I have spent approximately 67 (and counting) months of my life breastfeeding children. During that time I’ve learned something—leaking is an inevitable part of a lactating mother’s life. A baby cries (it doesn’t even have to be YOUR baby in the beginning) and you let down. You think about a baby–drip. You realize your shirt still smells like spit up from the last feeding—drop. When you nurse your child on one side, your other side thinks it’s time to feed someone too. It’s feeding time and your baby is still sleeping? Yep, you guessed it–leakage. If you don’t use something to help, er, put a cap on things, you’ll end up a little embarrassed and with wet spots on your shirt.
I have always used disposable nursing pads because the idea of the silicone variety just didn’t appeal to me. Disposables do the job, but they tend to be rather thick(increasing chances of being visible through your shirt) and also pricey. While I was pregnant with our most recent child, I started researching handmade reusable nursing pads after a friend mentioned them. Lucky for me a friend of mine from high school, Trina Perry(we won’t talk about how long ago high school was!) is extremely talented in handmade crafting AND has her own small business, ThreePears where she creates things for infants and mothers—including nursing pads!
I chatted with her and decided to purchase some to try out. I have been very pleased with the results, so I asked her if I could review them here on my blog to share with my readers. She said yes!
When they arrived, they were in this cute little drawstring bag:
This makes it easy to store and tote (when you travel or go out and want to have a few extra backups) discreetly.
These nursing pads are beautiful! Mine came in two fabric patterns, a paisley and a pink damask. Yes, these are worn under your clothes where no one can see them, but I think a woman can never have too many pretty things that she loves.
These carefully handcrafted pads are made using a layer of PUL (polyurethane laminated fabric) which is waterproof, two layers of bamboo flannel, and another layer of cotton flannel. This fabric is soft so it doesn’t irritate sensitive and delicate skin.
Even with four layers, these pads are very thin. When wearing a normal supportive nursing bra (not the really thin, night time nursing variety), you cannot see them through my shirt at all.
They are also very absorbent. I have always produced an abundance of milk and I’ve used these from the very beginning, even through the first days when I was very engorged when my milk came in. (Any woman who has had a baby before knows what THAT is like!). My baby is only five weeks old and most days I only wear one set all day. Occasionally, I will have to switch one out, but I’ve never gone through more than two sets in a 24 hour period. When I wore disposables, I often changed several times a day, especially in the first days when milk production is overabundant.
There are also the obvious benefits: less waste and less money spent by using these reusable pads rather than purchasing and throwing out disposables.
I am a convert. I have no intention of going back to my old ways and will be using these little gems for the remainder of my nursing days!
If you are interested in getting your own, they are available through the ThreePears Facebook page. Just peruse the photos to see her products or send Trina a message! She also makes handmade nursing covers, wetbags, and more!
Trina has also generously offered to giveaway three pairs of nursing pads with their own drawstring bag to one of my readers! If you’d like to win three pairs from ThreePears, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below! *US residents only*
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