Washable vs Disposable Breast Pads

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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Can anyone comment on Washable vs. Disposable breast pads? I would think the washable ones are more economical but do they work as well? I'm due in March and plan on trying to breastfeed. I've haven't done this before so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.



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Kim - posted on 05/18/2013

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I used disposable for my first two babies~( I tried a cloth pad and leaked out of it, so I tossed them out)
BUT
For my third baby we had to find ways to save money so I designed my own cloth nursing pads. I loved them so much I started selling them on etsy so other mamas like you all can have what I had a discreet and functional with no leaks cloth nursing pad!!
I get really good feedback on them, you can check them out here
etsy shop CharisBabyDesigns
I hope this helps!!
Kim

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The disposables also have a plastic lining on the outside so even if they are full to capacity, your clothes don't get wet.

Chelsea - posted on 11/09/2012

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I started using lansinoh disposables and they are great, discreet, and never have leaked..bad news is you go through two 60ct boxes in a month, at the least. I had to use washables after I got thrush but I would leak straight through all the time, plus my nipples would sometimes stick. I never had that problem using disposables. If you have strong let downs, washables may be difficult to use. I end up using washables during the day at home and disposables at night or when I go out to catch some of those pesky leaks.

Shannon - posted on 01/13/2009

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When my son was first born and I was at home, I usually went with the washables... washed them in Dreft and dried them, and still kept the lanolin on my nipples since they were pretty sore. However, they leaked, my let downs were so fast and furious, that I went throught them every time I had another let down... and during the first few weeks... you get a lot!! I went to using the Lansinoh or Playtex disposables ones and they both worked well... I thankfully no longer really need them, my milk is regulated now but I keep the Gerber light flow ones on hand for long periods away from my son....

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I tried the washables and they were not for me. The milk would dry and form a crust to my nipple which hurt like HELL! They are probably greener but I just couldn't take the pain. It also grossed me out that no matter how much I washed them they looked stained. The disp. ones get wet and you can just throw them away and feel dry again. As far as economics, I found some Curad pads at the 99 Cents only store. I bought 10 boxes which lasted me a whole year. Not quite as comfy as the lansinoh ones but I could handle it for a dollar a box! Still less pain than the washables. Just MHO!

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Emily - posted on 06/22/2014

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I love the lansinoh disposables, I am a BIG leaker especially at night, but I'd love to use washable ones especially when I can afford the disposable ones until a certain day, I use my DD diapers when I run out and I hate doing that because those are expensive as is!!

Emily - posted on 06/22/2014

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I am thinking of buying some of your washable pad, they are beautiful and I hope they'll save me money by not buying disposable ones, I'm a major leaker so I hope the can withstand me lol (tmi sorry)

Kelly - posted on 01/13/2009

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Yes the washable are better a cheaper option but ive found they are softer as well the disposable tend to stick to you sometimes



 

Danielle - posted on 01/13/2009

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I used the cheap disposables when my milk was coming and I would leak a lot. Then I would use the washable ones when I was at home or running errands and the lansinoh disposable ones for work. Now, after BF for 14 mo, I don't really need any, but I still keep them on hand just in case.

Katy - posted on 01/13/2009

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I have found on really heavy days, washables will leak.  I really like Lansinoh disposables for these moments.  The Medela ones were no where near as soft. 



I do like the environmental aspect of the washables and would recommend the Advent brand - the Gerber ones are cheap but not at all absorbant. 



 



I have also found that washables show through thin shirts... so be sure to have disp. on hand for looking good!

Autumn - posted on 01/12/2009

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I don't know if I just didn't buy the right ones, but I had to go back to disposables b/c the washable just wouldn't hold as much milk as I needed it too...You definitely want a pair of lilypadz though..they are adhesive and SO GREAT:) I use lansinoh disposable pads..they work best for me and didn't stick to my sore nipples..even washable ones would stick..ouch!

Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2009

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I agree with Pamela; I only use washables (Gerber brand). The disposables always itched and looked all bunched up. I toss my pads in with the baby wash (usually a load every other day), so I do just fine with only 3 pair. I think they are cheaper, more comfortable, more environmentally friendly and more discreet. You will get several disposable pads to try for free, so you might try both before buying a box of disposables.

Debbie - posted on 01/12/2009

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I have used both ... I don't leak a lot so the washable ones have worked well for me (Gerber brand was nice soft cotton). When I was battling thrush though I used disposable ones so I could throw them out regularily. I did find that some disposible ones are better that others, I found some bunched up and fell apart with lots of nursing. By a small package before you commit to a big box.

Brigitte - posted on 01/12/2009

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I tried the washable ones at first and didnt like them.  They leaked and they were uncomfortable to my nipples.  They are not that soft (kind of like sand paper) and rubbed them raw.  I used the Lansinoh and loved them. 

Rachael - posted on 01/12/2009

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I used disposable just because I didn't need one more thing to wash. Plus I leaked so much the disposable ones absorbed more in my oppinion. My advice to you for breastfeeding is get as much help from the lactation consultants in the hospital (or nurses) as possible it can sometimes be very challanging becasue both of you are learning how to do it. Good luck and congratulations on your new baby I hope the delivery and breast feeding go well.  This community is great for support and the more knowlegde, insight,  and experiences (from others) you can gain before hand will help you prepare for whats to come.

Rachael - posted on 01/12/2009

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I used disposable just because I didn't need one more thing to wash. Plus I leaked so much the disposable ones absorbed more in my oppinion. My advice to you for breastfeeding is get as much help from the lactation consultants in the hospital (or nurses) as possible it can sometimes be very challanging becasue both of you are learning how to do it. Good luck and congratulations on your new baby I hope the delivery and breast feeding go well.  This community is great for support and the more knowlegde, insight,  and experiences (from others) you can gain before hand will help you prepare for whats to come.

Kristan - posted on 01/12/2009

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I tried washables, but they leaked...but then again I was a milk producing machine! I will only buy the Lansinoh ones cause they have never leaked!!  Good luck!

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I would suggest starting with the disposable breast pads to avoid leaks. After a few months when your milk supply levels out you could try using the washable ones if that's important to you.

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I used both. At home I found it was easy and economical as Courtney said to use washables, but I found they didn't work so well if I was going to be out and about for a while. I found when I used them while out and about I often leaked through them and onto my shirt. So I did start using the disposable always when going out. The Lansinoh ones are nice because they hold a lot, up to 4oz and do not put off an odor like others. I also found at home since I did leak so much and was going through my washables frequently, that wearing a bra camisole and then putting a folded cloth diaper along my breasts worked well, very absorbent.

Nicki - posted on 01/12/2009

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Washables were usless to me. I leaked through 2 of them, constently!

I know that the disposables aren't enviromentally friendly.. but i love them!

They are thin and you can't see them and they absorb TONS! Well worth it!

Courtney - posted on 01/12/2009

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I use the washable and I think they're great! I even had to use them during my pregnancy because I was leaking colostrum. And after my milk came in I leaked ALL the time so it was way more economical to buy the washable kind.

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