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My Brest Friend Deluxe Review


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My Brest Friend Deluxe Pillow
Price:   $53 List | $38.95 from Amazon - 27% Off
Pros:  Easy to use latch system, wide space for baby and mom's arms to rest
Cons:  Large to store, lower overall quality of materials
Bottom line:  A close fitting, supportive pillow for all moms and babies of different shapes and sizes
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Manufacturer:   My Brest Friend

The Skinny

This pillow tested well with everyone who tried it thanks to its close fit and strong support for mom and baby. The wrap around style and buckle closure ensure that baby is close to mom and can lay comfortably while feeding. The width of the pillow helps to easily fit both baby and mom's arms while cradling, which helps to reassure new nursing moms that baby has a good latch and good posture while nursing. The width and stability of the pillow also give the perfect place for baby to be propped up while burped. The buckle system is simple to use and makes getting the pillow on and off a breeze which is also much appreciated.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Meg Benedik and BabyGearLab Review Team

Last Updated:
Sunday
May 10, 2015

Performance Comparison


My Brest Friend Deluxe offers strong performance at a reasonable price. It includes a very easy to use buckle system to secure a close fit and full body support.
My Brest Friend Deluxe offers strong performance at a reasonable price. It includes a very easy to use buckle system to secure a close fit and full body support.

Nursing Comfort


What helped the My Brest Friend Deluxe win an award was its high score in this category, nursing comfort, which we deemed the most important. The My Brest Friend Deluxe scored a 9 of 10 thanks to it's wrap around support. This pillow not only provides support for the back, which is important since nursing mothers are rarely leaning back, but also for both arms at all times. Additionally, the foam base provides a sturdy place for baby to be while nursing and even sitting up while being burped. One design flaw with the foam base is the two bumps that are on either side of the pillow. These do not increase support for baby's head and can be confusing to a new mom who is worrying about where to place baby. We recommend you just ignore that they are present!
My Brest Friend Deluxe offers the same  wrap-around back support of the original pillow.
My Brest Friend Deluxe offers the same wrap-around back support of the original pillow.


Ease of Use


The Deluxe scored an 8 of 10 in Ease of Use for several reasons. First of all, the My Brest Friend design fits ALL women at ALL stages in their postpartum nursing period, equally well. Secondly, we find it to be the easiest of the close-fitting, O-shaped pillows to place and remove thanks to the velcro, dual buckle system, unique to the Deluxe. Although a mom new to the My Brest Friend design might find first wrapping the pillow around her body annoying, it becomes an one-handed action quickly learned with repeated use. Feeds in the middle of the night and often in the dark or with a frenzied baby definitely become much easier than nursing pillows with other buckle systems. Furthermore, the velcro alleviates the need to buckle and unbuckle the pillow with each feeding and mom can instead use one hand to take the pillow off.
Thanks to the Velcro strap on the new My Brest Friend Deluxe  securing this pillow is no longer a two handed job.  Simply  keep the buckle at the desired length  wrap the pillow around your body  and tighten the pillow with the easy to use strap.
Thanks to the Velcro strap on the new My Brest Friend Deluxe, securing this pillow is no longer a two handed job. Simply, keep the buckle at the desired length, wrap the pillow around your body, and tighten the pillow with the easy to use strap.

We love nursing pillows with a buckle design in general because it allows for a close fit in addition to eliminating the need to remove a pillow from the lap while juggling a baby who is typically either very relaxed or sleeping after a feed. And, instead of having the pillow fall straight to the ground upon standing up, or trying to balance baby with one arm and then remove the pillow, mom can carry baby to the crib, or a play area safely with two hands and then remove the pillow from around her waist.
Side by side comparisons of the newer My Brest Friend Deluxe (bottom) and the My Brest Friend (top).  Both use large buckle systems to latch the pillow in place  however the Velcro on the newer Deluxe makes putting on and taking off the pillow and one-handed job.  The original uses 100% cotton fabric which at times felt stiff while the deluxe has a more plush cover that beads up moisture more successfully.
Side by side comparisons of the newer My Brest Friend Deluxe (bottom) and the My Brest Friend (top). Both use large buckle systems to latch the pillow in place, however the Velcro on the newer Deluxe makes putting on and taking off the pillow and one-handed job. The original uses 100% cotton fabric which at times felt stiff while the deluxe has a more plush cover that beads up moisture more successfully.


Another feature found on both the Deluxe and Original My Brest Friends is a large storage pocket to hold nursing items which is great because then must have items like a burp cloth and nipple salve are always present.
A nice sized pocket on the My Brest Friend Deluxe gives mom somewhere to store a burp clothe or small water bottle.  Is this addition necessary?  No  but we found it helpful and a nice touch.
A nice sized pocket on the My Brest Friend Deluxe gives mom somewhere to store a burp clothe or small water bottle. Is this addition necessary? No, but we found it helpful and a nice touch.

However, there are a few things that detract from the My Brest Friend's ease of use which we find perfectly acceptable and worthwhile. With the addition of sanity saving back support, the My Brest Friend design is large which means it is generally more cumbersome to store in comparison to its competitors. It either needs a tall and narrow space or a larger surface to lay flat. Additionally, the My Brest Friend does not have an another purpose once the nursing days are over, so it will take up more storage space until either another baby comes along or it is passed along as a hand-me-down.

Materials


All in all, the materials used in the My Brest Friend Deluxe were average and this is not a general strength of the brand. The 6 of 10 score is part due to the pillows low echo-health score. The cover is a 100% synthetic polyester while the pillow is made from a polyurethane foam which is thankfully without flame retardant chemicals. The quality score of the materials was a mediocre 5 because of the plush polyester cover which we found this to be both nice for baby and mom. Unfortunately the cover did rip upon its fourth wash and reassembly. In our opinion this is a sign that the material is not the highest quality and in the sub-category of shape retention.
After its fourth and final wash  the My Brest Friend Deluxe had a zipper malfunction during it reconstruction.
After its fourth and final wash, the My Brest Friend Deluxe had a zipper malfunction during it reconstruction.
After months of use, the pillow did not decrease in height and maintained its original shape. However, one does have to be careful with the foam and its narrow back support side. While this cover is still much easier to put onto the foam base, we were still careful in doing so because it seems the foam could easily break if handled the wrong way.
After 0.25 seconds the polyester cover is almost back onto the foam base of the My Brest Friend Deluxe.
After 0.25 seconds the polyester cover is almost back onto the foam base of the My Brest Friend Deluxe.


Ease of Cleaning


Unfortunately, this pillow is not the easiest to clean and is quite time consuming as the cover requires to be air dried. Therefore, the entire cleaning process takes a good half of a day, depending on if you are able to lay your cover flat in the sun, or if it must remain indoors. To re-assemble the pillow takes little time, a full fifth seconds, however that does not make up for the slow drying. One positive on the ease of cleaning is that this cover beads up liquid infinitely better than the My Brest Friend Original which alleviates the fear of liquid leaking to the foam.
Assembling the My Brest Friend Deluxe after washing is easy thanks to its cover material.  Simply lay the cover out flat  place the pillow inside  and zip it back up.
Assembling the My Brest Friend Deluxe after washing is easy thanks to its cover material. Simply lay the cover out flat, place the pillow inside, and zip it back up.


Conclusion


This pillow tested well with everyone who tried it thanks to its close fit and strong support for mom and baby. The wrap around style and buckle closure ensure that baby is close to mom and can lay comfortably while feeding. The width of the pillow helps to easily fit both baby and mom's arms while cradling, which helps to reassure new nursing moms that baby has a good latch and good posture while nursing. The width and stability of the pillow also give the perfect place for baby to be propped up while burped. The buckle system is simple to use and makes getting the pillow on and off a breeze which is also much appreciated.

Video


A video from My Brest Friend highlighting how their pillow design helps to promote breastfeeding by giving both mom and baby nice support which also helps minimize muscle soreness and keeps nipples healthy and milk supply increased through an improved latch.
Meg Benedik and BabyGearLab Review Team

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