A nursing pillow that’s just a few inches long can help keep you and your family warm and comfortable, according to a study published online in the British Journal of Nursing.
The research suggests the pillow is best used by patients who are already comfortable in their beds.
The pillow also may help the wearer stay warm.
“There’s an increasing demand for nursing beds and nursing mattresses,” said Dr. Jennifer Tovar, the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of nursing at the University of California, San Diego.
“So this pillow could be really useful for nursing patients who might be at risk of breast cancer.”
The study involved about 4,000 women who were randomly assigned to receive a nursing pillow or a mattress for three months, according the researchers.
About 40 per cent of the women received nursing mattress therapy, and about 20 per cent received nursing pillow therapy.
After three months of nursing pillow treatment, the nursing mattress group experienced a slight decrease in breast cancer-related symptoms, including a slightly decreased risk of relapsing or recurrence of cancer, the researchers said.
“While this study has a small sample size and did not include a control group, it does offer a nice example of nursing bed design that could help reduce the risk of a recurrence or relapse of breast disease,” said the researchers, who also included two other nurses who were not part of the research.
Tovak said nursing pillow therapists are more likely to treat a patient with an underlying disease that affects the breast.
For example, patients with ovarian cysts may have a weakened immune system that could make it harder to fight breast cancer, which can cause breast cancer.
And, in rare cases, there are genetic variations that can make the disease more difficult to treat.
The researchers also found nursing pillow use was associated with less breast cancer diagnosis and less symptoms in the patients.
The study was led by Dr. Jodi P. Brown, a professor of medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York.
The work was funded by the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging.