A nursing pillow is one of those products that some moms consider a necessity...and other moms scoff at as an unnecessary luxury.
I'm in the middle camp: I think they're a "nicety," not a necessity. If you're short on money, you certainly can use regular pillows for support. But if you can spare the change, a breastfeeding pillow will provide optimal support as you nurse your baby (and will likely spare you sore arms and an aching back).
Breastfeeding pillows are especially wonderful for first-time moms and/or for those first few weeks postpartum as you and your baby adjust and "learn" together.
The two most popular breastfeeding pillows on the market are the Boppy and the My Brest Friend. I had the Boppy for my first baby and I am using the My Brest Friend this time around. I prefer the latter.
The primary differences are highlighted below, but I found the My Brest Friend to be much more comfortable due to the wrap-around design. I appreciate the fact that it offers back support...and the firm, flat surface prevents my newborn from rolling in towards me, thus allowing for better positioning. I also find the little "pocket" to be quite handy for storing nursing pads, cream, snacks, and other necessities.
Both brands offer pillows that retail between $30-60, depending on which "model" you select.
My Brest Friend
Better back support
No back support
Pocket for holding nursing pads, nursing cream, water bottle, etc.
Hmm…not sure this pillow would work for playtime/tummy time
Ideal for baby’s “tummy time” or playtime
Original - $39.99
Deluxe - $44.99
Individual Slipcovers - $17.99
Bare Naked (no slipcover) - $29.99
Boppy with Slipcover - $34.99
Boppy with Designer Slipcover - $44.99
Boppy with Posh Slipcover - $59.99
Individual Slipcovers - $19.99
In sum: I recommend the My Brest Friend pillow. I have both pillows in my house and I always end up reaching for the MBF before the Boppy. I guess you could say it's my new best friend (ha!)...
YOUR TURN: Do you/Did you use a breastfeeding pillow? Do you consider it to be a necessity, a nicety,...or an unnecessary item?