When I was pregnant I had a six foot pillow that became my best friend, especially as my bump grew and my pelvis took more and more strain. I had terrible PSD, and slept very little, and towards the end, even getting out of bed was painful. About the only time I slept was when I had my pillow between my knees and my bump resting on it.
I never used the pillow as a breastfeeding pillow â€“ I’m sure I could have, it just never occurred to me.
I did, however, use it as something for Ameli to sleep on top of, in the nook of my arm, so that she was at my body height. As a result, we managed side lying nursing pretty early on, which was fantastic as it allowed me to sleep a whole lot more than most mums-to-newborns manage. With her on top of the pillow, I didn’t fear that she would suffocate under my breast as she wasn’t lying under it.Â I also wouldn’t be able to roll onto her, as her body was the same height as mine. (I’m not sure what the ‘professionals’ would say of this method of co-sleeping, but it worked for us. Judge your circumstances for yourself, and remember to always co-sleep safely.)
We also used the pillow to prop her up into sitting position a few months down the line. (And only for very short periods of time so there was no unnecessary pressure on her developing spine.)
Theraline breastfeeding and maternity pillows have 100% cotton, washable covers, and have beads on the inside that shape and mould, and then hold the position of your body, making them ideal as back support or baby support when you’re breastfeeding â€“ especially in the beginning when you and baby are both still trying to learn.
As you can see from breastfeeding mum Vic’sÂ review of the Theraline pillow, it is quite pricey at almost Â£45, but well worth it, especially if you use it from your pregnancy through to a travel pillow for your young child.
Today Theraline are giving two Diary of a First Child readers the opportunity to win a Theraline Maternity and Breastfeeding Pillow.Â All you need to do to be in with a chance to win is go to the Theraline website, then return here and tell me your preferred cover style.
Competition runs till noon on July 8th. Winners will be randomly selected using Random.org.