Breastfeeding is by far the most important nutritional need for infants. It gives them all the nutrients they need to grow big, strong and healthy during this early stage.
The best nursing pillow helps mom breastfeed, and later on, bottle feed baby. These pillows are designed to help position both mom and child so that baby gets the maximum benefits of mother’s milk.
Any mom would tell you that nursing isn’t as easy as it looks. This is why having a comfortable yet supportive pillow is so essential.
Below we list and review the different pillows for breastfeeding and nursing that perform the best.
Boppy Two-Sided Breastfeeding Pillow
Best Nursing Pillow: This is our pick for mom’s who are looking for a pillow that will help them breastfeed as well as bottle feed baby. This pillow, can also be used by dad for bottle feeding, if he wishes to help, since it can fit individuals of different sizes.
This is the newer version of the Boppy Original pillow which is featured later below. While that version is cheaper, we like the features of this is as it improves on the feel, comfort and function of that one.
The biggest difference between this 2-sided version and original Boppy nursing pillow is that this one has 2 sides. Yes, we just said that. Sorry…
It has a:
- Firm side: this side is firmer so it offers better support. This makes it ideal for younger children as it keeps them propped up more. The firm surface also lets you cradle baby to keep them in place. Plus the contour makes baby face towards you during feeding all the time.
- And a soft side: this is like what the original Boppy pillow has. It provides more comfort for baby thanks to the softer cushioning. This is more ideal for older babies.
Because of the 2 sides, this is a thicker pillow which we feel makes it easier for moms to position baby and keep them there to make latching much easier. The extra elevations really helps specially for newborns when your child is still small. This allows for less need of adjusting.
One extra addition to the pillow is a belt that you can use to strap around your waist area while feeding. This helps keep the pillow its position. The belt is removable though, which lets you take it off and detach it from the pillow when you get used to using it since you’ll probably not need it anymore.
One of the things we like about this pillow is that is easy to clean. It has a zipper closure to the side that allows you to take out the foam insert from the pillow. Then the rest can be washed.
My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow, Light Green
This nursing pillow has some similarities with the Boppy two-sided pillow but also differs in quite a number of ways. For one, it uses a O-shaped designed where the entire pillow wraps around you during use.
This is a wider pillow at around 17” in width compared to the 9.5” of the Boppy 2 sided pillow above. It is also 2 inches shorter in terms of thickness at 5.5” tall. The size does make it a bit harder to store away.
What is does give moms is that extra support as it has that extra contoured cushion on the back. When you strap the pillow around you, it is close fitting and helps keep you sitting up. This helps in avoiding back pain.
The strap and back support make sure that the entire device stays in position at all times, and it won’t shift. We like this pillow as it offers excellent support for both baby and mom (or dad for bottle feeding). The wide foam area is firm that helps prop baby up to the breast level.
Together this lets baby latch on much easily as well as assist in maximizing milk supply.
The cover is made from 100% polyester so the materials is soft and adheres to very young children. The foam inside the cover is made from 100% polyurethane foam.
Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner – Bare Naked
Basic Nursing Pillow: This is the Original version of the Boppy Pillow, it uses a U shape so moms can nurse or bottle feed baby without having to carry baby all the time using their arms.
This U-shaped pillow was originally designed to help young children to learn to sit up, using the inner side of the U to support baby’s behind and back when sitting. It still works well for that so you can use it for that purpose as well.
Over time, moms discovered that is also worked well, even better actually as a baby feeding pillow.
To use it:
1. Just wrap the pillow around yourself with the U-shaped opening towards your body.
2. The set baby on the pillow position their head to your breast. This gives baby a nice comfortable area to lie sideways as they feed.
This helps you hold baby up to the right position.
We like it because among all our picks and reviews, this product is:
- The cheapest of them all.
- The easiest to use.
- And along with the Boppy two-sided pillow, are the easiest to clean.
Note that with the Boppy Original, what you’re purchasing is just the pillow. It doesn’t come with slipcovers.
This allows you to buy them separately and pick out the designed you want. The good news is there are tons of designs to choose from. The covers are interchangeable so you can swap out any one of them for another.
You can take your pick from the covers here.
One tip though, is you may want to buy at least 2 covers. This way, when baby drools, spits up, milk from the baby bottle spills or baby does other things which can get the pillow dirty, you can take the cover out and throw it in the laundry and just swap in the other pillow cover.
My Brest Friend Original Pillow, Fireworks
This pillow is made from 100% polyurethane foam and is the original version of the My Brest Friend Deluxe featured in our reviews above. It comes with a cover that’s made with 100% cotton. Comparing to the Deluxe version, that one comes with a 100% polyester cover.
This one uses the same wrap around your waist concept using a belt strap and latch. This helps with keeping baby in the proper position and holding that position throughout feeding. It pillow offers a bid enough waist coverage that even dad can use it for bottle feeding baby.
This one also offers the same size as the Deluxe but doesn’t offer as much support as the deluxe. The base doesn’t seem as firm to give it that same feel. It’s for this reason we have the Deluxe model ranked higher than this Original one in our ratings and reviews.
We do however like the design as it ensures that baby and the pillow stay in position. The strap and the extra support for the lower back also helps to keep you sitting upright and putting less stress on the lumbar region.
A good nursing pillow makes breastfeeding as well as bottle feeding baby so much more convenient for both parent and child. It offers the right kind of support to position baby properly.