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Disposable Nursing Pads vs. Reusable Nursing Pads



There are beautiful associations when it comes to nursing – cuddling and bonding with your baby as you provide nourishment. And while breastfeeding is a wonderful and rewarding experience, it does come with some unpleasant side effects like sore nipples (for a short time – it usually takes a few weeks for nipples to toughen up) and leaking breasts.

Nursing pads can help keep you comfortable and prevent embarrassing leaks from soaking through your clothing. They are available, like diapers, in disposable or reusable options. So which are the best option for you? Let’s talk about disposable nursing pads vs. reusable nursing pads.

Disposable nursing pads

Disposable nursing pads are made of a thin absorbent material and come in different levels of absorbencies similar to sanitary napkins. You can purchase a box of disposable pads that contain anywhere from 50 to 200 or more. They usually have a sticky back to adhere them to your bra, which can impede breathability. When they get wet, you simply throw them in the garbage and put in new ones.

Many disposable nursing pads, like disposable diapers, contain absorbent chemicals that you will be putting directly against your skin. They also lack proficient air circulation, which can lead to discomfort and trapped moisture. Breast infections thrive in moist environments, so if you are especially leaky, you will have to go through a lot of disposable pads, which is not only inconvenient, but also expensive.

Reusable nursing pads

Reusable nursing pads are cloth pads (some with a breathable leak-resistant layer) that fit into your bra similar to disposable pads. Because they are made of natural fibers, cloth nursing pads provide better air circulation, which is necessary to aid in the sore nipple healing process. Rather than disposing of these pads after use, they are easy to wash and dry – most can be washed easily with your baby’s clothes, but you may prefer to wash them in a laundry bag to keep pairs together.

Not only will you be saving the environment by reusing your pads instead of throwing them in the garbage, but you will save money as well. The cost of a box of 60 disposable nursing pads is around $10. While the amount you will need can vary greatly, you will have to keep purchasing pads, which will add up. Washable nursing pads are much more economical. You can expect to need between 3 to 6 pairs of nursing pads, costing about $5 to $7 a pair. That’s only $21 – total.

And if you have more children in the future, you already have the nursing pads; they are designed to last.


2 Responses to “Disposable Nursing Pads vs. Reusable Nursing Pads

  • Sarah Froese
    4 years ago

    I LOVE your Stay Dry nursing pads! They didn’t stick to my skin like other materials did. Keep up the great work!

  • Amber Aussie Kidlets
    4 years ago

    I have to say after trying both, reusable hands down were the best for both comfort, money savings and also absorbency.

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