Organic Nursing Pillow Recommendations

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Organic Nursing Pillow Recommendations
Organic Nursing Pillow Recommendations

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.

Size: 25″x16″x6″

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.

23 Responses

  1. What do you think of the San Diego Bebe by Double Blessings Eco-friendly Nursing Pillow?

    • They said that the pillows are made of polyfiber, which is a petroleum product. It is too bad. I know it does not look like the market has to offer much to women with twins. It is a shame.

  2. I have the Blessed Nest, and while I do love it there are a few things I would recommend. My baby has super-sensitive skin, and sometimes I found the cover too rough, so I typically covered it with an organic baby blanket (so I wouldn’t recommend buying an extra cover). There were times when I wished it would have been a little more firm or had more buckwheat hulls – when my baby was really small I sometimes had to use another pillow or some wadded up blankets to get him up to the right height. But as he got bigger I didn’t need that. Now that my baby is bigger (6 months), it would be nice to have something firmer and that went around him to help him sit up (I know people that use Boppys for that as they are really firm, so maybe the purerest would work for that as that looks to be more that shape). Regardless of what you buy there will probably be times when you want something either more or less firm, so I found going less firm allowed me to supplement with blankets or other pillows.
    And one bonus use of the Blessed Nest – my baby would often fall asleep on me on the couch, so we would lay a blanket down and put him next to me, and use the Blessed Nest along the edge of the cushion so he wouldn’t fall off (not that he was rolling anyway, but gave us piece of mind). This way he was “sandwiched” between the Blessed Nest and the back of the couch, and the curve of the pillow fit him nicely. Even as he grew he seemed to enjoy that comfort of being enclosed.
    And don’t forget to bring your nursing pillow with you to the hospital!! It’s so much nicer than using theirs, and all the nurses were quite impressed with it!

  3. Do you know anything about the Gia nursing pillow? I like the wedge shape, but can’t find a thing about what it’s made of inside, or what might be on it.

  4. Thank you so much for being willing to do the research on these items. We expecting mommies really appreciate the time you have taken!

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  6. Have you seen the Honest Company nursing pillow? What are your thoughts on this one?
    https://www.honest.com/feeding/honest-nursing-pillow

  7. It’s the poly fiber that is the petroleum based product, right? I was just looking at it as an option. With my first I used My Breast Friend, but I’m pretty sure it has flame retardents in it, so I want to find a better one. I like the shape and function of My Breast Friend, and The Honest Company one was more like it. I didn’t care for the boppy style pillow when nursing my first born.

    • Hi Jena: normally poly fibers are petroleum-based. And if it is not specified in the product description, it is mostly likely the case. You might want to check with Honest Co. to be sure. So, do you like Honest co. pillow because it resembles My Best Friend?

      • The description states: “•Core made from 100% Eco*Loft® virgin poly-fiber— NO toxic foams, adhesives, flame retardants, or harsh chemicals often found in traditional nursing pillows” Yes, I was looking at it because it looked like a non-toxic version of My Brest Friend. I like the support I got from using My Brest Friend. I called and spoke to someone at the company and the good news is My Brest Friend I have doesn’t contain flame retardants, however, it’s made of the petroleum based foam.

        • Confirmed through the company that the pillow is free of petrochemicals!
          MATERIALS (per website):
          Pillow Insert: 100% Eco-Loft® Polyester Fiber
          Fabric Cover: 100% Certified Organic Cotton Plush Top and Bolster with 100% Polyester Plush Sides
          Mesh Privacy Cover: 100% Polyester Mesh
          Bolster Filling: 100% Polyfill

          Per Honest Company: “Eco*Loft is a trade-marked name of a patented fiber material. The fiber material is made from 100% polyester fibers. The patented technology is the manufacturing process and treatment during the production process. Eco*Loft is hypo-allergenic, non-toxic and not treated with any fire-retardant chemicals.”

          Hope this helps!

          • Hmm… Here is a question. What is polyester made of? Most polyesters are petroleum-derived with the exception of PLA, a new type of polyester derived from corn or potatoes. I suspect that “Eco” means that the polyester is made from recycled polyester, which is great for the environment but has no direct impact on its toxicity. With that said, if you have to choose between polyurethane foam and polyester pillow, I would certainly go for polyester – MUCH MUCH less VOCs.

        • By the way, by law breastfeeding pillow are not required to contain flame retardants but in independent tests they show up sometimes.

  8. I went with the MoonWomb pillow. It’s perfect for plopping up under my belly between my legs and even to read lol. It’s also a nursing pillow that has the buckwheat hulls. It’s all organic which I love because I’m smell sensitive to weird foam. It’s super cozy and breathes so you don’t get hot. It’s huge too. I love it.

    • Thank you for sharing, June. I wonder that the Raw Organic Fiber is. Do you know? ~Irina

      • It’s organic buckwheat hulls and organic cotton canvas, the cover is also organic cotton knit I believe. There is an aroma pouch that has organic lavender flowers which is on the inside pocket. Maybe that’s the fiber?

  9. Hi Irina! What are your thoughts on the MoonWomb pillow by the Sustainable baby? My midwife recommended that I get it. It seems to be pretty great according to the reviews I like that it’s thicker than most the boppy did nothing for me at 5″ thick with my first. I had to hunch over so badly. And I am scared of foam lol. I also like that it can be used for pregnancy. Let me know if you have any thoughts on this one! Love your blog btw

    • Hi, Jules: I am not familiar with this product. Could you email them and ask to list all materials that go into making the pillow and then let me know. We can go from there. ~Irina

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