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Using Washables While Breastfeeding

Nursing Pads

A nursing pad is basically a disposable or washable pad worn below a nursing mother's breast to collect any leaking milk that might leak from beneath the pad. It's usually inserted between the pad and the breast in order to prevent any leaks. They're available in a variety of colors and sizes, so finding one to fit your style should be easy. Many disposable pads are sold online or at specialty stores. However, buying them from a regular store can save you money if you shop around and buy them in bulk.

 

Another benefit of nursing pads is that they can help prevent irritation and infections. The material acts as an absorption agent that keeps spills, moisture, and bacteria from entering your bra and into you. Because they're meant to be disposable, you simply throw them out after each use and don't have to worry about cleaning them. Some are made with cotton linings, others with polyester. They generally have a smooth surface and are designed to fit over the entire breast, reducing or eliminating sagging and wrinkling, particularly if placed inside of a bra.

 

When choosing between different brands, take into consideration both absorbency and frequency of use. Absorbency refers to how much milk you can safely feed your baby every feeding. Generally, the more absorbent they are, the more frequently you'll need to change them. This also means that moms with larger breasts will typically need to purchase two to three separate pairs of nursing pads for each time they nurse. As a rule of thumb, you'll want to purchase two to three times more absorbency than what the manufacturer recommends.

 

Frequency of use refers to how often you clean your nursing pads. Moms who frequently feed their babies may find it helpful to cleanse one or two of their breastpads every time they feed. However, this can actually help prevent leaks since each time the pad is changed, bacteria is drawn out and away from the breasts. For busy moms, it's best to just purchase two separate pads so that you can change them according to the needs of your baby. Many moms have found it helpful to purchase several extra absorbency pads since their initial choice often runs out.

 

Many new moms are surprised to learn that there are now completely washable nursing pads. While it used to be that nursing pads had to be washed in a commercial washing machine, many manufacturers have finally come up with products that are completely washable. Now, you don't have to worry about doing an impossible task or leaving your baby's milk and body secretions behind on a dirty laundry hamper.

 

Just like regular nursing pads, some are made with special fabric blends that will provide a little more friction along with moisture and odor resistance. Other types of nursing pads also use fabric blends that will help keep your child's leaky nipples from getting too hot. The idea is to prevent the baby's milk from heating up the skin which can cause sore cracked nipples.

 

One of the most important things you can do for your own health while breastfeeding is to wear a nursing bra. There are many different types of nursing bras out there that will help prevent sore nipples, leaking milk, and leakage. A nursing bra is designed to keep the bust line of a mother breastfeeding her child firmly in place. This helps maintain support and shape during the entire feeding experience. You'll find that a good quality nursing bra will prevent your baby from leaking milk if you use the correct positioning and hold while breastfeeding. Since many babies will leak out milk if they get too excited, it's important that you take the time to use a nursing bra that will prevent this from happening.

 

Washable nursing pads aren't the only option when it comes to keeping your baby's skin protected during feedings. Using prefold and fold up cloth diapers can be just as beneficial as using washables. These type of diapers are designed to be used with water and soap, making them completely washable. In addition, prefold and fold up diapers are a great way to make sure your baby receives enough air during feedings so that he or she doesn't feel too overheated. Washable pads can get messy during the cleaning process, so using prefold diaper cloths can really help ease the process.