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.
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The Green Baby Guide’s Sunday Round-Up

Starting this Sunday, the Green Baby Guide will present a round-up of the noteworthy articles we’ve found on likeminded sites.  Enjoy!

This is from a few months ago, but attention-grabbing nonetheless.  The Pregnancy and Baby Blog wonders Should You Quit Breastfeeding Because of Toxins in Breast Milk?

Over at Inhabitots, you’ll find how to make co-sleeping easier with the Humanity Family Bed.  While one of the green advantages of co-sleeping is avoiding the extra purchase of a crib, this product does have multiple uses.  I love that the baby in the photo is wearing a cloth diaper!

(I hope Treehugging Family does not mind me stealing those last two from their excellent round-up of green posts, all written by either Jennifer or Peggy.)
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Product Review: Danish Wool Nursing Pads

As a notorious cheapskate, it may seem out of character for me to consider wool nursing pads that cost almost $20 a pair. While I was pregnant, I obsessed over this purchase. Nursing pads were something I’d never thought about at all pre-pregnancy. I hadn’t even considered their existence. After doing some reading, I came to the startling realization that lactating women leak. This frightened me.

I learned that there was a simple way to prevent soaking all my shirts in breast milk: wear nursing pads. I didn’t want to buy disposable nursing pads, and I heard cotton nursing pads soaked through too easily and resulted in a cold and clammy chest. Somehow I found www.danishwool.com, a website promoting wool nursing pads. Intriguingly, the website claimed you only really needed one or two pair, because wool has the magical ability to feel dry even when wet. According to the website, the lanolin in the wool “has an antibacterial effect and removes odors.” It goes on to say that “even if wool is wet with sweat, urine or breast-milk, the lanolin goes to work cleansing the wool—it need only be washed when the lanolin needs replenishing.”

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