These Nursing Pillows Can Make Your Breastfeeding Sessions Way More Comfortable
by Margeaux Baulch Klein
There's no need to stack couch cushions or throw pillows up because the best nursing pillows make breastfeeding comfortable for both you and your baby. Though they all have an ergonomic design, the one you choose will come down to you preferred style, size/firmness, and extra features.
Lap Pillow Vs. Belted
Among the. many breastfeeding pillows out there, they typically come in two styles: a lap cushion or one that has a belt. Whether in a crescent or more of a V-shape, a looser lap-style pillow has the advantage of being able to be placed on your waist fast, even one-handed (a key feature wen those baby hunger cries start).
A belted, wrap-around nursing pillow can be adjusted so that it's as snug against your body as you prefer, which can provide extra security when you reposition. However, you'll always need to have two hands free to snap the buckle on, which is an extra step.
Size & Firmness
Before you purchase a nursing pillow, take note of its dimensions to make sure it will work for your needs. A typical cushion-style pillow allows for a lot of flexibility in how you use it and can also work well as a tummy time pillow or even a maternity one. However, because it's rounded on both the top and bottom, babies may more easily roll forwards or backwards. Meanwhile, shelf-like pillows with their flat surfaces make it harder for a baby to roll out of position, which ultimately might help with finding the right latch. However, this pillow's more rigid design means they're more one-purpose (nursing), although so moms use them to support baby as they're learning to sit.
Moms who are recovering from a C-section may want to go for a lap-style option that rests in front of them instead of wrapping around to avoid any added pressure on their healing mid-sections. Similarly, moms of twins will appreciate a pillow that provides the surface area and support for tandem nursing.