A nursing pillow is a must have in the early days of breastfeeding. The two you hear about most often are the boppy nursing pillow vs my brest friend nursing pillow. I used both and today I’m going to let you know which I think is the best in this head to head review post. I’ve gotten opinions from some other moms as well. Let’s find the perfect breastfeeding pillow for you!
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the best nursing pillow for breastfeeding moms
In my opinion, the answer is both! I used both in the early months but favored each for different situations. If you have to choose one though, I’d go with the boppy pillow. More about why below.
Your baby will nurse a lot in the few months. You will not want to have to hold your baby in your arms for nursing sessions that can be 30-60 minutes and will be frequent, especially if it’s your first baby and you haven’t built up arm strength yet. When your baby is cluster feeding they will nurse almost non-stop. You will want your hands free to play on your phone, eat, drink, and text your spouse or significant other to bring you things lol. A nursing pillow is a perfect solution. They are designed to help support your baby while they nurse. That’s why it’s one of my must have breastfeeding products.
Boppy nursing pillow
The Boppy nursing pillow is the most versatile of the two. I’m all about essential baby items that you can get the most use out of. I want the most bang for my buck! A boppy pillow is great for helping your baby tolerate tummy time as you can prop them with their belly over it. When they are ready to start sitting up closer to 6 months a boppy can be used to help support them. It’s a versatile item that you won’t use solely for breastfeeding.
As for use during breastfeeding. The boppy pillow is very lightweight, it can easily be moved from place to place and can easily be taken with you. Its curved shape allows you to wrap it around your torso slightly. The pillow can easily support your small infant while they nurse with minimal support from you. The pillows come in lots of fun colors and the covers can be easily zipped off and washed which is another great feature!
The only issue I really encountered was that sometimes babies weight could push the pillow away from you and baby would start to fall into the gap a bit. This especially becomes an issue as they get busier and heavier.
What do other moms think:
I wanted to see what other moms thought so I asked in one of my mom groups! My main concern was that larger women may have trouble wrapping it around themselves as the pillows are not very big. Many reported that this was an issue. One mom suggested that she had better luck with the Aden and Anais nursing pillow instead. One woman also mentioned that as she is quite tall she had to lean over a lot which gave her a backache. Many reported that they still loved the boppy pillow as a prop/positioner for baby!
Be sure to check out all my tips for preparing to breastfeed successfully. I’m telling you everything I wish I’d known!
my brest friend nursing pillow
What’s unique about the My Brest Friend nursing pillow is that it has a latch on it. It also has a back support piece. I loved this nursing pillow specifically for nursing in bed at night. The pillow itself is a bit wider and flatter on top creating a secure resting place for baby. The strap and latch kept the pillow firmly in place. At night when you’re nursing in a half-awake state, I found the extra stability and security helpful. It even has a little pocket where you can store a nipple shield, nipple cream, or a beverage if you’re using it in the daytime.
It’s definitely larger and bulkier than the boppy pillow so I wouldn’t fancy trying to move it around my home throughout the day or take it with me on trips. It also doesn’t have much use other than as a nursing pillow. It’s not suitable for propping baby for tummy time like the boppy to make it more versatile and long-lasting.
These too come in a wide variety of colors and the covers can be removed and washed, just not as easily since they’re a bit of an odd shape.
The new Boppy Breastfeeding Pillow
Boppy has also come out with a new Boppy Breastfeeding Pillow that one mom mentioned worked well for her. It’s similar to the My Brest friend except it does not have the back support. This new pillow also has two sides, one soft, one firm, giving you more options to find what works best for your baby.
Feel free to share your favorite nursing pillow in the comments! I’d love to hear about your experience.
Which is the best breastfeeding pillow for you?
As I said, in my experience I liked having two options as I favored each for different circumstances. Money and space wise this may not be practical. Ideally, you should try them out. Borrow them from a friend or buy a few and return what won’t work. See which one fits your body best. This can be a bit challenging with the Babies R Us stores closing :(. If money is a concern I’d recommend checking your local moms group to try to buy one second hand or even join a Buy Nothing group on Facebook for your neighborhood! It never hurts to have options. But, if you have to choose one, I’d try the original boppy pillow to start, if nothing else you can use it for tummy time for your little one.