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What you need to consider when choosing a reusable nursing pad.

What you should know before choosing a reusable Nursing Pad.


You’ve decided to use reusable nursing pads over disposable nursing pads – YAY! (and if you haven’t yet made that decision, start by reading our disposable vs. reusable nursing pads blog post, and I assure you, you will!)


When preparing for your baby’s arrival, nursing pads are probably the last thing on your mind. You’ve got your crib, car seat, diapers, and everything else your newborn requires, but let’s not forget about your needs!

If you plan to breastfeed your little one, nursing pads will be as important to you as your diapers are to your newborn. So today we are going to talk about what to look for when shopping for a reusable nursing pad.

How many should you buy?

Generally, a breastfeeding mom will start out with six sets. This will allow you to have about one to two pairs in the wash, three pairs available throughout the day, and one spare pair in the diaper bag in case of emergencies. That being said, every woman is different. It all depends on how much you leak and how often you want to launder. (If you’re cloth diapering your little one, you can throw them in with your diaper load ever other day!) You may find you need more pairs in the beginning until your milk production regulates.

There are so many products on the market, so how are you going to determine what brand to go with?

There are four factors that you should consider before purchasing a reusable nursing pad. Make sure your nursing pads fit the following criteria:

First and foremost, these little pads will be like a second skin to you all day every day, so make sure they are comfortable! You will want to pick a pad that is super soft, and doesn’t stick to your nipples when they get wet. For maximum comfort, choose a nursing pad with a stay dry layer against your skin. This will wick the moisture away from your breast and into the core of the pad, which leaves you feeling dry even when your pad is saturated.

You will also want to make sure that your reusable nursing pads are very absorbent. The more absorbent they are, the longer you can go between changes. The longer you go between changes, the less you will have in the wash at one time. The less you have in the wash at one time, the less you have to buy. The less you have to buy, the more money you save – seems like a no brainer!

Coverage is also an important factor to consider. You want to make sure that your nursing pad is large enough to cover a fair portion of your breast so that it doesn’t bunch up inside your bra, which makes them less noticeable under your clothing.

Lastly, – and this seems obvious – be sure to choose a nursing pad that is contoured! Your breast is round, so why on earth would you buy a nursing pad that is flat? A contoured nursing pad will cup your breast like your bra does, and sit flush to your skin without any bunching or moving around. This results in no “peek-a-boo” moments.

We want to make sure that you have as positive an experience with your reusable nursing pads as you do with your baby’s diapers. You will have enough surprises and stresses with a brand new baby in your life without having to worry about your nursing pads!

Here’s a testimonial from a brand new momma using the Mother ease Contoured Reusable Nursing Pads in Stay Dry:

“I’ve worn the Mother ease stay dry nursing pads every day since day 1 with my baby and she is now 7 weeks. I absolutely love them! They absorb instantly and never leave my skin feeling wet.

I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding just 4 weeks after my baby was born and I wore the nursing pads all day with no bra in my strapless bridesmaid dress. I only fed my baby once during the day so I thought the pads would come in handy. As the day went on I thought to myself, wow, I must not be leaking at all because I don’t even feel wet. When I went home that night, I realized I was leaking all day but I didn’t notice because of the nursing pads! These pads were saturated but absorbed everything and kept me feeling dry!

I will continue to wear the Mother ease Nursing Pads through the duration of breastfeeding and recommend them to all my friends that are moms to be!
– Nicole


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