08 March 2018

MOTHERHOOD: Reusable vs Disposable Nursing Pads + Bamboobies Review!

Products were sent to me for review (unless otherwise stated). I'm not being compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. :)

Milk leaks aren’t just embarrassing; they can ruin clothes and increase the amount of laundry you have to do every week. When you have a baby to clothe and feed, spending money on yourself for wardrobe malfunctions is the last thing you want to do. If you want to protect your clothing and your sanity, all nursing moms should invest in nursing pads (it's a given). Stick these absorbent pads into your bra and they’ll take care of any milk leaks from your breasts.

Towards the end of my pregnancy I started to leak a tiny bit, but didn’t think much of it. I guess I wasn’t prepared for the Niagara Falls scenario that was to occur every time Everly fed from my right breast. The left one is that annoying know-it-all kid in class who jumps up and down in their seat desperately screaming “pick me, pick me!”; so keen to give the correct answer and show off (AKA: if I forget to use a nursing pad the word soaked doesn’t come close to covering it). I have therefore gone through a fair amount of disposable pads since Everly's arrival back in February. They’ve mostly done the job, but not when they're crumbled up in my bra leading to unfortunate wet patches on my clothes.

Eight years ago Bamboobies founder, Kerry, discovered that there weren't any eco-friendly washable nursing pads that were absorbent, not scratchy on mama's nipples and affordable. That's how Bamboobies was born! Bamboobies pads are meant to last through an entire breastfeeding journey - even from baby to baby!
Bamboobies Disposable Nursing Pads

"The unique bamboo viscose top layer is soft on the skin and is naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial. The inner core is ultra-absorbent keeping you dry and comfortable and is certified sustainable by Forest Stewardship Council. The unique milk-proof™ backing is more breathable than standard pads' plastic lining, keeping sensitive skin healthier." - Bamboobies Website

When I had a chance to try out the bio-degradeable disposable nursing pads from Bamboobies, I was in awe. The Bamboobies pads are absorbent, wrapped individually, and anti-bacterial; they have a unique backing made of viscose bamboo instead of plastic, so they are breathable. The only con I see with this is that I find them slightly less absorbent than others. They aren't quite as good as locking in moisture so they feel a bit more clammy when wet.
Solution? Just change them as soon as you notice any wetness. (I only change them when they're completely soaked to the bone so that's my fault 😆)

 I recommend having a box of disposables on hand. They are also handy for weekend getaways where it is more difficult to use your reusables.

Bamboobies Washable Regular & Overnight Pads


"Bamboobies® are made of ultra-soft and soothing bamboo rayon velour, an absorbent inner layer of cotton with an outer milk-proof™ liner to help prevent embarrassing leaks! These nursing pads are super absorbent and eco-friendly." - Bamboobies Website

To save on costs and be environmentally friendly, many women choose reusable nursing pads. Rated the best nursing pads, Bamboobies are extremely soft (made from bamboo, velour, cotton and hemp fibers), absorbent and designed to contour the breast. The pads also have a milk-proof backing to prevent leak-throughs. 

  Bamboobies Washable Pads come in two varieties: ultra-thin, heart-shaped regular pads and the thicker round-shaped overnight pads. The regular pads are made for light leaking and less visibility, while the overnight pads are made for heavy leaking and newborn nursing.
I have gone through so many disposable nursing pads since leaving the hospital. I love the idea that once they're full, I can throw just throw them in the wash; plus they seem to be much more absorbent than the disposable pads. Bamboobies Washable Pads are virtually invisible underneath a nursing bra and get softer with repeated washings.

Whether or not you plan to breastfeed, your boobs are going to leak milk. So unless you want to ruin everything you wear, you are going to need nursing pads. Whether you choose disposable or washable pads is a personal preference; they both work well. Many start with disposables and then switch to washables when their milk supply begins to level out.
Bamboobies Nursing Tank

"The new bamboobies Nursing Tank combines the comfort and support of a seamless design with ultra-soft rayon from bamboo fabric. Rayon made from bamboo is more breathable, softer and more eco-friendly than cotton. It stretches to fit while holding its shape." - Bamboobies Website
My husband and I both own a few clothing items made out of bamboo. So when I pulled the Bamboobies Nursing Tank out of the packaging I was in love; amazingly soft, comfortable and supportive (my ladies aren't big - so unless you're bigger than 34C, that might be a different story for you). Made out of rayon from bamboo it works great to grow and change with mama's body.  The clasps are made out of plastic so you don't have to worry about breaking out if you are sensitive to certain metals. Apparently most moms find it easy to clasp and unclasp with one hand; I haven't quite mastered it yet. I've read a lot of reviews online about customers stating to buy a size or two up, but for me, it's true to size.

I'm going to have to buy myself another pair because I need more than just one nursing tank :)
Bamboobies: Boobease 100% Organic Nipple Cream
I purchased this product with my own money.

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"New mothers can suffer from sore and cracked nipples in the first few weeks. Protect yourself and your newborn with a non-toxic, certified organic nipple balm that keeps nipples feeling soft, supple and healthy. All ingredients are safe for ingestion by your breastfeeding baby." Bamboobies Website
The organic label was why I chose this product. The ingredients list is short and understandable; no fillers or petroleum, and lanolin-free. It has a smooth consistency, like softened butter, and not too strong of a scent. The Boobease Nipple Cream really helps to soothe and heal from feeding and pumping. Since it's completely organic and has food grade ingredients it does not need to be wiped off before feeding.
The first two weeks of breastfeeding were brutal (especially for a first time mama like myself). I had only tried the nipple cream twice. The first time was at the hospital; I applied it a few hours before nursing and Everly spat it up a few minutes later. I decided to deal with the nipple pain/soreness for the next few days because I was concerned that the cream might had something to do with it. Second time I applied it after showering, (and a few hours before nursing Everly), and once again she spat it up. Concerned, I contacted Bamboobies and was informed they did not have any recommended time for it to sit or soak in. I just need to made a judgement and wipe it off if I believe its upsetting Everly or use less of the cream. I'll have to try it again in the future if needed, but for now, my ladies are doing fine! - no soreness or cracks. Yay!

I don’t think people tell you just how much you leak or how easily it can happen. Hear a baby crying at the store? Seeing your celebrity crush topless on TV. I hope you have some nursing pads in your diaper caddy/bag! Baby sleep a little longer through the night? Don’t be surprised if you wake up in a puddle! Good luck :)