BreastfeedingBreastfeeding pads: why they're good and when to use them

Breastfeeding pads: why they’re good and when to use them

Protective and absorbent pads are ideal during breastfeeding as they help prevent drops of breast milk from staining clothing or wetting the skin. Find out why they are so useful.

Known by different names (such as absorbent pads or simply nursing pads), the truth is that  protective pads are very useful elements during breastfeeding, as they offer very interesting advantages and benefits when it comes to preventing underwear and the exterior becomes dirty when, between feedings and feedings, the mother’s womb leaks little milk.

They are especially useful for those moms who have both a rapid ejection and rising reflex.  This reflex is absolutely normal, and it can be triggered at any time in a totally and absolutely natural way, even if your child is not around.

For example, you are in line at the supermarket to pay and the sound or smell of a child triggers the rise in milk. It is, therefore, a natural reaction of your body to this stimulus.  And, for these moments, absorbent protective discs become a good option.

What are breast pads and what are they for?

During breastfeeding, at any time of the day, it is common for a few drops of milk to come out of the nipples. It is something absolutely normal and every day in the day to day of nursing moms. However, these milk leaks can moisten and dirty the mother’s underwear and outerwear, which can certainly be annoying or uncomfortable, especially when they are away from home.

The lactation discs, precisely, what they achieve is to “protect” the skin and the clothes, absorbing those drops of milk and preventing not only that the clothes get wet, but that the skin of both the nipple and the surrounding area remain dry. They are, therefore, useful accessories during breastfeeding.

In relation to the question of what are breastfeeding protection discs, we can define them basically as accessory elements that help absorb the loss of breast milk that the breast secretes between feedings,  which, as we explained briefly before (and we will explain to you) in more detail below), it offers interesting hygiene and health benefits.

Why are breast pads good during breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding pads offer interesting benefits for the nursing mother during breastfeeding itself, especially during the first few weeks. They are ideal because:

  • They keep the skin dry: This helps to avoid hygiene and irritation problems, avoiding any humidity situation with the risks that this entails.
  • They avoid uncomfortable moments: By avoiding that the drops of milk can stain the clothes when the mother is away from home.

In addition, they stand out because the vast majority tend to be extra-thin, so they are very discreet and also quite comfortable. Its absorbent power is quite great, especially in the case of disposable discs, since they are manufactured with a soft internal fabric capable of transforming the milk into a thick gel, preventing it from leaking or spreading.

How many types of breast pads are there on the market?

There are basically two types of protective breast pads. The washable ones, which you can always reuse once you’ve washed them, and the disposable ones, which are ultimately recommended for a single use:

  • Disposable protective nursing pads:  These are single-use protective pads, made with synthetic polypropylene or cellulose fibers. We can also find them made of disposable cotton, much more recommended. They have a great absorption capacity, which is why they tend to be the most recommended.
  • Reusable (washable) protective breast pads: These are cloth protective pads  (usually cotton), which have the advantage of being washed and reused, thus saving money. However, they may not be as effective.

As we can see, you can use the protective discs at any time during breastfeeding, but especially during the first days. Of course, remember that it is vitally important to change them both after breastfeeding and in any humidity situation.

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