I’m due to have my first baby a month from now, and I’m trying to get all the essentials together. The more I think about nursing pads, the more I wonder about why they are disposable.
Since they are only catching milk, can’t they just be washed and reused? Am I missing something here?
Any advice on whether it’s a good idea to buy the reusable pads that are available online? Does anyone recommend particular brands? — Kristyna
Ariel had this to say:
Based on my own experience: I bought some adorable flannel nursing pads before my son was born … and once my milk came in, I immediately realized why some people use disposables: my leakage was so intense that the washable nursing pads simply could not keep up. The only way I could keep a shirt dry for more than an hour or two was using disposable pads that were super-absorbent thanks to being more like maxi-pads than nursing pads.
Totally depends on your body, really … I will just say that for me, my adorable, eco-friendly nursing pads simply didn’t work.
In my experience, disposable nursing pads were the only ones that could absorb the sheer volume of breast milk that leaked — do you know of a more eco-friendly alternative that’s just as effective?