Boppy vs. My Brest Friend: Which is better? Having used both extensively, I’m dishing my opinion. The Boppy is more comfortable, easy to use and versatile.
You know what happens. You find out your pregnant, and then BAM immediately after your emotions have settled down (momentarily – lest we forget pregnant women are crazy) you start making an enormous checklist of gear you need to keep this tiny human alive. If you want to nurse, a nursing pillow definitely tops the list. Two super popular nursing pillows are the Boppy and the My Brest Friend.
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Why a Nursing Pillow?
A nursing pillow is mission critical to save your back from being destroyed by hours of being hunched over nursing. It also helps keep the baby’s body in proper alignment from head to hips.
How to Use a Nursing Pillow
Secure your nursing pillow around your waist. For cross-cradle nursing, place the baby on his side. If you are starting on the left side, support his head with your right hand and support your breast with your left (thumb on the outside of your breast while cupping underneath). Bring his nose towards your nipple to latch. Bring the baby to you, rather than “chasing” the baby with your breast for a better latch.
My Brest Friend vs. Boppy
Personally, I have preferred the Boppy significantly more than the My Brest Friend. Bottom line: it’s way more versatile.
The Boppy is More Versatile
The Boppy is extremely comfortable and magnificently versatile.
The Boppy makes it much easier to hold the baby for long periods of time – and not just nursing. He lays on it while I’m working on my laptop. I use it when we’re hanging out on the couch at night. I’ve brought it with me to watch the Bachelor at a friend’s – because I’m admittedly classy enough to watch that show. I even have friends who swear by bringing their Boppy on airplanes.
Baby CJ pretty regularly falls asleep on the Boppy after nursing. Because the Boppy keeps him in a better, elevated position, I feel safer during nighttime nursing sessions in case either of us fall asleep. Not that I recommend mom or baby falling asleep nursing, but it does occasionally happen with exhausted mom life.
The Boppy covers are also much easier to take off and on for washing, and bonus – MUCH cuter options are available.
There are two minor drawbacks to the Boppy. First, you do have to help support baby’s head with your hand when they’re first born because the Boppy doesn’t have bump-ups on either side like the MBF. Second, it’s thicker than the MBF which occasionally make baby feel too high and requires a little bit of repositioning. Both of these things have bothered me very little.
My Brest Friend: Close but No Cigar
Although I prefer the Boppy, My Brest Friend still has some redeeming qualities.
My Brest Friend Pros
The pocket in the front is convenient to hold a cell phone, water bottle, or pen and paper to log feedings (HAH! Did this religiously with first baby but not with second.). There are bump-ups (think little mounds) by each breast to prop up baby’s head to nipple level. The back strap makes it easier if you need to “move about the cabin” while nursing.
My Brest Friend Cons
First, I don’t like that the back strap makes it feel like using the MBF is a big commitment. Honestly, I never bothered to use it at night feedings because my half-asleep self didn’t want to clasp the strap. Second, the cover was always very hard to take off and on to wash because of the back strap. I regularly found myself not using the pillow for days after washing it from inevitable breastmilk or spit-up just because it was so annoying to fit back on.
Third, my MBF ended up with a lot of milk stains on the foam itself which would make me hesitate to re-use it for another child for hygiene purposes.The MBF website advertises they just released a waterproof foam core, which they did not have when I bought my MBF. I might have been able to find a waterproof cover on Amazon but I didn’t think about it with the first baby!
My Whole Boppy Set Up
I knew I wanted to go all-in on the Boppy this time around, so I bought all the things.
I started with the Boppy Bare Naked Pillow.
Then I added the Boppy Water-Resistant Pillow Cover. This is pretty much vital in my opinion. I did not use a water resistant layer on my last nursing pillow.
Then I got this plush minky cover in two styles so one could be clean at all times. Really, really love this cover!
All in, this set up was about $70ish. To me, 100% worth it for the sheer number of hours I use it, and because I got the water-resistant layer I’m hoping it will be in good enough shape to use next baby too. Worst case scenario I should only have to replace the Boppy itself (~$30) next baby if the foam becomes less supportive over time.
Boppy in the Hospital
Last but not least, I highly recommend bringing your nursing pillow to the hospital! I did not bring the MBF when I had Tessa but I did bring my Boppy with me this time around. To keep it clean from hospital germs with my newborn (I’m a little germaphobic), I kept it in the plastic bag it comes in when I wasn’t using it. Then when I came home, I tossed the cover I used in the hospital in the wash and put a fresh cover on I had already prepped ahead of time.
More Nursing Resources
- Check out how I trained for a marathon while breastfeeding here.
- Read about my (bad) start to breastfeeding, and nursing gear essentials here.
- And my tips for pumping while traveling here.
- For breastfeeding troubleshooting and problems (like latching and plugged ducts) check out kellymom.com.
The Boppy is the clear winner to me. I also highly recommend adding on the water-resistant layer and two covers! Hopefully this experience is helpful for you. Happy nursing! Feel free to text me at 2 am :).