Best nursing pillows: 9 top-rated options to buy in 2024 for breastfeeding, pregnancy, and tummy time

Offering support for the baby but also your back, neck and arms, these are the best nursing pillows to invest in...

Best nursing pillows
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The best nursing pillows provide support for mums and their little ones while feeding and many can be used both before and after nursing babies too. 

Versatile as well as supportive, nursing pillows help make feeding time more comfortable for both mother and baby - one of those essential breastfeeding accessories you’ll wonder how you’ve ever lived without. Helping to support your baby and keep them at breast height so that they can latch more easily, a nursing pillow takes the strain off your back, shoulders, and neck. 

The best nursing pillows can double (or even triple) up, helping expectant mothers sleep better during late pregnancy, and supporting slightly older babies to sit when they’re able to hold up their neck and back.

To help you find the best nursing pillow for you, we’ve rounded up the top-rated options for every budget, style, and need. And check out our guide to how to breastfeed for more breastfeeding tips and resources. 

Best nursing pillows at-a-glance

  • Best overall: Chicco Boppy - £39.99,  Boots
  • Best budget: Widgey Feeding Pillow - £29.99,Boots
  • Best premium: My Brest Friend Deluxe Pillow - £91.98,  Amazon
  • Best after a C-section: Lansinoh Breastfeeding Pillow - £18.99, Amazon
  • Best for body support: bbhugme Nursing Pillow - £69.70, John Lewis
  • Best for cleaning: Niimo Nursing Pillow - £30.99, Amazon
  • Best for pregnancy support: Dreamgenii Pillow - £52.00, Amazon
  • Best for tummy time: ClevaMama ClevaCushion - £53.99, ClevaMama
  • Best multi-functional pillow: Bamibi Pillow - £29.99, Amazon

Which is the best nursing pillow to buy?

Overall, the Chicco Boppy Pregnancy and Baby Nursing Pillow is the best nursing pillow you can buy in 2024, coming in at just under £40. It's a great price, has been recognised in the industry as an award winner and comes highly-rated by shoppers too. It's impresively versatile for such an affordable ursing pillow since it works well for both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding. The pillow and cover are also machine washable, making it a fuss-free option to clean.

On the other hand, if you're happy to spend more than £40, the My Brest Friend Deluxe nursing pillow is our recommendation for the best nursing pillow in the higher price category but note hat it's a significant outlay at more than £100. 

And if you're keen to find a more affordable option that still boasts excellent functionality, we'd pick the Widgey Feeding Nursing & Pregnancy Pillow as the best budget buy.

The best nursing pillows reviewed

boppy breastfeeding pillow

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1. Chicco Boppy Pregnancy and Baby Nursing Pillow

Best overall

Specifications

Size: 52 x 15 x 48 cm
Weight: 1.1kg
Suitable for: From birth/pregnancy support
RRP: £39.99

Reasons to buy

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Great for both breastfeeding and bottle-feeding
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Highly-rated by customers
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Both pillow and cover is machine washable
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Suitable from birth

Reasons to avoid

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No strap around for additional back support
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On the firm side rather than soft
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Not adjustable to fit around the waist

Baby brand Chicco has been making parenting must-haves for over 60 years, so it’s safe to say it knows its stuff. The pillow was also a winner in the 2019 What To Expect awards, by the pregnancy and parenting brand. 

This award-winning nursing pillow has many uses rolled into one. Not only can it be used to help feed a young baby, but it can also be used during pregnancy to help support your back, or knees and bump if you’re sleeping on your side. Alongside this, the breastfeeding pillow also can be used as a nest for relaxation when a baby gets a little older, as well as for tummy time and to help maintain their balance when sitting alone. The soft and stable pillow is designed to keep your body in a correct position and help your baby peacefully by sitting around your waistline. It also features removable cotton covers and both the pillow and the covers are machine washable.

One mum was so happy with the product she wrote that she couldn't find a bad thing to say about it. She wrote, "Bought it while I struggled to breastfeed after c-section. Couldn't do it without this pillow, absolutely life lifesaver. Would recommend for any new mum."

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "Mums absolutely love this pregnancy and nursing pillow and we can see why – it’s affordable, versatile, and compact. It’s not going to take up lots of room on the sofa, like some nursing pillows do, and we love that you can use it throughout pregnancy too. There aren’t many baby products that represent such great value for money, which is why this is our pick for the best breastfeeding pillow overall."

Read our full Chicco Boppy review

The Widgey breastfeeding pillow from John Lewis

Credit: John Lewis

2. Widgey Feeding Nursing & Pregnancy Pillow

Best budget nursing pillow

Specifications

Size: 60 x 16 x 49cm
Weight: 700g
Suitable for: From birth / pregnancy support
RRP: £29.99

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Very stable
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Can be used solely by baby
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Removable cover

Reasons to avoid

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Hand wash only
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Firmer rather than soft
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Some customers have noted it doesn't fit around their waist

This best-selling breastfeeding pillow at John Lewis has glowing reviews and comes in an exclusive grey stripe print for the retailer. As with many other products on the market, this pillow can be used for feeding, but also to provide back and knee support. The pillow is also nice and stable, so helps a baby stay in the right position for feeding. 

One mum said, "Lovely soft cushion which has a lovely warmth to it. Very soft but also very stable so baby stays in the right position. The cover washes very well and goes in a dryer."

While another reviewer said it was her pick as the breastfeeding pillow, as it was the perfect shape for their baby to sleep in. They commented, "This is our second pillow as we have one downstairs and one in our bedroom. It's the perfect size and plumpness for keeping our little one at the right height and the cover is super soft as well. The case it comes in acts as a great carry case if we're visiting family, for example."

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "This is another great value option and our pick as the best budget breastfeeding pillow. It’s firmer than other nursing pillows so not quite as easy to mould around your baby or your body, but if you’re looking for an inexpensive option from a reliable brand, this is it."

my brest friend pillow

3. My Brest Friend Deluxe nursing pillow

Best premium nursing pillow

Specifications

Size: 38 x 59 x 15 cm
Weight: 720g
Suitable for: From birth
RRP: £91.98

Reasons to buy

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Backrest provides extra support for mum
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Pocket for easy small-space storage
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Flat surface to prevent baby from rolling toward chest

Reasons to avoid

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Fastening creates extra step for breastfeeding
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Pillow itself is not washable
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Doesn't always fit around post-pregnancy waist

The flat shape of this breastfeeding pillow is to ensure an infant doesn’t slide into the space between the cushion and the breast. This pillow was a winner at the 2019 What To Expect awards, for its versatile nature. It takes a mother’s comfort into account with a built-in backrest, which helps to promote good posture and prevents aches.

The wraparound design also includes an adjustable strap which can be fastened around the mother to help the baby stay in place – taking the strain off. This has also been designed so it can be adjusted with one hand as, let’s face it, that’s all you’ll have free when feeding. The silent release clip also lets you remove the pillow without waking your baby.

In addition to this, there’s a storage compartment which is great for keeping bits and pieces during feeds, such as snacks or a phone.

Customers have noted that while this pillow is a bit more expensive than other ones on the market, it's well worth spending a little more. One commented, "Fantastic feeding pillow. Worth every penny. I started with a very cheap one, which didn’t help at all. This one is supportive for your back, so baby and mum are comfortable. Because it straps around the waist, it doesn’t move, the baby does not fall between the pillow and mum, and the baby stays in the right position. I have recommended it to all my friends."

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "We’d recommend this nursing pillow if you suffer with a sore back, as the design seems to help support good posture, preventing the aches and pains that easily develop during long feeding sessions. The adjustable strap makes it easy to get comfortable. The pocket is our favourite feature though – never find yourself without snacks whilst feeding again!"

lansinoh breastfeeding pillow

4. Lansinoh Breastfeeding Pillow

Best after a C-section

Specifications

Size: 27 x 21 x 13 cm
Weight: 380g
Suitable for: From birth
RRP: £18.99

Reasons to buy

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Cheaper than other products
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Lightweight
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Portable

Reasons to avoid

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Needs to be held in position
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Customers have noted the pillow could be higher
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Bit more fiddly than others

This breastfeeding pillow is a more compact option for those who don’t want a huge pillow taking up all the space. Ideal for C-section tummies, this product slides onto the arm, rather than around the waist, and allows a mother to naturally bring her baby up to the breast to nurse rather than leaning over. This is the ideal positioning for latching and to avoid back pain. It’s also super lightweight and portable which means it’s easy to manoeuvre and carry. It can be used in multiple hold styles including cradle hold and rugby hold, so is adaptable to a mother’s preference.

Some reviewers have commented that they prefer this style to the typical U-shape pillows. One said, “This cushion was a god-send! I had the standard U shaped nursing pillows but found them uncomfortable to use as my baby increased in size (as she grew > 7 lb) - she was a prem baby! I also had backache from breastfeeding. This pillow took all the awkwardness of breastfeeding in the cradle hold position away. You can also do a rugby hold with this pillow but I prefer the standard cradle hold. So soft, comfortable and easy to use.”

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "We love this innovatively-designed nursing pillow. Some mums just find they don’t get on well with the crescent-shaped ones that you pop on your lap, and this tends to impress them. It’s machine washable and small enough to pop in your change bag – what’s not to love?!"

bb hug me nursing pillow

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5. bbhugme Nursing Pillow

Best for body support

Specifications

Size: 38 x 59 x 15 cm
Weight: 720g
Suitable for: From birth / pregnancy support
RRP: £69.70

Reasons to buy

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Adapts to different sizes and positions
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Can be adapted for different firmnesses
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Can also be used as a hip rest
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Cover machine washable
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Has a travel bag so can be taken on the go

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than others
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Inner pillow cannot be washed
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Quite bulky

This nursing pillow was designed by a chiropractor, so you can rest assured it’s been made with comfort in mind. With a beanbag texture, the pillow not only supports your neck and shoulders but it’s designed to be tied around your waist, so that the baby and pillow stay in the same position the whole time. It also has two "pebbles" at each end which can help make the pillow more firm or softer for your baby - depending on your preference. This function is great if you’ve had a C-section birth as the pillow can help protect the scar, while also helping to distribute the weight of the baby around the body. It can also double up as a hip rest, for a mother to rest her baby on when carrying.

The breastfeeding pillow, made with eco-friendly materials, is available in two different colours - grey, or pale pink - and even comes with its own travel bag, so it can be easily taken on-the-go. What's more, the cover is machine washable so if things get a little messy, it’s easy to pop it into the washing machine - or simply wipe down.

One reviewer commented on its versatile nature, saying, "This is by far the best purchase I made for the arrival of our new baby! This pillow has been useful from the late stages of pregnancy where it gave me comfort when resting, to the early stages of breastfeeding, and even now when baby is six month old and plays with it as it supports his little body when he sits up. It’s so soft and lovely to touch and easy to move about with. Great design! Warmly recommended!"

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "We’re huge fans of this stylish, versatile nursing pillow. It ticks so many boxes – it’s eco-friendly, you can adjust the firmness, and the cover is machine washable. If you’ve had a c-section, this is definitely the nursing pillow you need."

niimo breastfeeding pillow

6. Niimo Nursing Pillow

Best for cleaning in between feeds

Specifications

Size: 45 x 24 x 18 cm
Weight: 900g
Suitable for: From birth
RRP: £30.99

Reasons to buy

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So many designs to choose from
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Flexible loop fastening
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Whole pillow and cover is machine washable
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100% cotton

Reasons to avoid

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Colour and quality of the fabric might be affected after washing and drying
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Zip isn't best quality
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Some customers have noted the material tearing

This all-rounder nursing pillow offers back support while breastfeeding, but also can be used when a baby gets older. Made of 100% breathable cotton, the Niimo pillowcase can be removed through a hidden zipped and popped in the wash.

It’s filled with polystyrene microspheres, which allow adapting the shape of the cushion to different positions - making it a versatile pillow. It fastens together via a loop to provide a large cushion for back support or when breastfeeding. But it can also be used as a tool for your child and their balance. For example, it can be placed under your child while they try to take their first steps – to avoid dangerous falls.

These Niimo nursing pillows come in a variety of cute patterns and designs, from grey and pink hearts to polka dots - so there's something for everyone.

One customer wrote the positive impact the pillow had on their breastfeeding experience, saying, "This has been a lifesaver for me. I was determined to breastfeed my baby but really struggled with latching. It felt like a battle every time I fed and it was emotionally draining. I was close to giving up until I gave this pillow a try. I can now get my baby in the right position and in a way that's most comfortable for me and best for my back. Latching can still be a struggle at times but I know I would have given up breastfeeding completely without this pillow."

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "The polystyrene filling in this nursing pillow means it probably won’t appeal to green-minded mums, but there’s no denying that this is easy to mould around your body and your baby to help you get the optimal latch. We like that it has a 100% cotton machine washable cover for easy cleaning between feeds."

dreamgenii breastfeeding pillow

7. Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow

Best for using before, during and after nursing

Specifications

Size: 35 x 15 x 42 cm
Weight: 1kg
Suitable for: From birth/pregnancy support
RRP: £52.00

Reasons to buy

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Multifunctional: can be used in pregnancy and after birth
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Cheaper pillow
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Not too bulky

Reasons to avoid

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Cotton-polyester mix
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Not incredibly plump
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Quite small

This breastfeeding pillow will stand the test of time, seeing you through pregnancy and breastfeeding, too. From 20 weeks onwards, it can be difficult for pregnant women to sleep comfortably - especially with a big bump. But this pillow is designed to help. The tail of the Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow is designed to neatly and compactly sit between the legs of pregnant women as they sleep - which helps to align hips and provide the necessary relief.

When the baby arrives it also doubles up as a nursing pillow - the soft cotton jersey is also a comfortable material for a little one to nestle into. One customer commented, "The flat part in the middle is where your back rests and you wrap the rest around your body [for feeding]."

In reviews, many mums commented on how handy they found the pillow before birth, too. Once commented, "This pillow is so comfy, it’s like a hug that lasts all night. It doesn’t take up loads of room in the bed or make you too hot and it does the job."

GoodtoKnow consumer editor, Heidi Scrimgeour, says: "This is one of our favourite nursing pillows because mums who test it out rave about it so much. It’s incredibly comfortable and supportive during pregnancy, and although it seems quite big for use during feeding, it’s easy to squash into the perfect shape, creating a little cocoon for your feeding times."

Read our full Dreamgenii Pregnancy Support and Feeding Pillow review

clevamama breastfeeding pillow 2

8. ClevaMama ClevaCushion

Best for tummy time

Specifications

Size: 48 x 58 x 12cm
Weight: N/A
Suitable for: From birth
RRP: £53.99