Breast pads are one of those small but mighty products that can be absolute life savers during breastfeeding. They are perfect for offering mum’s that extra peace of mind against leaks or wet patches appearing through your t-shirt. Breast pads simply pop inside your bra on top of the nipple to catch and soak up any escaping milk to stop it from seeping through to your top and becoming visible.
Whilst there are many different shapes, sizes and types on the market, they ultimately fall into 2 categories; disposable and reusable. Here at NBS we always champion planet friendly parenting products, that are not only best for baby and you, but also the environment. So we wanted to take a closer look at reusable breast pads versus disposable ones to help make your choices easier.
What are reusable breast pads?
Reusable breast pads work in the same way disposable ones do, apart from the fact you can wash and use the reusable ones again and again. They are typically made from bamboo or cotton making them super soft and ultra-absorbent. Do we need to say any more? If you’re already sold then great! But let’s just go into a few more of the benefits for those who are still on the fence.
Ease of use
As previously mentioned, reusable breast pads work the exact same way as disposable ones. You simply slide the pad in to your bra so it is against the nipple. It will catch and absorb any excess or leaking milk to stop it from leaking through to your top. The difference with reusable breast pads is, instead of throwing them away each time after use as you would with disposable ones, you simply pop them in the wash and they are ready to be used again and again.
They may seem higher maintenance and another thing added to your already growing washing pile, but these little things are so easy to wash you won’t even notice they are in your wash pile. Simple pop them in the mesh wash bag after use, then when it comes to washing day, just chuck the mesh wash bag in the wash and you’ll have fresh ready to go breast pads in no time at all.
With most reusable products, there is always a cost benefit when you choose reusable. The initial investment may seem a little higher at first as you gather up your stash, but in the long term you will be saving yourself heaps of money by choosing reusable breast pads. They are more cost-effective since you can wear them and wash them for a long time, getting great value for money out of them.
Protect the Environment
The cherry on the top of the cake is you will also be doing the planet a big favour. By choosing reusable breast pads you will be diverting thousands of disposable breast pads away from land fill each year. Reusable breast pads can last months and months, even years if needed, protecting the planet from piles of used breast pads.
Better for you
But that’s not all, they are also better for you. Reusable breast pads commonly offer better absorbency down to the naturally absorbent materials used, such as bamboo. Meaning extra peace of mind, less wetness and no leaks! Plus, reusable breast pads are all typically made from natural materials that are sustainable and planet friendly. Because they are made of natural fibers, reusable nursing pads provide better air circulation, which is necessary to aid in the sore nipple healing process.
Being made from cotton or bamboo also makes reusable breast pads super soft and gentle on sensitive skin with no nasties or chemicals used.
But we don’t suggest just any reusable pads, we do our research to find our customers the best of the best eco alternatives. Watch the video below to learn why we love the Close Reusable breast pads and recommend them over any other’s on the market.