The Best Nursing Pillow for Breastfeeding Moms. Our Top 5 Picks!

Anne McDermott
By Anne McDermott / September 18, 2016
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If you’re struggling to nurse, like I did with my first child, someone might recommend a nursing pillow to you. If you’re skeptical, don’t be--it’s a complete lifesaver! Using a nursing pillow helped me with my breastfeeding problems (and aching back) and even inspired me to create this review of the best nursing pillows to help out other moms.

Here you’ll find five of the top nursing pillows on the market now, along with detailed descriptions and nursing pillow reviews to help you choose the best pillow for you and your baby!

1. Boppy Bare Naked Nursing Pillow

Boppy nursing pillow

The Boppy name is virtually synonymous with nursing pillows. The company released their first nursing pillow in 1989 and won multiple AMBY awards as voted by moms. Depending on your age, you may even remember it from the show Friends in the late 90s.

The Bobby is definitely sturdy, durable and well designed. The pillow works for nursing by lifting your baby to a more ergonomic position for more comfortable breastfeeding and bottle feeding. This gives your arms and back lots of relief and makes nursing simpler than ever.

The Bare Naked comes in solid white with slipcover options that you can purchase separately, giving you lots of color and design options. Even with this separate purchase, the total price is still very competitive with other leading pillows.

One final design element worth a mention is its “stretch panel” that flexes to accommodate all waste sizes. If you’re like me and gained a few extra pounds during pregnancy, this is an important feature.

2. My Brest Friend Deluxe Nursing Pillow

My Brest Friend Nursing Pillow

The My Brest Friend pillow has become a huge hit with a unique design that adds several features. It’s got a full wrap-around design with a built-in back support and adjustable clip closure. Unlike other designs, this won’t slip or fall off as you move around.

The design also incorporates built in arm and elbow rests which will relieve shoulder and neck stress. Unlike many other pillows which have a rounded top, this top is flat, more like a padded shelf, so your baby won’t roll. Finally, they’ve even added a convenient pocket for bottles, burping cloths or even your phone.

Finally, the My Brest Friend nursing pillow comes in a huge range of colors and designs so there’s a good chance you’ll find an eye-catching design you like. I especially love the fireworks design. It’s attractive and it hides all kinds of stains!

3. Theraline Maternity and Nursing Pillow

Theraline Maternity Pillow

You may not have heard of Theraline as much as some other brands like Boppy, but they’ve been huge in Europe for many years.

The Theraline pillow has a unique design that makes it useful both during pregnancy and for breastfeeding. It looks a bit like a long, cushy boomerang. It bends into any position you’d like. This means you can curve it slightly for side sleeping during pregnancy or curve it a lot to use as a nursing pillow.

Users especially like the micro bead filling which is comfortable but still firm and won’t deform with use. If you’re like me and get really hot during pregnancy, you’ll find the microbeads don’t heat up like a lot of other pillows.

The one I’ve linked to here has a really attractive purple flower design but there are plenty of other choices as well.

Overall, I really like this as a maternity pillow and as a back-up nursing pillow though I think the real nursing pillows like the Boppy or the My Brest Friend are more functional for nursing.

4. Ozark Mountain Nursing Pillow

ozark nursing pillow

I’ve include the Ozark Mountain nursing pillow mostly because it’s made of a luxurious cotton chenille that has a wonderful, soft feel that you and your baby will love.

I also really like the bright pink, turquoise and mint color options. Between the feel and the colors, this pillow just makes you feel good. I mean, you’re going to be using it a lot so look and feel really matter. It’s also machine-washable, so you don’t have to worry about any stains.

It’s got a nice fit too that will accommodate even larger sized moms. I’m not a huge fan of the tapered ends though as it doesn’t give as much elbow support as some other models. Also, the price is a bit higher than some other options. That said, these are pretty small negatives and the look and feel still make this a really nice nursing pillow.

5. Airbornbaby Nursing Pillow

Airbornbaby Nursing Pillow

This lightweight nursing pillow is perfect for travel or on-the-go moms. It deflates and rolls up quickly, so it can easily fit in your diaper bag. It also has the ability to self-inflate, making it very convenient if you’re on the go (and don’t have the energy to blow up pillows!).

The cover of this pillow is another of its great features. One side has a velvety, warm cover the helps your baby to relax or sleep. The other side is smooth and cooler and can help keep you baby awake if needed.

The wrap-around design gives support to your back, neck, and shoulders, so you can forget about the back pain you usually get from nursing. One word of caution though; if you’re heavier, it can be a bit of a tight fit.

This Airbornbaby pillow is also reversible and very easy to wipe clean or machine wash. And on top of it all, this pillow is free of phthalates, BPA, latex, and lead, so it’s extremely safe to use with your newborn.

​Still Not Sure? A Quick Recap

If our nursing pillow reviews still have you stuck as to which product is the best nursing pillow for you, here are a few tips to help you choose.

  • For a brand name, high quality choice that’s been proven over decades, the Boppy Nursing Pillow will be your best pick.
  • Looking for a fun print and an easy-to-use pillow? Try the Ozark Mountain Nursing Pillow.
  • If you’re looking for ultimate comfort and a flatter design with lots of support, check out the My Brest Friend nursing pillow.

One final thought. If you're having back pain from nursing, check our some of the great back pain relief ideas on

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About the author

Anne McDermott

I'm an active mom with two beautiful children that keep me really busy! I learned a thing or two nursing them both and now I like to share what I've learned with new and soon-to-be moms!

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