Nursing Pillows

What a nursing pillow can do for you

Just as a pregnancy pillow helped you get through the night when your belly was straining your body and your patience, a nursing pillow can be a life-saver in the first weeks and months following delivery. Built like a large, soft donut, a firm wedge or a crescent moon, a pillow for breastfeeding will sit around your body and keep your baby at your breast, giving your arms and hands a rest.

 

Of course, a nursing pillow should also be a fashionable accessory -- after all, it will be hanging off you for a good part of your day. Browse the many colors, patterns and textures of fabric available, and be sure to test how easy the pillow is to position before you make your decision. With a little research and advice, you will find a nursing pillow that's as comfortable and stylish as it is convenient.

Popular Nursing Pillows

There's a huge amount of nursing pillows out there, and no one design will work for everyone. That said, there are a few types of pillows that have gained a good reputation for their shape, convenience, composition or clever additions, and you may want to start your comparison shopping with these tried and true versions. Perhaps the most simple and easy to use one of all, the Boppy nursing pillow has been a popular breastfeeding accessory for years, and it still reigns supreme in many circles. It sits snugly around your waist and provides a supportive ledge for your baby, taking some stress off of your arms and positioning your baby to take your breast milk easily and efficiently. When it comes to simple and effective design, this pillow beats most of the others.

However, the traditional donut-shaped pillow has given way to a variety of new designs from enterprising companies, so if the traditional version doesn't work for you, try another. The My Brest Friend nursing pillow has a little more to it, but many new moms welcome the added pockets, adjustable belt and all-around support that it offers. There are a few other brands like the Leachco Natural Boost, the Viva breastfeeding pillow and the HoneySuckle pillow that may work better for your body shape or preferred breastfeeding position, so try to test a few before you settle on one. Alternatively, you can invest in a couple of pillows and use whichever works for you best that day!

Choosing a Twin Nursing Pillow

It can be tough to find the perfect pillow for feeding one newborn, but what do you do if you're nursing twins? A compact piece of foam just won't suffice when you have two wriggling bodies to support, so look for a version that's a little larger at both the front and sides. Some products are designed with weight and portability in mind, while others focus on getting the angle and support just right for nursing twins in tandem. Double Blessings, Baby Buddy and My Brest Friend each offer twin nursing pillows that aim to keep you comfortable and your babies safely supported, but as with the single baby pillows, don't get discouraged if a popular design simply doesn't work well for your body shape.

Regardless of your particular style, the nursing pillow you choose should meet some basic expectations. First, it should keep your infant at breast height so you don't have to hunch over during feedings, which will lead to back strain and discomfort. Also, it should fit snugly against your body so that you won't have to fuss with it while you nurse or worry about your baby slipping. Finally, be sure that the pillow has a removable cover that can be removed and washed easily, since there are bound to be some spills and spit-ups at one time or another.