Breast feeding pillows or nursing pillows as it is otherwise called was initially used to prop babies up who were not ready to sit. With time however, they started proving to be useful as nursing pillows. They are simply a small pillow that are used to place around the baby so that you can enable their grip to stay in the position and drink milk. Breast feeding pillows for twins are the most common ones to be used and they sure are helpful as you don’t have to hold both of them at one time when feeding. But what’s more important than all is knowing where and how to place your infant on the pillow for a safe breast feeding position. Take a look at the quick steps and things you need to be wary of.
- First of all, sit in a comfortable position making sure your back is supported well.
- Place the pillow on your lap, around your waist.
- Keep your baby on the pillow facing your side, making sure that their mouth is even with the side of the breast you are planning to feed him or her on.
- Start nursing them and make sure not to lower down your breast or bend down for them. Raise your arms and bring your baby closer to you.
The nursing pillow can also be used to feed your baby through bottle. This time, use the bottle to nurse them while placing them on the appropriate position. The pillows are most often designed to fit the mother around her belly and thus provide support while nursing the infant.
The Many Kinds of Breast Feeding Pillows:
The market now has a range of breast feeding pillows. But if you do not have the time to look for the many kinds, here is your complete guide to understanding what you need and the kind you need.
1. Ergo Nursing Pillow:
This one is a breast feeding new born pillow that boasts of a natural curve nursing pillow and thus foster easy feeding. It helps to keep you back from slouching. It comes in a range of pleasing colours and is priced around 25$ for a piece. It has an easy carrying handle and is firm and supportive. The pillow is supple and is thus soft on the baby’s body. The company recommends a 12 hour nursing to see the difference.
2. Nursie Slip on Breast Feeding Pillow:
Here is a perfect portable nursing pillow that is only about 10 inches long and can thus fit into your diaper bags too. Slip this in your arm and the soft cushion of the pillow will effectively prop up baby for feeding and the mother does not have to hunch over. The best part about this nursing pillow is you can easily toss this in your washing machine for a quick wash. It can support any breast feeding position and is thus attested as the best travel nursing pillow, priced at $39.
3. The Twin Z Pillow:
This one is a breast feeding pillow for twins. Breast feeding in itself can be challenging, but what’s all the more difficult is to feed twins. This one is designed specifically keeping in mind to feed both of them at the same time and the backrest of the pillow will keep the mother comfortable. The pillow also becomes useful for mothers who have had a C-section and it thus eliminates the pressure on her stomach while she nurses. It is priced at $100 and can also be useful to prop up the babies when they begin to sit.
4. Widgey Nursing Pillow:
this nursing pillow can serve multiple functions. This includes even the pre-natal support that mothers need for their back. The pillow will grip firmly on to the body of the mother, around her waist line, thus giving a sense of security and comfort while feeding. The flat surface will also provide ample rest for the baby’s spine. Use this to prop your baby to sit when he/she is getting ready to sit and also to turn the babies on their stomach over the pillow thus keeping them safe and allowing them to develop muscles on their back. It has a 100 % cotton removable and washable cover and is priced at $10.25.
5. Mombo Nursing Pillow:
the Mombo nursing pillow is a soft pillow to support the baby along with offering a supportive side for the mother. The cushions come in a lot of colours and are a comfort factor to another level. It provides the ideal amount of firmness to support the baby. The cushion does not come with a cover and thus you can buy a cover that you can wash and reuse. It also offers a soft side for lounging. The simple one is priced at $25 and the two-sided covered nursing pillow is priced at $40.
6. Dr. Brown’s Gia Nursing Pillow:
The standard breast feeding pillows might not work for the mothers who have large breasts. This nursing pillow is tall and wide and thus gives more space that will be needed. It is shaped shrimp like whose one end of it is lower than the other for positioning the baby at a normal slope. The cushion is washable and is very useful for all the plus-sized women. It is priced at $30 and you can also order a cushion cover with it.
Now that being addressed, here are some things you need to keep in mind when having to choose the right pillow for your baby and for you.
- Answer the question to yourself, ‘how long in a day do you nurse the baby?’ if you are planning to breast feed for about 3 months, choose the one that will suit this longevity. In case you are planning to breast feed only at home, you don’t really have to invest big in this and rather choose one that is simple and will cater to everyday use, wear and tear.
- Look for the fit. Ideally, the pillow should fit your torso in such a way that the head of the baby along with its body is positioned at the height of the nipple.
- Look through the many shapes like “C”, “O” and also the “crescent” shape. The shape is important because each of them fits the body differently. Choose the one that is most appropriate.
While we know taking care of the baby in itself is a daunting task, ease up some of the process by choosing the right breast feeding pillows. Taking care of the baby starts from choosing things that will best suit their nursing needs to making them sleep on comfy positions. Head right out and make sure to choose the nursing pillow that will give you and the baby maximum comfort.