Breastfeeding and Nursing Pads

Some mothers in the beginning of their nursing relationship find it necessary to wear nursing pads to prevent a milk leakage from embarrassing them. It can be quite embarrassing as a new mom to be shopping in the grocery store and hear another child cry. That causes your milk to let down and there you are with wet spots in very conspicuous places!
Other mothers may have an overabundant milk supply and need to use nursing pads on a regular basis. Not all mothers require the use of nursing pads, and they aren’t necessary in many instances while you’re at home. It’s best to let air circulate and keep your nipples as dry as possible.
When choosing nursing pads, avoid those with plastic lining. These prevent air from circulating and can hold bacteria. They trap the moisture near the mother. Disposable pads also contribute to the landfill issues. It is a much better choice to find nursing pads that are cotton or hemp. They can easily be washed with warm water and soap along with your other laundry. They are more comfortable, cleaner, and reusable.
Hemp is a great choice for nursing pads because they are resistant to bacteria. Hemp, in most instances, is grown with the use of little or no pesticides and chemicals. They are soft, stain resistant and durable. This makes hemp nursing pads an excellent choice.
For the frugal mom, you can make your own nursing pads. You can use cloth pre-fold diapers cut into circles and sewn together. Experiment with scrap fabric you may have available, find what works for you. Be careful to avoid fabric with strong dyes and synthetic materials. Remember that organic hemp and cotton would make the best choice.
Contact your local La Leche League for breastfeeding support!

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