Breast pads are a no brainer to use.
They are thin and discreet, and they are comfortable and soft—you don’t even know you have them on you!
In fact, there are disposable breast pads and reusable breast pads.
Both have pros and cons of using them. Let's take a look at each.
Disposable pads are meant to be used once.
When they’re wet, you simply toss them.
In order to wear them, simply make sure your nipples are dry.
You can always apply a nipple cream if your nipples are sore or chapped from use.
Then, grab a pad and peel off it’s sticky backing.
The pad is easy to position over your nipples and will stay put because it will rest up against your bra for additional support.
Be sure to check on the pad every so often to determine if it’s wet.
If so, simply repeat the process and replace it with a fresh one.
In order to use reusable breast pads, you also have to make sure your breast and nipples are dry.
These pads get placed in the cup of your bra, and should be centered around your nipple before firmly adjusting your bra so everything stays put.
Like the disposable, you need to remove the pad when it gets moist.
Because you can’t just toss the pad, it’s important that you keep a wet bag in your baby’s diaper bag, or a discreet plastic bag that can be sealed in your purse.
When able, wash your pads. Because reusable pads come in different materials, it’s super important to learn how to wash them.
Cotton, bamboo, and other fabrics have specific washing guidelines, and you want to protect and make the most out of your investments.
Once you remove the pad, simply replace it with another (yes, you’ll need to keep a bunch on hand) and repeat the process as outlined above.
When wearing a reusable pad, it’s wise to wear darker colors up top, as well as patterns.
Because the material used for reusable pads are thicker, there’s a heightened chance your pads will be seen.
An extra padded bra can help combat this problem and keep your pads hidden.
Now that you understand the pros and cons of each, you can make an informed decision as to which will work best for you and your lifestyle and personal preferences.
In addition to types of pads, how to wear them, and pros and cons, you should also be aware of the risks that can sometimes be associated with them. They include:
Doctors do disclaim that yeast infections revolving around the breast and nipple are mainly because the risk of them increases when pads are used.
However, with proper precaution and care, they can be avoided.
Nursing pads aren't just for nursing moms—all women need them once their baby is born!
While breastfeeding moms needs them much longer, they serve a great purpose and serve it well.
Weigh out your pros and cons of each type of pad, and be sure to brush up on all this information so you can make sure you’re always protected, always prepared, but most of all, always comfortable!