I know that the Boppy seems to be the gold standard, but my girlfriend said that the Brest Friend was infinitely more useful.
Thoughts? Which did you use? Did you register for both?
Thanks in advance!
Katie, Duke Gardens, 6months
Zach, Duke Gardens, 6months
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I have both. I had the boppy first, and after it wasn't helpful to me w/ feedings, I got the Brest Friend, which was infinitely better w/ nursing.
I think once you're experienced w/ BFing, the boppy is alright, but at the beginning, it's tough as you learn how to nurse, and the MBF helped w/ positioning DD.
I still have the boppy and use it upstairs occasionally, but I also use it to place behind DD when she sits. You can use the boppy for tummy time too. So at least it'd get a little use if you end up like me buying both!
i have both and in the beginning i really preferred the breastfriend. it just provides so much support and really helps you get the baby in the right position. dh preferred the boppy, esp in the hospital bc it helped him hold ds.
now that i'm almost 3 months into it i don't really use either of them for feeding. i haven't used the mbf since ds was probably a month old if not just a couple weeks, and same for the boppy. i stopped using the pillows bc they are so bulky that i hated having them laying around the livingroom/bedroom that i really use our extra bed pillows or throw pillows if i need one. and really i just need something to prop my elbow up.
but now i've started using the boppy to let ds sit in and for tummy time. so ultimatly that pillow is more useful for me.
oh yeah, and i also used the boppy for myself when i first came home from the hospital w/hemmeroids lol. it makes a great donut pillow for sitting on!
For nursing, the My Brest Friend was a lifesaver for me. I was having trouble getting DS positioned and latching, the MBF 100% helped me be able to get him latched. I loved it and used it for about 3 months.
The boppy is nice to have around, we used it for tummy time. DS used to sleep in it on the couch when he was small. It's also good to help prop up a baby who can't quite sit up.
I also loved my Boppy and had no compliants with it. I never used the BF so I can't compare but I found the Boppy to be a lifesaver.
I love love love my boppy. I even take it with me when I travel. I have 2 - one for upstairs and 1 for downstairs.
They aren't something that you have to have "new" though. Try local consignment shops or Once Upon a Child. You can machine wash a boppy and get a new cover pretty cheap - I think covers are $8-12
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