Friday, August 23, 2013

Dr. Brown's Gia Feeding Pillow Review & Giveaway!


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*Disclosure:  I was given this product to review but was not compensated financially for this post.  Opinions are 100% honest and my own.

Since we're on our second baby over here, I've tried out a few nursing pillows in the past - and I haven't loved any of them.

We have one pillow that snaps around your waist {which is great} but the cover is immensely thin and the pillow underneath can't be washed.  With two babies who were heavy spitters - that just doesn't work for our family.  We also have one pillow that is easy to use, but I'm constantly shoving pillows underneath to get it high enough up to where our babies can reach the breast to nurse.

Recently, though, I was able to attend an amazing event in Chicago thrown by The Baby Ladies in conjunction with the Save Babies Through Screening Foundation.  {These ladies are fantastic and their cause is wonderful - stay tuned because I have an entire post coming up on their cause soon!}  While at the party, I was lucky enough to be given a Gia Feeding Pillow from Dr. Brown's, and I was really looking forward to bringing it home and trying it out while nursing.

nursing pillow, breastfeeding support

After trying the Gia out while Little Lady nursed, I am 100% smitten and want to recommend this pillow to all my new-mommy friends.  Here's why:

To start off, the Gia pillow is shaped quite differently from most nursing or feeding pillows.  Instead of being a flat surface, the Gia pillow is angled.  One side of the pillow sits much higher, while the other side of the pillow has less filling and sits lower.
If you are nursing in a cradle or cross-cradle hold, the Gia just lightly elevates baby's head so that it reaches the breast without the need for another pillow to be shoved underneath like I've had to do with my other nursing pillows.  I really, really wish we had this pillow when Little Man was born.  With his reflux, whether he was breast or bottle feeding, we ended up using so many pillows to put him at an angle while eating.  The Gia pillow eliminates the need for that and keeps his head above his belly.

Also, as a mom of cloth diapered babies, I love that the Gia has the angled pillow as well.  Especially at our nighttime feedings, when Little Lady has a double stuffed and hemp lined cloth diaper PLUS a wool cover outside of the diaper - her bum is huge.  On a flat nursing pillow, sometimes her bum is so big her head is lower than her tummy because of her diaper.  On the Gia?  Perfect positioning.

nursing pillow, breastfeeding support

The next major thing I love about the Gia pillow is the fabric cover.  All of the other feeding pillow covers I've seen come in a very thin, sheet-like fabric.  The Gia pillow's cover is quite a bit thicker and more plush.  This would have come quite a bit in handy with Little Man's reflux as well, because we were constantly washing his nursing pillow cover and the actual pillow itself because he would spit up or dribble right through the cover into the pillow.  Little Lady has dribbled onto the Gia pillow several times already, but it has never gotten through the cover onto the pillow.

It seems like such a few simple changes, but not having to spend extra time getting situated prior to nursing or spending extra time washing and re-washing and then again re-washing your nursing pillow have proved to be immensely helpful in our day-to-day grind.  Because of that, I'd highly recommend the Gia!

Dr. Brown's did also want to send along their video blurb of the Gia, which I love - as it actually shows a mother breastfeeding her child in the advertisement.  No covers there, friends!

Check out the video below and then scroll down just a bit further to enter to win a Gia feeding pillow of your own from Dr. Brown's!!!



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17 comments:

  1. I have never used a nursing pillow for nursing, but as a nanny I liked the boppy for other purposes. Currently I'm registered for the my breast friend, but would love to try this one out!

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  2. We had boppies for both of our kids. I used Carter's for breastfeeding and also just for playtime when he was younger. Since then, he used it as his pillow for the longest time until it was definitely time to part with it!

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  3. I use a Boppy pillow. I'm sick of it, frankly. It's unsupportive, as in not stuffed enough, and I end up using another pillow under it to prop up my daughter's head. Not to mention how hard it is to keep in place on my waist.

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  4. nope, have not but hope to soon!

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  5. I've never used a nursing pillow but would like to try this one when my little one arrives

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  6. I used a Boppy and it was only "ok."

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  7. I've never used a nursing pillow, but this one definitely sounds like the one to get!

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  8. I have only used the Boppy and did haven't any issues with it personally. But my son wasn't a major spitter.

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  9. I love my brest friend pillow and this one looks very interesting! I like the brest friend pillow's size and they way it straps around your waist to stay on!

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  10. used a boppy with my first and nothing with my second wish I had this ! would love for baby #3 due December :)

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  11. Jennifer EllspermannAugust 23, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    I used a nursing pillow very briefly, my son was in the NICU and had major latch issues. But I'm hoping to nurse #2 who is due in March and I would love to try out this pillow!

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  12. I have a boppy and I don't really like it, I think the angle is key. My daughter just kept rolling back away from me or slipping too far into the crack between me and the pillow! This looks like it would work better.

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  13. I had a Boppy and wasn't majorly impressed - my husband has a larger stomach so even to just rest the munchkin on his lap in the middle of the night was awkward for him. I didn't mind it for breastfeeding, but I also didn't know any better. However, once night time feedings were a thing of the past (which was the case for us around 4 or 5 months) it went into a pile of stuff that never was touched again. :(

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  14. I've used boppy pillow and I always have to put extra pillows under to create a comfortable angle for the baby

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  15. I haven't ever used a nursing pillow, but they surely make sense to me!

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  16. I've used a bobby pillow but was never a huge fan - ready to try something else!

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  17. i never had one with my son but i'd love one for #2 due this winter... it would have saved my back a lot of aching!

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