As a first-time mom, the wide variety of baby products on the market can be overwhelming. Many parents can recall that feeling of standing in a department store with the baby registry scanner in hand, completely unsure of where to begin. From bottles to bibs and bodysuits, there are so many brands and variants of every kind of baby products, each with unique features. For moms who choose to breastfeed, the options only continue to multiply.
Nursing supplies such as breast pads, nursing covers, breast pumps, breastmilk storage bags, and nipple cream are only some of the products that are consistently recommended to new moms. When creating a baby registry for the first time, it is difficult to discern which of these products are a luxury, and which are truly a necessity.
For example, it’s hard to imagine how helpful a nursing pillow can be when you’ve never nursed a baby before! However, most nursing mamas rely on the assistance of breastfeeding pillows to feed their baby, and find them far more helpful than regular pillows or having nothing at all.
When you have a newborn, or a baby who is cluster feeding, frequent nursing sessions seem to last forever. Because of this, it is vital to have the support that both you and your baby need. When choosing a the best breastfeeding pillow, it is important to consider which type will best help you as you feed your baby.
Considering Shape & Size
No matter how you choose to feed your little one, you will be sitting up as you bottle or breast. Therefore, you will need to select a nursing pillow that fits your torso, ideally so that your baby’s torso and head are positioned at the same height as the nipple of your breast. Some nursing pillows are taller to support longer torsos, while others are shorter and wider.
Also, it is important to consider the shape of the particular nursing pillow that you are interested in. While some are shaped like the letter C and hug the front of your body, others are shaped like the letter O and wrap entirely around your midsection. There are also crescent-shaped pillows and ones that do not form to your body much at all, but rather create a deeper space around your baby (like a nest) so that they remain safe and secure while feeding.
Ease of Clean-Up
Finally, before purchasing a nursing pillow, consider it’s daily care and cleaning. Babies spit up, unlatch unexpectedly, and milk often spills during feeding times. Therefore, you want to stray away from nursing pillows that are particularly difficult to clean. Some nursing pillows have removable covers, and others have foam inserts that require a substantial amount of time to scrub and dry by hand. Try and choose a nursing pillows that can be both machine washed and dried.
A Nursing Pillow That Has It All
Overall, while we recognize that each and every mom is unique, our Infantino Elevate Adjustable Nursing Pillow™ combines the very best aspects of these various types. It was designed by nursing moms, with their own breastfeeding babies in mind!
Because a good breastfeeding latch starts by bringing baby right up to your breast, lifting your baby with a single-height pillow is limiting and can put nursing moms in very uncomfortable positions. Our uniquely layered pillow easily adjusts and raises babies to breast height with three different elevation levels, which creates more nursing-position options for moms.
Furthermore, as little ones continue to grow, the height of the nursing pillow can easily be changed to adjust to their size. The flexible design allows you to nurse or bottle feed with a variety of breastfeeding positions including holding your baby across your lap (cradle and cross-cradle) or at your side (football or clutch hold).
This is especially beneficial to new moms who are recovering from C-sections, as a football hold is recommended to keeps pressure away from the incision site. In addition, upright nursing at full elevation, which is ideal for babies who are struggling with acid reflux or GERD.
The Infantino Elevate Adjustable Nursing Pillow™ is completely machine washable and dryable, and folds easily for compact storage between nursing sessions. We are confident that you will love the customizable and flexible support throughout every stage of your breastfeeding or bottle-feeding journey!