K.G. asks from Trumbull, CT on August 13, 2008
H.G. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
My best friend swears by her "My Breast Friend," but I absolutely love my Boppy. I think both are probably about the same!
M.D. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
I have the boppy and like it, but don't LOVE it. I tried the My Breastfriend pillow and it was too cumbersome. I suggest trying them both to see what works best for you. Best wishes with breastfeeding, you're doing a wondertful thing! :)
D.Z. answers from Binghamton on August 14, 2008
I cannot live without my Boppy. Have never tried any other, but I would think they are all about the same. The one thing I noticed is that the newer Boppy pillows can be really fat...I like my thinner one and borrowed a large one once and it was a little bit cumbersome...but other than that...I completely love them.
W.W. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
My brest friend is the best. Boppy is horrible compared to it. They sell them at Babies r Us. So worth the money
R.D. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
Breastfriend was the best for me. I used it to carry my son around while I fed him and I was able to do other things (like pee!). Single Mom so this was very important for me. Good luck!
L.W. answers from New York on August 15, 2008
If you don't already have one, I really wouldn't bother with a special nursing pillow. I found it was most important to support my back and under the elbow of the arm the baby was laying on - I use my arms to support the baby and any old pillow to support me. I gave my Boppy away within the first couple of months because it was in the way and I never used it.
J.M. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
I'm also a huge fan of the My Brest Friend! The way that it fits around the body is supportive and very comfey. I love the way that you can swivel it around to suit various nursing positions (and support a long baby's body). The only negative that I've found....the foam insert is pretty flimsy, so it's better not to have to remove the cloth cover for washings too often. I've found that putting a hand-towel between the baby and the pillow catches a lot of spit up and diaper leaks, particularly when they're really young!
K.N. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
Hi K., I started using the Bobby to nurse but found it to be too cumbersome. I am rather large breasted, and it felt like I was fighting with the pillow, trying to position the baby and then fighting with my boobs :) - so I started using regular pillows. I would use one under the baby, another under that arm, another around the back - it was a good thing I had purchased so many pillows during my pregnancy!
I do use the Boppy to position my LO for sitting and laying. She's 6 months and we still use it regularly - she sits up part of the way on her own and it stabilizes her so she doesn't flop over. It's also good when she's napping on my bed and I don't want her to flip over.
Try using regular pillows as opposed to the fancy nursing ones - my lactation consultant said there's no real difference in them anyway - it's marketing. The Boppy wasn't even originally intended as a nursing pillow - the mom who invented it needed a pillow to help her newborn "sit". Use whatever works - especially since they can be so expensive!
I hope you find a good solution that works for you!
A.S. answers from New York on August 14, 2008
I agree with others who recommend My Brest Friend over the Boppy -- it is MUCH better! A flat surface for better positioning, lower back support, adjustable fit around the waist, all of which makes breastfeeding much easier. I got My Brest Friend when my first baby was about a week old, and I wish I had had it from the start.
One additional tip: take the cover off and wrap the foam with plastic wrap before you start using it - that way if your baby spits up or has a diaper leak, it won't seep into the pillow.
L.D. answers from Albany on August 14, 2008
Personally I used the Boppy and loved it!
J.L. answers from Rochester on August 14, 2008
I still think the boppy is the best, however depending on the size of your child (mine was 6.13 lbs) i found that I would have to prop the bobby under another pillow. However on that note it is great to prop a baby up to take pictures and works great when my son got a little heavier and larger.