In all honesty, a ‘breastfeeding cushion’ was not top of my priority list when planning for a baby, in fact I went as far as to dismiss it as one of the items that actually I didn’t need to buy (even though I was planning to breastfeed if I could)…. The various lists of ‘unnecessary baby items’ often said that a few pillows or cushions were all that you needed to get you and baby into a comfortable and supported position…
Fast-forward 8 months and I rave to any pregnant friend about the My Brest Friend breastfeeding cushion – despite the slightly amusing (but memorable) name! In the first week home from hospital, breastfeeding was going OK but was pretty uncomfortable at times, so I took a very shouty Mr Small for a walk in the pram to the lactation consultant at the local children’s centre.
At the session the consultant recommended getting a feeding cushion and had one of the classic horse-shoe shaped pillows to try – this did help but I then felt like I was having to hold Mr Small and the cushion in place, all the while trying to get that illusive ‘perfect latch’. Once home I started to consult google and various reviews and although I’d never heard of it before I thought I’d take a chance on the My Brest Friend cushion and I’m so glad I did.
THESE ARE THE THINGS I LOVE:
- the cushion clips around your waist so it can’t squidge away from your body and you don’t have to hold it (as well as your baby!) in place – you can even get up and move positions while feeding if you are super careful
- the depth of the cushion brings the baby up to you so you don’t hunch over feeding…. I credit this item with saving my back and shoulders!
- the flat surface means that baby doesn’t roll off the cushion – you can literally do ‘hands free feeding’ if you get into the right position
- the size of the cushion leaves just enough space for baby and also a (slightly precariously) balanced snack (a must in those early days)!
- the little pocket is perfect for keeping a couple of things that you need with you and always seem to be out of reach once you’ve settled down to feed, in mine I kept:
o a tin of Vaseline – the constant thirst you have when breastfeeding can also lead to pretty dry lips
o baby nail scissors – when Mr Small was absorbed with eating this was the perfect time to cut his tiny little finger nails (another advantage of the hands free cushion)
o earphones – to plug into a podcast when Mr Small was having a mammoth feed or decided to have a mid eating session nap
In fact, the only downside was trying to turn round the cover quickly in the wash so that it was dry (you can’t tumble dry it) and I could use it for the next feed!
My Brest Friend is available to purchase on Amazon, as ever I’m more than happy to answer any questions you might have.
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