They may look like simple pillows, but nursing pillows are actually quite important for successful and comfortable breastfeeding. When choosing a nursing pillow, you need one that fits correctly and is comfortable for the baby too. Here are some simple tips that you need to keep in mind when shopping for nursing pillows.
Did You Know?
There are certain nursing pillows, such as the Luna Lullaby Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow, that can be used during pregnancy as a comfort pillow.
As a new mother, if you plan to breastfeed your baby, then a nursing pillow is a must-have since it provides comfort while breastfeeding. Not only does it provide relief from sore arms and an aching back after a marathon breastfeeding session, but these versatile pillows can also be used to prop the babies up so that they can practice sitting during supervised “tummy time”. Moreover, it allows your partner or any other family member to hold the baby.
There are a number of nursing pillow types in the market. From simple crescent-shaped pillows to special sturdy foam pillows with straps and belts, there is a wide variety of nursing pillows to choose from. They are made using different types of materials and fabrics. Some of them can be wrapped around the mother’s waist, while others are used to support the breasts, and provide hands-free breastfeeding. Choosing the right breastfeeding pillow can seem complicated, but if you pay attention to some simple features listed below, then you can certainly make a better decision while choosing a nursing pillow.
1. Choose the Perfect Fit and Size
The nursing pillow you choose should be able to accommodate a growing child. Since you need to breastfeed a child exclusively for about six months to a year, you need to find a pillow that accommodates your growing baby. Choosing the right fit is also very important, as there is no one-size-fits-all pillow. Try the pillow at the store, possibly with the baby. If the pillow feels too tight or extremely loose, then it is definitely not the right one for you.
2. Choose the Right Shape and Firmness
When you place the baby on the pillow does his/her head sink down? If this is the case, then the breastfeeding pillow is probably not firm enough. Although we all love a comfortable and plush pillow, remember that the baby’s neck should be held straight at the breast level while feeding. A firm breastfeeding pillow will ensure maximum comfort for the baby, and provide support for your back. You also need to check the thickness so that you do not have to bend over or hunch while feeding the baby. Avoid hard, foam wedge pillows that can actually be uncomfortable for the baby.
If you are confused about the appropriate firmness required for your baby, then choose innovative pillows such as the Boppy Two-Sided Nursing Pillow which provides two separate surfaces, one firm and one soft to offer a choice of support for comfortable feeding. Along with firmness, you also need to find the right-shaped nursing pillow. While C-shaped pillows are the most popular, there are square and round pillows with straps that offers a more customized feel.
3. Look for Belts or Straps
One of the problems with simple crescent-shaped pillows is that they tend to fall right off if you move around even slightly. Belts and straps around the waist ensure that the pillow stays on without having to worry about it falling off. Moreover, the adjustable straps ensure that the feeding pillow fits any waist size. When choosing nursing pillows with belts, ensure that the straps or belts are easy to use.
4. Should be Easy to Wash
Leaky breasts, a drooling baby, or spit ups can ruin your pillow in months. Avoid this by investing in machine-washable, waterproof slipcovers for the pillows. It is also a good idea to look for a pillow that is waterproof under the cover as well. This will prevent the baby dribble and milk spills from leaving a permanent odor on the pillow.
5. Should be Suitable for Travel
If you are constantly traveling and want a nursing pillow that is not too heavy or bulky, then invest in lightweight, inflatable breastfeeding pillows. My Brest Friend Inflatable Travel Pillow is one such amazing travel pillow which can be inflated easily and carried conveniently. It can be packed flat and placed in diaper bags or purses.
6. Consider Style and Color
When you have invested so much into decorating your nursery, you certainly don’t want an ugly breastfeeding pillow to ruin the look of your beautiful nursery. For many mothers, cuteness and style is a huge factor while choosing a pillow. Thankfully, there are loads of good nursing pillows with colorful, patterned covers that can be chosen to coordinate with the nursery décor.
Some nursing pillows have special features, such as vibration feature, for soothing the baby. Certain pillows such as the My Brest Friend Nursing Pillows have special backrest and armrests to help a mother maintain good posture along with special pockets to keep burp clothes, water bottles, and other necessities. The Boppy Interactive Pillow allows you to attach toys to the pillow to entertain the child during tummy time.