The Ultimate Showdown: Boppy vs. My Brest Friend
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What with all the controversy I've recently waged between getting your feedback on breastfeeding and epidurals, I thought it only right to ask for your opinion on what I hope is a slightly less riot-inducing debate (if indeed one really exists): which is better, the Boppy, My Brest Friend or something else?
When I first realized that I was pregnant enough to have to buy baby supplies, which now outnumber everything my husband and I own combined, I went to places like Babies R Us to shop around and see what I was in for. Needless to say I was overwhelmed not only by the selection but by what little I knew with regard to having and raising my child to be. Seriously, I needed to sit down and have a snack bar and some water before I could muster the courage to head down to the first floor.
It was there I first reckoned with the Boppy and My Brest Friend. The nuts and bolts aspects of how they worked seemed obvious enough at first--you wrap them around you and plunk the baby down on them and get to it, if you know what I mean. the main difference, as far as my untrained eye could tell, was that the Boppy is free form while My Brest Friend actually wraps around you and latches on. While the Boppy is more of a fortune cookie shape, the My Brest Friend is more like a wanton.
But, I thought, was one better than the other? They were similar in price and both could be augmented with adorably patterned covers designed to keep you in a whimsical mood even as your child spits up whatever you just spent forever trying to get her to ingest. While the Boppy seemed easier in terms of getting it on and off since there was no strap involved, it might be nice to know that if I stood up My Brest Friend wouldn't fall off of me.
The Boppy seemed to have a slight edge in that it could, later on, and if the child was willing and agreeable (if he's anything like me and my husband he won't be!) be used to prop the baby up. My Brest Friend had an edge in that I could store things like woobies (pacifiers) and other baby paraphernalia in its pockets.
I could go on and on, but I won't. Suffice it to say that a girlfriend suggested I register for one and then get someone to lend me the other to try them out for myself. Much like babies having a preference over a certain kind of woobie, nipple or bottle type, so it seems that I will end up preferring one over the other of the Boppy or My Brest Friend. Either way my husband plans on laughing at me hysterically every time he sees me hooked up to one of these.
He is right, in a way. I mean, I am all about the added convenience of such devices, but our parents and their parents and so on did not have Boppies or My Brest Friends to assist them. Perhaps it's better to use something else, or nothing at all!
That said, does anyone who's used one or both believe that of the Boppy and My Brest Friend one is better than the other? Or, do you think there is a better alternative out there (including just going sans anything)? If so, why--I'd love to hear from the voice of experience!
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