You probably already have a pregnancy pillow, which hopefully made carrying your baby a little bit more comfortable. But if you don't have one already, or if it's not quite the right shape for feeding, then consider buying a nursing pillow - which will be useful whether you're breastfeeding or bottle feeding.
A nursing pillow is a bit different to a pregnancy pillow. They're usually smaller and firmer; you can also buy special ones if you have twins. The right nursing pillow can help if you're having trouble feeding your baby; making sure you're both comfortable will make it easier for you both, giving you both the support you need.
The best breastfeeding and nursing pillows
Supporting you and your baby is what a breastfeeding pillow is for. Forget the dreaded backache during the night feed, this handy device will save you a lot of strain. Plus, when your baby gets that little bit older, it can be used as a nest to help them sit up.
The new Full Moon pillow from Bellamoon is impressively efficient - it is seven pillows in one, fulfilling every requirement you could have from a pillow, from pregnancy to feeding and beyond. The different functions are:
- New Moon Pregnancy Pillow
- Half Moon Nursing Nest
- Full Moon Cocoon Day Bed
- Eclipse Nursing Privacy Cover (which forms the base of the Full Moon)
- Tummy Time Pillow
- Baby Lounger
- Upright Feeding Pillow
It's a bit daunting when it arrives in the box, as there are so many parts to it; but, the instructions are clear, concise, and easy to understand (even when you're pregnant and full of dotty hormones).
Designed with mums in mind, the Full Moon allows you to rest more - whether you're pregnant and knackered, or a new mum breastfeeding and knackered, or a mum just knackered.
For breastfeeding positions, the 'Nursing Nest' features a firm but comfy mattress base which raises your baby up closer to your breast as you feed. Lying on the side can encourage a deeper latch, and this lateral feeding method is "often recommended as its calming and relaxing affect can increase the secretion of oxytocin and prolactin, the hormones responsible for milk production," Bellamoon advise.
By no means the cheapest pillow, but this does so much, and looks gorgeous to boot, it's worth the investment.
i-baby 4 in 1 Cotton Knitted Cover Multi-Functional Baby Cushion can be used as a feeing pillow, pregnancy support pillow, baby pillow and regular daily use pillow. The pillow insert is made with 100% polyester, and the pillow cover with 100% organic cotton.
You always hear that being a mum is a journey. Take this pillow through yours and use it from pregnancy to feeds as well as a support for crawling. Is there anything that this pillow can’t do? It can’t wash itself, but the removable case does make it easier to get rid of any unwanted stains. However, this isn’t the best thing about it: our favourite function is it allows you to keep your hands free when breastfeeding.
The Clevamama Clevacushion - previously featured in Mother&Baby best products - is perfect from pregnancy right up to stroller stage. It features one nursing pillow with an adjustable waist strap, one support cushion insert, and two shoulder harness cushions. The ClevaFoam technology was researched and developed with the University of Trinity College Dublin. It is scientifically proven to reduce the pressure on the back of your baby's head by 50% and increase support by 80%. Read our full review about this pillow here.
bbhugme® Pregnancy pillow™ is an award-winning pregnancy, breastfeeding and full body support maternity pillow. This product promises to keep your body comfortable throughout your pregnancy and into the nursing phase. It offers a unique 5-point support, giving you comfort where you need it the most: belly, pelvis, lower back, knees and ankles. It was developed by Scandinavian health professionals.
Anything white is a mum’s worst nightmare, but this pillow is so good when it comes to breastfeeding, we couldn’t leave it off our list. Wrap it around your body for support and its extra-large shape is comfortable for your little one too.
The UK's best-selling, multi-use feeding, nursing, pregnancy and baby pillow in an exclusive John Lewis print. The Widgey provides maximum support to mum and baby for both bottle and breastfeeding. It can be used during pregnancy and also for baby support. This product is firm, durable and recommended by midwives. A 100% cotton, removable, machine washable cover is included.
Twinki Twin Nursing and Feeding Pillow is the perfect product to make breastfeeding twins easier. This pillow can be used in 6 different ways. With an ergonomic back-rest, you will have the support you need to breastfeed or bottle feed your twins at the same time. A removable and washable cover is included.