I am very excited to share my next post with you. Out of every product imaginable out there for new moms, I believe this one should make it to every one of them. Kristen (DDL Contributor) and I both wrote reviews about My Brest Friend because we love it so much. At the end of this post there is a giveaway as well!
About My Brest Friend:
My Brest Friend’s patented, wrap-around design has made fans in over 20 countries where it is sold, as well as being used in hundreds of NIC units and birthing hospitals. It is the #1 choice of lactation consultants, is sold by La Leche League, and consistently earns raves among nursing mothers, many of whom tell us our pillow has helped them achieve longer holding and feeding cycles with their babies. My Brest Friend has helped over 1,000,000 moms breastfeed their babies. Our stylish new prints and fabrics make My BrestFriend the perfect item to register for or give as a gift.
The Brest Friend pillow has been a great aid in the success of breastfeeding my second daughter. It is a wrap around style pillow that has a clip closure to hold the pillow on to you, even when you are standing. It is adjustable so it should fit people of all sizes. This is a great feature of the pillow because it means you can be mobile and breastfeeding and have the support of the pillow so your arm doesn’t get as tired. The Brest Friend Pillow is nice because it is made of a sturdy foam with a cover over it. The foam is molded to have areas to help position the baby’s head better, which is sometimes helpful and sometimes kind of weird. I noticed that you really need to position the baby right in order to make the molded head rests useful.
I really enjoy using it when I breastfeed my daughter and it makes working at the computer easier because I can rest the pillow on my desk and still have at least one hand for typing. It also has a pocket, which you can put a remote control, water, tube of lanolin or whatever else in there. One thing that is a little frustrating is that sometimes I wont buckle the pillow around me but then need it to be, or other times I do buckle it around me but it gets in the way of things. Of course, that is mostly my own fault and it is a nice option to have. Washing the cover for it is easy; however it took some work to get it back on there correctly. I think with practice I would get better at figuring it out though.
The Brest Friend pillow is better than other breastfeeding pillows that I have used with my first baby. The molded foam and the ability to clip it around your body make it more useful and helps to position the baby better than other pillows, which makes breastfeeding a more pleasant experience.
I also wanted to share my own experience with the My Brest Friend pillow. Like most moms I received a Boppy pillow at my baby shower so I never felt the need to research breastfeeding pillows. In fact, I always assumed I would use a Boppy because that was what I saw at the stores. I had seen the My Brest Friend once at Babies ‘R Us, but frankly I thought the name was a little funny and never gave it a second look.
Fast forward to after having my son, and having extreme latch troubles. I used a shield for many weeks, and went back and forth between stacks of pillows on my lap and the boppy. My tiny newborn baby kept falling into the hole of the Boppy, and it had no support for me. I finally did a little research on My Brest Friend after hearing the buzz about it online. Once I read the customer testimonials I knew I had to have one.
I found an AMAZING deal from an online store that was closing their doors forever. I saved over half and bought both the regular pillow and the travel one.
In a few days the pillow arrived. The baby and I had been working at breastfeeding for about 5 weeks and just weaned from the shield. His latching was on and off, sometimes he got it and sometimes my nipples wanted to separate from my body. I immediately unboxed it and used it for the next session.
My first thought was “Ahhh….. lumbar support, where have you been all my life?!?!” The difference for my back, which still had to hunch over with the Boppy, was feeling amazing. I honestly started keeping the pillow on because it felt better than regular sitting. When my husband came home I chattered on about the pillow and how it was the best investment I had ever made! And it was.
The pocket was used quite a bit because I nursed my son on the couch for every session, even in the middle of the night. I kept my remote inside and a burp cloth.
The bump for the baby’s head did work well for me and aided his latching. I noticed an improvement after we started using the pillow, and I credit proper positioning from the pillow for that.
My only qualm with the pillow was having to put the cover back on after washing it. My son spit up like a maniac, and the pillow was often drenched. I dreaded washing it because I knew it would be a 20 minute ordeal involving cursing to get the cover back on due to the unique shape and the foam, which is not slick. The foam works against sliding the cover on.
Even with that issue, the My Brest Friend Pillow is a product I insist new moms get. I regret not having it from day one, as it may have helped our latch out and saved me a few weeks of excruciating pain. My time with My Brest Friend is looked back on fondly, and I will be using it again for “shrimpy” in October 2010!
When planning The New Baby Event I knew I wanted to feature My Brest Friend. I could write a review based on my own pillow, and Kristen shared her experience as well. I wrote to them asking that they sponsor a giveaway. Well…. they did! If you aren’t lucky enough to win one you can also find them on Amazon.comand shop with my aff link.
My Brest Friend is giving one VERY lucky DDL reader a GREEN Deluxe My Brest Friend pillow!!!! CLOSED
New! Deluxe My Brest Friend Pillow
All the benefits of our original pillow, plus:
- Extra soft baby-plush fabric
- Double-featured strap with Velcro and silent-release buckle for easy, one-hand use
- Slipcover stays fresh through dozens of washes
Visit MyBrestFriend.com and tell me a fact you learned about the pillow. The story of the pillow is great, I hope you will read it!
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