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#1 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:13 PM

I've been reading about how the washable ones are completely useless but I'd still prefer to use them over disposable. So far I'm thinking the Avent ones might be best. Can anyone recommend me a brand or where to purchase them? Also how many should I buy? How often do you need to change washables? I'm a fairly heavy leaker and have had a few embarrassing moments in public. Do people carry spare shirts with them? Also what do I say if somebody else notices before me? I've simply been horrified and carried on while trying to cover up with my arms sad.gif

ETA I've been using disposables

Edited by Buy Me A Pony !, 14 March 2012 - 02:14 PM.

#2 Amber Spyglass

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:23 PM

I started using the disposable ones, but I am such a leaker that it was costing a fortune. I had to change every single feed. And DD was feeding a dozen times a day.

These days I use the Avent washable ones, they are really reliable and I havent had too many leaks. I check after each feed, but I don't always need to change, but as soon as they are damp I swap with a fresh one. I'd use about four to six a day on average now. I bought three packs, so I have 18 all up. I put them in the washbag and they go in with either my whites, knickers/socks etc or with baby clothes, and I don't often run out.  

Don't worry too much about milk leaking, if you are worried you could do what I do and use a nice lightweight cotton scarf as a breastfeeding / milk leak coverup! At least wearing a scarf can look better than a muslin wrap over your top if it gets wet.

#3 Hungry Caterpillar

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:24 PM

I use the Avent ones and prefer these to the disposables. I change them each time they get soaked so after each let down usually. I have 18 so need to wash them daily but I just toss them in with any other load that I need to do. They line dry quite quickly. I purchased mine at Babies Galore which is now Mothercare.

#4 redkris

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:25 PM

I can't advise on what kind of pads to get, but regarding leaking and it showing on tops, I used to wear floaty peasant tops that had a pattern on them. They were fairly see through but I wore a black singlet underneath
like this:

or this:

If there was leakage there would be a mark on the tank underneath, but the overshirt wouldn't show anything.

Edited by redkris, 14 March 2012 - 02:26 PM.

#5 Guest_holy_j_*

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:27 PM

I used folded facewashers terry towelling type, worked  way better than those commercial breast pads

Congratulations by the way.

#6 KimDeal

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:28 PM

I found some great reusesable ones at a baby store in Adelaide, made from bamboo, much larger than the avent ones. I'd check around at smaller baby stores for options.

#7 Hungry Caterpillar

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:30 PM

Forgot to add that I don't usually leak during the day just overnight as I don't wear a bra to hold the pads in place. The one time I leaked noticeably was using disposables and I just made a joking throw away comment and got on with whatever I was doing.

#8 Bluenomi

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:31 PM

I liked the Avent ones best but I did find they do leak more than disposables since they don't have the plastic backs. I ended up only starting to use them once the leaking eased a bit. I'm a lazy washer so had about 3 packs in the end.

#9 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:39 PM

Thanks guys. I've taken to layering up as you suggested redkris so it now mostly ends up all over the singlet wink.gif

#10 B.M.C.M.I.E

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:49 PM

I use the bamboo breastpads from Sustainable Hemp something-or-other. I was leaking pretty bad when my milk came in and they did a great job.

#11 noi'mnot

Posted 14 March 2012 - 02:57 PM

I found the resusable ones to be the best! I bought some off ebay, and some from the ABA store Mothers Direct. They were fantastic. I always had a few pairs of disposables with me too, just in case. I think I had about 10 pairs of washables, that was plenty for me. To be honest, other people were normally more embarrassed than I was about leaking breasts.

I second the singlet with loose top approach if you're worried. I'd also have a spare cardigan or pashmina as well for emergency coverups, but only leaked with the reusables very very rarely.

#12 Lil Chickens

Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:05 PM

I use Peapods Bamboo reusable and have never had leaks through them.  Its got a waterproof breathable outer layer - I think it is PUL like MCN's.

I got a three pack to start at this link

Then I liked them so much I made some more - I bought some PUL at spotlight and used some old bamboo and hemp nappy inserts that had worn around the edges.  I used the peapods one as a size guide.

Edited by Isabelle Thomas, 14 March 2012 - 03:05 PM.

#13 jemsoli

Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:10 PM

i found the avent ones useless for my constantly leaking boobs. i would wear them for an hour and start leaking through. wearing them overnight was NOT an option.

i bought some bamboo ones from abby gro and they are awesome. definately have a look around for some bamboo ones, they are MUCH more absorbent than the cotton avent ones.

#14 Blingy

Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:17 PM

I use the Peapods that a pp mentioned. I'm an absolute cow.. Could feed 10 babies and am always leaking and the Peapods have never leaked through to my clothes ... The best pads ever

I got mine in a pack with a nappy and some liners from the baby expo last year

#15 impi_star

Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:23 PM

I used the Avent ones & found that though they were more comfortable than disposables they were not as good as the Nature's Child organic cotton ones. I don't have a huge leakage except over night so haven't had a problem with them leaking through tops.

Washing really depends on how much you leak, I have 18 of different types.

You can get Nature's Child from Sustainababy or Ecobabe, they have larger ones for overnight or even light cotton ones for just in case.

#16 CharliMarley

Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:36 PM

Some mums in our ABA mother's group are really happy with Wool Breast Pads, which are lanolin-enhanced and of course are washable. You can buy them online at BreastMates in New Zealand and they come from N.Z. sheep. laughing2.gif

#17 bjk76

Posted 14 March 2012 - 03:42 PM

I used Avent washable ones, as I didn't like the waste or the cost or the feel of the disposables. I had no issues with them.

I used Avent washable ones, as I didn't like the waste or the cost or the feel of the disposables. I had no issues with them.

#18 boopyscreet

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:41 PM

Ive got some Avent ones and some Itzy ritzy glitzy ones. Sadly I just checked and I don't think you can buy them in Australia any more which is a pity as they are awesome. They are bigger than the average size breast pads and really lovely and soft.

The itzy ritzy site in the US ships to Australia but the shipping is a bit expensive.

I am just about to go and find all mine and wash them in preparation for the big event!

#19 Balto1

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:47 PM

I bought some at clothpadshop.com. Work really well for me but I am a fairly light leaker. Think most of the cloth nappy sites sell them too.

#20 White-Lily

Posted 14 March 2012 - 04:51 PM

I used the Avent ones with DD but switched to disposable ones as I leaked a lot, then back to avent when my milk settled down. I think I had 2 packs so 6 pairs and it wasn't enough for me.

I have seen some fabric ones on ebay with a PUL backing for waterproofing so have a look on there.

I also layered anyway as it helped keep my wobbly tummy in check and out of the public view.

#21 xeddy

Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:01 PM

I tried Avent washable breast pads but I really didn't like them, they didn't seem to be very absorbent. I have been using disposable breast pads but should really look into using washable.

I always wear a singlet under my shirt for feeding in public which also hides any wet spots from feeding! original.gif

I carried a spare shirt around in the nappy bag for the first few weeks after experiencing a massive leak at the chemist on our way home from hospital.... had to throw a wrap over my shoulder and pretend I was using it for DS even though DH was carrying him! lol

#22 sg290780

Posted 15 March 2012 - 02:07 PM

Absolutely loved the washable ones - have no idea what I used but washable was heaps better - good luck original.gif

#23 Guest_Hoggle_*

Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:57 PM

Mazalicious, they are awesome and so comfy!



I have used avent ones and they were crap.

Edited by Hoggle, 15 March 2012 - 04:02 PM.

#24 Eternally

Posted 04 April 2012 - 07:49 PM

I've got a few bamboo ones, and a few cotton. I prefer the bamboo ones, heaps more absorbency.
But they have started to get a bit of what I think is mildew on them (sometimes they have lingered in the washing basket for a day or two). Any suggestions for getting them properly clean?

#25 CharliMarley

Posted 05 April 2012 - 09:30 AM

Some of the mums I know just love Wool breastpads, because they have lanolin in them and are so soft and breathable. You can get them online and they come from N.Z. They are called Breastmates. They of course are washable and the mums are very happy with them. cclap.gif

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