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    01 May 2014

    Breastfeeding Support Pillow

    Breast milk is essential for your baby and breastfeeding beneficial for the mother and baby. It is also during this time that a mother and baby can develop a special bond. However, for many mothers finding the right position to nurse their baby's can be a big concern. When the position is not ideal, both the mother and the baby are not comfortable. This can cause the nursing mothers can suffer from back, shoulder and neck aches and pain. The good news is that you can get some respite from these problems by using the correct breastfeeding pillow. You should not have to compromise on the comfort that you and your baby deserve during your special nursing periods. Breastfeeding pillows or nursing pillows has been designed to provide maximum comfort and enable easy breastfeeding. So what are these pillows all about? How are some of the benefits for you and your baby? Here is all you needed to know about breastfeeding support pillows:

    What is a Breastfeeding Pillow?

    Breastfeeding pillows are specialised pillows that are designed in such a way that the pillow wraps around the mother's waist. They are big enough to hold and support your baby and it raises them to the correct level of your nipple. This will eliminating the need for you to support the baby with your arms while your baby feeds. 

    Different Types of Breastfeeding Pillows?

    The market is full of different varieties of Breastfeeding Pillows and below we have put together a list for you view.
    The Doughnut-shaped Breastfeeding Pillows:
    These pillows are round and wrap around your waist. They allow you to rest your back while giving your baby the required support it needs to be able to feed. The pillow latches at the back and enables you to feed your baby without hassles. Some of these pillows come with adjustable straps, pockets to hold baby essentials, and other extras.
    The Horseshoe-shaped Pillows:
    Unlike a doughnut-shaped pillow, these pillows do not cover the entire waist. They are easy to use if you are on a couch, rocker or bed. While they may not be multi-functional like the previous variety, they still do the job by providing you a hands-free and comfortable feeding experience. They also doubles up as a baby pillow or seat when not used for nursing.
    The Bed Rest Pillows:
    These come with cushioning for the back, neck and arms. The bed rest pillow, however, does not offer the best of comforts for your baby as there is no support or place to put your baby on while nursing.
    The Twin-friendly Pillows:
    These pillows are designed especially for mothers who have more than one child nursing at any one time. These pillows provides comfort for the mother while the babies are being nursed. This variety also comes with some of the other features such as back, neck and arm rest.

    What are the Features to be Considered when Buying a Breastfeeding Pillow?

    As a mother, you would want nothing but the best for your little one. You do not want to make the nursing process tedious and uncomfortable for your child. Here are something of the things that you can look for while picking a breastfeeding pillow:
    - Ensure these pillows are easy to use and work well in different positions. Finding the right position for you to breastfeed your baby may take a while but don't worry you will find a position that is right for you and your baby. Getting the right pillow can help you try different positions and help you find the one that suits you both.
    - Look for pillows with adjustable height; the size of your baby's head is bound to grow, your breasts will also undergo changes in sizes. Therefore, it is important to have an adjustable feature in the pillow.
    - Ensure the material of the pillow is washable. Hygiene is an important consideration as your baby needs to be placed on surfaces that are completely bacteria-free. It is essential to keep the breastfeeding Pillow clean.
    - Choose soft fabrics. Not only do they keep your baby from rashes and allergies, they are also easy to wash and maintain.
    - If you are a travelling mother you may find it helpful to have a breastfeeding pillow that inflates and deflated, as required. These are also great for new mums with small homes and in need of space saving devices. They are also perfect to carry around.
    - If you are a multi-tasker, pillows with pockets and holders are the right choice. They help you keep your baby supplies handy, you could also keep a toy or two to keep your baby busy.
    - Make sure you check you breastfeeding support pillow for harmful, objects such as Pins and zips as they could hurt your baby's tender skin. 
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