Oct 29, 2008

Works for Me Wednesday: an inexpensive nursing pad alternative

This isn't my own tip, although I definitely would have tried it if I'd known about it or thought about it on my own back when I was nursing. A Parents magazine reader suggested it in the November issue, and I thought it was a good tip that probably works well:

Instead of using disposable nursing pads, cut a pantyliner in two. It's thinner and because the adhesive covers the entire back, it'll stay in place better. It's also probably equally absorbent, at least once you're past the engorgement stage.

This is also a great way to use those free pantyliners that are so often available through The Drugstore Game.

Find more Works for Me Wednesday tips over at Rocks in my Dryer.


Nikki said...

What a great idea! I personally prefer the cloth, re-usable nursing pads, but I will keep this in mind. Thankfully, I'm past the leaking stage right now.

Denise Mall said...

I used the cloth ones, way back when. I still have memories of formal occassions and those dreaded spots on the front of my outfits. I wish I thought of this. So obvious and yet I didn't.

Anonymous said...

That's a great idea! Actually...I don't have kids yet, but I will file that away. I am a huge fan of using items for multiple uses. I think it goes right along with the frugal mind set.

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Clean ClutterFree Simple said...

That's a good idea. I tried to use the cloth pads, but they stuck to my skin in a painful way.

Meegan @ The Harvey Circus said...

That's an awesome idea, and so relevant for me right now :)

I've been trying to stick to the cloth ones at night but don't trust them during the day (one leaking experience has put me off!).

Thanks for sharing!

Chief Family Officer said...

If you're concerned about leaking but prefer cloth because it's cheaper, then you might want to do what I did:

Use cloth pads at home, doubling or even tripling up if necessary. (I had a whole bunch of pads, and would throw them into a mesh bag for washing as I changed them throughout the day.)

I used disposable pads when I left the house because the waterproof backing meant I could never leak through my shirt. Lansinoh pads were by far my preferred brand for disposables but my one complaint would be that the adhesive didn't work that great. And the pantyliners would solve that problem easily :)

Lisa said...

That's what I got at the hospital when I had to go back 36 hours after being discharged with my newborn. The only breast pads were dispensed by the lactation consultant and she insisted on a consultation to give them out. Lactation consultations were not high on my list of priorities, since my healthy baby was at home. A smart nurse grabbed some maxi pads and cut them in half for me.
The sticky stuff really holds them in place!

Elizabeth said...

I just got back from Target, reading this realizing what I forgot to get! Thinking that I just got a "free" box of Kotex pantyliners from Rite Aid. And then thinking about all of the cloth re-usable pads I bought for the 1st baby and that did not work because I had way too much milk and they leaked incessantly. Not a problem now - thanks for the post!!