Reusable Nursing Pads: Stop Unwanted Leaking

Reusable Nursing Pads: Stop Unwanted Leaking

Reusable Nursing Pads: Stop Unwanted Leaking

It’s one of those new-mama disasters that nobody warns you about – that uh-oh moment when your breast milk leaks right through your bra and the front of your top, usually when you’re in the queue at the supermarket! A reliable pair of nursing pads will be your new breast buddies, but what questions should you ask when finding the best nursing pads?

WHAT ARE BREAST PADS?

Also called nursing pads, breastfeeding pads or maternity breast pads, they are absorbent pads that fit inside your bra to soak up breast milk leakage. They’re often flat discs, but more technologically advanced brands may be shaped and curved to comfortably fit the breast. 

What are the benefits of nursing pads?  
Nursing pads are the best solution for leaking breast milk. A good set of breast pads will give you peace of mind, knowing that you’re protected against an unexpected let-down. 

How do I know if I need breast pads?  
Some mums-to-be start experiencing leakage of milk or colostrum (the precursor to milk) during pregnancy and start wearing nursing pads at this stage. You’ll almost certainly need them day and night for the first few weeks of breastfeeding, and many women, including those who experience oversupply of breast milk (aka hyperlactation or hypergalactia) will need them much longer. 

TYPES OF BREAST PADS

There are two main types of nursing pads – single-use and reusable.  

- Single-use breast pads are made of paper and plastic, much like sanitary pads and diapers. They are designed to be worn only once and then sent to landfill.  

- Washable breast pads are designed to be washed and reused again and again. They can be made of a range of materials, including cotton, bamboo and other textiles.  

Are reusable breast pads good for the environment?  
Just like sanitary pads and tampons, disposable breast pads are huge contributors to landfill and are likely to contain a layer of polyurethane plastic that will take hundreds of years to break down.  

Washable breast pads are a much more sustainable solution because they can be reused, but many brands still contain a layer of plastic to provide waterproofing. Only Just’nCase nursing pads are made using Confitex’s patented leakproof textile, which has been independently lab-tested by UL and verified waterproof, without the use of a layer of polyurethane plastic.   

How much do nursing pads cost?  
Reusable nursing pads are likely to cost more than single-use breast pads to start with, but they’ll end up cheaper in the long run than continually buying disposable nursing pads.  

CHOOSING THE BEST NURSING PADS

Here’s what to look for in a good breast pad: 

- Absorbency: This varies between brands and many moms have been let down by brands that are not as absorbent as they claim. Look for a brand that has been independently lab-verified to be highly absorbent and leakproof, and check out reviews and testimonials from mums who have tried them.  

- Skin-friendly: Look for breast pads with an inner layer of soft, breathable fabric to draw breast milk leakage away from your skin and prevent chafing. Check whether they have been independently lab-tested and proven to be hypoallergenic and free of potentially harmful chemicals. 

- Secure: Check they have some form of grip so they don’t scrunch up or slip around in your bra or nursing tank.  

- Easy-care: Most reusable brands cannot be tumble dried because the heat will distort the plastic leak-proofing layer, but Just’nCase nursing pads don’t contain a layer of polyurethane plastic, so they can safely be thrown in the dryer – perfect for busy moms! 

How many reusable breast pads do I need? 
This depends on your leakage, how absorbent the pads are and how long they take to wash and dry. Most women like to have a pair to wear, a spare pair for their handbag and at least one or two other pairs working their way through the washing and drying cycle. You may need to buy fewer pairs of Just’nCase Nursing Pads because their superior absorbency means you won’t have to change them so often and the fact that they can be tumble dried means you will be able to reuse them sooner. 

What are the best nursing pads for sensitive skin?   
Some women experience chafing, discomfort and even thrush when the inner surface of some brands of pad becomes damp. Look for pads with a soft, hypoallergenic inner layer that will quickly wick the moisture away from the skin, leaving the inner surface dry and fresh. Avoid pads that contain a layer of polyurethane plastic, as this is not breathable.

HOW TO USE BREAST PADS

Nursing pads are designed to be slipped inside a bra or maternity tank. Just’nCase Nursing Pads come in one size fits all. For best results place one inside each cup of your nursing bra or nursing tank with the flat edge toward the bottom of the cup and your nipple approximately two thirds of the way up the curve of the pad.  

How do you keep reusable breast pads in place? 
Just’nCase Nursing Pads feature a silicone grip pattern, which sticks to the inside of your bra or tank to hold the pads in place. Their supportive contoured design mimics the curve of your breast, ensuring they won’t scrunch up or slip around, like many brands do.  

Can I wear nursing pads without a bra? 
Just’nCase Nursing Pads can also be worn inside the cups of a close-fitting nursing tank top or camisole. 

Should I wear breast pads all the time?  
This depends on your breast milk leakage, but most women find they need to wear them day and night for at least the first few weeks of breastfeeding.  

How often should I change reusable breast pads?  
Change them every 24 hours, or when they feel wet and heavy, whichever is the soonest. It’s a good idea to keep a fresh pair handy, just in case. Our Small Waterproof Ecobag is a convenient way to carry a spare pair in your handbag, baby bag or sports bag – and bring the damp pair home too. 

How long do reusable breast pads last? 
Just’nCase Nursing Pads have been independently lab-verified to withstand more than 52 wash and dry cycles with no deterioration in performance, so chances are they’ll still be going strong when your baby weans – and ready for baby number two!  

For more breastfeeding tips read our blog.  

Try Just’nCase Nursing Pads today at our online store.

It’s one of those new-mama disasters that nobody warns you about – that uh-oh moment when your breast milk leaks right through your bra and the front of your top, usually when you’re in the queue at the supermarket! A reliable pair of nursing pads will be your new breast buddies, but what questions should you ask when finding the best nursing pads?

WHAT ARE BREAST PADS?

Also called nursing pads, breastfeeding pads or maternity breast pads, they are absorbent pads that fit inside your bra to soak up breast milk leakage. They’re often flat discs, but more technologically advanced brands may be shaped and curved to comfortably fit the breast. 

What are the benefits of nursing pads?  
Nursing pads are the best solution for leaking breast milk. A good set of breast pads will give you peace of mind, knowing that you’re protected against an unexpected let-down. 

How do I know if I need breast pads?  
Some mums-to-be start experiencing leakage of milk or colostrum (the precursor to milk) during pregnancy and start wearing nursing pads at this stage. You’ll almost certainly need them day and night for the first few weeks of breastfeeding, and many women, including those who experience oversupply of breast milk (aka hyperlactation or hypergalactia) will need them much longer. 

TYPES OF BREAST PADS

There are two main types of nursing pads – single-use and reusable.  

- Single-use breast pads are made of paper and plastic, much like sanitary pads and nappies. They are designed to be worn only once and then sent to landfill.  

- Washable breast pads are designed to be washed and reused again and again. They can be made of a range of materials, including cotton, bamboo and other textiles.  

Are reusable breast pads good for the environment?  
Just like sanitary pads and tampons, disposable breast pads are huge contributors to landfill and are likely to contain a layer of polyurethane plastic that will take hundreds of years to break down.  

Washable breast pads are a much more sustainable solution because they can be reused, but many brands still contain a layer of plastic to provide waterproofing. Only Just’nCase nursing pads are made using Confitex’s patented leakproof textile, which has been independently lab-tested by UL and verified waterproof, without the use of a layer of polyurethane plastic.   

How much do nursing pads cost?  
Reusable nursing pads are likely to cost more than single-use breast pads to start with, but they’ll end up cheaper in the long run than continually buying disposable nursing pads.

CHOOSING THE BEST NURSING PADS

Here’s what to look for in a good breast pad: 

- Absorbency: This varies between brands and many mums have been let down by brands that are not as absorbent as they claim. Look for a brand that has been independently lab-verified to be highly absorbent and leakproof, and check out reviews and testimonials from mums who have tried them.  

- Skin-friendly: Look for breast pads with an inner layer of soft, breathable fabric to draw breast milk leakage away from your skin and prevent chafing. Check whether they have been independently lab-tested and proven to be hypoallergenic and free of potentially harmful chemicals. 

- Secure: Check they have some form of grip so they don’t scrunch up or slip around in your bra or nursing tank.  

- Easy-care: Most reusable brands cannot be tumble dried because the heat will distort the plastic leak-proofing layer, but Just’nCase nursing pads don’t contain a layer of polyurethane plastic, so they can safely be thrown in the dryer – perfect for busy mums! 

How many reusable breast pads do I need? 
This depends on your leakage, how absorbent the pads are and how long they take to wash and dry. Most women like to have a pair to wear, a spare pair for their handbag and at least one or two other pairs working their way through the washing and drying cycle. You may need to buy fewer pairs of Just’nCase Nursing Pads because their superior absorbency means you won’t have to change them so often and the fact that they can be tumble dried means you will be able to reuse them sooner. 

What are the best nursing pads for sensitive skin?   
Some women experience chafing, discomfort and even thrush when the inner surface of some brands of pad becomes damp. Look for pads with a soft, hypoallergenic inner layer that will quickly wick the moisture away from the skin, leaving the inner surface dry and fresh. Avoid pads that contain a layer of polyurethane plastic, as this is not breathable.

HOW TO USE NURSING PADS

Nursing pads are designed to be slipped inside a bra or maternity tank. Just’nCase Nursing Pads come in one size fits all. For best results place one inside each cup of your nursing bra or nursing tank with the flat edge toward the bottom of the cup and your nipple approximately two thirds of the way up the curve of the pad.  

How do you keep reusable breast pads in place? 
Just’nCase Nursing Pads feature a silicone grip pattern, which sticks to the inside of your bra or tank to hold the pads in place. Their supportive contoured design mimics the curve of your breast, ensuring they won’t scrunch up or slip around, like many brands do.  

Can I wear nursing pads without a bra? 
Just’nCase Nursing Pads can also be worn inside the cups of a close-fitting nursing tank top or camisole. 

Should I wear breast pads all the time?  
This depends on your breast milk leakage, but most women find they need to wear them day and night for at least the first few weeks of breastfeeding.  

How often should I change reusable breast pads?  
Change them every 24 hours, or when they feel wet and heavy, whichever is the soonest. It’s a good idea to keep a fresh pair handy, just in case. Our Small Waterproof Ecobag is a convenient way to carry a spare pair in your handbag, baby bag or sports bag – and bring the damp pair home too. 

How long do reusable breast pads last? 
Just’nCase Nursing Pads have been independently lab-verified to withstand more than 52 wash and dry cycles with no deterioration in performance, so chances are they’ll still be going strong when your baby weans – and ready for baby number two!  

For more breastfeeding tips read our blog.  

Try Just’nCase Nursing Pads today at our online store.

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