Hello everyone, I’m Amber Gunnet (or the other Amber).
I’m the resident doula and studio administrator here at Sugar Free (soon to be Naturally Newborn). If you haven’t yet read about me or the new doula services, you can see them here. I’m going to be writing on the blog often and I’m excited to share some of my thoughts with you all. I’ll be adding in tips/tricks, product reviews and anything else that might assist you on your path into motherhood. Raising 5 babies has given me the advantage of using a wide variety of products, so I might as well spread that knowledge with you all. I’ll be adding my own personal advice mixed in here and there as well.
Let’s start with boobs, cause why not? A large chunk of the first few months of newborn life is about boobs. I’ll be expanding on this topic later, but this is a good place to start. Breastfeeding requires so much work and “stuff.” Sometimes choosing the best products while nursing and adjusting to being a new mommy can be overwhelming. One of those products is nursing pads. More often than not, new nursing mothers need to use breast pads to avoid leaking on their clothing or bedding. I imagine most moms, like myself, (unless you are super lucky) will encounter this little mishap. Leaking milk tends to happen in public, at night, or any other inconvenient time to be soaking through your shirt. So far, I don’t believe there is a way to get your breasts to not leak. However, when you have the right products, it can make this just a little less stressful. I suggest carrying extra clothing, just in case 🙂
There are two types of pads; disposable and re-useable or “cloth”. There are also pros and cons to both. I recommend giving each a try and making your decision on which you prefer after.
My favorite cloth nursing pads are Bamboobies. They are cute, comfy, eco friendly and cost effective. You can wash and wear them again and again. You can give them to a friend when you’re done or save them for another pregnancy. They are thin and discreet, but do absorb a good amount of leakage. I did find in the early months of nursing, because I was a heavy leaker, using their overnight pads worked best for me. If you are going with cloth pads, I would suggest at least 8-12 pairs so you aren’t washing them non-stop. Chances are, you will be doing baby laundry quite often, so you can just toss them in with a small load if needed. (*tip-try not to use dryer sheets, as this will affect their absorbency). I will admit that even with them being washable and super soft, I did like to use disposable pads as well.