Are Nursing Pillows Worth It?

If you’re preparing for a new baby, you may be wondering how to make breastfeeding a more positive experience. With how much time mothers spend nursing, it’s important to consider posture and support. By having the right support, you’ll be keeping yourself free of injury and be able to make breastfeeding a safe and positive experience.

In this blog post, we’ll review how a nursing pillow or your Tushbaby Carrier can help provide the best support for making breastfeeding a more enjoyable experience for you and your baby.

Do I Need a Breastfeeding Pillow?

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What is a breastfeeding/nursing pillow?

A nursing pillow is designed to make breastfeeding a safer and more comfortable experience. As part of safe posturing for nursing, it’s recommended that a mother not lean forward to meet their breast to their baby. Rather, it’s best to have the baby come to the breast to reduce back strain from leaning forward. A nursing pillow allows this elevation to occur more comfortably and naturally. It also provides a comfortable place for your baby to relax as they feed.

Are breastfeeding pillows necessary?

While breastfeeding pillows may not be necessary, you may be wondering if nursing pillows are worth it. Parents often decide it’s well worth it to invest in the right support for breastfeeding, as there are many options available on the market to suit various needs. Nursing pillows can offer great versatility too, especially if you opt for the Tushbaby Carrier as your breastfeeding support. Below we’ll highlight some of the many benefits of nursing pillows.

When do you need a nursing pillow?

Having a nursing pillow can be beneficial at any development stage for feeding babies. With feedings happening so often in the newborn phase, you’ll want to have one, as all that strain can start to add up! The Tushbaby Carrier can be used in the feeding position starting at 0 months and up to 36 months, or 45 pounds.

What are the benefits of a nursing pillow?

  • Comfort during pregnancy: Nursing pillows can double as pregnancy pillows, providing an extra tool to help you sleep and sit comfortably during your pregnancy.
  • Helps baby with latching: Mothers whose babies struggle with latching know how tiring it can be to find and keep the best position for their baby to latch. Having the support of a nursing pillow can ensure your baby gets in the right position (and stays there) once they have latched.
  • Relief from colic and/or reflux: A nursing pillow provides the ability to more comfortably position and prop up your baby. These positioning techniques can aid in reducing their reflux or colic symptoms. Read more about How to Help a Baby with Colic here.
  • Helps with healing after a C-Section: Keeping pressure off your incisions after a c-section will help you heal much faster. Nursing pillows can help provide the proper support to find a position that is comfortable and safe as you heal.
  • Support for mom: Moms spend a lot of their time feeding their babies. All that strain can add up, especially if you’re not using a proper feeding posture. A nursing pillow can help protect mothers from any prolonged strain that can lead to injuries.
  • Support for baby: Your baby will also benefit from a nursing pillow as they are provided with a comfortable and relaxing place to lay during feedings. When you’re comfortable and less stressed, your baby will sense that too!

Are breastfeeding pillows safe?

Just as the Tushbaby Carrier is safe when used as designed, nursing pillows are too. In fact, the support they provide can help ensure you are practicing a safe feeding posture. Read our blog to learn more about just how important Proper Breastfeeding Posture Support is.

When do you stop using a breastfeeding pillow?

Stopping the use of a breastfeeding pillow may naturally occur as your baby starts to introduce more solid foods into their diet. If you opt for a pillow that offers versatility, such as the Tushbaby Carrier, you may continue to benefit from the pillow in different ways. The Tushbaby Carrier is recommended for use in the feeding position from 0 to 36 months.

Can you let baby sleep on a nursing pillow?

While it may seem counterintuitive that a pillow wouldn’t be used for sleeping, a baby should never be left to sleep on a nursing pillow. Given the shapes and elevations of nursing pillows, your sleeping baby could slip into positions that may cut off their airways.

How do I choose a nursing pillow?

Many parents wonder if breastfeeding pillows are worth it. With the many benefits a nursing pillow provides, having one is something you really won’t want to skip out on! Finding a nursing pillow that offers versatility is one of the best ways to maximize the use of your nursing pillow. We recommend finding a nursing pillow that serves various purposes to make parenting a more enjoyable experience. That’s what Tushbaby had in mind when we created a carrier that can also be used as your ergonomic nursing pillow. Not only can the Tushbaby Carrier be used in a feeding position, but it can also double as your carrier and diaper bag with extra storage and plenty of ergonomic benefits.

How to use Tushbaby as a nursing pillow

The Tushbaby Carrier offers four different carry positions, including the feeding position. Simply strap your carrier high and tight above your natural waist to provide the best support for your lower back and arms as your baby lays across to feed. There’s no question that carrying your baby and holding them for feedings can cause strain on your body. The Tushbaby Carrier will help protect your muscles, bones, and joints by supporting your back (and your baby) with its built-in lumbar support and ergonomic design.

If the added lumbar support wasn’t enough, here are a few other benefits of using your Tushbaby carrier as a nursing pillow:

  • Convenient storage: One of the many benefits of the Tushbaby as a nursing pillow includes the convenient storage you will have to keep your feeding necessities close. Store your burping cloths, pacifier, or even your phone in one of the five storage pockets to keep handy while you feed. 
  • Versatility: Best of all, you can use your Tushbaby as a carrier when not feeding to keep your little one close. With the seat evenly distributing your baby’s weight across your body, your arms, back, neck, and shoulders will thank you for the added support.
  • More for less: Tushbaby represents value as it’s high quality and doubles as a breastfeeding pillow. With limited space in your home, car, or stroller, the less you need, the better. 

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