Thursday, March 31, 2005

Breast pads and Leaks

by Eliza Ferree

If you breastfeed then you are all too familiar with the little wet sensation that goes with feeding your baby. You know that leaking feeling when you are in a store or laying in bed late at night? Breast pads work great but it's a matter of finding the right one that works for you, not all of them work. You don't want one that is going to leak and you don't want a huge one that is going to look bulky in your shirt. Here are a few reviews and a bit about my experience with them.

When my first child was born I had no true knowledge of anything "mom" related. I had no clue that you would spray at every holler of a passing baby, or leak any time during the day whether you were feeding or not.

One day I was going in to see my doctor at a regular scheduled meeting, I was in one of those blue gowns that they have you put on for exams. If you are like me you hate those, they reveal way too much even when they are suppose to be revealing nothing. My son was in his car seat in the corner sleeping, not making a sound but suddenly just by looking at him I started spraying. This little blue uniform I was wearing was now getting wet circles and I was really feeling embarrassed. How could this happen? Why now? He wasn't making a sound! I quickly cupped my hands over the circles and searched the room for something to put over them. If I could just wake him up I'd throw his blanket over the top of me and no one would know. That's when the doctor knocked on the door. I knew it was him, it wouldn't be anyone else.

"Come in," I squeaked. There was no use bending down to get my son, after all then I'd be showing everything else. I'd just sit turned and hope he really didn't have to have me moved.

Of course the first thing he needed was me to face him, my face must've turned a bright red and the nurse handed me something to cover up with. "It's okay, this happens all the time," they tried reassuring me.

Yeah, it might happen all the time for them but not me. This was my first of many experiences with this and it doesn't get any easier but as time does go on I do think of comments and stuff. This time made me realize that I didn't want it to happen again so I went in search for some protection against it and came up with two products that I love.

The Light Weights

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads are extremely thin and have a little tape on the backside that sticks to your bra. This is perfect as it won't slip out like others do. They are very thin so if you leak a lot you DO NOT want this one. But if you leak very seldom then this is the one for you. The box comes with 60 pads in it and they are all individually wrapped, which is perfect for sticking a few in your purse. The backside is a dry lining so your bra doesn't get wet. Perfect if you want to stay dry all day and not show the world you are wearing them.

Heavy weights

The Milk Diapers Breast Pads are great! This is for those that are going to leak a lot. I know the name isn't that appealing but you don't wear the name so everyone can see it anyways right? These are cloth like and are very soft, I got these for a shower gift and loved them. At the end of the day toss them in the laundry and wash them, most bra pads you must toss in the trash at the end of the day but not these. More for your money I like to say. The colors are natural and white; they might have other colors by now. Yes, these do hold a lot of milk. You must make sure you put them on correctly as well, or they will leak.

Hope these help you out and keep you dry.

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