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Bountiful Bubs washable bamboo breast pads have two outer layers of bamboo and and an inner microfibre layer. They're 12cm in diameter to comfortably fit inside a feeding bra.
Our Breast Pads are an incredibly soft, reliable solution for breastfeeding mums. Leaking breasts are a common problem, especially in the early months of breastfeeding. Anyone who has ever felt their milk let down when in the supermarket (or been forced to clamp their arms against their chest in a business meeting!) will know it can be embarrassing.
Washable breast pads are an affordable, environmentally-friendly solution and our breast pads are made with bamboo fibre, known for its antibacterial qualities and incredible softness.
Leaking breasts are an unavoidable part of breastfeeding in the early weeks or months. Breast pads are the easy solution, protecting your clothes against milk stains and avoiding potentially embarrassing wet circles on your top!
Bamboo is an obvious choice for breast pads, as its antibacterial qualities will reduce the risk of bacterial or fungal infections, including thrush.White, machine-washable, they are a perfect breast-feeding accessory (and remember to keep some spares in your nappy bag).
Why Washable Bamboo Breast Pads? Your Questions Answered.
Why do I need breast pads?
In the early days, you may find you leak quite a bit. This should reduce as your supply settles down and feeding intervals increase. Without the protection of breast pads you may be left with a wet shirt every time your milk lets down. When you feed baby on one side, the other side will also let down and may leak into your bra and top. Wearing breast pads provides protection while feeding and for times when you may be due for a feed (like when you’re caught at the shops or at work away from baby!)
What makes bamboo breast pads different?
Bountiful Bubs washable bamboo breast pads comprise of three layers of bamboo with microfibre cotton between the layers. The bamboo content makes them ultra-comfortable (great for sensitive nipples) and the antibacterial properties reduce the risk of infection.
How often do I need to change breast pads?
It’s recommended that you change breast pads every three to four hours (or at feeding times). Breast milk is rich in nutrients and combined with the warmth of your body this makes pads an ideal breeding ground for bacterial or fungal infection. This is why the anti-bacterial qualities of bamboo are so perfectly suited to breast pads.
What are the benefits of washable pads over disposable pads?
Washable pads can be thrown in with a regular load of washing (use a gentle washing detergent) and are convenient and affordable. Disposable breast pads are more expensive and generally have a slightly papery feel to them. If they accidentally get thrown in the wash with your underwear they can ooze a sticky gel that can adhere to other clothes in your wash. The decision is ultimately a personal one, but the main benefits of washable pads are comfort, cost-savings and reduced environmental impact.
Bamboo is ideally suited to breast pads because of its anti-bacterial properties. Tests have shown that when left to incubate on bamboo fabric, bacteria is reduced by more than 70 per cent. (This is on the conservative end, too. One Chinese study rated it at 98 per cent effective). Bamboo also has natural deodorising qualities and is more absorbent than cotton. It is very breathable, meaning it helps the body stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Anyone who has ever worn bamboo clothing will know it’s incredibly soft against the skin and durable enough to withstand hundreds of washes.
Why is bamboo described as 'eco-friendly'?
Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth – some species are known to grow up to four feet a day. This makes it a more eco-friendly option than timber plantations, which can take decades to mature, and has seen it become popular for flooring and furniture. As a fabric, bamboo plants require very little water compared to cotton (it takes up to 20,000 litres of water to produce 1kg of cotton). Its antibacterial properties mean bamboo plantations rarely require pesticides.
What if I forget to wear breast pads?
Welcome to motherhood! If you do feel your milk letting down (it’s generally more noticeable in the early days) then crossing your arms over your chest and applying firm pressure for 20 seconds should minimise any leakage! It’s no more than an emergency solution, though (pressure can increase the risk of mastitis by blocking milk flow). Keep a few sets of spare breast pads handy in your nappy bag or hand bag and you will be spared the embarrassment of a wet shirt.
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