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shall i get washable or disposable breast pads?

(26 Posts)
rubyslippers Sat 04-Jul-09 21:22:39

yes - thrilling question but am going shopping tomorrow for supplies so would be good to know

TIA

thisisyesterday Sat 04-Jul-09 21:23:45

i prefer washable.

suwoo Sat 04-Jul-09 21:24:25

I've gone for disposable ones, but will invest in washable ones if breastfeeding works out.

If you know you will bf, I'd go for washable.

PigeonPie Sat 04-Jul-09 21:24:36

I preferred washable too

thisisyesterday Sat 04-Jul-09 21:27:44

it's useful to have a few disposable ones as well actually though.
I use them now and then when my washing has got behind lol, and also used them when I had thrush

rubyslippers Sat 04-Jul-09 21:31:21

oh - thanks

i went through loads last time, so was thinking washable would be better?

so, what do i need to get - 4 pairs??

PavlovtheForgetfulCat Sat 04-Jul-09 21:32:09

preferred washable, more comfortable.

PigeonPie Sat 04-Jul-09 21:32:38

I think I got six packs of six and just about had enough - but I did leak a lot!

DitaVonCheese Sat 04-Jul-09 22:21:24

Depends how leaky you are ... I would much rather use washable but leak so much that they were constantly damp (and, in the case of the Advent ones, leaking through my clothes) so I couldn't keep up with the washing and was worried about thrush, so have been using disposable for nine months!

PatTheHammer Sat 04-Jul-09 22:24:11

Much prefer washables, disposables tended to stick to me and needed peeling off in the early days.....ouchy!

NellyTheElephant Sat 04-Jul-09 22:51:53

If you can survive with washables then go for it - how leaky were you last time? I would 100x rather use washables (I use washable nappies etc), but sadly I leak through them in about 30 seconds. Once a let down goes I am a soggy mess in seconds, I tried a couple of different brands of washables to no avail. In fact there are only certain brands of disposables I can use, with most I am a soggy mess almost immediately. Even once my milk supply settled down after a few months they were still no good.

littlelamb Sat 04-Jul-09 22:53:43

I would get a mixture of both- I could happily use washables at night, but god they stand out a mile under clothes. I found tommee tippee disposables by far the best, avoid the tesco ones at all costs, I was picking fluff off myself before each feed hmm

TheBreastmilksOnMe Sat 04-Jul-09 22:54:09

It depends on how many washing loads you do and will you have the time or the energy to do it? I prefer disposable ones because you can change them as often as you like without having to worry about washing and drying them in time for re-use and as each one is fresh there is no chance of any thrush bugs infecting you.

rubyslippers Sun 05-Jul-09 08:31:18

thanks all

i was very leaky last time and my let down was ferocious!

looks like it may be a bit of trial and error - think i will get both to be on the safe side

MamaG Sun 05-Jul-09 08:37:39

ruby I used disposables until I stopped leaking so much then went onto washable. I would have needed about 12 pairs in the early weeks! BabyG is now 8 months (shock) and I don't leak at all now.

Ummmm would it horribly gross if I sent you some washable breast pads? Obv used but clean, just as back up for you? Assuming I can find them of course...

MamaG Sun 05-Jul-09 08:38:36

(oh and I've got a couple of maternity nighties too if you'd like them, good for hospital, front fastening etc - don't want any money)

rubyslippers Sun 05-Jul-09 11:13:55

mama - yes please!

thanks so much ... smile

PigeonPie Sun 05-Jul-09 21:39:49

Ruby, I used shells on the side I wasn't feeding from when I was feeding the DSs so that I didn't drown - have you tried them? They were a real life saver for me!

ilovemydogandmrobama Sun 05-Jul-09 21:46:45

washables -- think I had 8.

You also need a Bravado tank (or another brand) which is great as it looks like a camisole.

I have a medium black Bravado microfiber FFP if you want? CAT me if interested?

mags98 Sun 05-Jul-09 21:53:23

I have just gone onto washables at 8 weeks as I hated the disposables and they were making me itch a lot.

The washables are much more comfortable, but might not have been absorbent enough in the first few weeks.

The Avent washables are a bit rubbish though, they are not shaped and i found they kept falling out of place. I quite like the mothercare own brand ones actually.

madlentileater Sun 05-Jul-09 21:55:20

if you get washable
DO put them in a net bag to wash them, or they WILL block thr outlet pipe of yor washing machine and repairman will be very puzzled, especialy when he comes for the second time to remove it.
Or you could just to learn how to unclog the outlet pipe of your washing machine.

rubyslippers Mon 06-Jul-09 18:55:58

thank you all very much

especially advice re washing!

ILOVEMYDOG - yes please to FFP cami thingie

need to renew my CAT sub which i will do tonight

Northernlurker Tue 07-Jul-09 18:29:42

I always used disposables. A friend lent me some washables but I just didn't like them - and soaked through them too much to be practical really.

SusieDerkins Tue 07-Jul-09 18:31:33

I didn't like the washables. They went a funny shape and made me look like I had bumpy boobs.

Jennylee Tue 07-Jul-09 18:50:40

I found the washables totally ineffective

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