I did it! I breastfed Wyatt around my husband’s family without a cover.
We started out on Christmas Eve with the cover on. Wyatt was HANGRY and viciously swiped at the cover to move it off his face. I got frustrated that he was frustrated, so I took it off…
No one gasped. No one looked shocked.
A few people got up a left the room, but that may have just been coincidence.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who encouraged me to try the double shirt approach.
I also draped a receiving blanket over my boob a bit to give more coverage without covering Wyatt himself.
I continued to use this method on Christmas Day and Boxing Day at each family gathering. Yesterday, I even found my brother-in-law was comfortable enough to have a conversation with me while I fed Wyatt. Next time I see him, I hope to personally thank him for being “normal” with me.
In the end, my anxiety around how people would react was worse than their actual reaction. Lesson learned: just go for it next time.