Breastfeeding is being available, loving, stopping, resting and giving. Breastfeeding is all the time, everyday and every night. It’s something you may desire to do for months or years. It’s a beautiful commitment, but not without it’s challenges. I breastfed both of my children exclusively from day one. Could I have done it without a nursing pillow? I suppose so, but I liked it so much that I owned more than one! Here’s my story.
I registered for a Boppy pillow. Doesn’t everyone? Moms and magazines praise it like a miracle device. “It’ll save your back,” they say, “and baby will use it for tummy time and learning to sit too!” My pretty pink Boppy looked nice in the nursery, but quickly showed its faults when baby was born. Because it is so firm, the Boppy cannot mold to your body or your baby. How do women keep it in place? I felt that the moment I placed my baby on it things started sliding about. Baby would slide towards my breast, face squishing in until I worried she couldn’t find air. The Boppy would slide away from me, with the baby’s body finding its way into the growing space between me and the pillow. I tried different positions for both of us, but nothing seemed to help. Using a nursing pillow should be easy, right? My arms shouldn’t be busy adjusting or securing the pillow. Eventually I eyed the curved, rounded top of the Boppy with suspicion. Why was it rounded? How could my baby help but slide off of a curved, very firm surface?
My mom had brought home a My Breast Friend pillow, “Just in case.” It was everything Boppy was not: a little softer, but not too soft; a flat surface for baby to lay upon without sliding; and equipped with a strap that goes around your back, fastening with velcro so that the pillow stays right against your belly, where it belongs. It was ideal, and I used that badly-named pillow every single time I nursed at home, even at night. I could totally relax. My arms where completely free. Ahhh…. The Boppy was exiled to grandma’s house.
Along came baby #2. My Breast Friend Pillow was back, times two. I purchased a second so that I’d have one on each level of our new two-story home. I used it constantly. I washed the removable cover as needed, never realizing that the yellow foam core inside was entirely toxic. It wasn’t until I was nearing baby #2’s first birthday that I found out about the dangers of polyurethane foam. Most baby mattresses are filled with polyurethane foam. We purchased a new, organic mattress for my baby, but I didn’t realize that my Breast Friend nursing pillows are made with polyurethane foam until it was too late.
Of course, I felt guilty. Day after day, hour after hour, I’d cozied up with my precious little one over a lump of toxic, air-polluting foam. And polyurethane foam is that bad. Really bad. I share the sordid details in my article Toxins in the Nursery at EuphoriaBaby.com. But, one cannot undue the past. We can only share the news with others. To that end, I searched for “the perfect nursing pillow”, one that would work well, but was made of pure, safe ingredients. We added the Blessed Nest nursing pillow to our website EuphoriaMaternity.com and never looked back. It’s made entirely of organic cotton and filled with organic buckwheat hulls – pure, simple materials from nature – materials I can trust. The Blessed Nest pillow is also flat. The nature of the buckwheat hull filling is somewhat like a beanbag. It molds to the body, but offers strong support. As such, it stays still and no one slides off.. hooray!
So that’s it, that’s my story of the perfect nursing pillow. When you choose your pillow, just make sure to avoid polyurethane foam at all costs and to choose a pillow that’s relatively flat on top. Babies aren’t meant to slide. If you’re not sure about those buckwheat hulls, a flat nursing pillow that’s filled with organic cotton (like the Organic Caboose Nursing Pillow) is another good choice.