W.C. asks from Georgetown, KY on October 04, 2006
Boppy V. Breastfriend
Has anybody out there had experience with or tried both the boppy and "my breastfriend"? I was wondering which would be best in terms of comfort for me and the baby, and helpfulness (v. using bed pillows). Is one really better than the other? Does the breastfriend really help you keep good posture? I'm small and short... Thanx!
So What Happened?™
Thanks everyone! I've added a boppy to my registry and anxiously look forward to breastfeeding (tho strangely I've found a lack of support from the pediatrician...?) We do already have a glider as it seemed like a huge must-have for consistent, comfortable positioning. Wish us luck! :)
D.B. answers from Cedar Rapids on October 08, 2006
I am also short...I have a boppy and it was just ok, I used regular pillows more. The boppy we used more when she was starting to sit up.
S.M. answers from Indianapolis on October 04, 2006
I haven't had experience with the breastfriend, but I use the boppy and love it. I have one upstairs, downstairs and one in the van. However, I learned a lesson... when I started breastfeeding and she was just a little tiny thing, I didn't get her used to an "arm hold" so I could walk around and answer the phone, etc. She got so used to always laying on the boppy she won't breastfeed any other way. So... my advice, don't get too attached with whatever you choose. Make sure she/he will adjust to not having one if need be.
L.W. answers from Indianapolis on October 05, 2006
I breastfeed both of my children. With my first i had the boppy but ended up using bed pillows...I think because I could position them to fit me more comfortably. I never tried the brestfriend, sorry. I ended up using the boppy to prop my daughter when she got a little older. I think breast feeding was a great experiance... good luck with it!!
J.G. answers from Louisville on October 05, 2006
I have used the bobby with my son and plan to use it with the new baby coming. I love it. IT definatly keeps the baby up toward the breast better than an ordinary pillow would do. I have not used the breastfriend an can not compair though. I wish you luck and hope you figure out witch to use.
C.H. answers from Iowa City on October 05, 2006
I breastfeed both my kids. Both past age three.
I thought having a special pillow would be great for my first. It was helpful, but honestly, a regular pillow was just as easy. And its alot easier to improvise, than carry around a special one you feel you HAVE to use b/c you spent money on it. You've got enough to carry around with a newborn.
E.L. answers from South Bend on October 05, 2006
I used the bobby with all 3 of my kids...it was extremely helpful..I could rest the baby on the bobby and have BOTH arms free...I would be able to eat while breastfeeding, and even play board games because of the Bobby...I highly recommend it!
K.F. answers from South Bend on October 05, 2006
I've always found just pillow works best for me. No fancy contraptions needed ;o) Good thing about the Boppy would be that you can lay baby on it and eventually use it to help baby with sitting. I'm not sure Breastfriend can be use for anything but breastfeeding.
N. answers from Owensboro on October 04, 2006
I had both the Boppy and the Breastfriend, and personally the Boppy pillow worked better for me - but I am very tall and was VERY large-chested while breastfeeding (F cup) - and i think that had a lot to do with it. I have a cousin who is much shorter and was a C or D cup while BF and she LOVED the "breastfriend"... so with your stature I would go with that one....
Plus - with the BFriend pillow you you can move from spot to spot (like typing on the computer to answering the phone) much easier vs. the Boppy - because the BF pillow straps on and the boppy just sort of lays in place.
M.E. answers from Lexington on October 04, 2006
i have a boppy and i love it...never heard of the other thing. but the boppy fit around me so i could rest the baby on it while she nursed so my arms didn't get so tired. it was great for those middle of the night feedings cus she layed across it. if i dozed off, i didn't have to worry about dropping her. now that she is older i can lay her on it for tummy time support, or to practice sitting up, or just to prop her up while she plays on the floor.