Let’s face it: breastfeeding is hard. As a new mom, it can be so challenging to get the hang of things.
But the benefits of breastfeeding definitely outweigh the costs. According to this study by Brown University, by the age of two, brain development is enhanced when a child was breastfed for three months or more.
Unfortunately, despite all good intentions, so many moms throw in the nursing towel because the pain is just too much. So finding the best nursing pillow you can, will make your life so much easier.
Here’s the deal:
It doesn’t have to be that way. Breastfeeding shouldn’t be painful. More times than not, soreness is caused by poor latch, and it’s hard to get a good latch without proper positioning. A breastfeeding pillow can make everything easier.
So what can you do?
Nursing pillows can make your positioning problems go away almost instantly! Everything will go so much smoother when you and baby have the proper support with a good nursing pillow.
The Nursie by Lansinoh is comfortable, portable, and helps support proper breastfeeding positioning. It’s great for moms of all shapes and sizes and is small enough to easily stow in a diaper bag, stroller, or carry-on. This brand is founded by a breastfeeding mom who is committed to helping all moms succeed in breastfeeding, which isn’t something we just can’t get enough of.
More of an armrest than a pillow, and some moms report needing a bit more lift to get baby into the proper breastfeeding position.
By sliding over the arm rather than around the waist, like most breastfeeding pillows, the Nursie provides comfort and support for both mom and baby—even for moms recovering from a C-section.
The Nursie is also compact and portable, fitting easily in a stroller, diaper bag, or backpack. It’s also ideal for air travel, and the comfortable, ergonomic design makes it great for dads too! Plus, its super soft and machine washable—can’t beat that!
This breastfeeding pillow is comfortable, portable, and helps support proper breastfeeding positioning by allowing mom to naturally bring baby up to the breast for nursing, rather than leaning over, which is ideal for positioning, latch and avoiding back pain. Nursie provides support over the arm, rather than the waist, to accommodate vaginal births and C-section tummies alike.
At $21.99 this breastfeeding pillow is one of the cheapest on our list. However, keep in mind that this is more of an armrest than a pillow per say, so do be keep that in mind when making your product selection.
Includes all the features and support of our top pick, but with the best portability you can get in a nursing pillow. It fits petite and plus size mommas alike and stays in place even for long feedings when baby wants to take their time.
You have to be careful with the inflatable insert so you don’t puncture the plastic and get leaks.
The My Brest Friend Travel Pillow is fully adjustable for any shape and size - and when we say any, we mean any.
This travel pillow wraps around and even supports the back without slipping. It is firm and leaves no gap in the front for baby to sink into during long nursing sessions.
My Brest Friend Travel Pillow is very budget friendly, and won’t break the bank when you need another pillow just for travel. The convenience and space saving advantage are totally worth the investment.
When you have twins, you have to be good at multitasking. The Twin Z Pillow does some of the multitasking for you! It can be used for a nursing, bottle feeding, pregnancy sleep support, tummy time, infant reflux aid, and even toddlers will love curling up with this pillow. Seriously, what's not to love?
It is really tough to find a mom that doesn’t love this pillow, but the few complaints we did get were issues with the buckle not tightening enough to stay in place for more petite moms.
The Twin Z Pillow wraps around like a big, soft hug, and has a buckle with adjustable strap on the front to keep it in place.
Even if you aren’t a mom of twins, you may want to snatch up one of these pillows just for the back support, which is far more than anything else on our list. Even as a pregnancy pillow you will get a lot of support for your expanding tummy in a side-lying position.
This pillow is the most expensive option on our list. But for its multi-use versatility, you are getting 6 pillows in one with the Twin Z. So the value is actually super impressive and worth every penny.
All you eco-conscious moms out there, listen up! We're sure you are going to just love this pillow. Only natural, 100% organic materials are used to creat the Nesting Pillow, so no worries about exposing your baby to harsh chemicals - especially when doing skin-to-skin nursing.
The buckwheat hull filling is a bit tricky to figure out at first.
No other pillow on our list will mold to mom and baby like the Nesting Pillow. As the name suggests, it conforms around both mom and baby perfectly, keeping your little one completely nested throughout each and every feeding.
The buckwheat hull filling in the Nesting Pillow is comparable to a bean bag chair and takes a little adjusting and trial and error to get it into a shape that's right for you and your baby. But the filling is designed to give you unique support (once you get the hang of it), making this the most customizable pillow on our list.
Quality, all-natural materials make the Nesting Pillow our priciest option. But if eco-friendly is what you're looking for, we guarantee this is the pillow for you.
The award winning Bosom Baby Nursing Pillow by Lullaby helps correctly position baby for breast-feeding, so both baby and mom are more relaxed, comfortable, and in sync. As an added bonus, it doubles as a maternity pillow as well, providing just the right amount of support as you sleep.
Some reviewers indicate the pillow is not firm enough or a great fit for infants less than 6 weeks old. We also wish it was machine washable.
As the best nursing pillow for plus sized women, this pillow will obviously fit women of any size comfortably. As a nursing pillow, it rests in the lap and supports elbows and shoulders while holding baby so you can relax. However, it also doubles as a maternity sleep pillow that provides a little extra support for tummy and legs as you rest.
This nursing pillow was designed by a speech-language pathologist with specialized training in feeding issues, so not only is this nursing pillow comfortable and convenient for mom – but ti will also help baby relax into the perfect position for raised breast levels and easy latching.
When used correctly, the Bosom Baby supports and positions your little one in a way that will avoid reflex, ear infections, and choking.
This 2-in-1 nursing and maternity pillow will not only provide comfort, for both mom and baby, but it will also keep baby safe while helping to nurture that bond between mom and baby. And can you really put a price on that?
That being said, at under $50, this is still one of the lower priced options on our list!
Boppy is a loved brand among mothers everywhere, and this new design is the go-to gift for new moms who want to breastfeed but aren’t sure if they want a fluffier pillow or firmer support. This pillow is a close contender with our number one for the top spot on the list.
The Boppy does not provide any back or elbow support.
The Boppy Best Latch pillow fits any mommy without falling flat. The strap in fully adjustable and keeps the pillow in place as long as you need.
On one side you have a cushiony soft surface that will shape to your baby and help ease your little one to sleep. On the other side, you have firm contoured foam that keeps your baby in place for a little more control.
You are basically getting two pillows in one here, and the Best Latch pillow isn’t even the most expensive on our list. So, it really is an awesome value.
The My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow will not shift, or slide while nursing. Even if you have to stand up and walk around your baby won’t get out of position. As an added bonus, the removable cover makes it super easy to clean.
Some users report that the cover isn’t as cute as other options.
The easy-to-use velcro strap fits any size and adjusts to your ever-changing postpartum tummy. This crescent shaped nursing pillow wraps fully around, providing support in any seated nursing position.
The My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow is made from foam instead of fillers that have too much “give” and can shift and roll your baby out of the ideal position, or even flatten over time.
This nursing pillow is actually mid-range in price compared to other nursing pillows on the list, so you won't break the bank with this affordable, yet effective, option.