A comfortable nursing pillow can make feeding time a joy for both you and your baby. Feeding your baby is hard work. Holding a squirming seven-pound baby in your arms for twenty minutes, eight times a day can lead to aching arms, a stiff neck, migraines and sore nipples. A nursing pillow helps eliminate this discomfort by supporting your baby at breast level so that she can latch on properly and successfully nurse. The additional support a nursing pillow provides allows you to maintain better posture during breast or bottle feedings so you will be more comfortable, as well.
Nursing pillows come in many shapes, sizes, and styles. You will want to find the one that is best for you. There are two basic shapes available: a “C” shape meant to wrap around your waist, and a square or rectangular shape meant to rest on your lap. Nursing pillows also come in a variety of sizes from the small circular ones which wrap around your waist, to long tubes which can be used as a maternity pillow prior to your baby’s birth.
The filling material determines the pillow’s firmness and ability to support your baby. Pillows with polyester filling offer less support but conform to your baby easier than the pillows filled with foam.
Nursing pillow covers can be removed for washing and come in a variety of colors and styles. Be safe and choose a nursing pillow cover with no zippers to catch on your baby’s delicate skin… Read the rest