Post # 1
I’m currently thinking about sewing my own nursing pads and was wondering how many I’d need to make. So for all the breastfeeding moms, how many do you go through each day? Would you recommend the disposable ones instead, and if so, which brand? Thanks!
Post # 2
I love cloth nursing pads. I have some from Etsy. I found that having 6 pairs was usually enough to get me by (but I was also doing laundy every couple of days because we cloth diapered). I probably used a couple pairs per day (although in the early stages of breastfeeding when my milk supply was insane, I would leak on the opposite side I was feeding Dirty Delete from, every time she nursed!)
I never used disposable ones, I was just really happy with the conveinience of cloth!
Post # 3
urchin: Hmm I think I may just start out making 6 pairs. We plan on cloth diapering as well, so I see a lot of laundry days in my future lol. Thanks for the input!
Post # 4
housebee: I only used them for the first few weeks. After my supply regulated I rarely leaked. Don’t go crazy.
Post # 5
DS is 14 months old and I’m still using them. At most I went through 3 pairs in a day, but most of the time I just use 1. I think I’ve tried almost all brands but my favorite, by far, is Lansinoh.
ETA – I only ever leaked while at work if I didn’t feed him in the last hour before leaving. but if you plan to pump when away from the baby I think you’ll be okay. but when I breastfeed him, up till now, I almost always leak on the other side So I keep pads in.
Post # 6
housebee: I really only leaked from whatever breast wasn’t being nurse on, and I would change mine a few times a day to avoid cracking. It didn’t happen a lot the first few weeks because my supply was still trying to come in.
Post # 7
0? That would be how many I use 🙂
I never had much of a leaking problem. I’m not sure I ever used any to be honest.
I do leak occasionally but it’s so random (and not much) that I don’t bother wearing any. Usually it happens when I am feeding on one side, the other side will leak a bit. I pump at work on a schedule so I’m rarely engorged/over-full, but you will leak if you’re super engorged.
So don’t stock up on tons! At least, that would be my advice. I have 3 boxes of Lansinoh disposables and they’re still sitting around… You can always buy more if you find you need more, so maybe just buy a box and be done with it for the moment. I don’t have any advice for the reusable ones since I didn’t end up needing any.
Post # 8
I had oversupply. The first few months I went through 10 pairs a day of the disposable pads, and they would get totally soaked. Cloth pads don’t absorb anywhere near as much and wouldn’t have worked for me then. After my daughter was several months old it got more manageable and I was able to switch to cloth pads, and went through 4 pairs or so a day. I still leak whenever my daughter is nursing on whatever side she isn’t on, but it’s a small enough amount that I just recently stopped wearing pads at all times when she was a year and a half old. I guess I have a really sensitive letdown.
Post # 9
I don’t use any either. I leak occasionally during the night, but only a little bit. I don’t leak at all during the day. My LO is 16 weeks old.
Post # 10
It seems like the number of pads needed varies a lot, but I’m hoping for an over supply rather than not enough (feeding twins). I noticed the store bought reusable pads were really thin, so I’m making mine with 4 layers (contact layer, absorbent core layer, water repellent layer and a flannel outer layer) and hoping that works. If not, at least I’m not out any money (using cut up old shirts and fabric) and I’ll probably just end up getting a box of disposables. Thanks for sharing your experiences with me.
Post # 11
I used 2 maybe 3 pairs a day for the first few weeks. i had a 100 count box of disposables and didn’t use them all. i think it’s really something that varies person to person though. I’d make a handful of them and you can always pick up disposables if you need more.
Post # 12
0-8 weeks I went through 3-4 pairs/day. Now at 6 months PP i use 1 pair a day and that’s not because i really leak all that much but because i leak on the other side when nursing Dirty Delete, so its just easier for me to keep them in. I could probably switch to reusable ones now (I have the bamboobies) but keep on forgetting to pull them out. I LOVE the target up and up brand pads (and milk storage bags too). I have gone through a dozen boxes lanisoh nursing pads (at least) and am on my 2nd box of target nursing pads.
Post # 13
I used disposable ones for the first couple months and I went through them like mad…not sure how many a day but it seemed ridiculous and they were uncomfortable and hot. I switched to the madela washable kind but they aren’t as easy to hind under clothing and if you leak a lot they are unless but before I knew it I stopped leaking and now only leaK from the side that’s not being nursed so I just stuff a rag or burp cloth in there until ita time to switch.
Post # 14
Zero. I breastfed 2 babies over a year each and never leaked a drop. Even when I needed to pump. Weird, huh?
Post # 15
I bought 2 boxes of 100 each of the disposable kind, and I probably have only used like 18 total in the 10 months I’ve been breastfeeding. I went way overboard.