Ask breastfeeding moms which nursing pillow works best for them, and you will probably get a variety of answers. The perfect nursing pillow for you and your baby depends on your body type, your baby’s preferred nursing position, and which features are important to you (extended use for pregnancy and assisted sitting for baby, machine-washable covers, warding off reflux, travel-friendliness). Find your favorite with this list of 10 of the best nursing pillows.
Boppy Classic Feeding and Nursing Support Pillow
Trusted by moms for decades, the award-winning Boppy nursing pillow is a time-tested option. The firm but flexible U-shaped pillow allows for more ergonomic feeding positions and also works great for tummy time and supported sitting. The slipcover is removable and washable, and with the pillow at a reasonable price point, you can afford to have an extra cover.
Available at boppy.com, $40.
Béaba Big Flopsy Maternity and Nursing Pillow
For the expectant mother, the Big Flopsy doubles as a maternity body pillow. Although one of the largest nursing pillows on the market, the non-toxic micropearl fill keeps it lightweight and flexible. Both the cover and pillow are machine-washable. From helping pregnant moms find a comfortable sleeping position to providing support for nursing moms and supervised playtime with toddlers, the Big Flopsy is one you can use for years to come.
Available at beabausa.com, $120.
The Nursie was designed with portability in mind by wrapping around mom’s arm, much like swim floaties go around a child’s arm—no straps needed. It can be used for any nursing position, is small enough to fit in a carry-on bag while traveling, and is machine-washable. It props baby up to help reduce reflux and give mom the right position to avoid back and neck pain.
Available at thenursie.com, $34.99.
Nook Organic Niche Nursing Pillow
With its 100% organic, breathable and sustainable materials, the Niche Nursing Pillow is perfect for the environmentally conscious mom. The squared U-shape provides more surface area than the rounded options. The covers come in many bright colors and are machine-washable. In addition to being used for feedings, the pillow can serve as an armrest, a tummy-time support and a body pillow for ages 2 and up.
Available at nooksleep.com, $100.
Dr. Brown’s Gia Breastfeeding Pillow
The Dr. Brown’s brand is known for its vented baby bottles that can prevent gas and now offers a nursing pillow with baby’s comfort in mind. The angled pillow was designed by a lactation consultant and puts little ones at an incline, which is ideal for babies with reflux. It also works well for women with larger busts and babies who prefer the football hold nursing position. Though the cover isn’t included, the low price point makes this a good budget option.
Available at amazon.com, $29.99.
Leachco Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow and More
Keep your little wiggler in a reclined position for optimal post-feeding digestion with the patented seat wrap on the Cuddle-U Nursing Pillow. The wrap is adjustable and tucks away into a concealed pocket on the bottom of the pillow when it isn’t needed. The pillow is generously sized for those moms who find it most comfortable when baby is boosted up a little. The pillow and cover are not washable, so you may want to splurge on the sham-style removable cover that’s not included.
Available at amazon.com, $39.99.
Twin Z Pillow
For moms of twins, there’s no need to buy two nursing pillows when you have the Twin Z Pillow. This pillow was specifically designed for nursing or bottle-feeding two babies at one time. The dual holes where babies sit have buckles that make them smaller for newborns. It can also be used as a maternity pillow, at tummy time, and as an infant support pillow.
Available at bedbathandbeyond.com, $99.99.
Infantino Elevate Adjustable Nursing Pillow
The innovative design of the Elevate Adjustable Nursing Pillow allows for three different elevation levels, which can help babies latch. Find the perfect height for you and baby, no matter the feeding position. It also supports upright feeding for babies with reflex. Fold it in half and secure it with the ribbon for easy storage. And it’s machine washable.
Available at amazon.com, $39.99.
My Brest Friend Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow
The Inflatable Travel Nursing Pillow is the same design as the original nursing pillow from My Brest Friend but ideal for moms on the go and for traveling with your little one. When deflated, it packs flat in a diaper bag or purse. The wraparound shape and straps secure the pillow in place, and the straps are release silently to avoid waking baby. It comes with a handy pocket on the side (for burp cloths, bottles, toys or your phone) and a price that’s friendly on your wallet.
Available at amazon.com, $28.
Blessed Nest Nesting Pillow
Snuggle baby into this pillow. Its buckwheat hull filling conforms to baby, instead of simply being underneath. The pyramid shape of the fill molds like a beanbag but holds its shape, so mom doesn’t have to provide as much support and can try out many different feeding positions. The pillow is also certified organic with a washable slipcover.
Available at stores.blessednet.com, $94.
—Katie L. Carroll