My husband and I recently welcomed our baby daughter into the world and we’ve been working hard to get into the swing of things as new parents. Breastfeeding is by no stretch easy, but it is very beneficial to baby and mom so I’ve embraced it wholeheartedly. In my experiences so far, I’ve used the Boppy Pillow, Simplisse Gia Breastfeeding Pillow, and also just sat and cradled the baby in my arms for feeding. Here’s a rundown of my personal opinion on each approach and on both breastfeeding pillows.
I received the Boppy Pillow and a replacement slipcover as a baby shower gift before our daughter was born. We brought the Boppy to the hospital with us, but I didn’t use it a whole lot there. As I was learning the ropes of breastfeeding, I tried out the side-by-side position lying in bed, the football style, and cross cradle. In the hospital, the side-by-side lying position seemed easiest, but I haven’t really done that since I’ve come home.
Upon coming home, I do use the Boppy when I am nursing upstairs in our room. The Boppy is shaped like the letter ‘U’ and gives your arms a break as you are nursing your little one. There are many different colors and styles of slipcovers to enjoy for the Boppy. (I have a purple one and a multicolored one with pink and purple flowers and nature accents.) The Boppy fits snugly but comfortably around my midsection and gives equal support no matter what side you are nursing from, with a rather lightweight stuffing that makes it easy to remove or tote around. I actually keep mine upstairs since I also have the Gia Pillow. You can get the Boppy online at Amazon.com or at any of your favorite baby stores, including Babies R Us, Buy Buy Baby, and even in Target’s baby section. The Boppy Breastfeeding Pillow retails for about $30.
I received the Simplisse Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow and a cute green monkey themed slipcover for the purpose of this review. This nursing pillow has its own unique shape, much like a comma or apostrophe – thinner on the one side and thicker on the other. This allows you to find the most comfortable fit for your newborn or growing infant. This breastfeeding pillow is denser than the Boppy, offering more support and cushioning. I like how I can position the Gia pillow directly across my tummy or off to the side if I’m going to do the football hold. The only thing I struggle with is putting the cover back on after I’ve washed it, but my husband thinks it is a piece of cake.
The Simplisse Gia Pillow is made from 100% cotton and it is designed to be comfortable for both mom and baby. The angle of the pillow aids with digestion for baby and takes some of the pressure off of mom as she nurses. The Simplisse Gia Angled Breastfeeding Pillow retails for $40. For more information, check it out on the Simplisse website.