BUYER’S GUIDE 9 breast pads nursing mums love

Staying dry inside your bra means feeling comfortable when you’re nursing. So, get the right breast pad to prevent leaks!

Most nursing mums know that the slightest thing can trigger your let-down reflex ― when oxytocin causes the breast to release, or “let down” your milk.

It could happen anywhere ― you may be attending a meeting in the boardroom, a party or even shopping in a mall when you suddenly feel a gush of milk.

Tucking an absorbent breast pad into your bra helps you avoid any embarrassing stains, and also prevents the dampness that can lead to thrush or other infections.

Consider several factors before you decide which breast pad suits you best. First, decide whether you want to use disposable pads or reusable ones.

Disposable pads are convenient, but they can be expensive if you need to use them over an extended period, and they hurt the environment.

Reusable ones save the environment and your pockets, but there’s the inconvenience of having to wash and dry them.

You’ll also want to take note of the price, comfort level, absorbency and how discreet they are.

Check out SmartParent’s list of best breast pads for nursing mothers!

Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads, 60pcs
PRICE $10.90/60 pieces
FROM Pupsik
WHAT You’ll stay dry with these individually wrapped breast pads, thanks to a special absorbent polymer and stay-dry honeycomb lining. Two adhesive strips keep the pad firmly in place, which will maintain their form and smooth shape, so that they remain discreet under your clothes.
PARENTS SAY These thin and super comfy pads can hold large amounts of leakage. Says Sophie Wee, mum to Tristan, 6 months, “These value-for-money pads do the job well! I’ve never had any problems and they’re so comfortable, I barely notice they are there.”

Mother-K Premium Bamboo Breast Pads
PRICE $22.90/108 pieces
FROM Lazada
WHAT Made in Korea, these disposable bamboo breast pads are superior to cotton because of their good absorption and breathable qualities. The very soft pads feel light, even when soaked. Odour- and germ-free, these have also undergone toxicity tests in Germany.
PARENTS SAY These pads aren’t easily available, but they’re worth trying, especially if you have sensitive skin. Super soft and smooth, these will keep you cool, even in hot weather. Change every five to six hours for best results.