Before Elijah was born, I bought a few breastfeeding supplies that were recommended to us in a breastfeeding class. I got a sleep bra (which ended up being too small once my milk came in), some lanolin and a box of nursing pads. I didn’t know if I’d need them while in the hospital, but I wanted to be prepared. Little did I know how much and how many I would need.
I have a fun thing called a “milk fistula” in my right breast. It is the result of a surgery I had on that breast in 2008 that healed poorly and with some complications. Basically it’s a milk duct that doesn’t have a valve, so whenever I have a let down, I leak profusely from the fistula. If I’ve gone a while without pumping, I can leak upwards of a half an ounce or more. It is…messy. And because the tissue is all scar tissue, there’s concern about skin breakdown and further damage, not to mention that I’ve had 3 battles with thrush already, so dryness is key. So not only do I leak profusely, but I need to keep the area dry. Complications are kind of my specialty.
And because of these complications, I’ve been on a mission to find the best nursing pads. I think I’ve tried just about every brand of disposables out there (and I’m in the midst of trying out some reusable ones) and I’ve finally found the ones I like and dislike the most. It’s been a not so cheap mission, so hopefully my nursing pad adventures can help save some of you time and money.
What are your favorite disposable nursing pads?
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