So what are breast pads and how to use them?
How to apply them:
Remove adhesive tabs. Some disposable breast pads have sticky pieces on them to hold them in place. The sticky pieces also prevent sliding in your bra. If you are using nursing pads with baby-safe adhesive, take off the tabs to expose the sticky bit. Then position your pad just above where you want to apply it
Insert the nursing pad. After you’ve put on your bra, you’re ready to put in the breast pad. Slide or gently place it over your nipple, between your bra and breast. Then return your bra strap to its natural place.
Position your breast pad. Before you put on your shirt 👚 , make sure your breast pad is still aligned with your nipple. If it isn’t, simply reposition the pad. This can help prevent wet clothes, leaks, and irritation.
Watch 👀 for sliding pads. Active pregnant women 🤰🏼 and mothers may notice that their breast pads slide during use. This is normal, especially if you are not using pads with sticky pieces. If you feel like your nursing pad is sliding around in your bra, check it and remove or reposition the pad. This can contain leaks and prevent irritation.
How to remove them:
Change your breast pads often. Moisture on your breast can lead to skin irritation and even infection. Changing your nursing pads as soon as you notice they are wet can prevent leaks 💦 , irritation, and potential infections from bacteria 🦠 .
Remove your breast pads as often as you need. There is no rule for how often you need to change. How long you wear the pads may vary day to day.
Take out the pad. If you notice your pads are moist, wet or leaking 💦 , take off your shirt 👚 . Then gently remove the pad from your nipple to avoid pulling your skin. If the pad is stuck to your skin, simply moisten it with some warm water. This can prevent removing any skin as you pull the pad away from your breast.
Dispose of the old breast pad. (Find the disposable version in our Breast Care Box here) You’ll likely want to get rid of your soiled breast pad. If you are using disposable ones, throw the old pads away. Place reusable ones in your laundry basket 🧺 .
Wipe off your breast. Wetness can lead to irritation. If you have any lingering moisture or dried milk 🥛 on your breast, wipe it away gently with a soft cloth and some warm 🚿 . Then pat your breast dry before replacing the pad. This can minimize the risk of irritation and potential infection 🦠
Put on a new bra or shirt if necessary. In some cases, you may have soaked your bra and/or shirt 👚 . This is a common and normal occurrence for many pregnant 🤰🏼 and breastfeeding 🤱🏼 women. If you have a bad leak 💦 , change your bra and shirt. This can not only minimizes an embarrassing situation, but also prevents irritation.
Deciding on the right breast pad for you
The reason we put two different types of breast pads in our boxes 📦 was to help you figure which pad work better for you. Let’s check what do we have here:
Figure out your needs. Every woman has different experiences with her breasts during pregnancy and after delivery. You may need to wear breast pads for anywhere from a few weeks to months. Your needs may also change over time. Keeping a notebook of colostrum or milk production can help you figure out your needs and find the best breast pads for you. Some things you may want to consider are:
- How much milk do I leak? Does it change during the day?
- How long do I plan on breastfeeding?
- Do I want to collect the leaking milk for my baby?
- Do I want a breast pad that moisturizes?
- Do I care if my breast pads are visible?
- Do I want a simple pad or one contoured to my breast?
- How much money do I want to spend?
- Do I want natural fabric?
Try reusable♻️ breast pads. (Find ours in the 3rd Trimester Box here) Some women plan on breastfeeding for a longer period of time. If this is the case, consider investing in reusable nursing. These may cost slightly more than disposable pads, but may be less expensive in the long run.
Purchase lanolin pads if you have breast irritation. These help heal and protect sore breasts.
If you are experiencing a lot of leakage, consider using a larger and more absorbent breast pad.
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