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Reusable Nursing Pads

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Updated February 17, 2013

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Reusable or washable nursing pads are made from soft, absorbent materials. They can be placed into your bra to help protect your clothes by absorbing breast milk from leaking breasts. Reusable pads more economical and environmentally friendly than disposable nursing pads because they can be washed and worn again and again.

If you choose reusable pads you should purchase a few pairs. They will need to be changed and washed frequently so you should have extra pads on hand to last you between washes. You must wash the pads after each use. Do not just let them dry and then reuse them.

Replace your pads when they become wet. Damp pads that stay in contact with your breast for a long period of time can cause skin irritation and sore nipples. It also provides an environment for yeast and bacteria to grow which can lead to thrush or a breast infection.

Washable pads are available in white as well as other colors and patterns, some have lace accents and others are in the shape of a heart. For heavy leaking, you can place two or more pads together or you can choose a thicker pad designed for overnight use. Here are a few brands and styles of reusable nursing pads that are available.

1. Nuk Reusable Nursing Pads

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Nuk's absorbent, washable pads have a 100% cotton inner lining. They are thin to provide discreet coverage so they are best for light to moderate leaking.

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2. Philips AVENT Washable Pads

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These pads have a brushed cotton lining that is absorbent and soft even against sore nipples. A pretty lace outer layer grips your bra to keep the pad in place. These pads are machine washable and dryable. They come with a laundry bag so the pads don't get separated or lost in the washing machine or dryer.

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3. Medela Washable Bra Pads

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These cream colored pads are 100% cotton and contoured to minimize movement in your bra. They are machine washable and are packaged with a laundry bag to keep the pairs together while washing.

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4. Ameda Reusable Contoured Breast Pads

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Ameda's washable nursing pads are made from 100% cotton materials and contoured to the shape of your breast. They are reusable and machine washable.

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5. Bamboobies Regular Nursing Pads

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These soft, absorbent, ultra thin pads are great for light leaking. They are made from organic materials and have a unique heart shape that makes them virtually invisible under clothing. They are available in different colors.

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6. Bamboobies Overnight Washable Pads

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Designed for heavier leaking these overnight pads from Bamboobies are washable and reusable. These pads are made from organic materials and they are very soft and absorbent.

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7. Glitzy Gals Reusable Nursing Pads

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If you are bored with plain white nursing pads, these reusable pads from Itzy Ritzy come in pretty patterns. Made of cotton and bamboo, these stylish eco-friendly pads are soft, absorbent, and comfortable.

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8. Kushies Washable Nursing Pads

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Kushies Washable Nursing Pads are made of 100% cotton flannel. These contoured, comfortable pads are reusable, breathable, comfortable and absorbent.

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9. Green Sprouts Organic Cotton Nursing Pads

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These washable organic cotton flannel nursing pads are soft and absorbent.

Source:

American Academy of Pediatrics. New Mother’s Guide To Breastfeeding. Bantam Books. New York. 2011.

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