Having a couple of nursing pillows should be one of the first nursing accessories that go on your baby shower list. Even if your baby comes in under the average seven pound mark, you’ll be surprised at how heavy he will become after the sixth feed in a day.
A baby-feeding pillow supports the weight of the baby while keeping him in the best position for breast feeding. Interestingly, the traditional C shape comes from their original purpose to prop babies up, but have since been adapted for nursing as they wrap comfortably around your middle.
If you’re going to buy one brand of nursing pillows, then look no further than Boppy. They have won just about every major award and have been voted America’s best baby-feeding pillow for 10 years running in American Baby magazine. They feel like memory foam, which will quickly make them your baby’s favorite place to sleep.
Each pillow comes with a simple slip-on cover, meaning that it’s simple to wash the cover while keeping the pillow in use. The top selling pillows include:
You can also buy Boppy travel pillows for those times when you need to feed on the go. It clips shut at the corners meaning that you can fold it up into a carry bag for when you’re not using it. It comes with a stylish strap and the bottom side of the travel pillow is patterned and designed to be tough enough to withstand being used outside.
If you’re fortunate enough to be blessed with twins, your need for a feeding pillow will be even more. A twin pillow looks like a regular nursing-support pillow, apart from it is much wider and has room for both babies on at the same time.
While you won’t be feeding both babies at the same time, you’ll be using one breast for each baby one after the other. A twin pillow allows you to keep both close to you during feeding time. The San Diego Bebe range comes with a simple cover that attaches to your neck halter style and gives you privacy when you feed out in public.
While not an immediate necessity, you will want a couple of nursing pillows in place before you give birth. They make for great items to put on your shower list as people will see you using it on a regular basis and they come in fun and colorful designs.