The 7 Best Breastfeeding Pillows to Buy in 2018

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While the benefits of breastfeeding to both mother and baby are countless, it’s not always as easy as it may seem. Moms can use all the help they can get, and that’s where breastfeeding pillows come in. Making sure both mom and baby are comfortable during the process is a key component to a successful breastfeeding experience, and the right nursing pillow can be a huge part of that.

One size doesn’t fit all, however, as breastfeeding can be a very different experience for individual women. Fortunately, today breastfeeding pillows come in a plethora of sizes and designs to meet the needs of various moms and babies. From those that are best for certain types of breastfeeding positions to those you can take on the go, there’s a pillow out there that’s likely just right for you and your baby.

Best Overall: Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner

A solid standard, the Boppy has been a staple for breastfeeding moms for more than 25 years. It allows moms to hold their baby in a variety of positions while making it comfortable for both of them. Beyond breastfeeding, this award-winning product can be used to prop babies up, help them with tummy time and provide some soft cushioning as they're learning to sit.

The ​slipcovers come in a variety of colors and prints, like this cute animal-themed one, and both the covers and the pillows are machine washable. You can buy more covers separately too, in case you want to have an extra one on hand while the other is washed. Moms rave about the pillow, saying it’s firm yet soft and flexible, and a “lifesaver” for moms’ arms and back.

For Twins: The Twin Z Pillow

Breastfeeding one baby can be challenging enough, but add a second one into the mix, and things can get even more complicated. That’s why this pillow specifically designed for feeding twins is a godsend to many mothers of multiples. There’s room for one baby on each side to feed in tandem, and a backrest helps keep mom comfy. It’s also great for moms who have had C-sections, as it helps alleviate pressure on mom’s stomach while she’s nursing.

From the hit TV show Shark Tank, many moms of multiples say this is a must-have. More than one reviewer says it’s hands down the best purchase they made for their twins. Beyond feeding, many also use it for tummy time and propping up babies as they begin to sit and further explore the world.

Best for Football Hold: My BrestFriend Nursing Pillow - Bluebells

Many moms try out a variety of breastfeeding positions before finding the one that works best for them, and for many, it’s the football hold (also called a clutch position) that wins. In this position, baby’s body is nestled under mom’s arm while their head is cradled in her hand. (Think of a football player holding a football while running down the field—thus, the position’s name). This pillow by My BrestFriend provides the perfect support for moms who choose to use this technique.

The wrap-around design keeps the pillow in place with an adjustable strap, and cushioning all around makes it comfortable for both mom and baby. There’s even a side pocket for a bottle of water, mom’s phone, burp cloths, or other items. Moms rave about this product, with several reviewers saying it saved them from giving up on breastfeeding.

Best Travel: The Nursie Slip-on Breastfeeding Arm Pillow

For feeding on the go, this nursing pillow is perfectly portable. Just about 10 inches long, it will fit in most diaper bags. Mom just slips it on her arm, and the soft cushion securely props baby up for feeding without mom having to hunch over or strain her back. There are no velcro or straps to mess with, and the whole thing can be thrown into the washing machine when it needs a good cleaning.

It can be used to support almost any breastfeeding position, and the fabrics are extra soft. The majority of moms give this pillow high marks for its portability and functionality, though some say it gets a bit warm on their arm in the summer.

Best for Large Breasts: Dr. Brown's Gia Nursing Pillow

Moms with larger breasts often complain that standard breastfeeding pillows don’t work for them, as the opening is too small. This one, however, is taller and wider than most and gives moms the space they need. It has a “shrimp-like” shape, with one end of the pillow lower than the other to position baby at a natural slope.

The pillow doesn’t come with a cover, and one isn’t necessary, but you can purchase them separately. Both the cushion and the covers are machine washable.

Overall, this pillow gets high marks from breastfeeding moms. Plus-sized women, in particular, say this pillow provides the room they need, though a few found the shape awkward and uncomfortable to use.

Best Transitional: Babymoov Mom & Baby Ergonomic Maternity Pillow

This pillow from Babymoov is designed to help moms through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond. For those restless months when sleeping while pregnant, it acts as a soft pillow to help moms find comfort in bed. Whether placed between the legs, under the head, hips or elsewhere, it lends the extra support so that mom can get some much-needed rest. Once baby arrives, it can serve as breastfeeding pillow for a variety of positions.

Made of soft cotton and filled with microbeads, it’s versatile and comfortable. The compact size (22" x 12") and carrying bag it comes which makes it easy to take along when you’re on the go too.

Best for After a C-Section: Natural Boost Adjustable Nursing Pillow

When it comes to breastfeeding after a C-section, mom has to be careful not to irritate the site of her incision, and this adjustable pillow can help. Instead of mom bending over or having to lift baby, the pillow can be adjusted to bring baby into the best position. The booster pillow can be flipped from side to side to accommodate feeding on both breasts easily, and it can also be removed and used separately when you’re on the go.

Overall, moms give this pillow good marks for its comfort and ease of use, saying it’s a good alternative to other nursing pillows on the market. However, several noted that it was too soft.

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