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When I work with expectant parents to help them build their non-toxic baby registries, I recommend paying special attention to the area where they plan to do the most nursing. Needless to say, this area has be free of flame retardant chemicals, VOCs (volatile organic compounds), heavy metals and other toxins, because this is where you will spend a lot of time with your baby. For the exact same reason, it has be very comfortable. One way to do it is to get a comfortable organic nursing pillow. After researching the nursing pillow market inside out, I found a few nursing pillows that met my strictest criteria. In this post, I will present you with 4 organic nursing pillows and supply you with all the relevant information I was able to gather so you can decide for yourself which nursing pillow is for you.
Organic Nursing Pillow – The Nesting Pillow by Blessed Nest, $94
Materials: filled with organic buckwheat hulls and the cover is made of GOTS certified organic cotton.
Size: 26”x 16”x 5”
Notes by Manufacturer: What’s different about the Nesting Pillow is that the filling allows you to get your baby into the proper position, and then it conforms to baby’s body and its weight helps it to stay put. The miracle of buckwheat hulls is that they not only move around like a bean-bag, but they are shaped like little pyramids that interlock together like puzzle pieces so it gives stable support whatever size, shape or position you are in (and where you’re sitting!).
What I Think: I have not tried this organic nursing pillow but I think it is a cool concept and it sounds like the pillow should work great. There are 31 reviews on Amazon and 27 of them are 5-star, which is a very high praise. I would definitely give it a try, if I were nursing. Another great feature of the pillow is that it has a pillowcase you can take off and wash that is included in the price.
Manufacturing: Lawrence, Kansas
Where to Buy: company’s website or Amazon.
The price is the same and in both places you will have to pay a shipping charge. Slip cover is included but you can buy an extra one for $56 here.
Organic Nursing Pillow – Bo Peep Nursing Pillow by Holy Lamb Organics, $110
Materials: batting is made of premium eco-wool and the cover is made of organic cotton.
Size: 19″ x 23″x 9.5”
Notes by Manufacturer: The all-natural “Bo Peep” helps to lift your baby closer to your breast and relieves pressure off of your arm and legs trying to hold the baby up. When your baby gets older, the pillow is also useful as a prop to sit her up.
What I Think: The pillow is not cheap but, if you can afford it, wool is a good way to go. Studies have shown that wool is beneficial for sleep and temperature regulation. Another crucial feature of wool is that it is antibacterial. In other words, if you get spills you do not have to wash it every time.
It is made of premium eco-wool, which, according to Holy Lamb Organics, has the same standards as certified organic wool. Certified organic wool comes from either New Zealand or Australia, while eco-wool is sourced locally, making it a greener choice (for more information, visit here).
A pillowcase is not included in the price. And it is $50. If you’re a cheapskate like I am, you might decide that it is not necessary and throw an organic cotton blanket on top of the nursing pillow. I used Under the Nile swaddle blankets. The fabric is luxuriously soft and drapery enough to serve the purpose.
I can’t say much about its comfort as I could not find any reviews.
Manufacturing & Shipping Location: Oakville, WA
Where to Buy: company’s website or on Amazon (no shipping charge on Amazon).
Organic Nursing Pillow by Purerest, $88
Materials: filled with organic wool and the cover is made of organic cotton.
Notes by Manufacturer: Use while nursing or use to help baby sit up safely. Covered with organic cotton natural damask for softness. Use an organic cotton nursing pillowcase for protection. Hand rinse or spot clean only.
What I Think: This is another option made with wool fill. It is less expensive than Holy Lamb’s pillow. In the absence of reviews, I can’t tell which one is better in terms of comfort. They look very similar. The difference is that it is filled with certified organic wool versus premium eco-wool. A pillowcase is not included. To save money you can use an organic blanket to throw on top.
Manufacturing Location: San Diego, CA
Where to Buy: company’s website or Amazon – a little bit cheaper.
Pillowcase is available on Purerest website for $39.
Organic Cotton Nursing Pillow by Organic Caboose, $73.99
Materials: filled with organic cotton batting and the cover is made of organic cotton.
Notes by Manufacturer: The thoughtful design allows plenty of room to hold baby. It makes a wonderful lift to nurture or feed baby while caregiver is sitting. This organic nursing pillow is most comfortable when used for one child at a time but could be used for twins depending on size and orientation of the babies.
What I Think: I have not tried it but I think I would like it because it is flat and roomy, which will allow to position a baby comfortably. In one of the reviews posted on Organic Caboose website it said that the fact that this organic nursing pillow is flat and roomy allowed the mom to achieve hands-free nursing or even hands-free preparing-to-nurse. It is also cheaper than other options. The disadvantage is that it is made of cotton, which does not have the antibacterial properties wool does.
Manufacturing & Shipping Location: Missouri state
Where to Buy: company’s website or Amazon.
Pillowcase is sold on Amazon for $36.99.
In conclusion, if you have some other nursing pillow in mind, let me know about it, and I will look into adding it to the organic nursing pillow list.