Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tips for Choosing the Right Nursing Pillow

Although simple in shape and design, nursing pillows are an important part to the success and comfort of breastfeeding. Friends and family may have recommendations, but ultimately, you'll need a pillow that fits you and your needs. Keep our simple tips in mind when choosing a nursing pillow for you and your newborn.

A nursing pillow is important for the following reasons: It allows a comfortable position for the baby to nurse, prevents back pain in the mother and ultimately, encourages breastfeeding.

There are different types of nursing pillows on the market. One of the most popular is the U-shaped pillow that fits around the mother's waist and puts baby in an optimal position. Moms love these pillows because they're soft, portable and include washable slipcovers. And, these pillows double up for tummy time for baby.

Another option is a sturdy foam pillow that offers a more customized feel. These pillows form to the baby's body and create a supportive place for baby to nurse. The advantage is that babies can be placed in a variety of positions, which is especially beneficial during the newborn stage. Included are straps that secure the pillow to the mother's waist.

If you're someone who is on-the-go a lot, you may benefit from an inflatable nursing pillow that has a removable cover and straps to secure the pillow. These portable pillows are especially useful, as they contain quick inflatable pumps and back-support pillows.

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