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What Are Reusable Nursing Pads (+ How Long to Use Them)?

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Nursing pads are wearable milk collectors that typically fit comfortably in a bra. Their goal is to keep a nursing mother dry when she leaks milk.

What Is The Difference Between Reusable and Disposable Nursing Pads?

Reusable nursing pads (also known as washable nursing pads) are eco-friendly and cost-effective alternatives to disposable nursing pads. They are usually made from soft, absorbent materials such as cotton and bamboo, and are designed to be gentle on sensitive nipples. Reusable pads are also washable, which means they can be used multiple times, reducing waste and saving money in the long run.

At cost, reusable pads typically range from $1.00 - $5.00 per pad, while disposable pads are around $0.10 - $0.20 per pad. Prices frequently change and will vary by brand.

How Often Do You Need To Change Nursing Pads In A Day?

Checking nursing pads every 2 to 3 hours is a great starting point. Consider changing the pads if they feel wet, damp, or heavy. Pad changes are also recommended if the pads smell, in order to prevent bacterial growth. Reusable nursing pads do need to be washed after each use.

Can You Wear Reusable Nursing Pads Without A Bra?

No. Reusable nursing pads need a place to sit. As long as the wearer has a close-fitting bra reusable pads should not move. A nursing tank or other camisole with a shelf-bra can also help hold the pads in place.

How Long Are Reusable Nursing Pads Needed?

It will vary by mom, but reusable nursing pads may not be needed beyond the first year, even if a mom is still nursing.

What Are The Best Reusable Nursing Pad Brands?

If you're curious which brand we recommend, it's this one.

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