Dr. Brown’s Gia Nursing Pillow Review and Giveaway!

When it comes to nursing pillows, you have lots of options. But just because a product is a best-seller doesn’t mean it’s going to work well for you, so looking around for the right design could help you find a nursing pillow that will be a help rather than a hindrance in those crucial early days.

I just gave birth to my second child in November, and I was so excited to get the chance to review a nursing pillow I had never tried before. The Dr. Brown’s Gia has some unique benefits to offer to us nursing mamas. It might not be the best fit for everyone, but it may be the best for you!

The first thing I noticed when I got it out of the package is that it’s bigger than any other nursing pillow I’ve ever tried, both in terms of length and bulk. I wondered if having such a big pillow would be a nuisance, but in practice, its size turned out to be an asset to its mission. This pillow is very thick at one end and tapers off to just a few inches in height at the other. The angled design provides two benefits: the first is that it offers a more customizable fit for nursing moms and babies of all different shapes and sizes. Because it’s so long, you can just rotate it around you until you get your baby positioned at just the right angle for you to nurse in comfort.

This is a pretty cool concept and I suspect that for a lot of women, it could be very beneficial. The downside, though, is that it may take a lot of fussing and fiddling to find a comfortable position for you and baby. For a first-time nursing mom, or for any mom who’s trying to position a fussy, hungry baby, that could be a little overwhelming. Once I got past the learning curve and had a good idea how to position the pillow, I was able to get my son latched on pretty quickly.

Because of its angled shape, the Gia also offers comfortable support to a wider audience. Shorter-waisted women can angle the pillow toward the thinner side, while taller-waisted women can get a lot of height and support for their babies. However, this, too, has a downside. I have a very short torso and large breasts, so I had to figure out how to get my son onto the thinner end of the pillow without having the thick end behind my back, pushing me out of my chair. Also, my son tends to slip down the smooth surface or roll toward my body while I’m trying to adjust, making the whole process kind of a juggling act. Once I get settled, it’s very comfortable to use, but I suspect that someone who has an average length or long torso would have a much easier time getting comfortable with a Gia than I do. I’ve found it to be especially useful when nursing in the “football hold.”

Besides offering a customizable fit that can change as your baby grows, Gia’s angled design may help aid digestion and even reduce reflux symptoms in some babies. While my son thankfully doesn’t have reflux, my milk flows pretty quickly, and I’ve noticed that having his head elevated prevents him from choking and coughing. So, if you have an overactive let-down (OALD) reflex or a baby with acid reflux, you may find that the Gia makes for a happier baby.

My Gia pillow came with an adorable blue cover embroidered with elephants (the design name is Beco), and it’s one of five 100% cotton, machine-washable covers available. If you have a frequent spitter like I do, you’ll definitely want to get at least one cover to go with your pillow. My kiddo has enjoyed just hanging out on our pillow during his awake times as well!

Pros:

  • Fit can adjust as your baby grows, and is customizable to different body shapes.
  • Adorable machine-washable covers.
  • Larger size means it may be useful longer than an average-size nursing pillow.
  • Angled design may help reduce reflux and help babies cope with OALD.

Cons:  

  • It takes some trial and error to find the right position.
  • The pillow may be a little too thick for short-waisted women.
  • Baby may slide on the smooth fabric or roll toward mama, making the process of latching on a hassle.

Dr. Brown’s has generously offered one lucky reader their own Gia nursing pillow! Enter below for a chance to win, and happy nursing!

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Entrants must complete ONE mandatory entry in order to win. Winner must be 18 years of age or older. Winner must reside in the USA or Canada. Contest begins on January 22, 2014 and ends on January 28, 2014 at 11:59 PST.

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14 Responses to Dr. Brown’s Gia Nursing Pillow Review and Giveaway!

  1. I want to be able to stay with it until at least 9 or 10 months if possible.

  2. With my 1st son I breast fed until 6 weeks, my daughter just weaned at 27 months!! I think she weaned because I am pregnant with #3 and I plan to breast feed him as long as he wants!

  3. with my son it was to get past a year to whenever he wanted… he weaned at 17months because my milk changed being pregnant… this time around i’d like to get to 2 years!

  4. My goal was originally 12 months when my son was born. We struggled so much in the beginning, I shortened that to 6 months. Once we got all of our struggles figured out, there was no stopping us and he weaned at 19 months. In hindsight, I realize I would have liked to make it to the 2 year mark and that is my goal with my next baby (due in April).

  5. My goal for both kiddos was one year. I made it to 9 months with my older son. I wasn’t able to pump when I went back to work (my body just wouldn’t do it) and I had to stop. With my younger one, we weaned last week at 10 months. Bittersweet and I really miss it!

  6. For my first, we went 9 months though I was aiming for a year. With my second… let’s see!

  7. I hope to breastfeed for at least 12 months!

  8. I nursed my first to 1 year. I want to nurse until this one would like to wean.

  9. I would like to breastfeed for at least 12 months!

  10. I would like to breastfeed for as long as I can! 12 months long would be great!

  11. I’ll start with smaller goals but I’d really like to exclusively breastfeed for 6 months.

  12. My goal at least was 1 year. I made it and then some!

  13. My goal is to exclusively nurse for 6 months and to nurse for 2 years.

  14. With my daughter, my first baby, I really struggled with breastfeeding and wasn’t able to produce any milk. With my next baby, I want to be able to breastfeed until my daughter is ready to wean.

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