Friday, October 24

The freedom to slurp in public

I only breastfed for six weeks, but I distinctly remember plenty of times when I had to choose between hiding in a separate room during a family event or throwing modesty to the wind and baring my breasts for the world to see.

Now don't get me wrong: I fully support public breastfeeding, but I also think that it's a pretty big personal decision on how much to show and when. For me, the only people who were ever getting tickets to my free show were Buttercup herself, my husband, and my sisters. So if I had been aware of the Slurp & Burp at the time, you can bet your lactating boobies that I would have been using it!

As with so many of the best products for mom on the market today, this little baby was, of course, invented by one. The Slurp & Burp allows for discreet breastfeeding sessions that cover your body without covering the baby. And because of the unique sash-like design, you also end up with less attention since it just looks like you are cuddling your child! The new design comes with a detachable burp cloth and its own carrying case.

Now, I'm not breastfeeding now, but I did take the Slurp & Burp out of the packaging and tried it on to get a true sense of how it would work. I read the directions, put it on as directed, and grabbed one of Buttercup's baby dolls to finish out my evaluation.

The Slurp & Burp product claims include:

* covering mom and not her baby
* promoting the mother/baby bond
* loved ones can still interact with the baby while the child is eating
* washable
* Made in the USA
* All in one product for nursing and burping

There are more, but all of these are both good points that I agree with. My only "I don't know" moment is connected to the claim that says this product will help mom avoid the cost of a new nursing wardrobe. And this may just be a point of preference, but I myself would still invest in a few essential nursing tops even with a Slurp & Burp. The only way I could have breastfed with the T-shirt I had on while trying this product out would have been to expose my belly to the public or to stretch the neck of my shirt to the point that I would not have been wearing it again.

But that's really just a minor issue when you consider the fact that you can walk through a crowded mall while breastfeeding your child with no one the wiser. For those who like wearing button-up blouses, I'm sure this claim would ring true for them.

The bottom line, though, is that I really wish I had one of these when I was breastfeeding, and am sure you'll like it, too.

So who wants to win the Slurp & Burp that I reviewed? It's new, and was only taken out of its packaging for a few moments before getting packed back up until one lucky winner gets her hands on it! I have a size S/M in the Garden pattern (pictured) with detachable burp cloth up for grabs. To enter, visit the site and leave me a berrie (read: comment) telling me what pattern is your favorite. Contest ends at midnight, EST, on October 31 and is open to US and Canada only. The Winner will have four days from the announcement date to contact me or a new winner will be selected.

As always, extra entries will be available for those who:

* subscribe to my RSS feed and comment letting me know you did so.
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* And as an added bonus through the end of the month, get one extra entry per $1 donated FOR THIS CONTEST ONLY to my Blogger Challenge! Just click on the widget at the right hand top of the page and leave me a comment telling me how much you've donated.

Please note all entries MUST include a valid email address to be considered for the drawing! That means that well, all entries must include an email address to be considered valid. Simple enough, right? ;)

And that's it! Good luck to everyone who enters.


Yasmine said...

I do love the brown and the garden!

=] I really want one of these, i breastfed my twins 15 months(my son 9-10 months, my daughter 15 months) and it was hard in public without exposing myself, so id either use a large blanket that kept slipping or would either go to the washrooms or to the car! I would love to win this, my SIL just had a baby 2 months ago so i know shed love to use this-but ofcourse when i have another soon, ill use it!
Thanks for the giveaway! I really hope i win!!

Margie S. said...

I like the naturally organic option, with garden coming in as a close second. Expecting my first in April - thanks for the chance!

suebeelee said...

My favorite is basic black. I love the idea of covering mom but not the baby because my baby HATED nursing covers!

Jacie said...

Man, I wish I had one of those when my babies were born. I had a cover up but I hated having to cover up the baby and they didn't want to be covered once they got older. I'd love to give this as a gift or possibly a giveaway on my blog. I think I like the espresso one the best, but truly I like them all.

Got your button on my blog!. Thanks.

3 Kids and Us said...

Those are adorable and such a great idea. I'm expecting our 3rd child in February and this would be perfect for me as a breastfeeding mama.

My favorite pattern is Bubblegum.

3kidsnus at gmail dot com

3 Kids and Us said...

I'm subscribed to your feed.

3kidsnus at gmail dot com

3 Kids and Us said...

Your button is on my right sidebar.

3kidsnus at gmail dot com

mommyjen99 said...

My favorite is the GARDEN. I have a 3 month old and this would be so helpful when were running around after my 3 sons.....

mommyjen99 said...

Put your button on my blog

mommyjen99 said...

I am a subscriber

mommyjen99 said...

oops, my email is
baby in my arms

Marlena U. said...

I love the espresso one! These are such a great idea!! m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

Marlena U. said...

I'm a subscriber, too.

Jenna said...

I love the Sunset design! And yes I need this lol!

jenna at loveofbabyonline dot com

Jenna said...

Button is on my blog ;)

Jenna said...

i follow on twitter!

lisamercy said...

I would love to win this- I have nothing like it. I like the Meadow !

Kritta22 said...
I totally think I'm prego right now so I totally need this. It would just help a sister out!! :)
And if not, I hope to get prego soon! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Kritta22 said...

I totally have your button on my blog. I really like the garden one up there because I'm going to have a girl next. No, listen, I really am. No it's not fifty fifty chance. It's happening! :) Oh heck I don't know! I'll take a healthy one!! :) LOL