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I bought this pillow as I was having trouble getting the correct position for my eldest daughter to latch on, and also i developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my wrist due to the pregnancy and later through the pressure of holding her. This pillow was recommended to me by my midwife and my physiotherapist, like some of the reviews on here it is a very useful breastfeeding tool. It did help relieve the pressure on my wrist but, there are a few issues.
For one it is expensive, if you want spare covers you have to purchase them separately at £6.99 a pop (if you shop around) otherwise the covers can start from about £9.99 and the actual pillow from about £28 (you get one cover with the pillow) and after 5 months my daughter didn't want to lie on it whilst breastfeeding nor did she want to sit between it, which defeats the whole purpose of the pillow.
Also,if you are bigger than a size 16 (i just about fit as a size 16) this pillow will not fit, as it stood it was a bit snug and i ripped through one of the covers, so its something maybe the makers could think about?
Like some of the other reviews the pillow soaks up a lot of fluid and even though you can change covers it still stains and because of this it needs washing regularly, including the actual pillow itself or it begins to smell. Because of this I noticed the pillow began to lose its firmness which began to have an affect on supporting my daughter, so i would say although it has its usefulness it is quite short lived, your probably better off using several cushions instead.
The Widgey nursing pillow really is a tough one to review. On one hand, when you need it for feeding, it's perfect. On the other hand, there are quite a few little niggles that mean it falls short of five stars. I had two very different experiences with it with my two pregnancies, the first being twins and the second being a single baby.
I bought the Widgey pillow after having my twins - I hadn't thought a feeding pillow to be a huge necessity, but while my sons were in the neonatal intensive care unit, I used a hospital version of this pillow, and it really was brilliant. It also helped me arrange my sons to feed them both at the same time (in the underarm football hold) so I invested in one when they finally came home. At first, it seemed perfect. It's firm enough to provide a decent amount of support for your baby, but soft and comfortable too. However, I did find that in a normal chair, with the pillow around my waist and the babies supported on the pillow, I still had to lift them up a fair bit to breastfeed properly. Maybe I have a long torso, but the pillow was more often used to support my elbows. Unlike the hospital pillows, though, the Widgey pillow was not a great deal of use for feeding both babies at once when they started to really grow, as it isn't quite big enough and they'd both end up hanging off it - I got limited use from it with my twins.
I used it again when my third son was born. By this time I discovered that using a little step stool while sitting with the pillow, meant that the baby was the right height. However, after the birth, when I was still carrying a little extra weight, I found the c shape design to be a bit snug around my waist, as the pillow doesn't have a huge amount of give in it - I was about a size 18 then, so if this is your normal dress size, you might not find the pillow comfortable to use. I did go on to use it for every feed for about four months, and once he was big enough, I stopped using it for feeding but instead used it for propping him up a bit, so he could see what was going on and helping him learn to sit up independently. I was glad that it was useful in this respect, as it made the cost slightly more justifiable.
As for the downside (beyond what I've already mentioned) it seems that every other aspect of this product was a disappointment. Firstly, the cover is removable, which seems like a bonus, as it can be washed when the inevitable little accidents happen. However, once washed and dried, it is an absolute nightmare to get back on. Also, the cover is not waterproof, and as far as I'm aware, you can't buy waterproof covers for this pillow. The pillow itself doesn't have a waterproof lining, which meant that any little spit up accidents soaked through and stained the pillow itself too. This didn't feel very hygienic, and although I'm by no means a clean freak, it made me feel less comfortable about continuing to use the product. I ended up covering the pillow with a plastic backed burp cloth every time I used it, but I feel that a product specifically intended to be used while feeding a baby, should be able to cope with these sorts of things. It also meant that I was uncomfortable passing this pillow onto a pregnant friend, as even with a brand new cover, the pillow itself seemed grubby.
So overall, I'd say that what seemed like a good purchase at first later became a disappointment, and for the price of this pillow (£23 approx), I'd only recommend it if you intend to breastfeed your child beyond 6 months, or are planning on using it for future babies, and if you are, definitely cover it when you're using it to help keep it clean.
As mentioned in a previous review when I was pregnant a friend of mine lent me a range of maternity pillows and cushions. One of them was this widgey nursing pillow. I knew it wasn't going to be large enough to breastfeed my twins on but I had been looking at v pillows to prop baby up on and thought that this would do the job instead.
The nursing pillow
This pillow comes in a variety of designs, the one I borrowed was pink and white spots so ideal for my baby girls. The pillow cover zips open making it easy to remove it for washing, it took a few goes to get the knack of getting it back in the cover but when you're tired even simple tasks can seem like rocket science! Being 100% cotton the pillow cover is easy to wash and tumble dry and despite being the second owner it was still in really good condition when I handed it back. My friend is now using it again for her 2nd baby which shows how good the quality of the pillow is.
This pillow is designed to fit around your middle and baby can then lay on it when you feed. I used my super large twin feeding cushion the majority of the time but on occasion when I was only feeding one baby I used to grab this one. I found it fitted comfortably but I didn't use it in the early days when my c-section scar was still healing so I'm not sure how I would have found it against that. Once healed though I found it comfortable and easy to feed baby using it.
As an alternative position to the swing or bouncer I used to prop one of my girls up in this pillow. They were probably about 4 or 5 months when I got the most use out of it, they were keen to look around and it gave them a different view of the room. I used to find there was room to place a toy next to them in the pillow so when they moved they would knock it and get rewarded with a song. It also got nicknamed the TV cushion as it was facing that way and looked liked whoever was in it was watching TV.
Price and Availability
Obviously free to me but it's currently (September 2012) available from Amazon for £24.95 but has a RRP of £29.99. I was shocked when I looked for a price that it cost this much. I think this is quite expensive as you can buy a V pillow for this price which would have more uses and if you're breastfeeding a pillow which you already own would easily do the job.
Would I recommend?
Not really, this pillow isn't an essential buy if you are planning on breastfeeding and I don't think this pillow is worth the price. If you can borrow one or receive one as a gift then it does the job well.
I bought the widgey pillow from Amazon when we were expecting DD1. I bought it following a link from MSE website that was an offer too good to pass by. Ok so the one we bought came in red which was not a colour I would have chosen personally but the price was good enough to live with the colour.
When it arrived, I was surprised at how hard and packed full of stuffing the cushion was. It was quite unwielding and I wondered whether it would work for what I hoped to use it for: breast feeding. The cushion cover zipped (with a hidden style zip fastening) securely on to the pillow and was a tight fit. You got the cover with the pillow but could buy replacements, ironically for more than I paid for the cushion at the time!
I found the moon shaped pillow too tight to wear around my middle for breast feeding but it acted well as a prop for a baby to sit up with. It needed washing a few times and during the fight to pull on the case the zip broke which was disappointing. Rather than pay around £10 I decided to make my own looser covers for the pillow with some nice thicker shabby chic material which I much preferred to the red design and we used Velcro to fasten them on which worked easier for getting the cases on and off. A few months later, the pillow split inside so another repair job was needed but it was still essentially OK to use. We found it worked well as a prop for mum or baby and as a comfy seat in the play pen. Our cat also took a liking to it and would enjoy it propping her up with the cushion under the duvet (she is an old cat and likes a good lean!). I never really used this as a breast feeding cushion and found it easier to use a normal shaped pillow for this. I bought a big V shaped pillow as a prop in bed for sitting up and feeding and this was a much cheaper but better way of getting a nice position. You can't wash the actual pillow so it's not an item I would feel happy passing on to friends in the future.
I can really only say that these retail now for just under £30. I got mine for under £10 but also you will probably need spare covers at £10 a time so it's not a cheap purchase. They are the same price in the shops so I just fell on a time when there must have been surplus Widgeys around.
This pillow has been in constant use from day one so from that perspective, it has been a good buy. It's a shame it didn't work for me as a feeding pillow but it probably works well for people who have a smaller waist than me! Bear in mind how hard this pillow is before you buy. You may well find other uses for it as we did and we know it will come in handy with DD2 when she arrives. Other than that it's back to the cat as a prop and I have to say making the spare cases for it was the best move as the material I used was thicker and far better on the case although I have saved the original one with the bust zip for a template in case I need to make more cases in the future. I am happy with the price paid for this and the use we have had out of it but if I had paid more I would have been a bit more disappointed with the case zip breaking and the pillow stuffing breaking out. Fortunately this comes in a few colours and designs so you can choose one you actually like!
- Why We Bought -
While I was pregnant I started writing a long list of essential items we would need for when the baby arrived. Then whenever anyone wanted to buy us a gift and wanted a suggestion I had a long list of items with a range of prices. It also helped me remember what I still needed to buy, pregnancy can make you quite forgetful! One of the last items left on my list was the Widgey Nursing Pillow. This seemed to be a very popular brand for a nursing pillow and I knew I wanted this over any cheaper alternatives. Only a week or so before I had my baby we went to John Lewis to buy the pillow.
- The Pillow -
The pillow is shaped like a big 'C' and is designed to be worn around your waist when you are sat feeding your baby. The main length of the pillow can lie in front of your stomach and the baby can lie on top of this. The pillow is very firm so it doesn't change shape at all. It is made from 100% cotton. The cover on ours is light blue and white gingham which is nice although there wasn't a choice in John Lewis at the time. I really like the 'birdy' design they do at the moment. The pillow feels very well made and of a high quality.
- Feeding -
I chose to breast feed my baby although I think the pillow could also be used while bottle feeding. In those first few days after coming home from the hospital it is hard to find the easiest and most comfortable position for breast feeding. On top of this I had had a C-Section so my stomach was sore and it hurt to be moving around trying to get comfortable. I found this pillow very helpful as it meant I didn't have to hold my tiny baby up to my chest or bend down to him. At first I found it most comfortable to sit on the sofa or in bed with the Widgey around my waist, then a pillow on top of that for my baby to lie on. This made him the perfect height for comfortable breast feeding. The pillow can be moved into different positions for breast feeding in different ways. For example, if you move the pillow so that the main length is by your side, one end is by your stomach and the other is behind your back then you can breast feed in the 'rugby ball' position (where the baby lies under your arm). After a few weeks as my son was getting bigger I found I no longer needed the extra pillow on top as the Widgey on its own was fine. I found it comfortable for me to have on me and it seemed to be comfortable for my son to lie on. Of course you could use the pillow in the same way even when you aren't feeding the baby as it would be comfortable for just having a cuddle. This can be nice for the Daddy to feel more involved too. I used the pillow as a breast feeding aid until my son was about three months old. At this point he was too big for the pillow and it was just easier to have him on my lap for breast feeding. My baby was on the small side so if you have a larger baby you might stop using the pillow earlier.
- Sitting Up -
At two weeks old, once my son could hold up his own head I found a second use for the pillow. It works perfectly to prop up a little baby so that they can sit up a little bit and see the world around them. I found this so useful and would regularly use this when I was getting ready in the morning. I would lay the pillow in the middle of our bed, prop my son up in it with a soft book or rattle and then I could sit next to him and get on with my makeup. As he got a bit bigger I would put the pillow on his play mat on the floor, sit him up in it and entertain him with toys or a Baby Einstein DVD. This was great for the period when he could sit up but not unsupported. We used the pillow as a sitting up aid until he was five months old and began to sit independently.
- Cleaning -
The cover is removable so it can be washed (machine washable at 30°C). This is essential with a newborn that spits up all the time and I found I was washing the cover quite frequently. It washes well and dries in no time because the cover is quite thin. However, it was a bit of a struggle to get the cover back on! I would really recommend keeping the plastic cover that comes on the pillow when you buy it. I am keeping our Widgey for when we have another baby and have put the plastic cover on it to stop it getting dusty.
- Price and Availability -
We bought our Widgey from John Lewis and it cost £29.99 at the time I think. They now cost £24.99 which is the same price that Amazon is selling them for. I think this is quite expensive but seems to be competitive compared to other leading brands. I saw a similar pillow for £10 at a baby fair but it wasn't branded. I decided I would rather go for a Widgey because they are award winning and I knew I could get a new cover easily if I wanted to. A replacement cover will usually cost around £10. They make quite a few different designs which are nice for boy or girls or there are a few unisex options too. I might buy a more feminine or unisex design if we have a girl next time.
- Would I Recommend? -
I would absolutely recommend the Widgey Nursing Pillow as I found it invaluable in those first few weeks of breast feeding. It allowed me to breast feed in a comfortable position which made my life so much easier and saved me a lot of discomfort. It was also a great sitting aid for my son who enjoyed having a more upright view of his surroundings. It is easy to clean and replacement covers are widely available. The price is high but I think it was worth for me as I got a reasonable amount of use from it. The only thing to be aware of is that your baby might out grow it very quickly and then you will find it more of a hindrance than a help for feeding.
You never know before you have a baby what things you will need and what things end up being a waste of time, effort and money. Well, I have to say that this nursing pillow was actually something that I did use and definitely would recommend although it had a limited shelf life for me.
I actually received this pillow from my old next door neighbour before she emigrated. She had used it with her two little girls and gave it to me because she knew I was pregnant. I sort of took it so as not to make her feel bad thinking I would never use it. The pillow comes with a removable cover which is nice as that meant I could wash it and then not have to worry that someone else had used it before me in quite an intimate situation. Plus, I think you can buy new covers for it anyway which could have been an option had we wanted to get another one. THis pillow has a nice white cover on it with little pictures of animals on it which is quite cute and a unisex print so can be used for boys and girls.
I stored it in the nursery and then when I was getting quite uncomfortable in bed before I had the baby I started to use it to lean on. This is not really what it was intended for but it was nice and comfortable and you could sort of manoeuvre your legs around it and so it kept me quite comfortable in those late stages. The pillow is very soft and squishy and made of 100% cotton.
Then when my first baby was born I found we used it all the time. The pillow is in a semi circle shape but actually comes round a bit more that that and so the ends are almost touching although not quite. Being shaped like this meant that I could sit on the couch and then put the pillow around my waist and then the ends would hook around my hips. This kept the pillow in shape and it stayed in place. Then when I was breast feeding my little girl I could prop her head and body on the pillow and she was comfortable and so was I and it meant that I wasn't using all my strength and energy to hold her up whilst I was feeding her. This was such a lovely position for both of us to be in and it worked really well. I then used this pillow for my little boy when he was born so I have definitely gotten the use out of it.
We also found it useful when I was not breast feeding meaning my husband could use it at well. With the pillow in the same position when you are sitting on the couch you can lay the baby out in front of you to just look at them and coo at them and they are in a comfortable position as are you. This only really works when they are very small as the pillow is not very big. I also found that after a couple of months of breast feeding my kids were getting too big to rest on this pillow and it became a nuisance and got in the way but up until then it was a brilliant baby tool.
If you were to buy one I believe they cost about £10-£15 and are worth the investment in my opinion.
Pillow is good until it gets wet/damp. My LO has reflux so is always sick, she was sick and as soon as I picked her up she had blue ink all over her face and top. It won't come out pf her clothes.
When I was expecting my first child, I dutifully went to breastfeeding classes where we were told that while there are lots of expensive feeding cushions available, the £7 ones from a local homewares shop did the job just as well. Being one for a bargain, I took the recommendation but found it was never really very comfortable for feeding.
Second time around, I decided that so many hours spent breastfeeding deserved a bit more comfort, so I splashed out on a Widgey cushion. I was so glad I did and only wish that I had gone for one in the first place. It is so much more comfortable! It fits nicely around my tum (better since some of the baby tum has dropped off!) so provides good support for baby without me having to do all the work. My cheaper pillow soon squashed down, but the Widgey has stayed the same size over the 4 months I've been using it. I went for the blue checked cover which is really lovely and washes well.
The pillow also seems to do a good additional job as a support now that baby is starting to sit up, something that my cheaper one would never be able to do as it's just not big enough. So while it may seem expensive, I reckon it's well worth the money.
Now, when you are expecting a baby you receive many wierd and wonderful presents, one of which, for me was a WIDGEY nursing pillow.
Who makes them?
PHP makes them and you can buy them from Mothercare, Kiddicare, John Lewis etc. The price that my lovely sister paid was £24.95 and they range from £24.95 - £30.00 depending on what cover you get.
What are they?
Well they are called a nursing pillow but I would actually call them a multi- tasking pillow of many uses! They are a big thick pillow in a horse shoe shape. As mentioned above it comes with a removable cover (which you can throw in the washing machine and tumble dryer with no problem) in several design. I got one with a "cow" design on it - perhaps an apt design for one of its uses.
Well what are these uses?
1) when you are hugely pregnant and your back is hurting you can pop this around your hips and use it to support your back when sitting down - believe me it provides much relief.
2) If you are unlucky enough to have stiches after the birth then you can sit on this to avoid sitting directly on hard chairs / surfaces (thanks to my lovely big sister for this tip).
3) and this is the official use of a widgey cushion. WHen you are breastfeeding pop the cushion around your waist with the cushion bit at the front and pop baby on top of it when they are feeding. Believe it or not baby will be at roughly the right height for comfortable feeding and if not you can move the cushion up or down so they are comfortable. This really saves you from hunching over cuddling your baby but crucifying your back. I didn't have a caeserean section but my friend who did said that this really protected her scar too. I was able to use my cushion from when my son was a week old until he was six months for breastfeeding. He then started to wriggle too much to lie still on a cushion!
4) As a playnest / support for your baby when they are learning to sit up. I put a rug on the floor and then prop my son up in the cushion, he loves to sit against this and, now that he can sit up himself he just uses this as a crash landing base. It has protected him from many a head bump on the floor. Unfortunately it can't protect him from the forward head dive fall but no baby product is perfect!
5) To encourage baby to enjoy "tummy time". Again, prop baby up this time on their tummy over the cushion and let them play. Brad (my son) would spend a while like this practising lifting his head and strengthening his back muscles.
Phew after all those uses I think that this product deserves a medal!
I never thought I would say this but I think it is (almost) worth £25 if you are having a baby. What price can you put on a non painful back!
This nursing pillow was an absolute godsend! I had an emergency cesarean and this was given to me by a relative whist i was still in hospital. I was tired and in pain and to make things worse my new baby and I were having trouble getting the hang of feeding. However this pillow helped ALOT. It was perfect for wrapping around my belly above my scar and resting the baby on so we could have a proper go at feeding. The pillow is quite light but thick and stable. It was also good for wrapping around my back and using it for support. To tell you the truth i would have been happy with two and given myself double sided support! As baby grew it did its job perfectly acting as a sort of baby prop to save myself from straining to keep him upright for feeds. I used it as a comfort pillow for him too, he would curl up inside the curved bit and feel like he was back in the womb and safe. Its good for helping baby sit up for short periods of time too
When my son was born, he arrived a few weeks early. My wife was also recovering from her C-section, so it looked like mother and child would be staying in for a few nights. Given his birth had taken us by surprise, we weren't really ready for him, so I was immediately despatched to Mothercare for some essentials (or at least what, in my better half's considered opinion, qualified as "essentials").
I was given a list, and being of a bloke persuasion, I spent half an hour aimlessly wandering around the shop and finding most of what I needed quite by accident. However, the last item on the list had me flummoxed. Giving in to the inevitable, I accepted the eighth or ninth offer of help from the bemused staff and, pointing to the list, asked the nice young lady "What on earth is a Widgey?!" She smiled and then slowly pointed to an object which lay nestled on a bottom shelf not three feet from where I was standing. Feeling appreciative and sheepish in equal measure, I thanked her profusely and had a closer look.
WHAT ON EARTH IS A WIDGEY?
A Widgey is primarily a nursing pillow. It is C-shaped, like a crescent moon, which allows the pillow to wrap around the body, supporting the baby, to help the mother with breast-feeding, or either parent while bottle-feeding. As such, it seemed especially useful to my wife, whose C-section scar made holding the baby unsupported for any length of time uncomfortable.
The product is made by a UK company called PHP (Perfectly Happy People) who claim it has four uses: (a) as a support pillow during pregnancy (to wedge under the tummy or between the knees or ankles) or as a back support; (b) as a nursing pillow; (c) to nestle your baby within (from 10 weeks) while it is placed on a flat surface; and (d) to seat your baby in once they have learned to sit upright (and provide a soft landing if they topple over).
The pillow is quite firm and comes with a removable, 100% washable cotton cover. It is packaged in a shaped clear zipped plastic cover and retails for £24.99 at Mothercare. Our pillow cover features cartoon cows on it, but you can also get other designs separately (see their web-site at www.widgey.com for details). Amazon are currently selling a variety of both covers and pillows for around £9 and £23 respectively.
DOES IT WORK?
Our Widgey has seen extensive use in three of the four modes described (we obviously bought it too late to use during my wife's pregnancy). It works well as a nursing pillow with one big proviso - if you are even slightly bigger than average, the pillow is very hard to comfortably get around your waist. I would say it would fit most women of average size, but a bloke with a waist larger than a 36 (i.e. - me) is going to struggle. I can't tell you my wife's size (she'd kill me!) but she is slightly larger than average and it barely fits her.
However, both sets of our parents are smaller than us and find it quite useful to use when bottle feeding Baby H on regular visits. The firmness of the pillow gives excellent support, and given our son's propensity to "return" his milk at least once during a feed, the durable washable cover - which comes off quite easily (the zip is situated unobtrusively across the bottom surface of the crescent) - is a god-send. We use a cold wash cycle when laundering it and then dry it on the radiator and so far there is no sign of shrinkage or fading. It does need a little arm strength to get the cover back on, but in my view, most people would manage it OK.
We are also now using it to support baby on our bed or the sofa. He nestles quite snugly in it and there is no risk of him rolling over by accident (we never leave him alone in any case). In addition, his cousin, who is two months older, gets use out of it on his visits as he is now sitting up and so we place it on the floor with him in it. Even our four-year old has got in on the act and occasionally nicks it to lie on top of while watching TV.
The Widgey is quite a versatile product and has seen more or less constant use in various ways since we bought it. Despite the fact that it doesn't fit me around the waist, I still use it while bottle-feeding Baby H as it provides a firm support - although not nearly as securely as if it fit properly.
I suppose PHP needed to find a size that struck the right balance between the four uses it is intended for, as if they made it any wider, it would not suit later stages of baby's development. To me, that's the key to this product. As a stand-alone nursing pillow, I think £24.99 is too expensive - but provided you are able to take advantage of the pillow at each stage, its multiple uses actually represent pretty good value for money.
The "build" quality (stitching, fabric, zipper and durability) is excellent and commensurate with the price point, and for a majority of people it will be a very useful product to have. As such, I would recommend it as good purchase, but not the "essential" one my wife insisted it was at the time.
© Hishyeness 2009
I desperately needed something to help me breastfeed my daughter. I gave up breastfeeding my first daughter quite early, partially for not getting comfy and getting a bad back, but due to other reasons too, and I didn't want the same thing to happen this time.
Using normal pillows and trying to bulk them up to the right height never worked, so I asked all the mums at the breastfeeding café which pillows they recommended, the widgey being a popular pillow mentioned.
I also asked mums I chat to on a forum and they mentioned this pillow too.
So I hunted it down and found it in Mothercare for £25, which at first I thought was quite pricey, but if it makes me more comfortable and saves my back then it's worth a go.
On the plus side it can be used for baby to help aid them sitting too, and can also be used during pregnancy and after a c-section.
I have also found it useful to prop myself up in bed to offer my back more support.
I think its selling point for me was how the cushion wraps around your body, so it almost hugs you, which is really good for all positions of feeding. It also means you have free hands to have a drink, eat or use the remote for the tv!!
The pillow is nice and thick so it puts baby at the right height to your breast for feeding. It looks like it will never lose the thickness too.
The dads can also use it too for feeding, as my husband gives her a bottle of expressed milk so he can support himself with it too.
One thing I have found to be a disadvantage is even though the pillow hugs you, I have found in certain positions it can slide down a little, but I think it's also down to myself not using it effectively.
The cover is removable and washable and comes with a funky cow design (not cow print!!), I haven't yet washed it but since the pillow is quite thick and bulky I could imagine it could be quite difficult to put back on. You can buy extra covers with different designs for approximately £10.
Having seen a lot of patients bring these in with them to hospital, I wanted to get one when we had our baby in May! The cushion was about £25 from mothercare and is decorated with a cheerful cow print. You can buy extra covers for about £10, useful to have in case your baby is sick on it. The extra covers are either pink/white check or blue and white!
The cushion can be used in pregnancy although I didn't use mine for this to know how comfortable it would be.
I had a C Section and found this cushion great for supporting a newborn and it stopped me hunching my shoulders! It's great for feeding in bed or in a nursing chair although as it's quite a wide cushion I do need to squidge it in a bit if I'm using it in my nursing chair!
Now our baby is 3 months old I dont really use it very often anymore for feeding but it will soon start coming in to its own again as an aid to help our daughter sit up!
The biggest selling point of this cushion is the fact it really hugs round you, useful if you're feeding with your baby in a "rugny ball" position (so the baby is under your arm rather than across your chest) as it gives you much more support for your baby!
Despite only really using it for the first month of breastfeeding I would still really recommend it, especially if you've had a section!
My friend recommended this to me to help with breastfeeding. I was great for when I was breastfeeding my daughter - meant I could support her with the pillow and still have one hand free to eat/drink/change the channel on the tv etc...
It also saved my back and arms from holding on to her as well.
My husband also finds it useful to cuddle our daughter as they tend to make each other very hot and this emans that she isn't snuggled into him as much so they aren't making ewach other as hot!
He also found it great in those first few weeks whilst he was getting used to holding her as it gives some extra support.
Since we stopped breastfeeding at 2 weeks old we have still found a variety of uses for the pillow, she looks ever so sweet using it to prop her up and it will be great once she starts trying to sit herself up as it tucks round to prevent bangs.
It was also useful when she had cold as I could prop her up on it to play on her play mat and she wasn't getting as bunged up.
The cover is removeable and washable, algthough it is a bit fiddly to replace as it is very snug.
There are some lovely designs available - something to suit all tastes I think.
I think I paid about £25 for mine inc P&P from Perfectly Happy People.
Purchased one from Perfectly Happy People at one of the baby shows in Birmingham! and what a great buy it was at only £20! bargain! ... is such as simple yet very clever idea and definitely designed by somebody who fully understands how difficult breast feeding can be! ... A must buy for any new mum!It also can be used for back support during pregnancy! and it lasts for years! is also worh mentioning that spare covers can be purchased and these are machine washable!
A useful aids for breastfeeding it can also be used as a back support during pregnancy.