Breast pads vs breast pads!

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Breast pads vs breast pads!

Did you know that on average, we will use over 3000 disposable breast pads when nursing our baby? That is a lot of disposable breast pads both in terms of cost to our purse (individually not that costly but it does all add up) and cost to the environment (in waste disposal).

The days after the birth of your baby will be the most topsy-turvy days of your life and we do not want your life to be any more difficult than it will already be. You'll have probably packed some breast pads in your hospital bag without much thought to their use after birth (unless you are on your second plus baby), and, unless you have gone down the natural route and plan to use reusable nappies too, the likelihood is that you'll have grabbed a pack of disposable pads off the supermarket shelf to put in your bag because they are on your hospital list.

If you are expecting your first, second or more, child right now, this is a great time to consider your breast pads (so often an afterthought). There are many brands offering disposable breast pads, but what if you don't fancy filling landfills with hundreds of your cast-offs? What if you would prefer to have a natural material next to your (likely-to-be) sensitive post-labour breasts? What if you simply don't fancy spending hundreds of pounds on something when you could buy 20 pads and stick them in the wash with the endless baby washing you'll have to do anyway?

Reusable breast pads are really a cheap alternative to disposables (just as many nature-Mummies will tell you that you'll save £££ on reusable nappies compared with disposables) but we don't want to make those first days harder so why not stick a pack or two of disposables in your hospital back to tide you over those initial days of hectic adjustment - you know, those first  few days when you'll feel like a feeding machine, deprived of sleep (isn't that a form of torture???! :-)) and won't even be able to focus your tired eyes on the washing machine, let alone be able to put it on. When you're back on your feet and functioning like a vaguely normal human being, albeit in a lesser way than you were only a week ago, give your reusables a try. They come with a net bag so you don't lose any in the wash and are made of natural materials (cotton), so will allow your tender nipples to breathe as well as absorbing any leaks.

It is worth keeping in mind, though, that as every woman's breasts and nipple size and shape will be different, so too will your milk flow. You'll only know when you establish your feeding routine how leaky you get, how often you need to change your pads, and what size of pad fits you best.

In reusable vs disposable, not everyone will share your views, just like you will not always agree with what every other mum is telling you. There is no shame in trying and deciding that they aren't for you, but if it means you could potentially save a few hundred pounds, why not try?


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