How do i use the nursing pillow? To feed the breast properly but also to rest better, it is useful (but not essential) and makes it more comfortable to rest and breastfeed
How to use the nursing pillow
The nursing pillow, much more than other maternity products, it is the subject of lively comparisons between pregnant women and new mothers and before the purchase it is often the enthusiastic suggestion of some friend or relative that makes us curious about the idea of discovering what it is and how it is used.
A tool that perhaps our grandmothers did not know but which is increasingly considered a valid one support for a more comfortable position of mother and baby during breastfeeding and rest.
How to best use this accessory? We talk about it with the midwife Marta Cambioli, vice president of the Mamaninfea cultural association in Verona.
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What it is and for whom and when it is recommended
“The nursing pillow is a pillow of with a particular crescent shape “ explains Marta Cambioli. “There are various materials and textures: some have a more compact shape, while others can be adapted each time according to the needs of the moment. This tool is designed to more easily support the baby in a correct position during breastfeeding. . Obviously, this is not an indispensable support for a correct nourishment of the baby’s breast: every mother can safely use other pillows that are already present in the house “.
The best positions for breastfeeding
“The positions of breast feeding in which it is useful to have a nursing pillow or generic as a support – explains the midwife – are:
- there cradle position, in which the baby is lying horizontally at the height of the mother’s breast and there is a belly-to-belly contact between the two
- there rugby position in which the baby is attached to the right breast, for example, and his body is always horizontally and the baby’s belly is in contact with the mother’s body in the rib area. Its feet, therefore, are positioned in the direction of the back.
Other positions, just as comfortable for mothers and babies, from sitting or lying down or standing with other supports, do not necessarily involve the use of a nursing pillow “.
The nursing pillow for sleeping
Not just for breastfeeding: this particular pillow can also be a good help for mom’s night rest. “Both during pregnancy, but also after childbirth, every woman can find the most comfortable position to rest with the support of one or more pillows – clarifies the vice president of Mamaninfea -. Usually it is pleasant. sleeping on your side with something under your belly so as to support it and one thickness between the thighs to feel greater comfort in the lumbosacral area and in the pelvis: in this the breastfeeding pillow can be a good help “.
Babies and nursing pillow
A comfortable support for breastfeeding, a panacea for mother’s sleep but also a comfortable daytime “nest” for the newborn: the nursing pillow can have various uses. “The safest and most comfortable position for the safe sleep of the newborn, besides lying on the body of the parents, can be on a flat and semi-rigid surface, so it would be preferable to avoid letting him rest on a common pillow that does not correspond to these. features”.
“The modifiable nursing pillow, on the other hand, can be used in another way, namely for create a containment nest around the baby taking care to leave the space around the baby’s face and head free. As an alternative to the breastfeeding pillow, one can always be used blanket or rolled up towel“.