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Choosing a Nursing Pillow

>> Friday, October 29, 2010

For those of you who are going to be nursing, you are probably looking for a nursing pillow. Comfort is key when it comes to successful breast feeding. A comfortable and relaxed mom leads to an adequate milk supply [aka: let down]. There are actually many options beyond the Boppy! The Boppy is awesome, but it doesn't work for everyone [didn't work for me]. I would recommend trying them at the store [like Babies R Us if you have one or other baby boutique] before purchasing. When trying them out, find a comfortable sitting position also. This will help you gauge what will honestly work more for you and baby [or babies!]

Since I already mentioned it, I will start with the Boppy. It can be used for breast feeding, tummy time for baby, lounging for baby and helping baby sit upright. It comes in many cover prints and colors that can be removed for easy cleaning!

Next up is My Brest Friend. This is by far my favorite breast feeding pillow on the market! It's also the most widely recommended by lactation consultants. It's especially great for back support and those that have had cesarean sections, as it wraps around your entire torso providing ultimate support and comfort. The strap also helps to keep the pillow in place. This pillow also comes in a "twins plus" version for nursing twins [or more in rotation!] There is also an inflatable travel version that works well for everyday and tossing in a diaper bag. Just like the Boppy, it comes in many cover choices that are removable and washable.

While there are many more breast feeding pillows on the market, the last type of pillow I'm going to show you is the Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow. This one can be used during pregnancy as a comfort pillow, as we all know getting comfy enough to sleep can be a struggle. It can be used for baby's tummy time afterwards, much like the boppy. And then of course the main use: breast feeding. This breast feeding pillow comes in several prints as well and even more choices in slip covers. 

Whatever you choose, do what feels right for you and your baby. Breastfeeding should not feel uncomfortable or painful. Try talking to a lactation consultant if breastfeeding is what you choose to do. They can offer support, tips and supplies!

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Murray April 15, 2013 at 7:52 PM  

You should really check out the Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow. It's much better than any of the ones you mentioned! Http://cozycuddles.com.

Nancy August 1, 2013 at 5:31 PM  

I agree with Murray (above). The Brest Friend has a surface area that's too small to support a growing baby, the foam cannot be washed, and it cannot be used to support a baby learning to sit up. The Cozy Cuddles Nursing Pillow supported my baby from birth to toddler, it's fully washable (both pillow and cover), and works great as a sitter! Check out Http://cozycuddles.com.

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