Nursing pillows are very popular for several reasons, but one of the top reasons is that they make breastfeeding much easier. A good nursing pillow helps position the baby closer to mom’s breast, making it easier for the baby to achieve a good latch. This makes nursing less work for mom and helps both mom and baby enjoy the nursing experience.
The Right Pillow
Several different styles of nursing pillows provide support in many different ways. The right nursing pillow will remove strain from areas of the body such as the arms, neck and spine. Some nursing pillows are available with extra padding to support the back when prolonged feeding sessions require long periods of sitting. Finding the pillow that works best can be difficult because some nursing pillows are very expensive, so buying each to try is probably not feasible. Contacting the local branch of the La Leche League, WIC or other breastfeeding support network about which pillows are most highly recommended is a good place to start; they may even provide options for trying various pillows.
Support after C-Section
Following a C-section, the site of the incision is going to be extremely tender. Using a nursing pillow can help alleviate discomfort from the baby laying against the incision, as well as providing some support for strained and sore abdominal muscles, which may help to speed healing.
Support for Baby’s Development
When babies are eating, it is important for them to be positioned correctly. Nursing pillows provide easy support for both nursing and bottle-feeding. For baby’s developing muscles, a nursing pillow props baby up in a way that encourages them to become more independent. When using a nursing pillow for baby’s tummy time, the position encourages them to use their arms and legs, strengthening several important muscle groups.