8 Best Nursing Pads For Breastfeeding Moms In 2021
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You may be looking for nursing pillows, and that’s because they can be a great solution to a pesky problem. Let’s discuss. Breastfeeding is a lovely thing, but it doesn’t always look pretty – especially when you leak like a faucet and your baby is having a hard time holding on (and if your nipples are cracked and sore, can we suggest some nipple cream?). If only someone gave you a head up when you signed up to breastfeed your child, that the second they started breastfeeding from one side, the other would come off like a fire hose (or almost every time you Making eye contact with your crying baby – or any baby for that matter).
Fortunately, there are products out there that can handle even the most annoying parts of the breastfeeding process. They are called nursing pillows and they work exactly as you can imagine. You sit in your nursing bra to collect any extra milk that flows out of your non-nursing breast. They keep you dry and protect your clothes from those dreaded milk stains (nobody likes walking around the nipples with two obviously obvious wet halos).
Like most baby products, nursing pillows are available in both disposable and reusable versions. The disposables are great because you use them once and you don’t have to worry about throwing them in the laundry. However, if you want to be both eco-friendly and budget-friendly, the reusable types work well and are softer on your nipples as well.
Ready to buy nursing pillows? Here are some of the best in reusable and disposable designs.
Best breastfeeding (or nursing pillow)
Especially at the beginning, your breastfeeding breasts will be sore – how really sore. Don’t worry – this pain will also go away, but in the meantime, these nursing, soothing gel pillows can help provide relief. They have a cooling effect and provide a moist environment for your cracked and dry nipples. Because they’re made of a sticky, non-toxic material, they won’t slide around. The only downside is that these are only meant to be reused for up to six days.
Dr. Browns makes things easy, but they do things right, from their hospital-approved premature baby bottles to those washable breast pads that are 6 inches in diameter, significantly larger than other breast pads, making them ideal for mothers with larger breasts. They are made of organic cotton, so they are super soft against your often irritated nipples and come in a pack of 4. You can throw them in the washing machine after each use.
For the price and quality, this deal really can’t be beat. These organic bamboo nursing pillows come in a pack of 14, which contains more than most reusable packs, plus a laundry bag and gift bag. They are also available in three different sizes – medium, large, and extra large – so you can find the perfect fit for your breasts. Each bad 4 shifts total and is made to take 5-6 hours between changes.
Best reusable nursing pillows
These reusable nursing pillows are as adorable as they are useful. They are thin and heart-shaped and have two levels of absorbency: three of the pairs are for regular flow and one pair for strong flow. Both pairs are made of the same super-soft cover material, which is 57 percent bamboo viscose, 23 percent polyester and 20 percent cotton. The inner layer is made from a mixture of ramie and cotton. Moms love how well these pads hold their shape after multiple uses.
If you feel bad about throwing so many paper products away, you can minimize your carbon footprint with this reusable pack of 10 super soft, flower-shaped nursing pillows. They are made of organic bamboo, which is nice and thick and absorbent. This two-in-one pack contains a total of 5 pairs, two of which are for light to medium flow and the other three are for medium to heavy flow. Both are practical. All pads can be hand washed or tossed in the washing machine for later use.
Best disposable nursing pillows
It’s only natural that one of the most popular brands of breast pumps should also sell their own breastfeeding pillows. They are hypoallergenic, ultra-absorbent thanks to a polymer core and have a leak-proof design and a waterproof back layer. Unlike some reusable nursing pillows, these have an adhesive strip that helps them stay under your bra so they don’t keep moving and causing friction. Each pack comes with 120 chest pads that will last at least a few months.
Mothers trust Lansinoh, a company that has been around since the 1980s and founded by a nursing mom for so many of their breastfeeding products, and they have an excellent line of disposable nursing pillows that come in a box of 200. They feature a quilted honeycomb layer that stays dry even with heavy dripping, as well as a contoured shape that fits snugly in your bra without causing discomfort.
NUK is better known for its bottle feeding products than breastfeeding, but their disposable nursing pillows are popular with nursing mothers, largely because they feel thin and seemingly non-existent under a nursing bra. Because they’re less bulky than most of their competitors, they’re great for wearing under tight-fitting clothing. The only downside is that, unlike many other disposable nursing pillows, these don’t have an adhesive strip to hold them in place.
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