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, in order of price — these are the five pillows that mommies love most:
The Boppy Original — Budget/Economy Pick
The best-selling Boppy is a thicker, horseshoe-shaped pillow that fits around your waist (no buckling necessary).
The Boppy is a multi-use pillow; your baby can hang out in it on the floor or on your bed (not for sleeping!), and you can use it later 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 — Best Most Unfortunately-Named Nursing Pillow
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.
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 (see also: best nursing pillows for twins). My lord, you could land an F-16 on this thing!!
One Z Nursing Pillow — Most Back Support
The singleton version of their popular Twin Z pillow, this one is GIANT (about the size of a dog bed), but soooo very comfortable.
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.
- Many plus-size women prefer the L-shape for comfort