I’m a couple of months into nursing and I’ve had my share of obstacles ( latch difficulty, soreness, low milk supply). It’s going much better, but I found myself constantly propping my breast up to help my baby’s latch and positioning. Using the rolled-up towel trick worked, but it would unroll or dislodge easily. It really didn’t even "lift" me up enough. I needed to find a better solution.
The Utterly Yours Breast Pillow ($21.95), which was designed by a mom, is a way to "lift" yourself up. Its designed for large breasted women (like myself) and moms who need a little "support". The way you use it is simple. Hold the pillow in your hand, compress it with your thumb and forefinger, position it under your breast and release. Click here for an illustrated diagram.
I am pleased to report that this product really gave me support – and my hand back! I no longer had to prop myself up when I used the Utterly Yours. I usually use this with a great nursing pillow (I am loving Luna Lullaby’s Bosom Baby Pillow) – you can never have too much support! The Utterly Yours Breast Pillow is designed to be used it while sitting position, but can be used while in the lying down nursing position.
It is small enough to fit in your diaper bag and reasonable enough to get a couple. The cover is washable – but the pillow is not.
There are 4 sizes – determined by your pregnancy bra size (small is for cup size C and D, medium is for E (DD) and F), large is for G and H, and x-large is for I and J). You can buy additional washable covers for $11.95 for a 2 pack.