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Why choose organic cotton reusable breast pads?

Leaky boobs? We’ve got you! Our brand new organic cotton reusable breast pads are made to help manage any breast leaks experienced during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

But what’s the difference between reusable and disposable breast pads, or even organic cotton vs bamboo? Here’s everything you need to know about choosing the best breast pad option for you!


Leaky breasts

Leaking is common in the early stages of breastfeeding while your milk supply is still adjusting. How you experience leaks is different for everyone, you might not leak at all or you may leak for as long as you breastfeed your baby. Leaks may occur when you hear your baby cry, while you’re breastfeeding, when your breasts are full, during sexual encounters or for no reason at all.


Reusable vs disposable

The first thing to consider when purchasing breast pads is whether to go for the disposable or reusable option.

Disposable breast pads are made to be worn once and discarded, they usually have a sticky backing to adhere to your clothes.


Pros:

  • Convenient, no washing required
  • Inexpensive to purchase individually

Cons:

  • Environmentally unfriendly
  • Expensive in the long run
  • Have to keep stocking up
  • Many contain harmful chemicals
  • Non-breathable

Reusable breast pads are made to be washed and reused. They are often made with more natural ingredients and can have a leak-proof layer.


Pros:

  • Convenient, always have a pair on hand
  • More natural then most disposables
  • Environmentally friendly, they last years!
  • One-off purchase
  • Breathable

Cons:

  • More expensive initial purchase
  • Washing is required

 

Our reusable breast pads are made from organic cotton so they’re natural, breathable and comfortable. There are no nasties or harmful chemicals in any of the materials used. We use organic cotton rather than bamboo. As bamboo, unless mechanically processed, goes through harsh chemical processing called hydrolysis alkalisation, leaving chemical residue in the material.


Hannah breast pads also have a leak proof lining made from TPU (thermoplastic urethane) rather than the commonly used PUL (polyurethane laminate), as it does not use a chemical bonding agent to adhere to the fabric. TPU, unlike PUL, also allows airflow through while being leakproof so the breast pads are breathable. This is especially important because impeded airflow results in sweaty, wet breasts that are prone to developing infections.


Using and washing reusable breast pads

Breast pads should be changed when they are wet, as it’s important to keep your breasts dry. This means when you’re out and about you can use a carry bag like our wet bag to store and separate your used and clean breast pads. We have a breast pad + wet bag set that you can shop here.


Washing breast pads is pretty simple, just rinse then hand or machine wash under 60°C. So if you’re already cloth diapering your little one or use hannahpads yourself, it’s easy to throw everything in the wash together!

 

So, would you make the switch to reusable breast pads?

October 07, 2019 — hannahpad NZ