I have had the privilege of being able to breastfeed all three of my babies – and not without a few hiccups along the way. I endured the sore nipples, the blocked ducts and the uncomfortable engorged feeling when milk was coming in (or on the odd occasion one of my babes slept well at night). One thing that I hadn’t been able to avoid was the sore back that comes with slouching over while nursing my babies.
A couple of years before I had Sam, I had a horse riding accident which left me with two fractured vertebrae which can’t be healed and has led to many years of pain; you don’t realise how important your spine is until even the simplest of mobile tasks create discomfort.
When you have a new baby, your stomach muscles aren’t as strong as they were before; your core is weakened from being stretched and separated and your body relies heavily on your back to continue to move around – even while sitting!
This time around feeding Ezra, I’ve been using the Milkbar Nursing Pillow from fertilemind.com.au and oh my, I wish I had heard of it sooner. It is nice and plush – with one side higher than the other so it brings him up to my breast without me having to hunch over, or use my arm muscles to hold him up. It’s a relief on my back and I’m happy to nurse him in those long cluster feeds knowing I won’t be sore by the end of it.
I also like the fact that it’s a gorgeous neutral sandy colour and I’m happy for it to sit around on my couch. It has a zip down one side to take it off easily for washing too.
Milkbar® Portable Nursing Pillow – www.fertilemind.com.au