[fb_button][wdgpo_plusone]Did you know that nursing pillow were originally designed to prop up babies who are not quite ready to sit on their own? They became popular when women started using them to help them nurse. Nowadays these curved pillows are on many “must have” check lists. You can find moms who are happy with nursing pillows and also you can find who are having a hard time to use them. First I will write my own experience and then will talk a little about the possible problems.
Nursing pillow was my best friend for first the 6 months after my son was born. When you fall asleep while you are breastfeeding in the middle of the night, if you are using one of these pillows your baby will be secure. And also I was feeling much comfortable with it, if I compare nursing without it. So, my vote is on the positive side.
Unfortunately, nursing pillows may not always as helpful as people think they would be. They can actually create problems where none existed before. Babies need to be very close to their mothers’ bodies to get a good latch, and nursing pillows sometimes get in the way. Here are couple problems with nursing pillows :
- Laying your baby on the pillow can make it difficult for him to latch. This makes it more likely you will get sore nipples. Your baby needs to be turned toward your body to get a good latch. AFTER he has started nursing well, you can rest your arm on the pillow.
- Many mothers get backaches from leaning over a baby placed on a nursing pillow.
- One size does NOT fit all, and there are no standard sizing charts. This makes it difficult to know which brand or design will work best for you. Your height, the length of your arms and the size of your waist can all make a difference.
- Nursing pillows are bulky. It can be a nuisance to take one with you every time you go out!
However I still believe that if moms use a proper sized one, they will be happy with it. Using a nursing pillow can help with positioning and latch of your baby. This can help prevent problems with nursing and make it a more comfortable experience for you and baby. However, not all pillows are alike. Learn what pillows offer what support and which pillow help which situations from preemies to twins, breast and bottle feeding and more! Here is the list for different kinds of pillows :
1 – My Brest Friend Pillow : This pillow wraps around your waist for a secure fit while you feed your baby. It also has latch risers to help ensure a proper latch for breastfeeding babies. Pockets help store items needed while feeding baby.
2 – Boppy : The Boppy was not originally designed as a nursing pillow, however, it has come to be used quite frequently for this purpose. Many moms really love the dual use of the Boppy as a nursing pillow and a baby toy. The one complaint about the Boppy for nursing is that it doesn’t fit all moms around the waist. Lots of colors and patterns and now removable covers on some models.
4 – Utterly Yours Breast Pillow : The Utterly Yours Breast Pillow is a bit different than most breastfeeding pillows. This one supports your breast for hands free nursing rather than supporting the baby. This is a great gift for a new mom and works really well for mothers with larger breasts.
5 – Nurse Prop R Pillow : This is actually an adjustable pillow that also encircles the waist for support for mom’s back and freedom of movement. The angle of each side is also adjustable to help prevent air from getting in baby’s mouth. It has handy side pockets to store feeding supplies.
6 – Twin Nursing Pillow : When you have more than one baby, you need just the right breastfeeding pillow to help. A normal nursing pillow just doesn’t cut the mustard because you have two babies. If the babies are smaller, they need evern more support and you have fewer hands…
7 – Honeysuckle Pillow : The HoneySuckle Nursing Pillow is a great breastfeeding aid. It probably works best for moms with long torsos or those who will be on a chair without arms.
If you decide to have one, I suggest you to have 2 covers for the pillow. You can change them easily when they get dirty. There are pillows made from organic cotton, too. If you are extra careful, you may want to consider to buy one of those. After 6 months you can use this pillow to support your baby while s/he tries to sit and also you can use as a tummy pillow on tummy time. Not a mandatory item; it’s up to you to have it, or not.