5 Best Nursing Pillows of 2021
Best Nursing Pillows of 2021
January 6, 2021

Best Nursing Pillows of 2021

These specially designed pillows will give you superhero support. (Your back will thank us.)Best Nursing Pillows of 2021

If you’re breastfeeding, the process can be exciting as well as a bit tricky. A nursing pillow is a product to have by your side to make the experience easier.

What is a Nursing Pillow?

For most people, there’s a learning curve when it comes to breastfeeding. There will be lots of little things to get the hang of, including getting your little one into a good nursing position that’s comfortable for both of you.

A nursing pillow helps with this by propping your baby up next to your breast—it takes the load off of your arms having to do all the work of supporting your newborn (since newborns have no head-and-neck control). You’d be surprised at how even a tiny baby becomes surprisingly heavy to hold in the same position for an extended time.

Nursing pillows sit in your lap and wrap around your body, providing a stable and comfy surface to position your newborn at the breast. They also reduce neck, arm and back strain for you, which can help make nursing more enjoyable.

Do You Need a Nursing Pillow?

It’s definitely not required to have a nursing pillow—you can breastfeed effectively using just a regular pillow. But many new moms find the special design and bonuses of nursing pillows to be super useful during the first months. If you don’t plan to breastfeed, a nursing pillow can still be great for making bottle feeding more comfortable too.

When Do You Need a Nursing Pillow?

You’ll most likely use a nursing pillow every time you breastfeed, which can be a dozen times a day (or more!). After the first 4-6 months, your baby will have more head and neck control and you may no longer need the pillow. Plus, you may have gotten the hang of nursing comfortably on your own by then.

However, nursing pillows can still be used for supervised tummy time or as a spot to cradle babies who can’t yet sit up on their own. Many babies fuss a lot on the floor for tummy time in the beginning, so a nursing pillow can be used in transition to help prop them up. It gives them a better view and more interaction with you and their toys.

The Versatile Pick

Boppy is the original, U-shaped nursing pillow (it was first introduced 25 years ago), and it remains the #1 most popular nursing pillow on the market. It’s machine washable for the inevitable spit up or unfortunate diaper explosion. We love its versatility: it can be used to help cushion babies working on sitting, cradle a lounging baby or as a tummy-time prop.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I’ve used it for every stage of development and baby care from newborn to present (7 months). Breastfeeding, propping him up, tummy time, learning to sit up, a pillow to catch him when he falls over while sitting up/playing…used almost everyday.” -Emily S.

The Ultimate Feeding Pick

Even though this pick isn’t a multi-tasker, it’s an excellent nursing pillow with helpful features other pillows lack. Designed solely for breastfeeding support, My Brest Friend wraps around you, has a back-support cushion and attaches to itself to prevent it from moving out of place. The genius front pocket is great for holding your water bottle, nipple cream, protein bar or other goodies you might need while nursing. My Brest Friend provides a flatter surface than the Boppy so baby is stable and won’t roll into the space between pillow and parent.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I have both this and a Boppy, and this wins hands down. It’s firm to support even the tiniest of babies. It has a seat belt, which sounds weird, but it really helps keep the pillow in place. And it even has little cushion bumps where their head rests. Breastfeeding can be hard in the beginning and anything that can help is a godsend. I still use this at every feeding, and my daughter is 5 months old.” -Nicole O.

“This saved my life in the first few months of my daughter’s life trying to breastfeed her after having a c-section. My Boppy was too small but this fit comfortably around me. I loved the pocket for breast pads and also the TV remote.” -Kimberly F.

The Eco Pick

This unique and premium-brand nursing pillow has a square and funky design. It functions the same as other nursing pillows for feeding and as a prop and lounger, but the Niche is made with lightweight and breathable organic materials—and is still machine washable. This is a great option if you like natural and well-designed baby gear.

What Babylist Parents Say

“I have used EVERY SINGLE nursing pillow out there. Not only is this an all-organic pillow both inside and out (hard to find!), it is hands down the absolute best on the market and worth every penny. This pillow doesn’t allow the baby to slip downwards, it keeps it shape, the pillow covering is thick and comfortable and it washes wonderfully and doesn’t shrink!” -Jenna O.

For Twins

This nursing pillow for twins has all the benefits of the regular My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow but is designed to breastfeed two babies at once. It’s roomy on both sides so it has space for each baby, and the flat cushion keeps them from rolling around. Parents of multiples also appreciate the firm back support and being able to throw the plush cover in the washing machine.

Skin-to-Skin Pick

This product from Ergobaby (the same folks who make awesome carriers) is making a splash in the nursing pillow market. The Natural Curve’s unique form cradles your baby, creating tummy-to-tummy contact while keeping your arms free. Plus, the firm foam makeup of the pillow is designed to position baby at a comfortable height and prevent strain on your back.

Choosing what’s right for you

Choosing the best nursing pillow for you can help make breastfeeding a little easier. Think about where and how you’ll be feeding and decide on a product that will be useful for you. With hours of nursing ahead, you should feel as supported as possible!

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