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Benefits of a Nursing Pillow
Breastfeeding is a beautiful experience of motherhood – one that reinforces the special bond between the mother and the child. Moreover, breastfeeding has innumerable advantages and is considered the best nutrition for babies.
However, most new mothers find that breastfeeding takes practice before your baby latches on the right way and learns to nurse fully and comfortably. If your posture is not right, breastfeeding can get tedious, with you having to strain your back, leading to unwanted aches and pains.
To make the process of breastfeeding enjoyable and comfortable for the mother as well as the baby, there are well-designed nursing pillows available in the market.
Breastfeeding pillows are U or V shaped cushions, designed to fit snuggly around the mother’s waist while she nurses her baby. The main advantage of such a pillow is that it allows the baby to be positioned at the correct height for nursing, without you having to actually lift the baby in your arms.
A nursing pillow supports the baby’s weight and brings it to the level of your nipples, allowing your little one to nurse better. Since the pillow carries the baby weight, your arms and back will not get too strained. It allows your baby to be positioned comfortably and makes breastfeeding a comfortable and enjoyable experience for both you and your baby.
A breastfeeding pillow must be firm enough so that your baby can rest his/her head on it without sinking in. Ensure the nursing pillow you buy fits snugly around your waist. The fit must be just comfortable for you, without being either too tight or too loose.
Look for pillows that are made of non-allergenic materials, so that it would be completely safe for your new-born’s sensitive skin. Since, you would be using the nursing pillow several times a day for feeding purposes, it is likely that the pillow would get dirty soon. Hence look for pillows which have a zippered cover that can be removed and washed.
A nursing pillow can have other uses as your baby grows. It can be used to support the baby once he/she learns to sit up on their own. This pillow can also be used by you or your baby when he/she grows older to comfortably relax when reading a book or watching television.