Breastfeeding your baby can be a magical, bonding time, but it can also be challenging — and less than awesome when your breasts start spouting milk when it’s not actually time to nurse. While leaking breast milk is a totally normal and understandable part of new motherhood, it can still be uncomfortable and stressful. Luckily, disposable nursing pads let you avoid soggy bras and embarrassing wet spots on your chest — without adding to your laundry pile.
Unlike washable, cloth nursing pads, disposable ones usually are individually wrapped so you can toss them in your purse, diaper bag or glove compartment to have them handy whenever you need them. Not only is the portability convenient, but being able to just toss them out is a lot less work than having yet another milk-stained item to launder.
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When shopping for disposable nursing pads, absorbency is the top priority. Most are made with super absorbent padding with a leak-proof backing to protect your clothing. The padding should be super soft to avoid chapped or sore nipples, and a contoured shape will make them more comfortable and discreet beneath clothing. Adhesive tape usually keeps them firmly in place.
Stay confident that you can wear your favorite top without fear of breast milk leaks with the best disposable nursing pads. We’re rounded up the best options, from absorbent to super sensitive to ultra thin so breastfeeding moms can focus on what matters most: their babies!
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1. Lansinoh Stay Dry Disposable Nursing Pads
The quilted honeycomb layer of these Lansinoh Stay Dry disposable nursing pads is super absorbent for worry-free protection. These contoured nursing pads also feature one-way moisture technology and a waterproof lining for leak-proof confidence. Two adhesive strips keep the pad securely and discreetly in place inside your bra. Plus, each pad is individually wrapped for convenience on the go — and with this 240-count pack, you’ll be stocked up for a while!
2. Medela Disposable Nursing Pads
Designed to offer superior protection during the night and heavy milk-flow periods, these Medela nursing pads are made from ultra-absorbent materials that prevent unexpected leakage and feature an additional soft layer to keep moisture away from the breast. Contoured pleats ensure a discreet shape under clothing, and double adhesive tape keeps the pads firmly in place. Available in packs of 30, 60 or 120, each of the breastfeeding pads are individually wrapped for easy portability.
3. Hey Mama Disposable Nursing Pads
We love the cute packaging of these Hey Mama disposable nursing pads, but more important than the outside is what’s inside the 120-count box: These pads are engineered with a proprietary thick, ultra-soft design for 24/7 protection and comfort. Multiple soft, ultra-absorbent layers provide protection against leaks, while the adhesive strips help keep the pad exactly where you want it. And for added convenience, each pad comes individually wrapped so you can pack them in your purse or diaper bag.
4. Bamboobies Disposable Nursing Pads
Bamboobies disposable nursing pads are specially designed for sensitive skin. They boast a top layer of soft rayon (made from bamboo) over an absorbent inner core made with certified sustainable wood pulp. Fragrance free and made without natural rubber latex, the antimicrobial and antibacterial individually wrapped pads are thin and less visible through clothing — but still effective against leaks. Adhesive strips ensure they stay in place.
5. Bundlebliss Ultra Thin Disposable Nursing Pads
Designed to be so thin they feel almost weightless, these disposable nursing pads from Bundlebliss are super discreet inside your nursing bra or clothing. They’re made of a 1-millimeter thick layer of a super-absorbent polymer from Japan that can absorb more than 120 milliliters of liquid — so they’ll keep you dry and comfortable all day long. Honeycomb quilting wicks moisture away from the skin, and a laminated waterproof lining locks in the moisture to keep your bra dry. Plus, the contoured pads are super soft and smooth to the touch and feature two adhesive strips to secure them in place.