These many versatile pillows are also sometimes
used to help a baby sit upright, for playing or for relaxing.
The use of a nursing pillow for breastfeeding can make things so
much easier in the first few weeks of a breastfeeding relationship. It can help a mother position and latch her baby easily. It will also prevent her back and
arms from getting tired and sore.
Uses of Breastfeeding Pillows
For those parents who are bottle feeding, a pillow is an excellent tool for comfort and bonding.
The breastfeeding pillow is made in such a way that a mother is
comfortable while breastfeeding. It helps relieve stress on the back,
neck, and shoulders. Many mothers agree that the boppy is the best
Relaxing and lounging: The baby has a comfortable place to sit and
does not need the mother to hold him/her constantly. Now, mom has her hands-free to
do other things while her baby is watching her.
Playtime: It’s a great pillow for tummy time. Tummy time is
recommended for at least 30 minutes every day. This helps a baby build
upper body strength.
Sitting upright: Some pillows can help babies develop the muscles that get them sitting up straight in no time.
Tips for Using or Buying a Nursing Pillow
Use a pillowcase that is easy to clean or get yourself a waterproof pillowcase cover, so that you can wash it.
If you think your waist is going to be a little too large for the pillow, you can usually find larger sizes online.
If you are tall or high breasted (small breasts) then you should maybe think of using one of the other breastfeeding pillows because the boppy breastfeeding pillow® might be too low for you; otherwise, you should think of putting two of these pillows on top of each-other while nursing for extra height. Balancing the cushion against two arms of a chair can also work well.
Advantages of using Nursing Pillows
The baby is at a bit of an incline, which helps for a better latch and keeps the baby from moving.
Some breastfeeding pillows wrap snugly around the waist.
Most of them are small (portable) and will not draw much attention when breastfeeding in public.
Never allow your baby to lie face down on the pillow.
Do not allow your baby to fall asleep on it.
Do not put the pillow in a crib or playpen.
Always keep an eye on baby while using it.
Other Breastfeeding Support Pillows
1. My brest friend breastfeeding pillow:
It’s flat on top, firm and your baby won't move while nursing.
It has extra back support so that the mother doesn't need to use other pillows as well.
Fits large sizes too. Larger mothers might find this bf pillow a little easier to use.
The surface is wider than that of the boppy and can more easily be used to breastfeed twins.
The firmness of the “my brest friend pillow" could provide a mother with a little bit more hands-free activity.
2. The Balboa Baby Nursing Pillow:
This innovative Nursing Pillow is contoured to fit around a mother easily, without the use of buckles or straps.
It is designed to ease stress on your back, neck, and shoulders.
This nursing pillow lifts a baby up to the proper level, for a more relaxed feeding.
The unique contoured design encourages correct feeding position, by naturally rolling the baby towards the mother.
If you have tried breastfeeding with a
baby nursing pillow and without and just don’t seem to find a
comfortable breastfeeding position, then you should think of maybe
breastfeeding your baby in a wrap or sling…the
advantages of baby-wearing discussed here.