How to Choose the Right Nursing Cover

Nursing covers provide comfort and privacy for breastfeeding mothers when a baby needs feeding while in public. There are so many options that it can be hard to decide how to choose the right nursing cover. Here are some factors to consider.


Nursing covers come in several different styles. Some covers look like oversized aprons with a neck strap that goes over your head—they sometimes even have pockets. The downside is that you have to sling these over your head and spread them over yourself. Then, you must get your baby settled underneath. Some of these have boning in the neckline to make them stand away from your body, so you can see your baby while nursing.

Other styles take the form of scarves, ponchos, wraps, or shawls. These go over your head but are wearable in a way an apron style is not—you can head out with one of these tossed stylishly over your head and around your shoulders, and have it at the ready when it’s time to feed your baby.

Color and Pattern

For some moms, discretion is paramount. They want to go unnoticed while nursing. Nursing covers come in many different patterns and colors that celebrate the tiny human under there and serve as a cute accessory for mom! Other patterns, like florals and stripes, add a note of fashion to a wearable nursing cover while still looking stylish and put-together.


Some nursing covers are multi-taskers, just like the moms who use them. In addition to providing privacy for nursing, a versatile nursing cover-up from Milk Snob also works as a car seat, shopping cart cover, high chair cover, and more. These provide shade and comfort to your infant while in a car seat. They also accommodate the handle of the car seat and allow for air circulation and an easy view of the baby. This is all while keeping sun, drizzle, and curious baby admirers away from your child.

Comfort and Care

Nursing covers drape over both the mother and the baby’s bodies. The feel of the fabric is important for comfort. Softness, stretch, and breathability matter. If the fabric is too heavy, things could get stuffy under there pretty quickly.

Moms will want to make sure that the nursing cover they choose is easy to wash. Dribbles and burps will happen, and that is okay! Check on the care instructions for any nursing cover you’re considering purchasing.

We hope these suggestions about how to choose the right nursing cover are helpful to you!