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    Hi all

    Well after going through two sets of breastpads last night because LO missed a feed and slept 9 hours then went back to bed and is still there sound asleep and they are now full again I am wondering about reusable pads.

    Hubby has been getting the disposable ones for me from his work and said they are about $6 for the pack which has 12 sets in them. Since breastfeeding is going well for DS and I, I will continue to do so for awhile yet (I don't have a goal for how long which I think is why I am coping so well as I don't have the added pressure of needing to make it to a certain time - this is important for me as I suffer from anxiety) I am thinking reusable may be better option.

    So my questions are:

    1. What do I do with them, do I just chuck them in the machine with the other clothes?
    2. Which ones are the best?

    TIA

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    I have used them and found them great! Much more absorbent and obviously works out a lot cheaper in the long run (and better for the environment).

    Mine came with a little wash bag (similar to a lingerie wash bag but smaller) so you just throw them in this and they can go through a normal wash in the machine.

    I cannot for the life of me remember what brand they are. Just ones from Target or something so a 'known' brand but they work well.

    I think a lot of the companies that make cloth nappies also make breast pads so you could look at those too.

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    Default Re: Re-usable breast pads?

    If you know basics of sewing (or know someone that does), have a go at making them it works out ridiculously cheap and it's also something that you can then make as a gift for a mum-to-be

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    I used these organic cotton ones from baby bunting but can't remember what the brand was called. You could go have. Look at their range. I wore them at home mainly and used disposable when out and about in case I needed to change them. Would just throw the in the wash with everything else.

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    Default Re-usable breast pads?

    Quote Originally Posted by Donnab739 View Post
    Hi all

    Well after going through two sets of breastpads last night because LO missed a feed and slept 9 hours then went back to bed and is still there sound asleep and they are now full again I am wondering about reusable pads.

    Hubby has been getting the disposable ones for me from his work and said they are about $6 for the pack which has 12 sets in them. Since breastfeeding is going well for DS and I, I will continue to do so for awhile yet (I don't have a goal for how long which I think is why I am coping so well as I don't have the added pressure of needing to make it to a certain time - this is important for me as I suffer from anxiety) I am thinking reusable may be better option.

    So my questions are:

    1. What do I do with them, do I just chuck them in the machine with the other clothes?
    2. Which ones are the best?

    TIA
    Honestly, I have about 6 different brand, some PUL backed, some not, some cotton, some bamboo.....they're all much of a muchness. My least fave are Bras N Things. The rest are all on par (and I can't remember the brands!).

    I wash them with nappies or, if with clothes, without fabric softener.

    I used disposables with DS1 and wish I had bought washable. Using them with DS2 has been easier and cheaper. And they stay in place so much better, no bunching up.

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    Yes, just throw them in the wash in a lingerie bag. I think the ones mentioned by summastarlet above are probably Avent brand which I also purchased from target a while ago and am happy with.

    I do find though that while cloth re-usable breast pads are fine most of the time there are times for me when they just don't cut it. For example if bub has slept a much longer stretch at night and I'm engorged I will leak through a cloth pad and end up with bra and shirt soaked. Same if the opposite breast leaks during a strong letdown while I'm feeding. So I tend to use re-useable for at home only. For me I also find the disposable to be more discreet under my more fitted clothes. I hate buying Coles brand stuff but I actually find their disposable breast pads the best for me and cheaper as well.

    In short, I'd get a few sets of washable pads but have a small supply of disposables as well. That said, I've just done a quick google and from some cloth nappy websites you can now buy washable breast pads that have a waterproof PUL backing which I'd imagine would eliminate the soaking through to clothes problems I've had!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cat13 View Post
    Yes, just throw them in the wash in a lingerie bag. I think the ones mentioned by summastarlet above are probably Avent brand which I also purchased from target a while ago and am happy with.

    I do find though that while cloth re-usable breast pads are fine most of the time there are times for me when they just don't cut it. For example if bub has slept a much longer stretch at night and I'm engorged I will leak through a cloth pad and end up with bra and shirt soaked. Same if the opposite breast leaks during a strong letdown while I'm feeding. So I tend to use re-useable for at home only. For me I also find the disposable to be more discreet under my more fitted clothes. I hate buying Coles brand stuff but I actually find their disposable breast pads the best for me and cheaper as well.

    In short, I'd get a few sets of washable pads but have a small supply of disposables as well. That said, I've just done a quick google and from some cloth nappy websites you can now buy washable breast pads that have a waterproof PUL backing which I'd imagine would eliminate the soaking through to clothes problems I've had!
    Yep. I wear PUL backed overnight and non PUL backed during the day (cotton only in the afternoon when my supply has dropped a bit).


 

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