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Best Breastfeeding Pillow
Surely, these breastfeeding cushions are not for everyone as some of them carry a hefty price-tag.
With that said, one thing can be said for sure, these good breastfeeding supports are good enough to make it to our list of the top Breastfeeding Pillow.
Breastfeeding Pillow Reviews
Boppy Nursing Pillow
These really are a must have. Everyone always tells you the millions of gadgets you just “have to get” when you’re expecting and you don’t end up using half of them. This is not one of those. You will use this all day everyday. I got one as a gift and then ordered this one so I would have one for the main floor of my house and one for my den downstairs. The cover for this one is super cute and comes off easily to wash. You can actually wash the whole pillow too. When not using it to feed my son I prop him up in it so he can look around. But you never wanna leave a small baby alone in it. Ive found that it isn’t as easy to use if you’re overweight…. Just means that I have to make sure I’m sitting up completely straight. That’s not the products fault though. You should still have at least one of these.
It will be great for tummy time but hard to use since it doesn’t have a strap to stay on. I bought My Brest Friend (and waterproof cover) instead since I can put it on and it stays on while I get the baby out of the crib and change her, and don’t have to worry about trying to get the thing back on one handed while the baby is in the other. Soft and cute design. Will use again when baby is a few months older for tummy time, just not for newborn feeding. Boppy has another pillow on the market that does have a strap and looks firmer. I would have considered that one but I didn’t see it until I already got the My Brest Friend.
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow
I am currently breastfeeding my second child. I breastfed my first for a little over a year. I have researched a lot of nursing pillows since that was what I was going to be spending a lot of my time doing. For my first child I decided to go with the Gia Nursing Pillow because I read that the boppy pillows didn’t provide enough support and that babies sink in the pillow easily, causing you to hunch over, etc. I liked that it was designed by lactation consultants and there was a raised side, and of course because of the low price! Once I used it for a while, I didn’t like having to switch it every single time I switched sides, and I found that my baby sunk in the pillow just as much as she would on a boppy pillow. I also didn’t use a cover for it since it was machine washable, and my wedding ring was constantly snagging the stitching all over the pillow. So now, it is being used to prop my baby up, although it’s trickier than a boppy pillow since both sides aren’t the same.
With my second child I wanted to invest more into breastfeeding supplies, since that is something very important to me, so why not make it easier on the mom? 🙂 I researched pillows again when I was pregnant to see what other options were out there. I was interested in the Kushies pillow, since it was foam, the baby wouldn’t sink, and I wouldn’t have to switch sides every time. I was weary that it wasn’t machine washable, wasn’t waterproof, and honestly there wasn’t a cover that I loved. If it’s going to be sitting on my couch, and I’m going to be looking at it all the time, I wanted to love it! My husband suggested I get the Brest Friend pillow because of the back support. That was pretty much the deciding factor. I was weary again because the pillow itself wasn’t machine washable, and all the reviewers were saying it was a pain to wrap around you and buckle while your baby was waiting to eat.
After using it for almost a month now, I am so glad I bought it! I took the advice of some reviewers and immediately used the plastic packaging as a “waterproof” layer under my soft cover before I even used it. This way I wouldn’t have to worry about a gross foam pillow underneath, since I plan to use this for a while! Placing the plastic packaging underneath does make it a little crinkly, but it’s very minimal compared to knowing your pillow will be protected and clean for your baby. I only really notice the “crinkle” as I’m buckling it around my stomach. My baby sits high (I do the cradle hold), doesn’t move, the material of the cover is really nice and soft, and the raised head supports are a nice touch! Now the only thing that would make this better would be if I had a nursing stool — but crossing my legs does the trick. Buckling it while your baby is hungry is not that big of a deal–it only takes 5 seconds, and you’re ready to go. I’m thankful for the back support it provides! I haven’t used the pocket yet. I kind of wish it wasn’t there because I don’t use it, but I’m sure it’s helpful for those who use nipple cream, or want to keep something small in there. Looks wise, I don’t really care for it. But again, not that big of a deal when you look at the positives!
I had a lot of trouble breastfeeding my first and sought help from a lactation consultant. She was highly against all nursing pillows, claiming none give you the best position your baby needs for the perfect latch. I can totally see where she is coming from. She used waterproof pillows that you use in the hospital after delivery, and would fold them in half, push and shove them until they gave me the best support. I did like using those, and they probably do give you better support and positioning than any “nursing pillow” out there, but I like that every time I buckle the Brest Friend pillow around my waist, I am going to have the same results without any “pushing or shoving”. Quick and easy–very important for me while I’m taking the pillow off and on, off and on, all day long! I hope this is helpful for all you moms out there! Breastfeeding is hard work, and even harder if you don’t have the right tools and support. Let me know if you have any questions…I would love to help!
Boppy Two-Sided Breastfeeding Pillow
This nursing pillow is the best I have been able to find yet, however it has two major flaws. I want to love this pillow and with a few simple tweaks from the manufacturer it could become a five star product.
– It has the most height of any breastfeeding pillow I have been able to find anywhere, so it does not require additional props/support (i.e. additional pillows, blankets…etc) to bring baby to breast level, while an infant. Unfortunately because one side is made of a soft pillow-like material once baby is 12 lbs or more the pillow sinks due to their weight (Firmer foam on the underside would completely prevent this problem)
– The firm side has nice wide sides and a ridge on the edge that helps the baby stay on the pillow.
– The strap on this is horrendous – it has two clips which are very cheap and don’t fit the cord well so when you pull the cord tight so the pillow is snuggly against your body it pops the clip on the other side out, leaving your pillow unattached to you. Also, the slots where you run the cord through on the clip are way too large of an opening for the cord so it doesn’t hold the cord in, it just slides right out.
Leachco Natural Boost – Adjustable Nursing Pillow
I tried several nursing pillows (Boppy, JJ Cole Paisley Nursing Pillow, Bebe Au Lait Nursing Pillow, Comfort & Harmony Mombo Deluxe Covered Nursing Pillow) and this was my favorite by far. The Boppy is too soft and floppy, the JJ Cole is too firm, the Bebe Au Lait was too rotund, and the sides of the Mombo sort of folded up in an annoying way. And they all are flat so they don’t conform to the shape of your lap, resulting in the sides drooping over your thighs. This pillow is brilliant with the additional detachable pillow. I flip it over so the smaller pillow is on the bottom and fills the gap between the chair and the large part of the pillow, essentially making the large part of the pillow flat so my baby isn’t rolling off it like the others.
I don’t mind that it doesn’t have a cover, as I just put a receiving blanket between my baby’s cheek and my breast to catch any milk or spit-up. And if it does get soiled, I’ve tossed it in the washer and dryer and it’s fine.
Also, to address those reviews that say there are little fibers that come off – they didn’t bother me at all. I think it actually helped to wash it because they aren’t coming off anymore.
Dr. Brown’s Gia Nursing Pillow
I debated getting a nursing pillow because I didn’t want to get carried away with baby paraphernalia and we have a small apartment, but this pillow has saved my wrists as my baby has gotten heavier. I love this pillow. I went with this design because I don’t really hold my baby in the cradle position, and I didn’t want his feet to be even with his head (he leaks a lot of milk out of his nose if he’s too flat). This is a great design for that, although you do have to flip the pillow when you switch sides. It’s especially useful for nursing at the dinner table or when we’re watching a movie in bed–or pretty much any time I can’t sprawl on a couch (although I often use it for the side that doesn’t have the couch armrest). I’ll also take it in the car so I can nurse in the back seat if I’m out and about somewhere. It also doubles as a book stand, giving me somewhere to prop my book (or phone, let’s be honest) while I’m nursing.
My one disappointment was that it didn’t just come with a cover, but I actually made one out of an old sheet and just left the end open like a normal pillowcase, and it works great (and I am NOT a seamstress). All in all, a great purchase I do not regret!
My Brest Friend Original Nursing Pillow
Wife loves this after trying to use a Boppy pillow the first month. This actual saves a lot of energy trying to keep the boppy from slipping out, because this pillow fastens around the waist and allows her to maintain a good posture and back support and good feeding position with minimal effort. (Football-feeding position also works great with this pillow, even though it doesn’t look like it might)
We bought this because her sister and good friend both separately recommended it.
My thought was…it’s just a pillow..but I’m here writing this review because she LOVES this and she says it makes a HUGE difference over any other type of pillow. Her sister nursed for almost 2 years with this pillow saving her a lot of energy/effort. Her other friend nursed for 18 months.
If you don’t see same-day shipping (and you live in a big city) keep choosing different colors/styles as they are different prices and different ones have different shipping speeds. The wife didn’t care about colors or style and wanted any of them with same-day shipping since our newborn was days old and wanted anything that would help her feed better. Definitely worth it! Happy wife, happy life, happy baby!
Infantino Elevate Adjustable Nursing Pillow
This pillow is absolutely perfect for me and what I was looking for! I am a very tall woman, 6ft 2in and I don’t have a big “chest” so I needed something that would help raise my little one high enough so I wasn’t slumping over to nurse. Regular bursing pillows just aren’t thick enough for my body type. With my other two pregnancies I just used pillows, usually at least 2 to prop them up high enough to nurse comfortably but this was challenging as well because they are both flat and although their bodies were supported, I still had to either lean over or hold the pillow up where their head was. This pillow doesn’t strap around you but that is an easy obstacle to overcome depending on where you are sitting, I find a chair works best but even if you have to hold the pillow close to your body with your arm or hand it is very easy to do since it’s all one piece and hold the little one at the perfect angle. I wish I had this years ago, could have saved myself some back aches. I absolutely love this pillow!
Only negative is that is comes out of the package with a strong smell, I wish it were cotton instead of polyester but I still love it! A must buy!