(Closed) Breastfeeding moms, how many nursing pads do you go through?

posted 4 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How many nursing pads do you go through in a day?
    1-2 pairs : (5 votes)
    50 %
    3-4 pairs : (2 votes)
    20 %
    5-6 pairs : (2 votes)
    20 %
    7+ pairs : (1 votes)
    10 %
  • Post # 2
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    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!

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  urchin.
    Post # 4
    3152 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2018

    housebee:  I only used them for the first few weeks. After my supply regulated I rarely leaked. Don’t go crazy.

    Post # 5
    49 posts

    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.

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 1 month ago by  Beebityboo.
    Post # 6
    7647 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
    9689 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    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
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    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
    184 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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 # 11
    11747 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    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
    1153 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    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
    2126 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    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
    2848 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    Zero.  I breastfed 2 babies over a year each and never leaked a drop.  Even when I needed to pump.  Weird, huh?

    Post # 15
    7437 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2013

    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.

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