Just like many Mummies, I want to give the best to my children. So, when it comes to choosing between breast milk and formula milk, it is definitely a no brainer. In fact, the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that babies be breastfed exclusively for six months to confer the maximum benefits of breastfeeding on both mother and child.
Breastfeeding is not something new to me but I cannot say that it gets easier the second time round. It still requires certain effort and determination from the mother to wake up 2-3 hourly to a breastfeed a baby especially during the first month when mothers are usually so tired out from childbirth, adjusting their lives around a newborn, going through the confinement month and possibly have to deal with baby blues. Hence, in order to have successful breastfeeding journey. mummies need all the support they can get.
When I started out breastfeeding Ryan, it was not an easy journey as well. I was not like some fortunate mothers who had overflowing amount of breast milk. In fact, I felt like I was on the other spectrum in this aspect. E and I have attended a antenatal course on breastfeeding conducted by Sister Kang Paik Gaik and she recommended that mothers with low milk supply to have the babies latch on the breasts as latching will help to increase the milk flow. And so that is what I did.
I spent most of my time getting Baby Ryan to latch on. While nursing him, I either cradled him in my arms or used a pillow to support him. Each nursing session could be as long as 45 minutes to 1 hour and those two options of supporting Ryan were not the best for my back, neck and my arms. I hesitated in getting a proper breastfeeding pillow because I was doubtful of the length of my breastfeeding journey and whether it would be a worthwhile investment. Turns out after 15 months of breastfeeding Ryan, using only a pillow, I ended up with an aching back and sore arms and neck all the time. And I actually had to see a physiotherapist for all these problems. So, looking at a cost point, I definitely lost more than I gained.
This time round, breastfeeding Baby Gillian is becoming much easier and comfortable because of My Brest Friend!
My Brest Friend was developed in a laboratory of new moms, babies, and breastfeeding experts who set out to create a pillow whose sole purpose was to answer all the needs of breastfeeding moms and babies. 50 prototypes and a global patent later, the pillow is loaded with features moms love:
- Wrap around design secures to the body helping mom and baby maintain positioning and latch-on
- Back rest helps you maintain good posture during feeding and prevents sore back and neck
- Firm, flat cushion keeps baby from rolling
- Adjustable, silent-release strap fits Moms or Dads comfortably and unlatches without waking baby
- Arm and elbow rests eliminate shoulder stress
- Convenient pocket keeps water bottles, burp cloths, phone, and other items within reach
After using it for 2 weeks, I have to say that My Brest Friend is something I will recommend to any nursing mother! There are two features that I think are fantastic! Firstly, the strap around the back allows me to sit securely without slouching. Compared to the last experience of breastfeeding, I really do not suffer from aching back and neck now. Since nursing mothers will be spending so many hours in this position, it is crucial that to have a breastfeeding pillow with good support and that is what My Brest Friend provides. Even Daddies can use the pillow for back support when bottle feeding babies- I know that because E uses it!
The second awesome feature would be how the pillow is made of foam instead of the cotton fluffy fillings that most breastfeeding pillows are made from. It is firm- it supports Baby Gillian very well, holds her at a comfortable height for me to nurse her, and it is comfortable- Baby Gillian often falls asleep on the pillow after every nursing session.
So if you truly want to make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, or you are intending a gift to a nursing mother, you should definitely consider My Brest Friend!
My Brest Friend pillow for this post are kindly sponsored by Spring Maternity.