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How to Use Nursing Pillows for Both Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding

How to Use a Nursing Pillow for Breastfeeding Support

1. Sit in a comfortable place where your back is well-supported.

2. Place the pillow on your lap, around your waist.

3. Place your baby on the pillow resting on their side, facing your body.

4. Their mouth should be even with the breast you plan to nurse from. If it is not, cradle the baby’s head and upper torso in your arm to bring them to your breast and let your arm rest on the pillow.

5. Nurse your baby.

6. Do not lower your torso or breast down to your baby. If the baby is not positioned high enough, raise them by adding another pillow for support below the pillow, or lift them with your arms.

7. You may also use the pillow in conjunction with the football hold. In this hold, the baby will be positioned along the side of your body (with their feet pointing toward your back).

 

How to Use a Nursing Pillow for Bottle Feeding

Using the nursing pillow to bottle-feed is nearly identical to using the it for breastfeeding. Please note that the pillow should never be used to prop up a baby or bottle to allow them to feed themselves.

Babies who cannot sit or hold the bottle on their own are not developmentally ready to feed unassisted, and can choke.

1. Sit in a comfortable place where your back is well-supported.

2. Place the pillow on your lap, around your waist.

3. Place your baby on the pillow, resting on their back.

4. Cradle your baby’s head and upper torso in your arm. Allow your arm to rest on the pillow.

5. Feed your baby with your free hand.

 

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