When you first are breastfeeding you may find that your breast are leaking, maybe you are nursing you newborn on your left breast and all of the sudden your right breast starts to express milk too. Maybe you aren’t nursing at all and are gazing at your baby with deep thoughts of how precious and wonderful they are and all of the sudden your milk lets down and both the left and right breast begin to leak milk. Even before your baby is born there is a chance that your breast could leak. Something that can help the milk from leaking on to your shirt is of course a bra but what can really help is having a nursing pad with in that bra.
Now when it comes time to pick out a nursing pad and you will see that you have the option of disposable nursing pads and reusable nursing pads. Determining which one you will want to use isn’t always easy. In my personal experience I found that although the disposable nursing pads were nice because they were initially a cheaper investment, not in the long run obviously, if you got the cheapest brand at the store you were likely to find that unless you stayed on top of switching them that the milk was going to saturate the nursing pad and then leak through to the bra and possibly the shirt you were wearing. The next time that I got nursing pads I purchases the Lansinoh Nursing Pads. A world of difference, truly were reliable, but I knew that they would be an investment if I planned to use them all of the time that I was nursing, So I got reusable nursing pads, once again the Lansinoh brand. After using both washable and disposable pads I concluded what worked better for me in a look at the pro and cons of both types of nursing pads.
Pros and Cons
Now for the pros and cons I am considering my experience with the Lansinoh brand of both types of nursing pads.
Pros of Disposable Nursing Pads
They are thinner and as long as I have some on hand I don’t have to worry about washing them. Never leaked through to my bra or shirt. If I lose one it isn’t a big deal, because they are about 14 cents a piece.
Cons of Disposable Nursing Pads
In the long run they will cost more, and the milk is being absorbed by a polymer, a plastic, that is constantly touching what your child eats from.
Pros of Reusable Nursing Pads
So much cheaper in the long run and are flannel cotton, the same as a bra. I can wash them in my normal laundry. They never leaked on to my bra or shirt.
Cons of Reusable Nursing Pads
Have to make sure that they are washed so that you don’t find yourself without any clean ones. They are a little bit thicker, although with the proper bra they won’t be noticeable. If I misplace one, I essentially lost 1.50, plus have an odd number of nursing pads is not practical.
So here is my suggestion to every pregnant woman. Get nursing pads, you’ll be glad you did, get a box of each kind and keep some disposable ones in your diaper bag. If you don’t get a chance to get around to washing the washable ones that you purchased you will have some disposable ones that you tucked away. Eventually you won’t need to wear a nursing pad and if you do for prolonged occasions where your breast may become engorged and leaky you’ll still have your washable ones. Also if I was going to suggest a brand of choice for both the washable and disposable choice I would choose the Lansinoh brand.