Breastfeeding is the most natural act between mother and baby and yet it’s not always the easiest. Tools like plus size nursing pillows and support like an IBCLC can make a BIG impact. Below you’ll see 4 mom approved plus size nursing pillows and then tips for free and inexpensive options. Please share your own experiences and recommendations within the comments!
Plus Size Nursing Pillows
While the original Boppy design is one of the most popular on the market, it’s not very size friendly. This new Boppy Best Latch is a redesign and it is size friendly! It comes with a removable and adjustable belt up to 52 inches (but you don’t need to use it). The pillow is soft on one side and firm on the other so you can decide what works best for you and your nursing needs.
This is a favorite among plus size nursing moms (be sure to select the “twin” pillow because that is their plus size option). This pillow offers back support!! It also has the unique feature of a storage pocket. This is a helpful place to tuck your water bottle, nipple cream, and cell phone.
The Ergo Nursing Pillow is designed to fit moms of many sizes. It easily works for moms all the way up to a size 24/26 (and possibly beyond depending upon your weight distribution). The ergonomic curve design brings your baby close to your body. Out of all of the plus size nursing pillows listed here, it’s also the firmest.
This is a great option when it comes to plus size nursing pillows because it fits people of all sizes with the unique Luna Lullaby design. The plush pillow holds its shape for many years and will become a great pillow for family snuggles long after your breastfeeding journey has come to an end.
Free or Inexpensive Options
While fancy plus size nursing pillows are nice to have, they sure aren’t a necessity. You can simply use your own pillows or buy inexpensive pillows at stores like Ross or Target. Just be sure to keep plenty clean pillow cases handy.
Ask a Friend
Do a posting on Facebook or reach out to your local mommy friends and see if anyone has an extra nursing pillow or is no longer using theirs. You might end up with a $50 pillow in exchange for a hug!
Baby consignment stores are not only a great place to shop for gently used baby clothes but also nursing pillows. You can often find the older Boppy design and while they are usually too snug for larger bodies, they can be stretched out. During pregnancy you can sit in a chair or on the couch (prop up those feet) and place the pillow on your lap. Use the pillow as a nice prop for your favorite pregnancy book!* Over time the Boppy will stretch out. Or you might be lucky enough to snag one of these plus size nursing pillows that we highly recommend listed above.
Whether you get a nursing pillow from a friend or consignment store, most of them have a slip-cover that can be easily removed and then washed in your favorite fragrance-free laundry soap like Charlie’s Soap.
* You’ll find your plus size nursing pillows will become book, snack, and iPad prop long after you’re done nursing!
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