Monday, August 30, 2010

An Ode to Leaky Breasts

Previously published article from The Cloth Diaper Outlet Blog

The baby is here
The breasts have grown
Soon the leaking will appear
That much, experience has shown
At first, the breasts will swell
Past the C, past the D, all the way to E
Then you're in nursing bra hell
Engorgement spells misery
When that stage is done
You'll need to have some pads
For now it's time for all the fun
That a leaky breast adds.

Ah, yes, leaking breasts are the hallmark of breastfeeding.  They can be painful, they can be embarrassing, they can even be fun (Mommy, make your boob squirt!).  I can't solve the painful part (grin and bear it, you'll get through!) but I can help with the embarrassing part.

Knickernappies Stay-Dry pads
If you're reading this blog, then you probably already know about cloth diapers.  Cloth nursing pads is an easy switch to make.  Not only are they more comfortable than disposable nursing pads, they can save money too.  One more thing to NOT buy at the store!

Knickernappies Stay-Dry Nursing Pads - these have several nice features.  Against the skin is soft fleece.  It wicks moisture away from the skin, keep you dry and helping to prevent mastitis.  Inside the pad is a layer of hemp, naturally anti-microbial and absorbant.  On the outside is PUL, stopping leaks before they hit your shirt. A great go-to pad for venturing outside the house or for nights.

Moonbeam Wool & Bamboo nursing pads - I love these pads!!  So expensive but so worth every single dime.  I leak a lot and wear pads 24/7, so these have been fabulous.  Bamboo velour against the skin is very soft, though not stay-dry so you'll need to make sure you change pads if they're at all damp.  Inside is absorbant cotton.  On the back is waterproof (but washable!) wool.  These are also leakproof, like the KN pads above, so moisture won't seep through onto your shirt.  The pads we carry at CDO are extra absorbant, which make them awesome for heavy-leakers or for nighttime.  Moonbeam pads conform to the breast so they don't show, even though they're thicker than the other brands.

Knickernappies Hemp Nursing Pads - A great, all-natural pad with no waterproof barrier.  This is a simple pad with three layers of absorbant hemp.  I love these for nights tucked under a waterproof pad for maximum absorbancy and leak protection.  These also form nicely to the breast so they don't show hardly at all under tshirts. 

All three of these brands are made in the USA and all are about 5" in diameter.  All are machine-washable and dryable.

by Heather, Mama to Colby and Camille.  Owner of Knickernappies and Cloth Diaper Outlet!


JustCorey said...

I just started using cloth nursing pads yesterday... i leak a lot while sleeping and in the mornings (before my baby boy is completely awake)

I won three sets from Mason's Eco Mom... i wore them for six hours before they leaked :(

I may have to try another brand too... but i am happy that i have cloth ones now (the disposable ones leaked on me too)

Heather said...

I always used cloth breast pads. Would never spend money on disposable ones.

Heather from Mommy Only Has Two Hands!

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