Breastfeeding Confidently and Comfortably with Smylyn Bubby Covers : Review by Fi Morrison

Smylyn Bubby Cover Review

Fi Morrison, Nursery Collective Mama Blogger Expert, reviews the Smylyn Bubby Cover.

I recently welcomed my second son to the world, embarking on my second breastfeeding journey with a (slightly) clearer idea of what I was doing. After breastfeeding my firstborn for 14 months, I was aware of the different types of holds, the mechanics of getting a baby to latch, and how to express for bottle feeds. I thought I would feel confident and comfortable breastfeeding the second time round.

However, that hasn’t necessarily been the case, because what hasn’t changed for me is my discomfort feeding in public.

As an extremely modest person, I’ve always been shy about feeding in public. (This is just a personal preference – I fully support and envy the women who are comfortable with feeding in public).

One of the big questions for me when going out and about with my bub is always, “when is he next due for a feed? What will I do if he needs a feed? Where will I take him?”.

And I know I’m not the only Mum out there feeling this way. Unfortunately when I was feeding my firstborn, I didn’t have the most ideal breastfeeding cover. It was a bit restrictive for my boy and made him feel hot and stuffy (as well as being a handful to put on!). It made me feel more stressed and anxious about going out and feeding on the run. That’s why it was so important for me to find a breastfeeding cover that would be super practical – especially while also chasing a toddler!

I was SUPER excited to be asked to try the Smylyn Breastfeeding Bubby Cover. It looked simple and easy to use, and most of all functional for my new little boy.

My first trial run with the Smylyn was on a ‘short’ park visit for the toddler (luckily hubby could chase him around!). I wasn’t (mentally) prepared for a feed because I didn’t think he was due for one – but when bubs is screaming the place down, you’re just going to do it right?! So I got my Smylyn cover out, and within 2 minutes I was feeding my baby boy publicly and comfortably – I can’t tell you who was happier in that moment!! (I’m sure it was him, but barely…)

How the Smylyn Bubby Cover works

The Smylyn cover looks super simple – which it is – but this makes it extremely easy to use and very practical. The small strap attaches around the bra strap (so it doesn’t fall or catch on anything), and the cover drapes over your chest for coverage. Bub is placed underneath the cover, with the rest of the material wrapping under his head (in the crook of your elbow) to maintain the coverage around the breast.

The material is a medium sized square, making it the perfect size to still give bub room to move and breathe (with LOTS of air flow!). There is also an inbuilt piece of terry towelling to catch any leakages – including spews like for my darling little refluxy boy.

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Smylyn’s breastfeeding cover is easy to clean and great for portability – it can easily fold up and fit in a small pocket or space in the nappy bag. Plus, they come in such gorgeous designs (I may sound a little vain, but I’m a sucker for cute baby designs!!).

The Smylyn cover has been a game changer for me this breastfeeding journey. Now that I’m chasing around 2, I have to go out more often, with the increasing likelihood of being out when bub is due for a feed. While this thought used to make me very anxious, I’m now no longer worried (well, much much less worried at least!) knowing that I have a practical, convenient and reliable breastfeeding cover that has me COVERED! (See what I did there?!)

Fi Morrison Smylyn Bubby Cover

Summary of Smylyn’s Features:

Great coverage considering the size (looks are deceiving)
• Sewn-in towel to catch spills – no need for an extra burp cloth, and can also be used as a bib
• Velcro tab to attach to bra strap – ultra convenient!
• Easy to clean
• Great for airflow (not too stuffy for Baby) and for keeping an eye on Baby
• Small enough for portability – super practical
• Huge range of gorgeous designs on offer

By Fi Morrison

This blog post is sponsored by SMYLYN. Read owner and creator Lisa’s story about all the things she didn’t know about breastfeeding when she had her first baby and what led her to create these breastfeeding covers.

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Fi Morrison is the face behind the blog Mumma Morrison, and is a mum to two beautiful boys! She is the Nursery Collective Mama Blogger expert, available to answer your parenting questions in our Facebook group, Find Your Village.

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The Things I didn’t know about Breastfeeding

The Things I didn't Know about Breastfeeding

Lisa Collis, Owner and Creator of Smylyn Bubby Covers shares her story about all the things she didn’t know about breastfeeding when she had her first baby.

My breastfeeding journey started like I am sure many do. I was pregnant and keen to do all the right things. I knew that I wanted to breastfeed my baby, but in my circle of friends and family I had not ever really seen it, talked about it or understood what it involved.

You just stick the baby on the boob… right? and it all just happens… right?

As I look back at this now, I can only see this blind ambition as comical. Comical? Well, let’s start by pointing out that I so very naively thought milk came out of a woman’s nipple much the same as a cow’s udder (via one hole) so imagine my amazement and confusion as milk spurted in numerous directions from my nipples.

This then brings me to the next element that I was completely unprepared for… milk spray, milk squirts, milk drips… milk, milk, milk. I had absolutely no comprehension that once the baby cried and the ‘let down’ reflex triggered that my milk would just gush. I can remember one occasion, in particular, as I struggled to get bub in the right position to feed that my husband ever so gently reached over and repositioned the muslin wrap (that I was awkwardly using as a cover) to prevent my spraying breastmilk from spraying at an extreme ninety degrees from my nipple into nowhere.

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Another thing that I did not know, was that I was going to have to teach my baby what to do.

What? Is this not instinct? I don’t know what I am doing, how am I going to teach my baby what to do? Luckily, the midwives and lactation specialists were available to provide great support and advice. But again, came the problems with the milk. When bub was feeding incorrectly, I can describe what I was thinking – “It doesn’t feel right, oh maybe it will be ok, maybe bub will self-correct… why are my toes curling up, oh yep this is painful, yep really painful, ok I need to correct this”. By promptly putting my finger in bubs mouth to stop the suction I automatically proceed to spray her in the face with milk, as I get her set to start again.

Dealing with this milk excess was one of the key reasons that I created a towel lined breastfeeding cover – the Smylyn Bubby Cover.

I wanted a breastfeeding cover, as I was not confident about what I was doing, and I needed the towel lining to help with the spillage. From trying other options, I also decided that I needed to have something that would attach to my bra strap so that I knew that it would be secured, and I would not have to worry about it falling off or bub tugging it away. Whilst I wanted discretion, I was conscious that I only needed a small amount of it – I did not want to sit under a big cumbersome sheet of fabric that was going to make both bub and I hot and uncomfortable.

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I wanted to share this story to share the fact that I went through the same eye-opening learning journey that I am sure that many new mums go through and I wanted to share not only my creation (in case you are looking for the same solutions) but also to let you know that sticking with it is so worth it. I breastfed both of my daughters and whilst both experiences were challenging, they were more than worth it. I am so thankful that I have been able to bond with my daughters in this way and provide them with this healthy start to their lives.

I hope that you enjoy your breastfeeding adventures too – squirts and all!

Lisa Collis
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The “BF” Edit

The Breastfeeding Edit

Our Favourite Breastfeeding Products!

* Cover image courtesy of Emily Nelson Art

Today marks the beginning of World Breastfeeding Week (Aug 1-7, 2017) which is aimed at encouraging Mums to breastfeed their children for at least the first six months of their baby’s life. Breastfeeding my babies was one of the most difficult challenges for me as a new Mum, and I was fortunate enough to be able to breastfeed both of them with a lot of help and support! I barely made it to 6 months with my son, but made it to almost a year with my daughter and probably would have fed her for longer if she wasn’t so adamant that she was done (headstrong from the very beginning!).

It’s so important to talk about the fact that breastfeeding doesn’t come naturally to every Mum and that it can be incredibly hard in the early days – but, with the right information and support systems in place, most mums can successfully breastfeed. Read about my breastfeeding journey here plus some fabulous Breastfeeding tips from Jessica McCarroll at First in Breast Dressed. If you’re struggling in your feeding journey, please reach out to a Lactation consultant, or pop over to our Facebook support Group FIND YOUR VILLAGE – our lovely group of Mums would love to support you!

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week and to support all of our Breastfeeding Mamas, this Edit is all about sharing our favourite Breast-feeding friendly products from our wonderful Nursery Collective boutiques and services - and as always, some fantastic, exclusive offers!

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