Q&A: Breastfeeding Pillows?

What are the different types of breastfeeding pillows?
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Updated February 28, 2017
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Up until a few years ago, moms made their own “nursing pillows,” propping baby up with whatever they could grab (bed pillows, throw pillows, rolled bath towels, even stuffed animals). Now baby aisles and Internet shops are flooded with all sorts of funny-shaped options. There isn’t one in particular that works best for all mamas; your ideal pillow will depend on your baby and your body type.

Some pillows curve partially around your waist, providing elbow support as well as support for baby. Some wrap fully around you and have an adjustable strap to keep it secure, and some even offer back support. One with a flat surface may help you keep baby in place, and a version with adjustable angles can help you position baby for his ideal latch. There are even breastfeeding pillows that help you get a hand free while nursing twins.

Here are a few of the pillows that you’ll see on your search and their features:

My Brest Friend Pillow

•Wraps fully around your body

•Firm, flat surfaces

•Arm and elbow rests

•Storage pocket

•Twin version available

Boppy Nursing Pillow

•Wraps partially around your body

•Supports your arm and baby during feeding

•Rounded surfaces

•Multi-use (not just for breastfeeding)

•A “newborn booster” wedge is available to raise baby 30 to 45 degrees for nursing

Leachco Natural Boost Adjustable Nursing Pillow

•Curved slightly (doesn’t wrap around)

•Slightly soft and squishy

•Adjustable feeding angles

Honeysuckle Nursing Pillow

•Curved slightly (doesn’t wrap around)

•Flat, firm surface

•Angled to help with baby’s latch

•Outer lip to keep baby close

•No “sides” so it will fit in smaller armed chairs

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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