Being able to nourish your baby right from your own body is like magic — but sometimes that magic starts flowing when it’s not time to nurse, and you’re left with an uncomfortable soggy bra and telltale bullseye wet spots on your shirt. If this sounds familiar, it’s time to stock up on nursing pads to protect your clothes and avoid embarrassing (yet totally normal) leaks. And choosing reusable nursing pads is a smart way to cut down on costs, both to your bank account and the planet.
Reusable nursing pads are made from soft cloth (on the skin-side) to protect your nipples, an absorbent inner layer to soak up milk, and a leak-proof backing to shield your clothes. Contoured or teardrop shapes and various size options help make them more comfortable inside your nursing bra, as well as more discreet beneath clothing.
Of course, the key is that reusable nursing pads can be easily tossed into the washing machine and reused again and again without losing their absorbency. Stock up on enough pairs that you can change them once or twice a day and avoid constant laundering — you’ve got enough to do already! We’re rounded up our favorite options, from super absorbent to ultra soft, so breastfeeding moms can confidently wear their favorite tops without fear of breast milk leaks.
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1. BabyBliss Organic Reusable Nursing Pads
With a super soft and absorbent inner layer made of bamboo rayon and a smooth polyester outer layer to protect from embarrassing leaks, BabyBliss organic reusable nursing pads come in three sizes to fit your breast cup size: Medium fits A cups, Large fits B to Ds, and Extra Large fits E cups and up. Their new design also now contours to the natural shape of the breast for a discreet look that doesn’t shift. The 14 reusable nursing pads are neatly packed in an organza bag and come with a mesh laundry bag.
2. Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads
The Bamboobies Washable Nursing Pads are ivory/white on one side — the ultra-soft bamboo rayon absorbent inner layer — and blue on the other (the outer milk-proof liner that helps prevent embarrassing leaks). Perfect for newborn nursing and heavy leaking, the round-shaped overnight nursing pads are large, thick and super absorbent. Each box includes two pairs of the washable nursing pads.
3. PureMotherlyLove Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads
Pure Motherly Love Nursing Pads offer three layers of protection: Layer number one is ultra-soft bamboo cotton to help soothe sore nipples; Layer number two is an absorbent inner lining that helps keep milk away from your skin; and Layer number three is a leak-proof polyester outer layer to ensure you never get embarrassing leak spots on your shirt. The pads also are contoured to the natural shape of the breast so they don’t shift around — and they’re designed to be more discrete than flat nursing pads. Plus, this pack of 14 pads comes packed in an organza bag with a bonus laundry bag for them to be washed in.
4. Lansinoh Washable Reusable Nursing Pads
Lansinoh Washable Nursing Pads provide reusable leak-proof protection with a specialized plant fiber core for fast absorption and drying. (The company boasts the natural fibers hold up to nine times the liquid of other pads.) Just like the Lansinoh disposable nursing pads, these reusable nursing pads have a waterproof exterior layer for extra confidence against leaks. Great for sensitive skin, the skin-side layer is ultra-soft and the contoured teardrop shape conforms to the breast for a super-comfortable fit.
5. Wegreeco Bamboo Reusable Nursing Pads
Wegreeco breast pads are made from a durable yet breathable bamboo fabric with a custom-designed leak-proof backing. The dry layer whisks away moisture, while the bamboo is super soft against your skin to ensure sensitive nipples are protected. The middle layer of microfiber provides maximum absorbency to ensure no leaking at night. Plus, not only are these nursing pads washable and reusable, they can also be recycled. Each set comes with 14 nursing pads in seven cute colors, a mesh laundry bag and a travel storage bag.