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Breastfeeding Helpers that Really Work

A few great tools can make all the difference when you’re a nursing mom


You’ve probably heard that breastfeeding can be an amazing, but also challenging experience. There’s so much info out there now about breastfeeding problems that you might already be worried about your milk supply, or your baby’s ability to latch on, or sore nipples, without experiencing any of these challenges yourself (maybe you haven’t even had the baby yet!). Breathe, mama! Remember that there are many breastfeeding helpers out there to head off common breastfeeding issues.

Instead of stressing about the what-ifs and why-is-this-happening, it’s way more productive to approach breastfeeding with a few tried and true breastfeeding helpers useful for literally all moms, regardless if they have a tongue-tied baby, a baby who konks out mid-meal, or a baby who latches on immediately and never looks back. We’ve identified a few breastfeeding helpers that moms have recommended to other moms again and again, for decades. Nursing novelty products these are not!

The Best Breastfeeding Helpers 

The first breastfeeding helper we love is the Boppy® Original Feeding and Infant Support Pillow and Positioner. This is the mother of all nursing pillows – pun intended! It’s celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, so if you’re a 20-something mama there’s a good chance your own mom owned one of these iconic crescent-shaped support pillows. 

a mom using a giraffe boppy breastfeeding helper product with her newborn baby

Here’s why the Boppy Pillow is so great: it elevates your baby’s positioning for more ergonomic, more comfortable nursing sessions, which is so essential if you are not a fan of back pain! Both the pillow and slipcovers are machine washable and it’s super easy to remove the cover should it get coated in spit-up or breastmilk drips (hey, full transparency here). And when your baby is a little older you can put your Boppy Pillow to work as a baby lounger, tummy time support, or sitting stabilizer. You will definitely get your money’s worth with this breastfeeding helper!

A Breastfeeding Pillow Designed with a Lactation Consultant

Another breastfeeding product that experienced moms adore is the Boppy® Best Latch™ Breastfeeding Pillow, which has many of the same awesome features of the Boppy Original Pillow but also some additional elements that make it a must-have for the nursing mom. Developed with a lactation consultant specifically for breastfeeding moms, the Boppy Best Latch Pillow features an adjustable belt designed to keep the pillow perfectly in place against your body (the belt can be tucked away into a pocket when not in use).

a mom breastfeeding her baby while using a boppy breastfeeding helper product

One side of the versatile Best Latch Pillow is firm, with soft, contoured fabric for elevating and supporting newborn babies into ergonomically-friendly positions. The other side consists of a softer fiberfill for snugglier, more flexible support for older babies.

Because Breastfeeding Pillows Should Be Cute, Too

And because everyone wants breastfeeding and caring for a baby to be as enjoyable as possible, we absolutely insist that Boppy® Pillow Slipcovers are an essential breastfeeding helper – yes, we’re talking about the case that zips over the pillow. Available in a wide variety of patterns and fabrics, Boppy Pillow Slipcovers might seem to serve only one purpose, but they actually do much more.

Boppy Pillow Slipcovers are Insta-worthy photo backdrops. They’re mood lifters – pick a few with patterns that you love and you’ll see! They’re little peeks into your mom identity, and your kiddo’s style (OK, this is really your style at this point). Keep a few on hand so you can swap them out as they get dirty and need a wash, or as you add kids to your family (reuse the pillow, refresh with new slipcovers in different patterns). You’ll like your Boppy Pillow for its incredible support and versatility, you’ll love it for the slipcover designs!

Breastfeeding is amazing, hard, wonderful, and challenging all in one. You’ll get through it –  and most likely soar through it, feel delight through it, experience burnout and pleasure and surprises throughout it –  with a great attitude and some great breastfeeding helpers from Boppy by your side. You can do this, mama!

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