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Mommy Guide: Nursing/Feeding Pillow Benefits and How-to's

 

Soon after that they will have to start feeding the baby either through breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and it can be challenging and tiring at times so a little help would be such a huge relief.

Feeding/Nursing  pillows are not just meant for breastfeeding but you may also use them if you're bottle-feeding. They usually come in a U-shape that goes around your waist to provide relief to your back, neck, spine and arms.

There are many items that help mothers in feeding their newborn baby. However, not many moms are aware of the benefits of using a simple and inexpensive device, the nursing pillow. The nursing pillow is important because the position in which you hold the baby and how you sit are critical to attain a proper latch. And it can also be of big help if you are recovering from a c-section.

  

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

  Place the pillow on your lap, around your waist.

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

  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.

  Nurse your baby.

  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.

  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).

 

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.

 

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

  Place the pillow on your lap, around your waist.

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

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

. Feed your baby with your free hand.