Best Nursing Pads in 2020



Lansinoh Ultimate Protection Disposable Nursing Pads, 50 count Review:


I purchased these Disposable Nursing Pads per recommendation, I am first time mom & never had any needed in anything like this before. I find them to be well absorbent but they are kind of big and bulky and don't lay in the maternity bra very well. Also the sticky strips don't stick to fabric and always shift from side to side. Now I only use them at HOME when my breasts are loaded w/ milk & I haven't pumped or baby hasn't eaten but I am a little hesitant to wear them outside again. Last time I went to Target and one pad has shifted under my armpit where I had to publicly yank it out & put in place. THAT was rather uncomfortable. And my maternity breasts aren't even that big, I wear 34A bra & size has not changed during childbirth. My breasts just became a little more fuller & filled the whole A cup with breast milk.



Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads for Breastfeeding, 200 count Review:


These are amazing! I’m a first-time mom and was given some of these from a friend. At first I didn’t think I would use them. Boy, was I wrong! Since my milk came in I have to wear them constantly. I wear a DDD, so even with large breasts these cover a lot of area, which is especially nice when sleeping as things move around a bit - even with a bra! (I quickly learned that I even needed to sleep in a bra with these, which is easier to keep in place). What I love is that they stay dry yet, as you can see from the pictures, still absorb a lot of liquid! I haven’t tried other brands, but am awfully glad I don’t need to shop around!!



Organic Bamboo Nursing Breast Pads - 14 Washable Pads + Wash Bag - Breastfeeding Nipple Pad for Maternity - Reusable Nipplecovers for Breast Feeding (Pastel Touch, Large 4.8 inches) Review:


I bought these because I had been going through disposable nursing pads like crazy, and they started to get annoying if the sticky part would get stuck to my boob while I had my shirt/bra opened to nurse. I’m really happy with these washable ones! There’s no sticky part (which makes sense because I don’t think that would hold up in the wash) so you just stick them in your bra. My 8-week-old baby recently started sleeping through the night so after waking up in a milk puddle once, I’ve been using these every night and they work perfectly! My only issue is that they didn’t come with recommended washing/drying instructions other than the laundry bag, so I did throw them in the dryer on low heat but if you leave them inside the laundry bag they take FOREVER to dry since they’re all bundled together, but I took them out of the laundry bag to dry faster and one of the pads ripped a little on the absorbent side. It’s still usable and it’s my fault anyway but something worth mentioning.



Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads for Breastfeeding, 36 count Review:


Love these disposable pads! They come packaged individually and are so convenient for on the go. I suggest keeping a set in your purse, in the diaper bag, and in a your pumping back if you have one. They stay secure to the inside of your bra cup so stay in place and they are super absorbent. The best thing is that even when I know they’ve absorbed liquid, they never feel damp against my skin! I try to use reusable pads at home to cut down on single-use waste but these are still a must have to keep around when you’re out and about or back to work. I do also use them at home when I’m leaking more than normal because, again, these trap the moisture really well and much better than my disposable ones do... once those are wet, they’re wet. I’m three months into nursing and still haven’t gone through the full box yet since o use the reusable at home. They are also nice because they’re definitely more discreet than the reusable ones can sometimes be so when your out and more likely to have yourself dressed, you won’t notice these at all. I definitely recommend keeping a box on hand!



Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads, 100 Count Review:


Never had a leak with these. They Still feel dry when it’s absorbed a lot! I can tell it’s absorbed a ton just by the weight when I take them off. I had originally tried reusable bamboo fiber pads but they weren’t absorbent enough, which is why I switched to these. They are just a tad irritating though if your nipples are chafed, but not too terrible



BabyBliss Premium Bamboo Breastfeeding Nursing Pads - 14 Reusable Nipple Covers + Storage & Wash Bags - Available in 3 Sizes - Leak-Proof Nipple Pads for Maternity (L) Review:


I used lansinoh disposable pads for my first child and after going through breast pads quicker with my second child I decided to give these a try before dumping more money into lansinoh disposable pads.

CONS:
1) They really do lay flat! They lay flat on full boobs and on empty, shrunken boobs. (*fist bump* If your a mom you know what I mean)
2) They feel great on my skin. The skin-side is like super soft bath towel fabric and the anti-leak side is soft slippery satin-like fabric.
3) They aren't noisy like the disposable kind are. It's much more discreet when you're trying to nurse your baby outside of the home (church, restaurant, airport, etc) without drawing attention or having people wonder if you're unwrapping a candy bar under your nursing cover. It happened.
4) I haven't had a single leak- and the pad has been FULL.
5) No disposables means no plastic going into landfills. I'm not one of those moms brave enough to try cloth diapers, but any little bit of plastic that I avoid throwing away deserves a pat on the back. *patting my back*
6) It comes with a little carrying bag so I can put an extra pair in my diaper bag.
7) It comes with a landry bag which I use every time. It's great for holding all the pads in one place so one doesn't get lost like a third of my freakin socks do.
8) Organic is always a big, fat YES.

CONS:
1) If you hate laundry these may not be for you. Or buy 2 packs of these and you'll only have to do laundry twice a month. 😏



Organic Washable Breast Pads 8 Pack | Reusable Nursing Pads for Breastfeeding with Carry Bag Review:


I like to use products for a little while before I give a review. I've had these for 2 weeks and I use them daily. These are my favorite reusable nursing pads!! I tried Bamboobies and I love how soft they are, but they do not hold up to the amount of milk that I would leak and I had to change them way too often. The bigger problem was that they also slipped all over the place and I would often find them sticking halfway out of my bra. Tried another brand, Pea in the Pod, cotton pads that were more absorbent and stayed in place, but they stuck to my nipples (which is terrible when your nipples get sore and raw) and they aren'y nearly as soft. I ended up switching to disposables. As a cloth diapering mom, this bothered me because I was creating so much waste. Finally I decided to try Kindred Bravely nursing pads because I loved her French Terry Sleeping Bra so much (seriously, so soft! buy it now!). I'm so happy I bought these! They are really soft, absorbent, leak proof, they stay in place, and they don't stick to me. I love them!! Because they are bamboo you should wash them a few times before use to get maximum absorbency. The wet bag that comes with it is cute and handy too, for when you're out and about. My only issue, and it's not really an issue, is that after I washed them the first time, one of them pilled and attracted bits of fabric from something else I had in the wash. But it only happened to one so I think it was a fluke. (see pic) It didn't have any affect on the absorbency at all and is mostly just an aesthetic issue. I highly recommend these pads!



Medela Soothing Gel Pads for Breastfeeding, 4 Count Pack, Tender Care HydroGel Reusable Pads, Cooling Relief for Sore Nipples from Pumping or Nursing Review:


I recently tried these out when having my third child. Breastfeeding pain for me is excruciating. I’d almost rather just give birth again than go through the agony of breastfeeding. Bleeding, cracking, dreading every feeding. Lanolin gives minimal relief. I only succeeded with my first because I used a breast shield the first 5 months. This caused my child to have to do extremely long feedings (45-60 min each feeding) and I felt like I was as nursing 24-7. My supply was barely adequate. I tried exclusively pumping with my second, but sadly my supply dried up by 5 months with him. I felt like such a failure, so I was determined to make it work with this third child- even if I had to use a breast shield again. In the hospital, the familiar excruciating pain came again soon after having the baby. It got so bad, I tried the breastshield, but for whatever reason this time around, that made the pain even worse. My doctor and the nurses encouraged me to try this new product I had never heard of called hydrogels. They gave me samples. I was super skeptical. If lanolin doesn’t even give me the relief I need, how are these gel pads supposed to help?? But I tried them because they insisted. I was shocked at the difference. Although still very painful, my pain level dropped to more tolerable levels. I realized that these gel pads protect my nipples from rubbing against clothing and they keep the nipple moist and allow the nipple to heal more quickly. Between these and using an occasional ibuprofen, I was able to get through that first week. By week 2, I had only slight pain during the initial latch and I no longer needed ibuprofen. I was blown away. I was doing “real” breastfeeding with no breast shield or anything! My supply is better than it ever has been before. I’ve already been able to pump over 60 oz. of excess milk to store in the freezer by week 3! My baby is thriving. I said so many prayers before having this baby that I could succeed with breastfeeding and I truly think that my prayers were answered through being introduced to hydrogels.

Another reviewer complained of them being too sticky and causing more harm than good. Initially, they can be kind of sticky. Rinsing then with water before applying helps. I haven’t had too much trouble with stickiness though. I’ve never had problems with them being hard to pull off. They come right off easily for me.

The reason I put 4 stars instead of 5 though is because they are expensive!! They are supposed to be replaced every 24 hours and a pack of 2 costs almost $8! I feel taken advantage of in my needy situation. Another reviewer mentioned that any price is worth nipple pain relief and I agree- that’s why I’ve kept buying them, but I still feel ripped off. I’ve actually been able to stretch each pair to 2 to 3 days with no problems, which helps.



Medela Safe & Dry Ultra Thin Disposable Nursing Pads, 120 Count Breast Pads for Breastfeeding, Leakproof Design, Slender and Contoured for Optimal Fit and Discretion Review:


These work perfectly, with the sticker on the back and the absorbency. The main reason I took one star off is because I was hoping they weren’t folded over in the packaging because it seemed like that in the picture but alas - they were. I greatly dislike this because the fold shoes through my bra and makes me boobs look misshapen. Who the heck wears a real padded bra while nursing?! No thank you for the extra layers (maybe I especially hate this because I live in the AZ heat). Where can I find disposable breast pads that hold a nice shape so I can wear whatever shirt I want and feel confident while at such a vulnerable time in my life? Someone invent these please!



Hands Free Pumping Bra, Momcozy Adjustable Breast-Pumps Holding and Nursing Bra, Suitable for Breastfeeding-Pumps by Lansinoh, Philips Avent, Spectra, Evenflo and More (Medium) Review:


After a few weeks of pumping I got so tired of having to put on my Simple Wishes pumping bra (which is a great bra but its just another step I wanted to eliminate) so I was pleased to find a bra that works for both nursing and pumping, The holes for the breast shields are similar to those on the Simple Wishes bra but admittedly a bit more challenging to stretch and get in there. But you get the hang of it after a few tries. The nursing panel is just as easy to use as other nursing bras. I couldnt quite figure out what the difference was between this one and the slight more expensive version so I ordered both. This one is a bit more casual and made of cotton and the other one is a nicer material and way you insert the shields is a little different, I find it tad easier. I ended up keeping both.