In my experience, newbie nursing moms will benefit greatly from a nursing pillow. A newborn can conceivably spend four hours a day on the boob (pardon?), so it behooves you to get comfy.
Nursing pillows are designed to be used while mom is sitting upright. An alternative approach is “laid back nursing,” which many feel is a more natural position. If you find that laid back nursing is more comfortable, these pillows won’t be of much use.
Here are some of the best nursing pillows — these are the four pillows that mommies love most (in order of price) ~
The Boppy Original ~ $29 – Economy Pick
The best-selling Boppy is a thicker, horseshoe-shaped pillow that you simply place around your waist. No buckling necessary with this one either.
It’s easier to get on (and off) than the My Brest Friend (below), but it may not feel as sturdy.
The Boppy is a multi-use pillow; your baby can hang out in it on the floor or on your bed (not for sleeping!). Baby can also use it for tummy time. Heck, I even used mine as a sleeping pillow.
In my experience, the Brest Friend (next on the list) is wonderful during the early days when your baby has no head control, while the Boppy is better around 2-4 months because it’s less of a hassle to get on and off. After about 4 months or so, your baby is big enough to nurse without a pillow.
My Brest Friend ~ $34
The My Brest Friend is essentially more like a nursing shelf. It wraps around your whole body and buckles on the side, which makes it very secure.
Because of this, the setup is a little more tedious because you need both hands. On the plus side, the security is wonderful — and you don’t feel like baby is going to slip between you and the pillow.
Because it’s tightish around your middle, the My Brest Friend is not ideal for C-section moms (not until you heal, at least).
Some people find it hard to hold the baby and wrap this thing around you at the same time. I agree, but I still think it’s a great tool. It also makes a very fashionable skirt or tutu to wear to the door when the UPS man is delivering your diapers (if you don’t have any idea what that means right now… you will!!!).
They also make one especially for twins. My lord, you could land an F-16 on this thing!!
One Z Nursing Pillow ~ $59
The new hot nursing pillow on the scene is the One Z.
The singleton version of their popular Twin Z pillow, this one is GIANT (about the size of a dog bed), but soooo very comfortable. If you get this one, I recommend you keep it where you nurse most frequently because you won’t want to be carrying it from room to room. You can also use it as a baby lounger (again, not for sleeping).
Luna Lullaby ~ $59
While most pillows are ‘U’ shaped, this one is an ‘L.’ A few advantages to this:
- It’s not tight around a sore postpartum or C-section belly
- This pillow is longer than most, so it won’t be outgrown as quickly
- It looks fine on your couch and doesn’t scream “nursing pillow!!” Many moms even report sleeping with it.
Because there’s no clip in the back, it’s not as secure or tight-fitting as the Brest Friend or Boppy Best Latch; people either like this about the Luna Lullaby pillow or they don’t.