If you’ve decided that reusable breast pads are your choice whilst breastfeeding, you’re going to have to know how to wash them properly.
Nursing or breast pads are designed to be washed with regular clothes, on a regular cycle. The benefit of using reusable pads over disposables allows nursing mothers to not only save money but enjoy comfort that bamboo, hemp and cotton pads offer.
Cloth breast pads should be subject to the same consideration as cloth diapers. They need to be washed in minimal detergent and rinsed well or you’re going to find that detergent buildup makes them quickly lose their absorbancy and leaves you feeling wet very quickly.
Tip: For added protection, put them into a lingerie bag first. It will come in handy when washing bras and other delicates too.
If you choose to wash them with cloth diapers, you may want to rinse your diapers first though!
Depending on how many pairs you have and how often you do your laundry you may want to consider hand washing them in the shower – you may end up needing them more often than you do a regular washing cycle.
Avoid using a dryer and only air dry nursing pads.
Can you use fabric softners with nursing pads?
No. Don’t use fabric softener as this can affect their absorbency.
Best way to get Lansinoh out of reusable breast pads
Lansinoh is a cream breastfeeding mothers rely on and when you are using reusable pads, there is a tendency for the cream to stain the pads. It is important to note that the cream does not affect the absorbency so it wont impact their use however if you want to wash it out try these tips:
- A stain remover made specifically for grease and oils
- Add some vinegar to your regular wash – it will help remove the smell of milk too and also helps prevent/stop the spread of thrush