After my son arrived, it took me a while to get the hang of nursing him. For each session I was surrounded by a stack of burp clothes, bottles of water, and the occasional nipple shield to help both of us through the process. Switching him from side to side always resulted full-frontal exposure, dribbles of milk down the front of us, and an awkward shift as we both got comfortable. With such a cumbersome routine, it's no surprise that I never took my nursing public.
I never spoke with anyone about my leaky, messy process (I assumed I was doing something wrong) until last week when I attended an event for a new breastfeeding support system (more on that to come). The kit includes a nursing cover with a built in burp cloth to absorb leaks. When I inquired about it, they said most women complain that that they drip milk when taking their child off their breast, and this was a built in solution. Genius! I only wish I had known there were other messy breastfeeders when I was leaking away!