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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Reusable Nursing Pads

Have you ever looked down and noticed your shirt was wet even though you have been nowhere near a water source? Well either it is time for a new deodorant or you need some heavy duty breast pads. If you are a breastfeeding mother I can almost guarantee you have had a leak or two. It is a fact of life with breastfeeding, at least it was for me before I found Knickernappies Stay Dry Nursing Pads!

With my first daughter Gabby I tried to use some cheaper reusable breast pads but within moments I would leak through them so I stuck with disposable pads. I didn't know a reliable, reusable option existed. Now disposable pads certainly have their upsides; they are fairly easy to hide under a thin shirt, they are great for when you are traveling and they are really absorbent. I recommend having at least one box at home to get you through the first few days of your new baby's life when the leaking is heavier and you are lathering on lanolin. Some woman are lucky and only need breast pads for a few months but I required a pad every day I was breastfeeding right through Gabby's 10th month of life. Most days I went through more then one set of breast pads. Have you priced out the disposable pads? They are very expensive at about $10 per box of 60. That means that even if you only change them twice a day they will cost you about $20 per month or $240 over the course of your child's first year of life. That is expensive! If the cost alone is not a factor for you then think about the fact that you are throwing away that many breast pads as well.

With my second child on the way I was determined not to produce that much waste or spend the money on disposable pads, I needed a better solution. I bought a couple different brands of breast pads while I was shopping for my baby's cloth diapers so I would have a variety of breast pads to try out once she arrived. I bought the Swaddlebees Organic Velour Nursing Pads, the Knickernappies Stay Dry Nursing Pads, and the Fuzzi Bunz Stay Dry Breast Pads. I really love them all for different reasons, the Swaddlebees are so so so soft, they are perfect for overnight or if your nipple is bothering you. The Fuzzi Bunz are super absorbent and the white makes then very discrete. The ones I love the most are the Knickernappies because they are soft on my skin, thin but also absorbent and come in super fun colors! I really think you can't go wrong with any of these brands. When I am done with the pads I just toss them in the wash with my diapers or the kid's clothes. Super easy, cute, discreet and a cost saving option.....can't go wrong!


Beccalynn said...

I'm completely hooked on Knickernappies nursing pads!!! I can't tell you how many times I woke up in the middle of the night in a puddle of milk with other nursing pads. The Knickernappies are so absorbent I can't even tell if I've leaked or not!

Anonymous said...

I don't have (or need) the nursing pads but I just wanted to say how much I love Knickernappies products!!! They are wonderful! I have the doorknob pail, a Loopy-do, SEVERAL Super-Dos, hemp doublers, stay-dry hemp doublers, and the stay-dry liners. Such great quality! Looking forward to buying their one-size side-snapping pocket diaper next. Any chance for it to be the item of the week soon??? Please??????

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