Breastfeeding throws up many challenges for first time mums.
And one of those challenges which can lead to a little embarrassment, is leaky boobs. In the early weeks when your milk arrives it can be somewhat unpredictable. Until your body adjusts your breasts can leak during the day, overnight before your baby wakes for a feed or even when you hear a baby cry on television!
In the meantime you’ll need some good breast pads to help you deal with the extra milk your body produces, meaning you can go about your business feeling confident, without the telltale rings around your nipples that scream ‘new mum!’.
There are two main contenders in the Breast Pad market: Disposable Pads and Reusable (Washable) Pads.
There are lots of brands available to purchase at the supermarket, pharmacy or online. Keep a stash at home and in your nappy bag, the disposable breast pad is easy to slip in your bra when you need them. Many use a sticky strip to help attach it to the inside of your bra, which I found handy… occasionally if I didn’t stick mine they’d ‘travel’ and peek just up above my bra. NOT a good look. Disposable pads use a super absorbant material inside to draw moisture away from your skin, similar to the way a disposable nappy does. Most are a basic circle but others have a moulded shape to look more natural and fit with your breast.
Choose natural materials for breathability and remember to replace them often, keeping your boobs as dry as possible. On the downside, disposable pads can deliver the occasional ‘ouch’ as they can stick and catch on sensitive nipples.
- Tommee Tippee Miomee Disposable Breast Pads with a carry pouch $11.50 for 50
- Pigeon Premium Breast Pads – thinner but still very absorbent, $9.99 for 36
- Johnsons Ultraform Disposable Breast Pads: A moulded shaped pad – 24 pack $6.99
There’s now a wide range of reusable breast pads available. Similar to Modern Cloth Nappies most use a combination of cotton and bamboo, (the bamboo is the absorbent part and is very, very soft). There are lots of patterns and colours to choose from but given that you’re not supposed to see them this might not be of importance to most feeding mothers! If you end up using breast pads longer term (and this depends on the individual) then reusable can be work out cheaper in the long run.
Again you’ll need to change them often to keep your boobs healthy. Be careful to follow the instructions for washing them so you remove any bacteria and they last the distance.
- Bamboobies $19.95 for two pairs – I quite like the cute heart shape which can be worn right side up or upside down.
- Avent Washable Breast Pads: $11.95 for one pair, with a lace pattern.
- Baby Button Pink Floral Daisy Pads Breast Pads – $8.50 for one pair with a huge range of fabrics and colours to choose from.
When you’re packing your hospital bag it can be hard to know if you’ll need lots or none at all. Some women need them for longterm breastfeeding but others it’s just until their bodies adjust to the routine of breastfeeding.
Which do you prefer?