Best Nursing Pads of 2020
Best Nursing Pads
January 1, 2019

Best Nursing Pads

Experiencing milk leakage while breastfeeding? Nursing pads are your friend. Best Nursing Pads

Breastfeeding is beautiful and healthy for you and your baby and, well, a little bit messy too.

Many moms experience milk leakage, which is when your breasts release milk when you’re not nursing. You can leak milk when you hear another baby crying, or when your breasts are overfull because you haven’t nursed or pumped in awhile. It’s also common to leak from one breast while you’re feeding your baby on the other (you can also collect milk on the side you’re not pumping on).

Walking around with two wet spots on your shirt can be embarrassing. And breastmilk can also stain some materials. That’s why many moms use nursing pads, which you can insert into your nursing bra to soak up the extra liquid. They keep your nipples and clothes dry.

Nursing pads come in two versions: disposables and reusables. Disposables are convenient, and their plastic backs mean milk won’t soak through to your clothes. Reusables are softer, better for the environment and provide a cost savings over time. If you choose reusables, though, keep a box of disposables around, too. They’re great backups to have in your bag or for when you haven’t had a chance to do laundry.

Since nursing pads vary in shape and absorbency, try experimenting with a couple of different types and brands to find the ones that fit you best. Start by checking out our picks:

For Curvy Moms

The Medela pads are individually wrapped and perfect for slipping into your purse. Besides doing a great job of keeping you dry, the pads also stay in place all day. Their cup shape provides a nice fit, especially for larger breasts. And, sticky strips on the back adhere the pads to your bra.

Best Overall Performance

If you’re going to try only one disposable, you should buy a box of these Lansinoh pads. They are incredibly soft for a disposable. And the pads have a honeycomb lining to wick away moisture and keep you dry even when the pad has soaked up a lot of milk. Thinner than other disposables, these pads have a cupped shape and a sticky back so they won’t shift.

The No-Show Pad

Wearing bulkier pads is fine with sweaters, padded bras or for overnight. But slender and discreet nursing pads are great with thinner bras and tops. These ones by Nuk are invisible under your clothes and perfect for when you only need them to catch a few drops. The only downside? They don’t have adhesive to keep them in place.

Leak-Proof Reusables

No matter how much leakage you have, this five-pair nursing-pad set should have you covered. Use the soft and thin pads to handle light to moderate flow, and the thicker, breathable bamboo ones to absorb more liquid. All of them have a leak-proof backing so nothing soaks through. Machine washable and dryer safe.

Seriously Soft

Sore and tender nipples rejoice: bamboobies feel like velvet against your skin and get softer with each washing. Even though the pads have a slim profile, they can handle a lot of leakage. After using them, just toss the pads into the washing machine (you can also dry them in the dryer). This includes one set of ultra-uhin regular pads and one set of super-absorbent overnight pads

Contoured Fit

Unlike most reusable nursing pads, BabyBliss ones have a contoured shape that cups the breast and avoids bunching up. They’re also made from hypoallergenic bamboo cotton and come in three sizes to fit A cups, B to D cups and E cups and up. This set comes with 14 pads. Machine washable and dryer safe.

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