Whether you are breastfeeding or bottle feeding your baby, or even if you are just in the middle of your pregnancy, a breastfeeding pillow can be a real lifesaver for the nursing mom and her little one.
In fact, while breastfeeding is a unique and incredible experience for every mum, you’ll notice that with 8 to 12 feeding sessions per day, a nursing pillow can help make this feeding marathon so much easier and comfortable for you and baby, saving your neck, arm and back from unnecessary pain.
Nursing pillows are pillows specially designed to provide a steady surface to place your newborn while feeding him.
Not only do they help mums relax and get the milk flowing, but they can also be a great sleeping support during the last trimester of pregnancy.
And if you’re wondering when exactly you will need a breastfeeding pillow, the answer is mostly in the first 4 to 6 months, when babies have poor head and neck control. After that, you can still use the pillow for tummy time or as a transition tool to prop him up.
Let’s have a look at the very best breastfeeding pillows available in Australia at the moment.
1. Mamaway Hypoallergenic Maternity Support & Nursing Pillow
The best option for sensitive and atopic skin
Also known as “The Moon Pillow”, this gem is the winner of the Best Nursing Pillow of the Australian Mother & Baby Magazine 2017 Awards. Let this pillow enter your life as a snuggle companion of your restless nights from the last months of pregnancy until your baby will learn how to sit on his own.
Filled with medical grade foam, this hypoallergenic material helps to keep your pillow clean from bacteria and dust and is perfect for people with allergies and eczema. On a side note, be aware that over time it might get a bit yellow, since it doesn’t contain anti-yellowing agents and other toxic chemicals (like plasticizer, boric acid and TVOC).
It’s also great to absorb liquid, keeping your baby sweat-free and at the same time remains odourless. A feature that moms love is the adjustable buttons to fit your waist size and create a ring around your body.
2. Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow
Best feeding pillow for first-time moms who love firmness
A perfect combination of firmness and flexibility, the Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is made of high-quality foam that will maintain its original shape even after using it a thousand times!
It’s a great choice if this is your first time using a breastfeeding pillow because it’s so supportive that will keep baby really close to you, without letting her sink. Not to mention how easy it is to take it off (no straps around!) and to carry it everywhere, thanks to the carrying handle.
With a very stunning design, the only thing you need to know is that the cover can be washed only at 30 degrees, so it might be hard to remove the most stubborn stains.
3. Medela Maternity and Nursing Pillow
Best Feeding Pillow for C Section
The Medela is an organic nursing pillow suitable also as a pregnancy pillow, perfect if you’re not keen on firmness. Being in fact super flexible, it’s great both to wrap it around your body for a great sleeping support in pregnancy or to comfortably hold your baby while breastfeeding.
Suitable for moms who had a C section, the body-hugging design wraps perfectly around you without squeezing your body or putting pressure on your abdomen, making the feeding experience more enjoyable.
It’s also very light and the 100% pure organic cotton cover is removable. Definitely a good alternative for higher budgets.
4. My Brest Friend Twin Plus Breastfeeding Pillow
Best feeding pillow for large breast and for breastfeeding twins
Double the trouble they say, not in this case! With the Twin Plus Breastfeeding pillow from My Brest Friend you will soon find yourself feeding two babies simultaneously like a pro.
With the extra secure wrap around design, you can let your back rest and avoid slouching, while the flat top with smoothed edges keeps the babies from rolling.
On the other hand, if your babies have mild reflux, propping them up vertically to let the milk flow it’s not the easiest thing to do, so you might need to take the pillow off.
Even if you don’t have twin babies, this pillow is suitable for plus sizes, but keep in mind that due to its wide size, it’s probably not so easy to carry it around.
5. My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow
The all-in-one extremely supportive pillow
The Brest Friend Deluxe nursing pillow is so comfortable that moms frequently fall asleep together with their babies thanks to the wrapping around system that keeps both bodies in the same position without slipping away.
In this way the back keeps a good posture, arms and elbows rest on the cushion reducing stress on the shoulders while the strap helps locking the pillow to mom’s body.
Talking about the strap, parents love its silent-release feature, which allows them to unlatch it without waking up baby.
Just be careful of the velcro that sometimes sticks to the clothes. Last but not least, the side pocket is super convenient to keep a bottle, burp cloths or even your phone, so that you don’t have to make Matrix moves to reach it.
6. Boppy Original Nursing Pillow
Best nursing pillow for Reflux
The breastfeeding pillow par excellence when it comes to baby care, the Boppy is the choice of many moms for its ability of making nursing so much easier!
Super comfortable and soft, easy to carry around and machine washable, the Boppy Original Nursing Pillow comes in an originally designed cotton slipcover. We suggest buying an additional pillow slipcover, so that whenever you need to wash it, you have a spare one ready.
Be aware that this is not the right pillow if you prefer firmness, but on the plus side it’s very versatile. Boppy Original nursing pillow is recommended from day one up to 12 months.
7. i-baby 4 in 1
The Ideal Pillow for a Smaller Budget
The i-baby was created by a mom and a dad that, while designing their baby’s bedroom, couldn’t find any suitable pillow that was both nicely designed and comfortable.
And this is how they came out with this functional pillow, that thanks to a smart button allows you to change its shape to suit every needs during the newborn’s first year.
Such a big surprise when you realise that your feeding pillow can also be used as a mini mattress to change a nappy by simply unzipping the side. The only downside is that they currently don’t sell replacement covers.
8. Chicco Boppy Pillow Soft Sheep
4-in-1 pillow recommended by Australian midwives
Chicco Boppy Pillow is probably the most versatile nursing pillow of all, perfect for different stages of baby’s first year.
Not suitable as a pregnancy pillow, but definitely a great support for feeding and letting baby relax on it after eating. Great for dads too while bottle feeding baby.
From 6 months onward, it can be an amazing support for tummy time or to help bub propping up during the toddler development phase.
The “Miracle Middle Insert” in the internal padding is designed to adapt to the body of the mother and it guarantees that the ergonomic shape is not lost with usage.
9. My Brest Friend Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow
An essential for moms on-the-go
A lifesaver for long and short trips, this inflatable travel nursing pillow is ideal for nursing on-the-go in airplanes and any type of overnight travels.
The inflatable plastic is super easy to inflate and deflate, but since the valve stem has two caps, make sure to close both of them tight, otherwise it will leak.
Also, quick tip, if you take a long flight, do not inflate it fully because the change of pressure inside the plane will make the air expand and inflate it more. After using it, just fold it and conveniently fit it in a diaper bag pocket. Lightweight and super easy to carry, this breastfeeding pillow is a true bijou for travelling moms.
10. Milkbar Lifestyle Nursing Pillow
The most stylish breastfeeding pillow for the nursing mom
A 100% Australian designed pillow – by a super creative mother of three – the Milkbar Nursing Pillow can be the perfect gift for your fashionable mummy friend or partner.
Not only its design is stunning, it comes in three different pastel shades that suits almost every home decor and it has a zip-off washable pillow cover and washable inner pillow.
Easily adaptable to all body shapes, this nursing pillow doesn’t have a strap or belt to tie around the waist, so while it’s perfect for moms who went through a c-section delivery, it might require a bit of extra attention to avoid it from slipping away.
How to choose a breastfeeding pillow
If you, like many other Australian moms, found yourself struggling choosing the best nursing pillow for you and bub, these are the main features you should look at:
Shape and thickness. Most of the best feeding pillows come either in U shape or in a longer straight shape. The U-shaped nursing pillows are placed on the laps around the waist, to create a support for the baby to comfortably reach your breast. They are usually smaller than the other pillows and easier to carry around. And, future mums, think about it, with their donut shape they can be a great back support when sitting. The longer cilindric nursing pillows are usually bigger and ideal not only for breastfeeding, but also to give support for a comfy sleep as a pregnancy pillow.
Washability. A removable pillow slipcover that is machine washable is certainly something you want to consider while choosing the best nursing pillow for your baby, especially in presence of acid reflux or tendency to to spit up. Alternatively you can find plenty of super cute nursing pillow covers on the market.
Fit. depending on your body type and favourite feeding position, it’s advisable to try the pillow before buying it. Does it suit your waist? You definitely don’t want to go home and realise it is too loose or too tight.
Style and design. who doesn’t love when practicality meets style? You can find so many lovely designs and patterns to match your baby’s nursery and even some double-faced pillows for the most original nursing mom.
Size. if you have twins or you want your baby to have a spacious area to lie down, you might consider a big-sized feeding pillow, otherwise go for a smaller one, easy to carry around and save space.