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Breast Pads for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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Updated June 18, 2012

Breast pads can help a mom stay dry and comfortable if she experiences leaking pregnancy in pregnancy or during breastfeeding. This leaking can be due to breast milk or colostrum. Using the wrong breast pads can cause sore nipples, particularly if the nipples stay too moist. You can use disposable nursing pads or washable nursing pads.

1. Bamboobies Nursing Pads

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Bamboobies Nursing Pads are super soft, very thin nursing pads that help contain minor breast leaking while breastfeeding. They can be washed at home on gentle and even dried.  The materials on the skin are organic. Did I mention how soft they are?

2. LilyPadz Nursing Pads

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LilyPadz are designed differently from most breast pads in that they are not absorbent. These are designed to actually collect the breast milk that leaks out. Some mothers toss the breast milk while others collect it to feed to their babies. This can be used on a daily basis or while breastfeeding or using a breast pump.

3. Medela Disposable Breast Pads

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These breast pads by Medela are made to be worn once and tossed. They are contoured to fit a breast, thus making them harder to see through your bra.
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4. Avent Phillips Disposable Breast Pads

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Each box contains 40 disposable pads. They have a dryness layer and an anti-slip backing, to keep them in place in your bra. They are designed to help keep your nipples dry.

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5. Natracare Organic Disposable Pads

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The Natracare pads are organic materials that are chlorine free. These extra soft pads have no plastic to irritate your sensitive skin or nipples. They are also biodegradable.
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6. The First Years Disposable Lanolin Pads

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This disposable pad may cost a bit more, but it has an added feature. The inside of each pad has a small square of lanolin to help heal and protect sore nipples. They are contoured for better fit and have a non-slip backing to stay in place in your bra.
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7. La Leche League Washable Pads

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La Leche League is known for its support of breastfeeding. These washable pads are designed to be worn and washed over and over, all the while preventing leaks. There are four in each package. It is advised that you wash them with your baby clothes or other low chemical wash.

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8. Avent Washable Breast Pads

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These washable breast pads are made of cotton and come six to a pack. They are made of cotton and are contoured for a better fit. They also come with a mesh laundry bag.
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9. Gerber Heavy Flow Breast Pads

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Let's face it, not everyone has the same flow. If you have a heavy flow these may be the pads to consider. They also make a medium flow breast pad.
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10. Blossumz Breast Pads

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The Blossumz gel packs are great for breast care during breastfeeding or after breast surgery. They can be made hot or cold, providing many types of comfort.
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