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What are nursing pads, how much do they cost, and where to buy them? All questions answered

As a soon to be mum, there are going to be a lot of decisions to make in the near future – including, of course, whether you want to breastfeed.

If you do decide to breastfeed, you should consider purchasing some reusable nursing pads. As you may be aware, nursing pads are designed to absorb excess milk between feeds. They may not be required in the first few days after your baby is born, but as the milk comes in nursing pads can be a lifesaver in many days to day situations.

What are the nursing pads?

Nursing pads are made to absorb milk that may leak between feedings. Mothers who are feeding wear them inside their bra to keep their bra dry and prevent the milk from coming in contact with their clothing. Nursing pads are available in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. Some products are disposable, while others can be reused, such as our range of bamboo breast pads in Australia.

Regardless of the type of nursing pad, you decide to use, it’s important to find a product that is comfortable and shaped to fit the contours of your body. In addition to the shape of the product, you’ll also need to consider its material. Ideally, you should look for nursing pads that are soft, absorbent, and breathable, and steer clear of products that are made with waterproof or plastic liners, which can trap moisture and damage your skin.

While the nursing journey is different for everyone, many mothers find nursing pads to be incredibly useful for containing leaks and keeping their clothes dry. Here at Milk Baby, we’re proud to offer the best bamboo reusable breast pads in Australia in a variety of stylish designs.

Types of Nursing Pads

There are two main types of nursing pads: disposable nursing pads and Australian made reusable breast pads. While both types of nursing pads serve the same purpose, there are some key environmental, cost and quality differences to be aware of.

Disposable nursing pads

Materials: Disposable nursing pads are usually made from a highly absorbent material similar to that found in disposable nappies. Such pads tend to have a waterproof backing to prevent milk from leaking.
Cost: The cost of a disposable nursing pad is usually a lot lower than a reusable one. However, costs can quickly add up as you’ll need to keep a big supply on hand to replace the pads after every use.
Environmental impact: Made with synthetic materials and chemically treated, disposable nursing pads are not biodegradable. Considering the full life cycle of the nursing pads from production to disposal, disposable nursing pads are the less environmentally-friendly choice.

Reusable nursing pads

Materials: Reusable breast pads are made from high-quality natural materials such as cotton and organic bamboo. To maintain the absorbent properties of the material, reusable breast pads must be changed on a regular basis.
Cost: While reusable nursing pads are more expensive upfront, they often work out to be more cost-effective in the long run than disposable pads as they can be used over and over again. A handful of reusable pads is usually adequate for most mothers.
Environmental impact: Being able to reuse nursing pads reduces the amount of waste that is sent to the landfill, while the use of eco-friendly materials helps reduce environmental impact. While cleaning reusable nursing pads does require the use of water and electricity, reusable nursing pads are undeniably better for the environment.

Tips on Where to Buy Reusable Nursing Pads

Breast pads are a favourite amongst nursing mothers – and it’s easy to see why. Featuring eco-friendly materials, a breathable design and highly absorbent fabrics, bamboo reusable breast pads are the perfect solution for anyone looking for effective nursing pads that are gentle on the skin. Each breast pad is made up of three layers that have been carefully engineered to maximise absorption and prevent leakage.

Here at Milk Baby, we specialise in selling the best reusable breast pads. As an Australian owned and operated business, we’re fully committed to delivering the best service possible and we stand behind the quality of all of our products. In our online store, you’ll find a wide range of high-quality products for new and expectant mothers, including nursing pads, breast pumps, breast milk storage solutions, wet bags and more.

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