When I was pregnant with my first child, I had no clue what to expect after I gave birth. What would breastfeeding be like? Would my nipples be really sore or would they adjust quickly? What else did I need to prepare myself for breastfeeding?
Now that I have had two children, I have narrowed down my essentials to three things: first is Lanisoh nipple ointment, which is wonderfully soothing on sore skin, while also being safe for baby to ingest while latched on. Two is a good nursing bra, you want one that offers good support but is not too tight, and is easy to open and close. The third is nursing pads, which is what I wanted to discuss today.
You have to ask yourself, what am I looking for in a nursing pad? Disposables are nice because you can throw a package of them in the diaper bag and use them as needed. When one gets wet, simply throw away and get a new one. Most of them have an adhesive strip on the bra side so that it doesn’t slide around. The problem with these is that for one, they are very expensive, and you need quite a few of them, they don’t hold much liquid. Also, in my case, they kept sticking to my skin, which was awful and painful! The material in disposables also does not breathe very well.
Then you have washable nursing pads. These are made out of cotton, and have breathable layers that wick away moisture from sensitive nipples. They are very soft, inexpensive in the long run, and the best part is that you can put them in a laundry bag and wash them with baby’s clothes.
Whichever you choose, make sure you include them in your bag to take to the hospital, they are such a great help!