Best Types of Nursing Pads - Why Do Nursing Pads Matter?
It is normal for breasts to leak, especially during the early days of breastfeeding. Not all new mothers experience leaks, but chances are you will be dealing with leaking as long as you are nursing. Why are nursing pads important? Which one is the best? Is it disposable or reusable?
Are you pregnant and preparing for your newborn? I know you are excited—I have been there. You might be wondering whether you need the breast pads or not or what type is best. It is typically not necessary that you have these the first few days because during this time there is not much leaking. However, as your breast milk comes in, you need a breast pad to protect your clothes.
Why Do Nursing Pads Matter?
Apart from preventing the staining of your clothes, breast pads are very important in ensuring that you keep your nipples as dry as possible to prevent yeast from growing. In addition, when the nipples are wet, they are likely to become sore, which can cause irritation. This irritation can cause them to crack, and this can be very painful.
Therefore, the simple answer to whether nursing pads matter is a yes for at least a few months after giving birth.
Best Types of Nursing Pads
I get a lot of questions from new moms about the best types of nursing pads. I will give the comparison of the two for you to get an idea of what is best for you.
Disposable Nursing Pads
Disposable pads, as the name suggests, are used once and then you throw them away. This type of nursing pad is mostly for convenience for those moms who are busy and don’t have time to keep on washing the pads every day.
These nursing pads are typically made of a cotton-like material, while others are made from plastic. The goal here is to prevent the milk from leaking through.
Reusable Nursing Pads
This is another important type of nursing pad that has many benefits. For one, it is environmentally friendly because you will not have to dispose of many of them. Most of these nursing pads are made from cotton fabric, making them very useful in their role.
Some varieties come with an anti-slip layer, which holds them in place making sure they don't move an inch. They are easy to wash, but it is recommended that you wash by hand only to prevent wearing them out. One of the downsides of this disposable pad is the initial cost. They are much more costly compared to disposable ones, but in the long run, it’s the cheaper option.
My personal favorite nursing pad, which I have been using, is the LilyPadz Reusable Silicone Nursing Pads Starter Kit. The kit comes with two useful products: a LilyWipes and LilyWash, for cleaning the LilyPadz They are comfortable and they work by preventing the leaks rather than absorbing. They dry quickly, allowing you to clean them any time even on the go.