I suppose a breastfeeding pillow isn’t mandatory if you’re nursing, but I knew I’d want one anyway. The My Brest Friend got rave reviews from the books I read, so I put that on my registry and received it from a thoughtful friend. Unlike the Boppy, however, extra covers aren’t available for the Brest Friend. And if you’re a nursing mom, you need extra covers or you’ll be doing laundry like a mad woman (as if you don’t have enough stress).
So, now that my son is 3 months old, I have four – yes, four – breastfeeding pillows: 2 Brest Friends, 1 travel Brest Friend, and 1 Boppy. (I don’t use the Boppy to nurse, though – a friend wisely suggested I use it to give Alex tummy time because it’s not as upsetting to him if he’s higher.)
I just decided to use my inflatable travel Brest Friend as my main pillow. It seems more sanitary than the traditional foam Brest Friend because it’s made of rubbery plastic. That’s especially attractive to me now that Alex is spitting up like a fountain. I’ve emailed the manufacturer of the Brest Friend to ask that they sell extra covers for the pillows. In the meantime, I have some laundry to do.