Many lactation consultants and doctors recommend the use of nursing pillows to reduce strain on your arms, shoulders and neck while feeding baby. The Boppy Pillow is probably the best-known nursing pillow on the market, but is it the best?
I purchased the Boppy because I didn’t know there were any other nursing pillow options. The Boppy is easily found at big stores like Target, Babies R Us and Walmart, and it is affordable (prices vary but you can generally get a pillow and slipcover for $35 or less). I also liked the fact that the Boppy can be used as an infant support pillow for tummy time, sitting and propping up baby.
Then I heard about the Cuddoozle. This mom-invented nursing pillow is made of patent-pending, three-layered memory foam to comfortably support baby. In addition to its colorful, removable slipcover, the Cuddoozle pillow has a permanent, waterproof inner-cover that acts as barrier against milk and body fluids. The Cuddoozle also comes with an additional multi-purpose pillow, which you can use to elevate baby to breast feeding height (great if you have a long torso) or as a lumbar support for mom.
After examining both the Boppy and the Cuddoozle, I prefer the Cuddoozle because the memory foam offers superior support when compared to a traditional stuffed nursing pillow like the Boppy and because it has a water-resistant liner to prevent spit-up and fluids from soaking through the slipcover onto the pillow. But you will pay more for this superior product. While the Boppy pillow sells for approximately $35, the Cuddoozle’s suggested retail price is $56-65.
You can get the Boppy Pillow at Target, Walmart or Babies R Us. Or order Boppy online at Amazon.com for $34.99 (including slipcover).