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Gear Girl: Favorite Nursing Pillows

Breastfeeding pillows were a staple in my living room when my kids were little. They were invaluable for getting my babes in just the right position, but severely lacked in the style department. Fortunately, brands have heard the cry of stylish moms who don't want to shove their nursing pillow behind the couch whenever company comes. With this collection of breastfeeding pillows, you can nurse in comfort and style.

Positioning is key for successful nursing and the right pillow can help make you and your baby more comfortable and more successful at latching. Yes, you might be able to use a collection of couch pillows and scrunched up blankets to get the support you need, but these nursing pillows are designed to provide support and comfort during nursing. Something you'll be doing every 2-3 hours with your newborn. In other words, a worthwhile investment. Keep in mind - Everyone's body, boobs and baby are different and will require a different "perfect" formula to create the perfect height, position and angle for nursing, but here are some of our favorites.

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First up is the Blessed Nest Nursing Pillow. I got a hold of this one with my second child and LOVED it. First, it's filled with buckwheat hulls instead of cotton like many others. This means two things: a) that it stays cooler than fiber-filled pillows (babies are little heaters!) and b) you can adjust the hulls to provide more support at the head, middle or end - wherever you, your body and your baby need it. The all organic pillow is perfect for the sensitive skin of babies and the washable covers come in a great selection of simple fabrics from all white to simple, modern patterns.

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Available in green, grey or orange, the Nook Niche Nursing Pillow is a modern take on the wrap-around nursing pillow. Organic inside and out, the Niche Nursing Pillow's square design provide plenty of surface area to support baby while the modern solid color options and soft texture provide enough style so you won't want to run and hide it when company comes over to see your newborn.

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Luna Pillow

Crave patterns? The Luna Lullaby Nursing Pillowby Bosom Baby comes in 20 different patterns and colors. The unique V-shapes give you support on which ever side you are feeding on with without additional bulk of pillow where you don't need it. The shape also makes it work well as a pregnancy pillow to provide support under your bellow or between your legs. The Luna Lullaby cover is machine washable and has no zippers or Velcro to cause discomfort. Plus, whether you want solids or prints, a gender-neutral design or all-out girly, Luna Lullaby has a style for you.

The original Boppy has been around for over 25 years, but the most recent addition to the family is the Boppy Two-Sided Nursing Pillow. This unique pillow offers two levels of support - a firmer, contoured foam surface covered in a soft minky fabric for more support and a softer, fiber-filled side for added comfort. Whichever side you prefer, there is a wide arc to fit most parents and an adjustable belt to help keep the pillow in place. The Two-Sided Boppy only comes in two colors, but the whole pillow - cover and insert - are all machine-washable.

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What is your favorite breastfeeding pillow?

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