on 2013-01-04 Really convenient; not perfect
I'm writing this because I remember agonizing over which breastfeeding pillow to register for while I was pregnant, and now that I'm a full-time milk cow, I think a lot about the subject of nursing pillows. I ended up choosing the My Brest Friend
, but received a Boppy as a gift anyway.
I have to say - I like both of them and use them all the time.
- My Brest Friend is *far* superior in terms of support during breastfeeding, but it's bulky, a hassle to put on, and its uses end with breastfeeding. (That said, during the marathon nursing sessions that accompany a growth spurt, MBF was a LIFESAVER.) Good for new moms who need to sit down and *focus* when they nurse. Which I'm willing to bet is all new moms, at least for the first weeks or months.
- The Boppy supports about as well as a pillow or two, but its wrap-around shape means you don't have to constantly readjust. The rounded surface, though, definitely results in a rolling infant (especially if you have a squirmy one). I found, as a large-breasted mom who needs to support the breast with one hand throughout the feeding, that having to hold my baby in place with the other hand was a drag (I really think my iPhone is the only reason I'm still nursing). On the other hand, it only takes about 5 seconds to grab the Boppy and put it in place, so I often used it for nighttime feedings before we figured out how to nurse lying down.
For everything else:
- Only the Boppy has more than one purpose, and the lame-sounding "propping" function should not be overlooked. I really don't know how I would get dressed in the morning if I couldn't plunk my 2-month old down in the middle of the bed propped up by the Boppy. Flat on his back, he fusses. In his crib, he wails. Propped up, he smiles and laughs. I have no idea why, but it works.
If you're looking for a pillow that will make breastfeeding easier for you, especially if you're well-endowed, go for My Brest Friend. If you prize convenience and flexibility over total comfort, go for the Boppy.
If you have a big house or a lot of generous relatives, hell, register for both.
5 Stars By KC on 2017-02-15
WOW what a difference!!! I didn't have this with my first pregnancy and newborn and the difference is amazing! This pillow is great for so many uses!! Breastfeeding (especially after a cesarean), helping big sister (5yr old) hold new brother, and sleeping propped up!! Really helpful and a must buy! Soft, and the perfect size.
3 Stars By Vanilly on 2017-10-10
I like the boppy when used for helping our infant sit up, but as a nursing pillow itâ€™s terrible. I might like it more if my waist were smaller and/or the pillow fit around me better, but Iâ€™m pretty average sized (size 10/12) and this pillow just doesnâ€™t do it for usâ€”baby always falls in between me and the pillow and just generally drives me nuts because we canâ€™t get and maintain good positioning. If youâ€™re looking for a breastfeeding pillow Iâ€™d definitely go with My Brest Friend instead which is far superior in my opinion for that purpose.
Also, Iâ€™m a little annoyed that this pillow doesnâ€™t even come with a cover. Didnâ€™t realize that when I purchased it, since youâ€™d think at this price point a cover might come with it. Iâ€™m still debating whether to buy a $10 cover for a product that Iâ€™m only lukewarm on. At least the pillow is machine washable I guess...
5 Stars By Stephanie W. on 1969-12-31
Must Have Registry Item!
As a first-time (minimalist) mom I was certain I wouldn't "need" this, and then finally kicked down and purchased it when my daughter was 6 months; we've used it everyday since. If I had to do it all over again I definitely would've purchased this sooner, but somehow convinced myself I didn't need it.
What I could've used it for PRIOR to 6 months:
-feeding my daughter and avoiding the back pain I had from leaning over to feed her without this pillow
-tummy time; instead I used the Boppy lounger which we didn't end up using after 3 months
-supporting my daughter in sitting up
Even though my daughter is just about 10 months it's still with her on her play mat and I believe contributed to helping her to sit up when she did. Now she likes using it to lean her head back on it and play with her toys or to roll around on it. Even though I'm sure we won't be using it for that much longer, it was definitely worth the money for the short period of time we did use it for.
4 Stars By Sharon Li on 2017-12-18
The shape works well for small-medium sized women
I read many reviews out there complaining about the size and comfort of this pillow. Iâ€™m a 1st time mom and Iâ€™ve been nursing my baby with this pillow for 3 weeks now. For me, the pillow shape works pretty well - it fits perfectly around my waistline (Iâ€™m 140 lbs postpartum and wear pant size 28) and place my 7lbs baby on top of it. It helps my nursing position. Yes there is no back cushion but I usually nurse on my bed with another sleeping pillow to support my back. I guess the pillow doesnâ€™t work for larger women. One thing I would perfect this Boppy Pillow is to open a small slot in front of the pillow so that it can hold my iPhone as I use my phone to log my nursing data to an app.
1 Stars By R-E-N on 2017-01-21
Wasteful! Overglorified pillow
This thing is expensive and not a need! You NEED a cover for it! Nice but not a necessity! Any pillow works at home. I wish I would have waited and read those coupons the hospital gives and got an off brand one for free ðŸ˜‘
5 Stars By Utah Ute on 2016-06-22
Perfect Solution To Feeding Your Baby
These will stretch out! My wife is much smaller than me and i was using her original one and bent it all out of shape. Nonetheless she made me order a second one and these are a must whenever feeding your baby. You can find covers just about anywhere that you can wash often. Just make sure someone bigger than you doesn't use yours or it will stretch.
3 Stars By KL on 2017-08-24
Don't recommend for actual nursing.
My gripe with this pillow is that it suits other purposes other than actual nursing. For reference, I'm a small-build and I found myself hunching over and constantly adjusting the pillow through nursing sessions. The tubular shape of the pillow means that baby rolls in while nursing. I use it now as a prop for tummy time or a longer for my baby. I have since found another nursing pillow that works great: the Leachco Natural Boost nursing pillow.
5 Stars By Megan M. Lim on 2017-05-18
I really liked that I could do hands-free nursing in the middle ...
The boppy was a lifesaver and an integral part of the breastfeeding experience for me when my baby finally got the hang of things. I really liked that I could do hands-free nursing in the middle of the night by plopping her on this pillow and then resting my head back in the arm chair. I got the boppy washable cover as well which was good for the inevitable spills.
3 Stars By Jay vee on 2017-04-07
Not good for nursing, a good prop pillow
This item is not good for nursing, hole was way to small to fit comfortably around me and my son falls in the gap. We have used this more as a prop pillow for tummy time and for great outfit pics when used to prop him up.