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My Brest Friend Original Review


Nursing Pillow

My Brest Friend Original Pillow
Price:   $44 List | $34.95 from Amazon - 21% Off
Pros:  Supports back and arms, buckle latch, pocket
Cons:  Very hard to clean, flimsy base
Bottom line:  Go for the Delux version if you want the most support.
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Manufacturer:   My Brest Friend

The Skinny

In our opinion this pillow has a nice concept with its full wrap around shape that provides both back and arm support, however it is actually not too easy to use and quite difficult to clean. If you're looking for a pillow that can support you anywhere you may want to nurse and fit your changing body, we recommend the My Brest Friend Deluxe over the original.

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Analysis and Hands-on Test Findings

Review by:
Meg Benedik and BabyGearLab Review Team

Last Updated:
Sunday
May 10, 2015

Nursing Comfort


Both the My Brest Friend Deluxe and original scored a 9 of 10 on nursing comfort thanks to the support they offer.
My Brest Friend features wrap around support which makes nursing comfortable in more places.
My Brest Friend features wrap around support which makes nursing comfortable in more places.
The foam base maintains its structure over time and allows both arms and baby to rest peacefully during nursing. A unique feature of both the My Brest Friend and My Brest Friend Deluxe are two bumps on the top of the foam that are presumably to add support for baby's head. In our opinion these serve no purpose and only made feeding more difficult.

Ease of Use


The My Breast Friend pillows are nursing pillows that can fit just about any woman at any stage in their post-partum period. The buckle system helps to tighten the pillow close to the body to help minimize space for baby to slip into as well as maximize support for both you and baby.
The buckle is especially nice because you don't have to struggle to remove the pillow before carrying baby to their crib. The wide surface of the original, measuring at 9inches is great for holding baby during both feeding and burping.

Materials Used


The pillow does take some time to get on and off due to its one buckle system, particularly if you are trying to do it with baby in-hand.
Securing the My Brest Nest pillow is a two handed job and therefore cannot be done in a quick frenzy to feed baby.
Securing the My Brest Nest pillow is a two handed job and therefore cannot be done in a quick frenzy to feed baby.
The buckle is only on the right hand side of the pillow making it even harder for left handed women. Thankfully the My Brest Friend Deluxe alleviated this problem with the addition of Velcro.

Ease of Cleaning


The My Breast Friend is very difficult to clean. First the cover, although a seemingly nice 100% cotton cover is actually poor quality for a nursing pillow because it soaks up any spills.
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.
This can leave the fabric smelly and may cause the liquid to leak through to the foam, which cannot be cleaned. The cover is machine washable but unfortunately must be laid flat to dry which means you most likely will not be able to use the pillow for at least one feeding while it's being cleaned. Putting the pillow back together again is quite difficult because the cotton fabric does not stretch nicely over the very still foam base and added another 5:05 to the cleaning process.

Likes


Both the My Brest Friend Deluxe and My Brest Friend Original scored a 9 of 10 on support. The foam base maintains its structure over time and allows both arms and baby to rest peacefully during nursing.
My Brest Friend features wrap around support which makes nursing comfortable in more places.
My Brest Friend features wrap around support which makes nursing comfortable in more places.
The My Breast Friend pillows are nursing pillows that can fit just about any woman at any stage in their post-partum period. The buckle system helps to tighten the pillow close to the body to help minimize space for baby to slip into as well as maximize support for both you and baby.
The buckle is especially nice because you don't have to struggle to remove the pillow before carrying baby to their crib. The wide surface of the original, measuring at 20" is great for holding baby during both feeding and burping.

Dislikes


The pillow does take some time to get on and off due to its one buckle system, particularly if you are trying to do it with baby in-hand. The buckle is only on the right hand side of the pillow making it even harder for left handed women. Thankfully the My Brest Friend Deluxe alleviated this problem with the addition of Velcro.
Securing the My Brest Nest pillow is a two handed job and therefore cannot be done in a quick frenzy to feed baby.
Securing the My Brest Nest pillow is a two handed job and therefore cannot be done in a quick frenzy to feed baby.
Additionally, the My Breast Friend is very difficult to clean. First the cover, although a seemingly nice 100% cotton cover is actually poor quality for a nursing pillow because it soaks up any spills.
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.
This can leave the fabric smelly and may cause the liquid to leak through to the foam, which cannot be cleaned. The cover is machine washable but unfortunately must be laid flat to dry which means you most likely will not be able to use the pillow for at least one feeding while it's being cleaned. Putting the pillow back together again is quite difficult because the cotton fabric does not stretch nicely over the very still foam base and added another 5:05 to the cleaning process. A unique feature of both the My Brest Friend and My Brest Friend Deluxe are two bumps on the top of the foam that are presumably to add support for baby's head. In our opinion these serve no purpose and only made feeding more difficult.

Conclusion


If you're looking for a pillow with a sturdy base and adjustable size, spend the little bit extra for the My Brest Friend Deluxe or the more plush Boppy Nursing Pillow.
Meg Benedik and BabyGearLab Review Team

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