While it might seem that all you need to breastfeed are your breasts and the baby, breastfeeding without additional support can quickly become tiresome and lead to aches in the mother’s back, neck, and arms. With a nursing pillow, mothers can make breastfeeding more comfortable and less painful, and the pillow can also be used to help the baby learn to sit up. Here’s all you need to know about nursing pillows.
What is a nursing pillow?
A nursing pillow is a pillow designed for use by breastfeeding mothers to support the baby and the mother’s arms during feedings. The pillow is typically C-shaped and helps to position the baby at a comfortable height, reducing strain on the mother’s back, neck, and arms.
Not having the proper support when breastfeeding can lead to pain and injuries, especially when done several times a day (and night) every day. You can use a regular pillow for nursing your baby, but they probably won’t be as comfortable as a nursing pillow designed specifically for that purpose.
What is so special about nursing pillows?
Nursing pillows are specially designed to make breastfeeding more comfortable and convenient for mothers. They offer several benefits:
- Proper positioning – the C-shape of the pillow allows the baby to be positioned at the right height, reducing strain on the mother’s arms, neck, and back.
- Increased comfort – the cushioning of the pillow helps to support the baby, as well as the mother’s arms and back, making feeding sessions more comfortable.
- Multipurpose use – some nursing pillows can also be used as a prop for the baby during tummy time or as a support for the baby when learning to sit up.
- Portable – nursing pillows are usually lightweight and easy to carry, making them a convenient option for breastfeeding mothers on the go.
How to use a breastfeeding pillow?
- Position the pillow around your waist, with the C-shape facing out. The pillow should be positioned so that the baby is at a comfortable height for feeding.
- Hold the baby close to your body and position him or her on the pillow, facing you. The baby’s head and torso should also be supported by the pillow, with the baby’s feet resting on your legs.
- Use your free arm to support the baby’s back and head. This will help to ensure a secure hold during the feeding.
- Once the baby is positioned comfortably on the pillow, you can start breastfeeding as you normally would. Remember to change the nursing pillow cover frequently!