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.
My Brest Friend Deluxe Review
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
Manufacturer: My Brest Friend
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Our Analysis and Test Results
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Overall, we were impressed with how this pillow performed. The fit, support and wrap around style were a winning combination for moms and babies alike. The pillow is stable enough to assist with burping after feeding as well. Even though it has a buckle, it is easy to use when getting the pillow on and off.
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 & BabyGearLab Team