Post # 1
So far, I’ve only used the box of Gards they gave me at the hospital and the Medela nursing pads. Before I buy more, I wanted to ask what everyone’s favorites are. I’d like something that’s a little on the thin side that doesn’t bunch up with repeated nursings, and that’s what I’ve found with the Medela pads.
Post # 3
I’m not nursing yet but I’m also wondering the same question. Would moms recommend disposable or washable ones? And I came across this last night –
Wondering if it’s really worth spending the money on…
Post # 4
I use washable ones. I LOVE my Itsy Ritsy ones with the bamboo on the skin side, but they are kinda pricey. I also have some BabyKicks hemp jersey pads which are also nice. Both of these version are not waterproof, so if you have a heavy leak you will get wet, but they are nice for everyday use and small leaks/drips.
The rest of my stash are some DIY nursing pades I made from a layer of cotton knit to the skin, terry (cut up inexpensive towel), PUL, and cotton knit/flannel on the outside. These are waterproof and nice for at night, etc.
The only sposie ones I used were the samples that came with my pumps, Avent and Medela. I prefer the Medela ones, but really prefer my washable ones (more comfortable against the skin and allow it to breathe).
Post # 5
i’ve been using nursing pads pretty much every day since i had my son (i’m 12 weeks postpartum). i have plenty of milk so i need them all the time just in case :p i’ve used the lansinoh brand and the nuk brand.
i prefer the lanisnoh brand because they absorb a good amount, never leak, and have an adhesive strip on the back so that they dont slide around too much (they do bunch up sometimes though if you’re wearing a nursing bra that you fold down every few hours to feed, but you just have to be careul). the bad side is they have a lot of packaging – each pad is in an individual little pouch, and then there’s paper strips on each of the 2 adhesive strip on each pad…that’s SIX peices of trash every time you use 2 pads. it’s so wasteful! plus once they absorb milk they can get kind of lumpy, but you can’t tell from the outside just the inside.
the nuk pads SUCK. they are super thin and don’t have the inner packaging, but they definitely do not absorb as much. every time i’ve worn them they have leaked 🙁 luckily i was in the comfort of my own home when it happened but soaking my shirt in public is pretty much my worst fear! lol.
those milk savers look interesting…don’t seem like they would be very comfortable though =/
Post # 6
I used several pads. I used the Lanisinoh disposable pads at work to make sure not to have any accidents. They work really well, hold a lot, and are pretty thin. I used the reusable pads at home. I used the Gerber reusable and the ones you get for “free” at Udder Covers. I liked the Udder Covers pads better, but they are organic cotton, so no waterproof side.
I also had milk collector cups but I only used them once. No leaks, yay, but I was uncomfortable with the idea of using the milk, so I just dumped it.
Post # 7
I decided to try the Lansinoh brand pads since Amazon has such a good Subscribe & Save price:
So far, I like them better than Medela. I love the idea of making pads to wear at home, though, so I’m going to try that. What is PUL, though?
Post # 8
@eurekaanchovies: PUL is polyurethane laminate, usually a polyester knit laminated on one side in order to make is waterproof. It’s what they use to make cloth diapers out of.
You can find it sometimes at Joann Fabrics, so order it online. You could probably get a diaper cut off of Etsy, Hyena Cart, etc and make a pretty good amount out of that. It comes in either prints or solids, but I just used a white solid since it was hidden anyway. For my pattern I used a small bowl, so my pads are maybe 4 inches round and since I didn’t have a serger, I pinked the edges. Good luck!