What is a feeding pillow (also called nursing pillow)?
A feeding pillow usually comes in a U-shape and is designed to go around your waist to help both you and your baby find the correct position for an enjoyable feed. Pillows such as these ensure that your baby is at the right height for your breast, which will help them get a good latch and reduce discomfort for you while feeding. They’re also great for providing support when bottle feeding too. But it’s not just your little one who feeding pillows can benefit! They can also help to take the strain off your shoulders and neck while also supporting your back, and having the correct posture will make for an altogether more comfortable experience for you. This means that instead of worrying, you can use these special moments to bond with your baby.
Here are some of our top tips and other ways you can benefit from a feeding pillow:
• Make sure to find a pillow that isn’t too firm. The perfect pillow will mould to the shape of your body and support the weight of your baby.
• If you are recovering from a C-section, a feeding pillow can provide extra comfort between your baby and your abdomen when feeding.
Finally, remember that feeding pillows can also be used in a number of different ways, making them a worthwhile investment! For example, you can make use of a feeding pillow even before your baby is born by using it as a comfy back support during the last trimester of your pregnancy. Additionally, when your little one is ready to see the world, it can be used to teach your little one to sit up or during tummy time, simply place them on the pillow on their tummy to help strengthen their arm and leg muscles.