Forget everything you ever knew about breast pads

Washable breast pads

Even after breastfeeding was established with my son I was finding I still had constantly sore nipples. No position changes were sorting it out, it didn’t matter how painless his feeding was afterwards I was irritated and sore. Even Lansinoh didn’t help. I found an old demonstrators set of Nature Babies washable breast pads in an old real nappy kit demo bag I had hiding in the cupboard. In desperation at having no disposable ones left I started to use them.

Now washable breast pads tend to be much larger in diameter; put it this way you won’t be wearing skin tight tops without seeing their outline. But they are made of soft absorbent materials like bamboo or cotton with a waterproof backing.

Four days after starting to use them my soreness had vanished. Completely gone. Nothing else had changed. In the interests of experimentation I still bought another box of disposable breast pads and switched to them. A few days later the soreness was back. I can’t use disposable ones!

My Favourite Breast Pads

I’ve bought these Imse Vimse pads from the Ethical Superstore; they wash really well, staying nice and soft and they are very absorbent. They are slightly larger, about 12cm in diameter, but that is very useful overnight. Tesco also sell washable breast pads for £3. They are much smaller, which is much better for daytime use. But, they aren’t very good at night. The Tesco Breast pads tend to leak, especially if I’m slightly engorged in the morning.

Nature Babies no longer make breast pads but they are very good. That sounds like a boast since you can’t buy them yourselves lol.

I throw mine in whatever wash is going on and line dry if sunny or leave them on the windowsill in the sun if it isn’t an outdoor drying kind of a day. I started using the laundry bags that came with them but swiftly stopped – it was just something to lose, like an odd sock.

So if you have nipple soreness with no obvious reason, try switching to washable breast pads and see if it makes a difference. I’ve written about my experiences with breastfeeding and you can read them here.

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14 Comments

  1. A great tip, wish I kn w about these when pregnant and breastfeeding.

    1. Thanks for reading x

  2. I ended up making my own when my second arrived. was quick and easy enough to do x

    1. That’s a brilliant idea – I might give it a go.

  3. I had to try several different brands before I found one that didn’t leak or cause redness. The Lansinoh ones worked best for me. Glad you found something that worked for you.

    1. Nothing worse than looking down and seeing circles lol

  4. I remember being very sore while nursing my boys when they were babies. I didn’t use a lot of breast pads but I did use a lot of Lansinoh.

    1. Love Lansinoh!

  5. Glad you’ve found a solution and reusable! Wins all round.

    1. Absolutely x

  6. I wish I had known about these when my little one was a baby they sound great! Next baby I’m going full reusable nappies and these 🙂

    1. They are brilliant Kerri, I really recommend giving them a go.

  7. I agree with you. I used these too and they made a real difference

    1. That’s good to hear I’m not the only one.

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