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Why Do You Need Breast Pads?

If you are pregnant, you will most likely be making preparations while awaiting the arrival of your baby. Such preparations are not only limited to buying items for your baby. You also need to prepare yourself especially if you intend to breastfeed your baby. Just like the pregnancy process, breastfeeding can be complex, requiring lots of lifestyle adjustments some of which can be challenging.

If you plan on breastfeeding your baby, one of the most important things you need to buy is breast pads. There are many different kinds of breast pads on the market, but that could be a topic of its own. Our interest here is rather on why you need breast pads.

Most women can go a few days after giving birth without breast pads. However, with time, you will most likely be producing much more breast milk, requiring you to get breast pads to protect your clothes.

Most nursing mothers actually experience leaking breasts between feedings. It will even leak much more if they go for hours without breastfeeding their babies. Some women have even testified to experiencing leaking breasts the moment they hear their babies cry.  Therefore, to avoid ruining your clothes and to avoid possible embarrassments when you are not at home, the most logical thing to do is to get breast pads.

You need to take special precautions while using breast pads. You need to change them frequently in a bid to protect your boobs from soreness and infections. Remember pregnant women are most likely to have breast infections like mastitis, which mostly occurs during the first three months of breastfeeding. So you must keep the breast wears, including your breast pads clean at all times to protect your breasts and also to ensure that you feed your baby only with clean healthy food.

Two major types of breast pads exist in the market – reusable nursing pads and disposable nursing pads. The reusable pads are the economical ones and you can always wash and reuse them. Disposable breast pads on the other hand may be convenient and easy to use but can be expensive getting them over the extended period you will be breastfeeding.

The choice is yours to go in for any pad that matches your budget but you have to be intentional about changing frequently and keeping them clean, so you can stay away from infections while you are breastfeeding.

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