When it comes to feeding a baby on demand, any help is welcomed. Designed to support the correct breastfeeding position, a good nursing pillow reduces strain on your arms, wrists, back and shoulders, leaving you to feed in comfort.
Some breastfeeding pillows have other purposes too, which is why they are often an essential item on the pre-baby checklist. Whether it be as a sleep aid during the later stages of pregnancy, a cushion for postpartum care or sitting support for baby, a little extra comfort goes a long way.
What to look for when buying a nursing pillow
Washability: We all know that babies can be messy little eaters when starting solids, and the same goes for milk feeds too. Breast milk left on fabric for too long may stain and start to smell, so look for a nursing pillow with a removable cover or one that can be spot cleaned at the very least.
Size and shape: Breastfeeding pillows come in all shapes and sizes so it’s important to find the right fit for your lifestyle. Is travel often on the cards? Then a compact pillow that’s practical and portable may be just what you need. Storage space is another thing to consider before buying a pillow that’s too bulky.
Multi-use: Some nursing pillows have been designed to double up as maternity pillows and even support tots during tummy time. Having a multi-purpose pillow is a great option for new mums wanting to save a few pennies in those early months.
8 nursing pillows for new mums
To help you find the best nursing pillow for you and your babe, we’ve compiled this handy list of brands to get you started in your search. In no particular order, here they are:
My Brest Friend
Created to support both mother and baby during breastfeeding, this breastfeeding pillow features a wrap-around design that secures to the body to maintain ideal positioning and posture. And that handy little side pocket means mum has everything she needs within arm’s reach.
Made from super-soft fabric with hypoallergenic foam, this clever nursing pillow keeps you and bubba cool while they feed. Providing optimum firmness, it can be used in a multitude of ways – from pregnancy pillow and postpartum cushion right through to sitting support for bub.
Perfect for travel or day trips with bubba in tow, this self-inflating feeding pillow is compact enough to pop into the nappy bag. Providing parents with much-need support while bottle or breastfeeding, simply twist the valve to inflate or deflate and say bye-bye to achy arms and wrists.
Designed to keep its shape over time, the Boppy Nursing Pillow is there for both baby and mum during those special months of bonding. Perfect for bottle and breastfeeding, the pillow also assists with tummy time and acts a support for sitting up as bubba get a little stronger.
This supple yet firm nursing pillow provides mum and baby with ultimate comfort around the clock. Designed to reduce slouching and improve posture while feeding, the curve-shaped pillow also promotes tummy to tummy contact in those early months. And it’s machine washable too!
Utterly cute and incredibly compact, this u-shaped pillow is designed to help position baby comfortably for breast and bottle feeding. Complete with removable quilted cover for ease of washing there are even adorable jersey sheets and muslin swaddles to match.
Pregnancy Pillow Co.
Designed to prevent back pain, this handy cushion features a wrap-around strap to help maintain a comfortable position while feeding. Complete with two removable covers, it gives baby a wide and comfy surface to lay on while enjoying their milk.
Endorsed by the Reflux Infant Support Association, Milkbar pillows were developed to help parents find an easier, more comfortable way to feed their baby. With a 100% cotton cover and hypoallergenic polyfill, the pillow is higher at one end to ensure baby’s head is at breast height when feeding.
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