21 reliable breast pads that other mums love

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19 reliable breast pads available in Australia | Mum's Grapevine

Leaky boobs mean a wet mess, so a good stash of disposable or reusable breast pads is essential for nursing new mums starting out on their breastfeeding journey. Add them to your hospital bag, pop a pack in the nursery and have some wherever you’re planning to feed – they mean no more sticky milk dribbles and less washing of your favourite nursing tops.

Modern breast pads are wonders of technology, made with super absorption and the aim of keeping mums dry and comfortable. Disposable nursing pads are simple to use, relatively cheap and convenient, while reusable styles keep costs down and have less of an environmental footprint.

With many products available in Australia, it’s hard to know where to start when looking for the right breast pad. So, to help you narrow down your search, we’ve listed some of the features you should look for when you’re researching the right product.

What to look for in breast pads

What to look for when buying breast pads

The right level of absorbency – Breast capture milk leaks or letdown and stop your bra and clothing from getting soaked. Some are ultra-absorbent, others not – it depends upon the materials the pads use. Some breast pads come in day or night options, with the night pads being more absorbent. With reusable breast pads, the night pads use thicker material.

Size and coverage for your breasts – Depending on the size of your breasts, the shape and circumference of the breast pad will play a role in catching leaks.

Gentle materials that don’t irritate the skin – Breast pads are made from several types of materials, each with its own benefits. Those with a stay-dry layer that goes against the skin are designed to wick moister away from the breast so you stay dry and comfortable, which is important for sensitive nipples.

  • Bamboo: thermo-regulating, so they’re cool in summer, warm in winter and is naturally antibacterial.
  • Brushed cotton: used in the lining for comfort.
  • Cotton: for absorption and comfort.

Maximum comfort for daily wear – Keep your breastfeeding journey comfortable; if you have sensitive skin, take a look at the materials in the breast pads to ensure there’s nothing that will irritate your skin and nipples. Also the flexibility and shape of the pad, and how it contours to the breast.


OUR PICK OF THE CROP
21 breast pads available in Australia

With so many breast pads available in Australia, it’s hard to know where to start, so we asked the HUGE Mum’s Grapevine Facebook community which brands they love. In no particular order, here are the nursing pads they recommend.

Nature’s Child

Nature's Child Cotton Washable Reusable Breast Pads

Nature’s Child Cotton Reusable Breast Pads ($24.86)

Made from 100 per cent organic cotton, an upper layer of jersey cotton sits against the maternity bra. The thick cotton is ultra-absorbent to protect clothing, and the pads are available in different diameters depending on your bra cup size.

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Avent

Philips Avent Reusable Breast Pads

Avent Reusable Breast Pads 6pk ($31.89)

Packaged in a laundry bag for easy washing, these ultra-absorbent pads have a brushed cotton lining that’s gentle against the skin. The padding wicks moisture away from the skin and stores it in a leakproof liner.

“I’m using the Avent reusable pads. I got two boxes, so I have six pairs and I think and that’s enough for me. I change them every day and then they get washed when I have one pair left or if I’m on the last pair if its a nice day. They dry fast.” – Hannah

Buy now from Amazon Australia


New Beginnings

New Beginnings Breast Pads

New Beginnings Bamboo Nursing Pads ($7.50)

Breathable and thermo-regulating, New Beginnings Nursing Pads have a highly absorbent core and contoured shape for an even dispersion of leaks. We love that each pad features double adhesive tape and comes individually wrapped.


Lansinoh

Lansinoh Nursing Pads

Lansinoh Nursing Pads 60pk ($16.23)

Equipped with a Blue Lock core, Lansinoh breast pads fit all breast sizes and hold up to twenty times their weight in liquid and moisture. The unique waterproof outer layer keeps your clothes dry and the non-slip tape keeps them where you want them.


Hotmilk

Hot Milk bamboo reusable breast pads

Hotmilk Bamboo Nursing Pads ($29.95)

Made from thermo-regulating bamboo, these eco-friendly flower-shaped pads are designed for comfort throughout your breastfeeding journey. Naturally hypoallergenic and gentle against the skin, the pack comes with two double-layers pads for night use.

“I use Hotmilk reusable pads, they work really well and can just be thrown in the wash with your clothes.” – Tess

Buy now from Hotmilk Australia


Snazzipants

Snazzipants Washable Breast Pads

Snazzipants Washable Breast Pads ($19.95)

Super soft, with a comfy bamboo upper, absorbent middle layer and a breathable, waterproof layer on the exterior, these breast pads will steer moisture away from clothing a skin and keep it locked away.

Buy now from Brolly Sheets


Tommee Tippee

Tommee Tippee Made For Me Disposable Breast Pads

Tommee Tippee Made For Me Disposable Breast Pads 40pk ($9)

With a unique shape that doesn’t stick out of your bra, Tommee Tippee Made For Me breast pads feature five layers of absorbency to soak up any leaks in a jiffy. We love the stay-put patch that secures to bras and keeps everything in place.

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Pea Pods

Pea Pods Bamboo Nursing Pads

Pea Pods Bamboo Nursing Pads ($19.95)

Soft against sore nipples, Pea PodsBamboo Nursing Pads are made from ultra-absorbent bamboo with a waterproof outer layer that protects clothing. They come in a wash bag and can just be tossed in with a normal load of washing, using half-strength washing powder.

Buy now from Pea Pods


Avent

Avent Comfort Disposable Day Breast Pads

Avent Comfort Disposable Day Breast Pads 60pk ($16.90)

Discreet under clothing, with a contoured shape and adhesive strip to stop them disappearing into the wilderness! The outside is a one-way top sheet that traps moisture inside the pad.

“I got the Avent ones and they worked well. I leaked a lot with my first and it never went through… I’ll be buying more this time too.” – Emily Buy now from Amazon Australia


Econaps

Econaps bamboo nursing pads

Econaps Bamboo Nursing Pads ($24.95)

Eco-friendly and made from super silky bamboo and organic cotton velour, Econaps Nursing Pads are designed for sensitive nipples. The breathable backing provides extra comfort against the skin, and they’re slim enough to be worn with tight clothing.

“I use Econaps Fabric ones they are good but they are more visible under shirts if you are wearing a thin bra. So when I’m at home in my crop the shape is visible. Under a maternity bra is fine though.” – Nancy-Lee

Buy now from Econaps


Chicco

Chicco Antibacterial Breast Pads

Chicco Antibacterial Breast Pads 60pk ($12.74)

The special antibacterial fabric on these pads is prevents bacteria from breeding inside the cup and keep skin dry. Super absorbent micro-pearls hold onto liquid and stop it from seeping to the surface of the pad.

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Milkmaid Mumma

MilkmaidMumma Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads

Milkmaid Mumma Bamboo Reusable Breast Pads (from $7.95)

Three layers, including soft bamboo terry, combine for soft pads that are gentle against the skin. The bamboo gets softer with each wash but keeps wicking moisture away from the skin. The middle layer of microfibre is super absorbent and the outer layer is PUL fabric with a waterproof backing. These are also available in a minky fabric for night use.

“The Minky ones are good for the big let downs I wear them at night. I wear the usual bamboo ones in the day as the waterproofing protects your clothing.” – Melly

Buy now from Milkmaid Mumma


Pigeon

Pigeon ComfyFeel Breast Pads

Pigeon ComfyFeel Breast Pads 50pk ($12.99)

Designed to help nursing mums stay dry all day, Pigeon ComfyFeel Breast Pads are specially designed to absorb 20 times their weight in liquid. We love the slim, 3D shape that sits discreetly underneath clothing and stays put thanks to two sticky tabs.

“Pigeon brand. Never had a leak.” – Christina

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Bamboo Basix

Bamboo Basix Breast Pads

Bamboo Basix Breast Pads 7 Pairs ($32.95)

The three layers of the Bamboo Basix Breast Pads combine for soft, absorbent and waterproof protection against leaks. We love that they’re eco-friendly and save money in the long run.

“I love Bamboo Basix Breast Pads. They can get so full and you don’t notice they are wet until you take them out at the next feed.” – Clarissa

Buy now from Bamboo Basix


Mamaway

Mamaway Disposable Breast Pads

Mamaway Instant Dry Disposable Nursing Pads 100pk ($25.95)

With a gentle curve for staying put, Mamaway Instant Dry Disposable Breast Pads come individually wrapped for maximum safety and boast an ultra-thin design. We love the leak guard protection that keeps Mum dry around the clock.

Buy now from Mamaway


Little Miss Ellie Rose

Little miss ellie rose Reusable Breast Pads

Little Miss Ellie Rose Reusable Breast Pads ($27.95)

Super adorable and machine washable, these bamboo nursing pads use PUL waterproof fabric and incorporate four layers – printed cotton, PUL waterproof fabric, bamboo and flannelette.

“I can’t recommend them enough. I have about 12 pairs. Come out of the wash brand new every time if you’re interested in reusable.” – Amie

Buy now from Etsy Australia


Medela

Medela Safe and Dry Breast Pads

Medela Safe & Dry Disposable Breast Pads 30pk ($5.72)

With a unique oval shape to fit breasts properly (and stay there), Medela Safe & Dry Disposable Breast Pads have an absorbent polymer core that locks in moisture. We love the ultra-soft hypoallergenic lining and flexible leak-guard that keeps dribbles contained.

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Grubbee

Grubbee Reusable Nursing Pads

Grubbee Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads ($8.95)

Beautifully patterned and machine washable, the pads use a combination of double bamboo towelling and waterproof fabric for ultra absorbency and comfort.

Buy now from Grubbee


Nuk

NUK Disposable Breast Pads

Nuk Classic Nursing Disposable Breast Pads 60pk ($16)

The polymer core soaks up moisture and transforms it into a stable gel-like substance. These pads are a great choice for overnight wear.

Buy now from Amazon Australia


Rite Aid

Rite Aid Nursing Pads

Rite Aid Nursing Pads 40pk ($5.95)

Soft, breathable and moisture-proof, with double adhesive strips to keep them in place.

“The Rite Aid disposable ones have been great for the early days where you leak everywhere.” – Pia

Buy now from Chemist Direct


Miss Mae Studio

Miss Mae Studio Breast Pads

Miss Mae Studio Reusable Breast Pads (from $8.95)

Super soft, these breast pads just get softer with each wash. Made from double bamboo fleece for super absorbency, with a layer of waterproof fabric and cotton print on top.

Buy now from Miss Mae Studio


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