she got nosier and nosier and wasn’t always focussed on feeding as there was so much to look at. Again, the Breastfeeding Butterfly came in handy for this too, it kept her in a calm darker environment so she could completely focus on feeding and be back nosing about again much quicker.
Breastfeeding Out and About
As the Breastfeeding Butterfly comes in a handy pouch and folds down really small you can just pop it in your change bag and it’s ready when you need it. I only needed to tie the top piece once and from then on I could just pop it on and off (with a quick tie to the side). It can be used on either your left or right side with no need for additional adjustment.
Breastfeeding Butterfly Material
The material and designs used for the Breastfeeding Butterfly are really lovely, they are interesting enough to have personality without being over the top. The quality of the material is great and it has a nice weight to it – it can be machine washed so you don’t have to worry about having to hand wash anything else … thank goodness!
Using the Breastfeeding Butterfly
Faye and Lou’s website who make the Breastfeeding Butterfly has a handy step by step guide to preparing and wearing the butterfly. At first it can feel a bit strange to work out where to put your hands and baby but after a few test runs at home I was an expert and it became second nature to use.
A friend of mine told me that once she used the Breastfeeding Butterfly to feed her baby, whilst also pushing a shopping trolley around a super market doing her shopping.