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Before You Buy Breast Pads


Updated May 05, 2008

Buying a breast pad is a very important decision. These pads can be used during pregnancy while preparing for breastfeeding or during lactation, while you are nursing a baby. Do you want disposable? Do you need wicking? What about plastic pads? How bulky will they be? Learn what you need to know about them before you buy.

Disposable Breast Pads

Disposable breast pads have their place in life. They are easy to get rid of without the fuss of washing them. However, they can contain plastic backing to prevent leaking that can actually harm your breast or cause a yeast infection. Be sure whatever pad you choose does not contain plastic backing.

Washable Breast Pads

Washable pads are nice because they are reusable and tend to be more form fitting. Some provide wicking, where moisture is actually drawn away from your skin. They come in a variety of fabric types, textures and colors.


No matter which type of breast pad you use, you will want to ensure that they are contoured for your body. Does the pad have seams that might irritate your nipples? Is it shaped like a cup? Or is it a flat circle, meaning it will bunch when placed in your bra?
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