Reusable Nursing Pad Reviews and Recommendations

Washable nursing pads save money and cut down on waste. How many disposable pads does the average woman toss before her breastfeeding days are behind her? There’s really no “average woman” in this case. Some women don’t leak at all between feedings, and therefore have little need for nursing pads. Others leak the entire time they are breastfeeding, even once the child starts eating solid foods and the constant need for nursing dies down.

The LANAcare wool nursing pads review was one of our earliest Green Baby Guide posts. If you’re considering washable nursing pads, there are three main options: cotton, wool, and silicone. I chose wool for its absorbent and antibacterial properties. Unlike cotton, wool doesn’t feel cold and wet, so there’s less discomfort while wearing the pads, even if they’re soaked.

Another issue to consider is lumpiness. The wool pads were somewhat lumpy, but I combined them with a thick bra. Some of the ones I found on line appear to have visible seams–wear them at your own discretion!

Here are a few reusable pads to consider:

Medela 100% Cotton Washable Bra Pads $6.29—High ratings from Amazon reviewers

Natural Organic Cotton Washable Nursing Pads $8.95—an organic cotton option

BabyKicks Nursing Pads – Jersey $10.75—popular with reviewers

Green Sprouts Eco-friendly Organic Cotton Nursing Pads $7.48—another organic choice

Lily Padz Reuseable Nursing Pads $17.11—silicone pads with an average rating of 4 out of 5

Imse Vimse Silk and Wool Nursing Pads $10.95—an affordable wool pad

Nursing Pads Original Style from $26—the LANAcare  wool nursing pads I reviewed and recommended.

What nursing pads have you tried? Which do you recommend or anti-recommend? Let us know!

Comments

  1. I loved knickernappies pads. Fleece next to the skin, so they always felt dry, hemp for absorbency and PUL to keep my shirt dry (and I need it). I have eight pairs so that I could go the whole week without laundry. Wore them for a whole year.

  2. I originally bought the Lilypadz, but returned them after reading on the box that you are not supposed to wear them for more than 8 hours (I think) a day. I ended up making my own out of old flannel sheets and wool fabric. They weren’t pretty, but they worked!

  3. I need to post my review of Lanacare pads, this is reminding me. Here is the short version. I leak a ton. I overproduce, have a fast letdown, and just thinking “when did I last feed the baby?” usually brings my milk in. I tried using wool pads this time around, sometimes in combo with cotton pads for extra absorption, but gave up after soaking through 2-3 shirts a day for weeks. But then I tried Lanacare’s Ekstra wool pads — they are expensive but AWESOME, and now I’m off disposable pads. The other wool pads I used were Little Beetle and Imse Vimse. Those would be great for light leakers, but were not nearly enough for me.

  4. Lilypadz can be worn just 8 hours a day? Hm. That doesn’t seem too useful, though I suppose you could wear them during the day, then switch to a fabric one later.

    Betsy, thanks for the mini-review! I also had a fast letdown and a lot of leaking . . . but only in the first few months of breastfeeding. I could have probably used the Ekstra pads, but made do with the regular ones. They looked a bit bulky under my clothes, but you can’t have everything.

    This is a difficult product to review/recommend because everyone is going to be so different! I know many people who didn’t need any nursing pads after the first week or two. I definitely wore them all thirteen months I breastfed.

  5. I bought washable cotton pads, medela and target private label – hated them both! i could only wear them an hour before they were wet enough to leak through my shirt. i spent a fortune on disposable pads with my 1st & 2nd. This time around I got 3 flannel sheets on freecycle. My hubby & i cut out hundreds of circles while we watched tv at night, and then i sewed them together in various number of layers for different thicknesses. i only bought about 4 boxes of disposable pads so far in 8 months for when we went out in public and it was likely i would leak.

  6. there are so many better reusable nursing pads than what you can find at your local baby supermart. Check out http://www.treecitydiapers.com for the BEST pads. They are called the stay dry nursing pad and they are the BEST! In the beginning of your milk coming in they will eventually leak if soaked but now my baby is 4 months and they have never leaked for me! SO comfortable, wash after wash unlike my Medela ones which became super pilly and scratchy after washing a couple of times.

  7. thanks for the reviews, i’m always looking for something better… 2 months in and i feel like i haven’t stopped leaking

  8. Betsy, that’s great to know–11 months in, and I can still soak a disposable pad when I think about the wee one. I gave up on reusables about 3 weeks after going back to work (at 6 weeks). Even after I quit my job and was with the wee one full time, I still used the disposables. I can usually get by with one pair a day (sometimes two), and no longer need them at night. He’s starting to wean now, so I don’t think investing in wool makes sense–things I wish I had known!

  9. Here is my review of the Ekstra LANACare pads (finally!):
    http://www.eco-novice.com/2011/01/lanacare-soft-pure-woolen-breastfeeding.html

  10. Danielle V. says:

    I also have used ekstra lanacare wool nursing pads. They work well for me after my milk supply is established. I seriously leak through them in the beginning though. I think I am a super milk leaker or something.

    I got some cotton nursing pads for this time around but I don’t think they will be thick enough on there own. I’m thinking I’ll try pairing them with the wool ones or do my old trick of shoving a cheap prefold diaper on the opposite breast of the one my baby is nursing on.

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