Choosing A Breastfeeding Pillow

By Angela Potter

If you choose to breastfeed, having a proper breastfeeding pillow will be a great tool for you.  In the early newborn days, you will be breastfeeding for hours!  A breastfeeding pillow will help support your back and greatly reduce back pain.


Here are 3 things to look for when choosing a breastfeeding pillow


1. Choose a pillow that allows you to be upright


It's important to bring the baby to the breast, rather than the breast to the baby.  


2.  Choose a pillow that feels comfortable around your abdomen


Some pillows have a strap to go around your back and others just sit on your lap.  Try out a few of the pillows to see which feels most comfortable to you.


3.  Consider the size and age of your baby before purchasing a pillow


Are you using it as your baby is a newborn, or is your baby a few months old? If you have a newborn, choose a pillow that has a flat, harder surface which makes it easier for the newborn to lay comfortably.


If your baby is a few months old, you probably don't need the pillow with the hard surface.  Some pillows have two sides, one side for the newborns and a softer side for older babies.