Nursing Pads 101: Tips for Breastfeeding Moms

iStock_000008243777SmallWe’ve shared plenty of nursing bra tips and style suggestions for new breastfeeding moms, but now we’re going to talk about nursing pads and how to best use them to protect against breast milk leaks. It might take you a few days to figure out what your specific needs will be, because every mom does not experience breast milk leaks. Leaking issues are not necessarily tied to having a healthy milk supply; some moms experience leaks early on while others consistently need protection. If this is your first baby, you might want to have a pack of nursing pads on hand in the beginning just to be safe until you know how your body reacts to your breast milk supply.

Nursing pads are easy to use and their primary function is to protect you from leaking through your bra or shirt. Wearing these pads make many women feel more confident about going out in public while breastfeeding. Moms with tender nipples also benefit from wearing soft nursing pads if their bras or tanks chafe uncomfortably. You can purchase either reusable nursing pads or disposable nursing pads depending on your preference. Keep in mind that washable nursing pads will be less expensive, are environmentally friendly, and generally more durable than reusable nursing pads. They are easy to launder at home and are sold in sets of 6 or 12 pads for convenience.

When you’re wearing a nursing pad, the most important thing to remember is that you want to change your nursing pads as soon as they become damp. Waiting until they are soaked or wearing damp pads for an extended period of time can cause nipple infections including yeast issues or thrush. Also, pads might stick to your nipples if left on too long. If you’re going out for the day and worry about changing your nursing pads while in public, plan ahead and bring a plastic bag that you can use to carry damp pads until you get home. Immediately throw them into the wash when you get home so no bacteria or yeast builds up in your pads.

Pregnant and shopping around for nursing pads? Loving Moments offers a washable nursing pad 12-pack that features soft, absorbent nursing pads that are contoured for better breast fit. With six sets of nursing pads to use, you won’t have to worry about running out before you’ve had a chance to do laundry. Click to read more about our affordable and easy-to-use washable nursing pads.