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Nursing is hard work. Make sure you are comfortable!
I took a gamble and bought the San diego bebe eco nursing pillow even though no one that I knew had it and I had never seen it in person. I took this leap because the company states that it is fire-retardant chemicals, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, eco-friendly, recyclable, glue-free, foam-free, lead-free, and Phthalate-free and I couldn't bear the thought of exposing my tiny baby to known allergens and toxins. See the graphic and chart below comparing this pillow to other popular ones. All of that is great, but in my day-to-day use, what I ended up really loving about it is how much room there is for the baby and the Comfort Bolster at the edge, which provides extra security from roll-offs. The pillow is actually designed for use even beyond the first year. Lots of obstacles can stand in the way of a mom looking to breast feed her child, don't let comfort be one of them!
An older version of the attached privacy cover didn't provide as much side coverage as some people wanted. The company recently updated the cover so that its fabric extends all the way under each arm. The cover is detachable, which is convenient for washing or if you don't want to cover up.
I like the Bebe Au Lait nursing cover in black eyelet (why draw even more attention to yourself with loud prints). I packed it in my hospital bag and it came in handy during my four day stay (although in many other respects, modesty went out the window). A nursing cover isn't just for modesty, as your baby gets older it can be useful for blocking out distractions and keeping him focussed. Even if you get the San diego bebe eco nursing pillow with detachable cover up, you will want to buy a separate nursing cover to use when you are out.
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