6 Best Nursing Pillows of 2021
Best Nursing Pillows of 2021
August 9, 2021

Best Nursing Pillows of 2021

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If you’re breastfeeding, the process can be exciting as well as a bit tricky. Having a nursing pillow by your side can 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. 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 easier and more enjoyable for both you and your little one.

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 four to six 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 also gives them a better view and more interaction with you and their toys.

Most Versatile Nursing Pillow

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

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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.

Best Pillow for Breastfeeding

This pillow isn’t a multi-tasker, but 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.

Adjustable, Custom Fit

Known for their innovative products that geniusly tackle some of parenthood’s most frustrating problems (we heart you, Nosefrida Snotsucker) FridaMom’s new nursing pillow doesn’t disappoint. Customization is the standout feature here; the adjustable pillow has three interchangeable layers to help you find the right height for your size plus three different cushioning levels depending on how much support your baby needs. There are other smart features like storage pockets for your phone and water, pockets for heat packs to relieve postpartum pain and a t-shirt soft cover that’s machine washable.

What Babylist Parents Say

“This FridaMom pillow is a total game charger. It has to be the best out there. It has removable layers so you can continue to use as baby grows. It makes nursing much more comfortable and my baby always seems comfortable and happy when I use it. I feel like no matter what chest size you are this will work for all nursing moms. The size of the waist strap goes from XS-XL so it will really work for a wide variety of women.” -CL

Most Stylish Nursing Pillow

This breastfeeding pillow from DockATot is stylish and functional. The ergonomic shape curves around your body for feeding support. The plush velvet cover is soft and comfy (just keep in mind it’s spot clean only) and lots of parents appreciate how it’s not as oversized and cumbersome as some other nursing pillows on the market, making it especially ideal for c-section parents. The best part? The chic design means you won’t mind leaving it out in any room.

What Babylist Parents Say

“So beautiful, and super comfortable. Great size and shape for breast feeding, and adds gorgeous moon shaped glamorous touch to the living room. Returning my other ‘traditional’ nursing pillow and buying another one for the nursery. 5 stars.” -Yael

The Organic Pick

This unique nursing pillow has a funky, square design but functions the same as other nursing pillows for feeding and as a prop and lounger. The difference here is in the materials; the filling is made from Organic Kapok (a soft, natural fiber) and the naturally water- and stain-resistant cover is made from soft organic cotton and organic eucalyptus. The pebble design maximizes airflow for baby’s comfort and safety.

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.

Best Breastfeeding Pillow 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.

What Babylist Parents Say

“It is so convenient for tandem feeding! I love it and would not be able to feed my twin girls at the same time without it. Must have.” -Kambri

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