Natural Curve Nursing Pillow - Grey with Strap

$55.00

(coming soon!)

Color Grey

New and improved design with a stay-put strap and more sustainable packaging.
Our soft and secure, yet firm, nursing pillow is designed to reduce discomfort and support you throughout your nursing journey.

  • Developed with lactation experts, the firm, supportive pillow for baby helps reduce rolling
  • Use curved side to raise baby's head above tummy to help digestion or flip to flat side for a firm and elevated fit​
  • Stay-put strap to prevent pillow from slipping
  • Easy carry handle
  • New compressed packaging creates 22% less waste for a better world for you and your little one
  • ErgoPromise Lifetime Guarantee
0 months plus Newborn+
machine washable Machine Washable

GROWS WITH BABY THROUGH AGES AND STAGES

Comfort for the whole family whether Nursing, Bonding, Bottle Feeding, or during Tummy Time. The multi-functional Natural Curve Nursing Pillow grows with you for comfort and support throughout your feeding journey.

Nursing
one
newborn+
Bottle Feeding
two
3 months+
Tummy Time
three
6 months+

Around the Clock Comfort & Support

firm supportive pillow
Firm, Supportive Pillow
 easy carry handle
Easy Carry Handle
 Stay-Put Strap
Stay-Put Strap
helps reduce slouching
Helps Reduce Slouching
multiple feeding positions
Multiple Feeding Positions
help promote digestion
Helps Promote Digestion
Breastfeeding

Features

Nursing pillow photo
STAY-PUT STRAP KEEPS PILLOW IN PLACE DURING USE
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RESTS BABY'S HEAD ABOVE TUMMY TO HELP DIGESTION
Nursing pillow photo
EASY CARRY HANDLE
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HELPS REDUCE SLOUCHING
Nursing pillow photo with Bouncer
GROWS WITH BABY THROUGH AGES AND STAGES
Nursing pillow photo
PLUSH PILLOW COVER IS REMOVABLE AND MACHINE WASHABLE

Breastfeeding Resources

Additional resources to help you reach your breastfeeding goals.

More Support for Moms:

Don't be afraid to ask for help from day one, if not before! Often one or two meetings with a lactation consultant can really help to get you and your little one on track to breastfeeding success.

  1. Talk to your pediatrician about breastfeeding even before you deliver. Ask for a list of recommended resources in your community
  2. Meet with a Lactation Consultant either through your hospital, birthing center, or based on your pediatricians recommendation
  3. Contact your local La Leche League Chapter
  4. Visit a breastfeeding center that has specialists available to provide resources and help

AAP Breastfeeding Guidelines:

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for 1 year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/129/3/e827.full#content-block

WHO Breastfeeding Guidelines:

The World Health Organization recommends mothers worldwide to exclusively breastfeed infants for the child's first six months to achieve optimal growth, development and health. Thereafter, they should be given nutritious complementary foods and continue breastfeeding up to the age of two years or beyond.

http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2011/breastfeeding_20110115/en/

La Leche League International:

La Leche League is a great resource if you are looking for some mom-to-mom support. Their Mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Visit their website to find a chapter near you: http://www.llli.org/

Top Breastfeeding Questions and Answers:

By Tanya Altmann, MD, FAAP

Many moms decide during pregnancy that they will nurse. While others don't make their decision until they first hold their new bundle of joy against their chest, skin to skin, and that perfect beautiful baby with an adorable tiny mouth begins to suckle. Whenever you decide on breastfeeding, feel good in knowing that you are making an amazing difference in your baby's life as well as your own.

Here are the most common questions with answers that new parents ask me about breastfeeding:

Why should I breastfeed my baby?

Breast milk is best! Mother's milk provides immunity against bacteria and viruses, is easy for your baby to digest, is less expensive than formula and requires no prep time. The benefits are well documented. Studies show that breastfed babies have fewer ear, respiratory tract, and diarrheal infections. They are also at lower risk for many childhood diseases such as asthma, diabetes and obesity. Breastfeeding also benefits moms by decreasing your risk of cancer and helping you get back to your pre-pregnancy shape. Breastfeeding burns 300 to 500 calories a day—equivalent of a 3 mile run!

Is it going to be uncomfortable or difficult?

Although breastfeeding is natural, most babies aren't born experts. It may take days or weeks for you and your little one to catch on. Keep at it because it's worth it for your baby's health as well as your own and take comfort in known that it does get easier each day.

In the beginning, brief discomfort may occur while your infant latches on. However, persistent pain during breastfeeding is not normal. Count to 10 and if the discomfort continues, remove the baby and reattach him so that the baby's mouth covers as much of the areola (the dark brown area around your nipple) as possible. If the discomfort occurs during a feeding, switching breasts may help. Improper latch on and vigorous or prolonged sucking can be uncomfortable for some moms and may lead to sore, cracked nipples. If a burning or stabbing pain is experienced later in breastfeeding, call your physician because you might have an infection that needs treatment.

Where can I get help if I need it?

Don't be afraid to ask for help from day one, if not before. Often one or two meetings with a lactation consultant can really help to get you and your little one on track to breastfeeding success. Talk to your pediatrician about breastfeeding even before you deliver and ask for a list of recommended resources in your community. Many hospitals have lactation consultants available, and many postpartum and nursery nurses are also trained to help. Depending on where you live, there may be local lactation consultants available or contact your local La Leche League chapter. Additionally many mother support groups, breastfeeding centers and stores have specialists available to provide resources and help with nursing.

How long should I breastfeed for?

Breastfeeding is the optimal source of nutrition throughout the first year (or longer) of life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends exclusively breastfeeding for about the first 6 months of life, and then gradually adding solid foods while continuing to breastfeed until at least 1 year of age. After that, breastfeeding can be continued for as long as both mom and baby desire.

The amount of time for each feeding and the frequency really depends on you and your baby. Initially it may seem like your baby is always on your breast and feedings may last 30 minutes each side. As your milk supply increases and your baby becomes an expert, most of your milk comes down in the first 5-10 minutes, so after around 20 minutes on one side, you can take your baby off. You are not a pacifier and prolonged sucking can dry out your nipples and cause soreness. Allow your nipples to air-dry after you feed your baby or shower. Wear a cotton bra or loose fitting top. Continue breastfeeding!

How do can I tell if my baby is hungry?

How often should I nurse? During the first two weeks of life breastfed babies should feed 8-12 times a day, about 10 to 20 minutes on each breast. Don't wait until your baby is crying and upset to feed. This is actually a late sign of hunger and it may be harder to feed the baby if both of you are frustrated. Look for earlier, more subtle clues such as stirring from sleep, putting the fist in the mouth, turning the head if the cheek is stroked lightly, or sucking movements with the mouth. During the first few days it is best to feed your baby every 2 to 3 hours, even if you have to wake them up.

How can I tell if my baby is getting enough to eat?

To tell if your baby is getting enough in, take a look (literally) at what comes out. The first two days your baby may only have a couple of wet and dirty diapers. The next few days he should have at least three of each. For the next few weeks, your baby should have at least 6 wet and 3 dirty diapers a day (although often they will have a dirty diaper after every feed). If your baby is having fewer, please call your pediatrician. Don't forget that many times a diaper has both urine and stool mixed together.

How can I increase my milk supply?

  • Drink plenty of fluids (keep water bottles within reach where you nurse).
  • Eat a balanced diet with lots of whole grain carbs (about 500 calories more than you ate before pregnancy…yummy!).
  • Breastfeed regularly.
  • Pump it up (pump after the first morning breastfeed and again before you go to bed, even if you recently nursed).
  • Get enough sleep (or as much as possible).

While there is not enough medical evidence to support the use of fenugreek capsules, Mother's Milk Tea or barley to increase milk supply, many moms swear that they really do work. I found a brand of Breast Milk Cookies (made with ingredients that tout an increase in milk production, not made with actual breast milk) that I enjoyed as a daily treat.

Always ask your pediatrician before using any medications or herbal supplements to make sure they are safe for you and your baby.

How do I know if my baby is gaining enough weight?

Babies normally lose up to 10% of their birth weight in the first few days after they are born. Then they start gaining weight and by two weeks of age should be back at birth weight. Your pediatrician will see your baby frequently after birth to make sure the weight gain is appropriate. After that, babies usually gain ½ to 1 ounce a day. Most babies double their birth weight by six months and triple it by one year.

Once a baby has regained birth weight and is feeding and growing well, I often give parents permission to not wake up baby at night anymore. Of course early on a baby will still wake up at night every 2 to 4 hours to feed, but with time most babies begin to stretch out their nighttime feeds. During the day it's best to wake a baby after 3 or 4 hours to feed because if your baby does start stretching out feedings to every 4 or 5 hours, it's nice to have that time be at night and not during the day. Goal: Feed more during day, sleep more at night!

How do I know if my baby's spit up is normal or worrisome?

All babies spit up—sometimes after every feed. There are two common causes: overfeeding and reflux. Reflux happens because the valve at the top of stomach is weak or relaxed. This allows the food to easily flow back up and out of the mouth. The valve tightens as the baby grows and the reflux usually resolves by about 1 year of age. As long as your baby is gaining weight and the spit up doesn't bother him we usually don't treat it medically. Things that often help are giving smaller, more frequent feeds as well as holding your baby upright for 15 to 20 minutes after a feed. Call your pediatrician if you notice blood in the spit up, greenish color, increase in frequency and intensity of the spit up, projectile or forceful spit up or if the baby's belly looks swollen or feels hard.

My baby is yellow. My mom says it is jaundice. What does that mean?

Your mom is right. Jaundice occurs when babies have extra bilirubin in their system. Bilirubin is produced by the breakdown of red blood cells. This is often normal in newborns. The more your baby feeds and poops, the more bilirubin he will get rid off and the yellow in the skin will begin to resolve. You should let your pediatrician know if your baby begins to look yellow so the bilirubin level can be checked (a simple blood test). Depending on the results your pediatrician will advise on treatment.

What color should his poop be?

You may think that poop should be brown, but babies produce a wide variety of colors! During the first 24 hours of life, it is thick, sticky, and brownish-black in color (meconium). After the first few days of life, the stools of breastfed babies lighten in color from black to brown to green to yellow and change consistency from sticky to seedy to cottage cheese like to looser. If the stool is black after the first few days, you notice any red color in the stool or the stool is white or light grey, let your pediatrician know.

Instructions

Instructions for Use

STEP 1: GET COMFORTABLE

  • Use the Ergobaby Natural Curve Nursing Pillow to support baby while nursing to achieve a comfortable breastfeeding position

STEP 2: POSITION THE PILLOW

  • Position the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow on you lap with the curved side against your waist

STEP 3: PLACE BABY ON THE PILLOW

  • Pick up baby so that he is facing you and rest his head directly on the pillow

STEP 4: ACHIEVE A HEALTHY LATCH

  • Use your hands to help baby latch on appropriately
  • Keep one hand on baby at all times

CARE

  • Pillow: Wipe clean with water if needed, flat dry
  • Cover: Machine Washable

Manuals

Download Instructions PDF - Click Here

FAQS

  1. What different modes can I use the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow in?
    The versatile Natural Curve Nursing Pillow creates comfort for the whole family whether nursing, bonding, Bottle Feeding or during Tummy Time. The multi-functional pillow grows with you for comfort and support throughout your feeding journey.
  2. What are the guidances on use for tummy time?
    During tummy time, always remove the straps (placing it in a safe place away from baby) and tuck the buckles under the fabric flap. Keep the product away from children when not under direct adult supervision. Never use for sleep or place in any environment with baby such as a crib, cot, bassinet, play yard, or similar. Please consult a health professional on duration of tummy time play with baby.
  3. What should I look for in a Nursing Pillow?
    The ideal nursing pillow should provide support for caregiver and baby and help achieve a comfortable breastfeeding or chest position. It should be easy to use, made of safe, durable materials, and easy to clean.
  4. What is the primary function of a nursing pillow?
    The primary function of a nursing pillow is to provide both mother and baby with support in breastfeeding positioning for a healthy latch. For Mom - you will want to have support for your arms, with the pillow snug against your body, you will want to be able to lean back and relax your shoulders during the feed. You may also like to use a small stool to elevate your feet slightly. Baby's mouth should be at level of mother's breast. Mom should not be leaning into baby. For Baby - Head, neck, and body should be in a straight line with baby's nose and mouth positioned level to and facing mother's nipple. Baby will need to lead with its chin and open mouth widely to initiate a good latch. Baby should be positioned tummy to tummy with mom. Nursing pillows can play a helpful role early on in providing small infants with a much needed boost in height so that baby's head and mouth are at an appropriate position and angle for efficient and comfortable feeding. They also help maintain appropriate positioning for baby's body during feeding. Early on, keeping baby's head, neck and body in a straight line is important.
  5. Does The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow Foam smell?
    Ergobaby's Natural Curve Nursing Pillow foam has one of the lowest odors in the market. But odor may be present, especially for new foams out of the packaging. This odor dissipates quickly in about two days. Simply airing out will speed up the process. If you notice a new foam smell, simply let the pillow air out for a day or two before using it.
  6. Does the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow meet the flammability requirements of the California Bureau of Electronic and Appliance Repair - Home Furnishings and Thermal Insulation?
    California regulations exempts nursing pillows from meeting the flammability requirements of Technical Bulletin (TB) 117, the California flammability standard for all upholstered furniture products. Therefore, flame retardants are not required.
  7. Does the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow contain flame retardants?
    No. Ergobaby's Natural Curve Nursing Pillow, which is made of Polyurethane Foam, does not contain any flame retardants.
  8. Can I use the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow as a back support for myself?
    Though you could use the pillow as a back support or a pillow in any other position, the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow was designed specifically for ergonomic positioning while breastfeeding and may not function ideally as a support pillow.
  9. Can I use the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow to prop my baby up?
    Though you could use the pillow to prop baby up, the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow was designed specifically for ergonomic positioning while breastfeeding and may not function ideally as an infant support pillow.
    IMPORTANT: NEVER put the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow in a crib, cradle, play yard or near any area where an infant may sleep or be left unsupervised. The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is only to be used with an adult for feeding or tummy time play under direct supervision. Before propping baby for tummy time or aid in learning to aid baby in learning to sit upright, the straps must be removed and buckles tucked inside the fabric panel coverings.
  10. What is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow Cover made of?
    The Plush/Pile side of the cover is 100% polyester, the Poplin side of the pillow is 100% cotton
  11. What is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow made of?
    The Natural Curve nursing pillow is made of a high density polyurethane foam providing lasting support for nursing mothers and babies. The pillow cover's Plush/Pile side of the cover is 100% polyester, the Poplin side of the pillow is 100% cotton.
  12. What should I do if a large amount of liquid gets on the pillow, and into the foam, through the protective skin?
    Scrub affected area with warm water and mild detergent if desired. Allow to dry for 24 hours
  13. How do I clean my Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    The cover can be machine washed, cold. Do not bleach. Tumble dry low. Do not iron. Do not dry clean. To clean the pillow, wipe clean with water if needed, flat dry.
  14. Is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow safe to sleep on?
    No. Never allow baby to sleep on the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow.

    IMPORTANT: NEVER put the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow in a crib, cradle, play yard or near any area where an infant may sleep or be left unsupervised. The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is only to be used with an adult for feeding or tummy time play under direct supervision.

  15. I am having trouble using the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow in my armed rocking chair, was this intentional?
    Due to the firm supportive nature of our pillow, and our goal of providing moms with comfortable breastfeeding support, the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow does not fit well in armed rocking chairs. We wanted to make sure there was enough surface area to fully support baby, and that the opening of our pillow was wide enough to accommodate moms of varied sizes.
  16. What is the "Football Hold" and can I use Natural Curve Nursing Pillow for this position?
    Baby lays beside you, with legs and feet tucked under your arm, hips are flexed and his legs resting towards your back or gently tucked behind your back, if your baby is longer. Baby is facing you, with his mouth at nipple height. A nursing pillow can be a useful tool to help elevate baby to reach your nipple.
  17. What is the "Cross-Cradle Hold" and can I use Natural Curve Nursing Pillow for this position?
    Cross-Cradle hold is similar to the cradle hold, except that the mother supports the baby's head with the opposite hand. A nursing pillow can be a useful tool in this position to help support your arm and baby to reduce fatigue and neck/shoulder pain.
  18. What is the "Cradle Hold" and can I use Natural Curve Nursing Pillow for this position?
    In cradle hold the mother supports the baby's head in the crook of her arm. A nursing pillow can be a useful tool in this position to help support your arm and baby to reduce fatigue and neck/shoulder pain.
  19. What other positions does the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow support?
    The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is able to support nursing mothers in various positions and babies at various ages. Please refer to the product detail page for how to achieve a comfortable position using the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow.
  20. Why is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow curved the way it is?
    The unique curve of the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow was designed to keep baby's head elevated above their tummy, which may aid digestion, while cradling baby in to you, tummy-to-tummy, for that ideal position. You also get the added benefit of getting to have direct eye contact while feeding baby.
  21. Why is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow so firm?
    The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is so firm so that it will firmly support baby in a position that lifts him up to your breast so that you do not have to slouch down to achieve a proper latch. This helps contribute to your comfort throughout each nursing session. The firmness of the pillow also makes it so that the pillow does not loose its shape and have to be "fluffed" to provide the breastfeeding support you need.
  22. Are replacement covers available for the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    Yes. It's nice to have an extra cover for when one is in the wash or to alternate between looks. Covers are available in stylish, sophisticated options.
  23. What is the stay-put strap for on the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    The buckled stay-put strap is designed to reduce slipping and discomfort while sitting and holding your little one multiple times a day. Easily buckle it in place on the side of the pillow for a secure fit. The stay-put strap should always be removed and buckles tucked for supervised tummy time play. Never use the stay-put strap to carry baby on the nursing pillow.
  24. Is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow covered by ErgoPromise?
    Yes, the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is covered by ErgoPromise.
  25. How do I clean the Nursing Pillow itself?
    To clean your Natural Curve Nursing Pillow without its cover, wipe clean with water if needed, flat dry.
  26. Is the Nursing Pillow Cover machine-washable?
    Yes, the Nursing Pillow covers are soft, plush and machine washable. Machine wash cold, gentle cycle. Tumble dry, low. Do not bleach. Do not iron. Do not dry clean.
  27. What ergonomic positioning does the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow provide for the user?
    The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is designed to create comfort for both caregiver and baby. For the user, the pillow provides small infants with a much-needed boost in height so that baby's head and mouth are at an appropriate position and angle for efficient and comfortable feeding. This helps reduce slouching for the user and creates less strain. The stay-put strap also helps prevent the pillow from slipping, creating a more comfortable and supportive feeding experience for you and your little one. Thoughtful design touches like our easy carry handle, and soft, machine-washable pillow cover make feeding a breeze.
  28. What ergonomic positioning does the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow provide for baby?
    The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is designed to create comfort for both caregiver and baby. Early on, keeping baby's head, neck and body in a straight line is important. The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow helps maintain appropriate positioning for baby's body during feeding. The pillow's unique contour positions baby tummy-to-tummy and helps reduce rolling, keeping baby safe and supported. It also rests baby's head above tummy which may aid in digestion.
  29. Is the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow easy to bring from room to room and on the go?
    Yes! Our Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is easy to take on the go and from room to room with our easy carry handle. Never carry pillow when using with baby.
  30. How do I use the stay-put strap?
    Easily buckle the stay-put strap in place on the side of the pillow for a secure fit and adjust to fit your body comfortably. The stay-put strap should always be removed and buckles tucked for supervised tummy time play. Never use the stay-put strap to carry baby on the nursing pillow.
  31. What updates have been made to the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    In order to increase ergonomic comfort for both baby and user, we have added a buckled stay-put strap to our Natural Curve Nursing Pillow. This helps prevent slippage when in use and helps reduce discomfort and slouching. In addition, the updated Natural Curve Nursing Pillow packaging is compressed to create 22% less waste for a better world for you and your little one.
  32. How do I correctly unpack my Natural Curve Nursing Pillow for use?

    In order to better align with our sustainability values, we utilized innovative vacuum-compressing technology to compress the pillow and ship it in a reduced-size box. This technology compresses the pillow without impacting the pillow's integrity, firm support, or soft pillow cover.

    When it's time to unbox your Natural Curve Nursing Pillow, use a pair of scissors or a similar tool to cut the outer plastic wrapping. Remove the compressed pillow from the packaging and let rest for 15 minutes while it decompresses. Once it's full size, add the pillow cover and zip it securely onto the pillow. Buckle your stay-put strap when not using it.

  33. How long does it take for my Natural Curve Nursing Pillow to uncompress?
    Once you remove the pillow from its packaging, allow 15 minutes for the pillow to fully decompress before adding pillow cover.
  34. Is it possible for the pillow to develop mold after some time?
    Molds may form when items are left wet and unclean, but may be inhibited in Polyurethane Foams. Like any other Polyurethane Foam pillow, you need to ensure that it is cleaned when soiled, and dried well. The advantage of our nursing pillow foam is that, it is made of closed cellular foam which repels water or moisture up to a certain degree. The closed cellular foam will prevent the water or liquid from penetrating the inside of the foam. So, if you clean and dry the liner completely and maintain the integrity of the foam, the foam will last for a long period of time.
  35. Can I do the football hold with the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow is able to support nursing mothers in various positions including football hold. Baby lays beside you, with legs and feet tucked under your arm, hips are flexed and his legs resting towards your back or gently tucked behind your back, if your baby is longer. Baby is facing you, with his mouth at nipple height. A nursing pillow can be a useful tool to help elevate baby to reach your nipple.
  36. How do I unpack my Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    When it's time to unbox your Natural Curve Nursing Pillow, use a pair of scissors or a similar tool to cut the outer plastic wrapping. Remove the compressed pillow from the packaging and let rest for 15 minutes while it decompresses. Once it's full size, add the pillow cover and zip it securely onto the pillow. Buckle your stay-put strap when not using it.
  37. At what age can I use the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow with my little one?
    The Natural Curve Nursing Pillow can be used from birth with newborns, all the way to 6 months+ for tummy time. When using the pillow with your older baby for tummy time, remove the straps (and place them in a safe place away from child) and tuck the buckles under the fabric flaps. Keep the product away from children when not under direct adult supervision. Never use for sleep or place in any environment with baby such as a crib, cot, bassinet, play yard, or similar.
  38. Where can I buy replacement covers for Natural Curve Nursing Pillow?
    You can find replacement covers for the Natural Curve Nursing Pillow on our online site along with our other wonderful products. More retailers are adding this product offering every day.