Shay Mitchell Shares Her Pregnancy and Postpartum Essentials
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It’s impossible to prepare for everything the postpartum period brings, but having the right gear on hand can help. Shortly before welcoming baby number two, Shay Mitchell shared one of her most essential items for the fourth trimester: the My Brest Friend nursing pillow.
“That was one of the best things when I was breastfeeding,” the actor and entrepreneur tells What to Expect while promoting her new partnership with hydration brand Hydralyte.
If you haven’t heard of it, this top-rated breastfeeding pillow provides much-needed support and ergonomic comfort while you nurse or bottle-feed your baby. Instead of using all your strength to hold your baby up during every single feed, the pillow provides a firm, supportive foundation to lean on.
The Brest Friend pillow in particular comes with tons of extra helpful features, from a backrest that helps you maintain your posture to room for storage. “That pillow had a little pocket for my phone and other things,” Mitchell says. “It was just super comfortable.”
Even if you’re not breastfeeding, tons of parents (Mitchell included!) say that this beloved pillow is nice to have on hand, whether you use it during tummy time or for general support. “It’s a great armrest when I’m scrolling,” Mitchell says. “I kept it for so long even after I was done breastfeeding with her, and I’m excited that I got a new one this time.”
There’s plenty of other reasons why this pillow is so popular: the adjustable (and silent-release) straps which keep the pillow in place, the secure wrap-around design, a firm and flat cushion, the super-soft fabric and arm and elbow rests for parents.
Mitchell is far from alone in her love of the Brest Friend. Here are just a few reviews from real parents in the What to Expect community:
“My Brest Friend was a game changer with my breastfeeding experience. My lactation consultant recommended it and I absolutely LOVED it.”
“Brestfriend is 100% worth it! … With BF pillow, it clips on and stays in place. It takes some getting used to the clipping the strap, but is easy once you get the hang of it. I used BF everytime and baby is 3 months.”
“I personally find it super helpful, and am still using it at 8 months! I do get pretty warm with it on but I like the lumbar support I get (even if it is minimal) and I like that I can clip it to myself. Plus, the pocket is surprisingly roomy and can fit granola bars, a water bottle and a teether for when my baby gets chompy.”
“I loved it. Would walk around with the baby on it. Has a nice pouch to store your nip cream and a small snack :)”
“I love my breast friend!! The buckle is honestly genus!! I can move and not have to adjust the pillow too”
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