Nursing pillows are one of those pregnancy purchases not necessarily deemed as essential (like a nursing bra or baby-changing bag would be) but they're one you'll be forever thankful for investing in once you do. Sure you may already own a pregnancy pillow but if it's not the right shape for comfortable feeding one of the best nursing pillows could save the day – whatever your chosen feeding style.
What are nursing pillows for?
Nursing pillows are specially-designed pillows which will provide optimum support when you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding allowing your baby to get into the best feeding position possible. They rest on your lap wrap around your body (and can often be tied together to stop them from moving) and make for a stable surface to hold your newborn at your breast. They also reduce neck arm and back pain for you which makes feeding a more enjoyable activity. You can even get feeding pillows which have been specifically designed for twins.
How are nursing pillows different to pregnancy pillows?
Nursing pillows are usually smaller and firmer than pregnancy pillows – or body pillows as they're often otherwise referred to.
When do you need a nursing pillow?
While nursing pillows aren't an essential if you are in the market for you you'll use it every time you feed – which can be as many as twelve (or more!) times a day. They're most-used during the first six months of your baby's life when they have limited head and neck control. After that you'll probably find you can pass your nursing pillow on to another expectant friend.
Are there any other uses? Sure. Nursing pillows can also be used during tummy time to help prop them up or as a means to cradle your baby who can't yet sit up alone.
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