Disposable Nursing Pads to Soak Up Leaks

Types, Tips, and 8 Brands to Protect Your Clothing

When breast milk leaks from your breasts, it can be embarrassing and cause damage to your clothing. Disposable nursing pads are one way to absorb the breast milk from leaking breasts and protect your clothing from stains.

Disposable nursing pads are convenient, easy to use, and especially great when you're traveling or on-the-go. Unlike reusable nursing pads, you do not have to wash disposable pads, so you can use them once and throw them away. Some brands have adhesive strips to help keep them in place, while other brands are contoured to move with your breast. Here's some information on disposable nursing pads along with eight popular brands to keep you dry and protected. 

Types of Disposable Breast Pads

The type of nursing pad you need depends on the stage of breastfeeding you're in, the sensitivity of your let-down reflex, and your milk supply. Here are the main types of disposable breast pads.

  • Thin: Thin pads are for light leaking. They are more discreet than thicker pads, but they do not provide as much protection. They are great for the first day or so when you're not making much breast milk, for when breastfeeding is very well established and you know what to expect, or when you're weaning and no longer having moderate or heavy leaking. 
  • Regular: Regular pads are good for light to moderate leaking. They are a great choice for the first few days when your milk supply is not yet abundant. And, for during the day when you have access to change them when they become wet. 
  • Overnight: Overnight pads are thicker, wider, and more absorbent. They are obviously a great choice to wear at night. But, they can also be very useful during the first few weeks of breastfeeding when your supply of breast milk is adjusting to your baby's needs. You may also prefer thicker pads if you have an overabundant breast milk supply or a sensitive let-down reflex that produces a lot of leaks.   

Important Tips for Using Disposable Nursing Pads

When purchasing your nursing pads, look for pads that are breathable and stay away from those with plastic or waterproof liners. When you're using breast pads, remember to change them often. Wet pads and those with waterproof liners hold in moisture and prevent air from circulating around your breasts. These situations can cause sore nipples and skin breakdown. The warm, moist environment is also perfect for the growth of bacteria and yeast, which can lead to mastitis or thrush.

Eight Popular Brands of Disposable Breast Pads

Disposable nursing pads come in a variety of shapes and thicknesses. You may want to try out a few different brands to see which ones work the best for you. Here are eight popular brands available:

1

Ameda No Show Premium Diposable Nursing Pads

Double New Pads Ameda NoShow Premium Disposable Nursing Pads
Ameda NoShow Premium Disposable Nursing Pads. Ameda

Ameda's NoShow Premium Disposable Nursing Pads have a unique triangular shape that's designed to fit better in your bra and stay in place. The inner layers absorb breast milk to prevent embarrassing leaks and stains while the outer layer remains breathable. 

2

Lansinoh Ultra-Soft Disposable Nursing Pads

Lansinoh Ultra-Soft Disposable Nursing Pads
Lansinoh Ultra-Soft Disposable Nursing Pads. Lansinoh

Lansinoh Ultra-Soft Nursing Pads are thin and made to be discreet. When you place them in your bra, they have two adhesive strips to keep them from moving out of place. These pads are extra soft and contoured to the breast. The contour helps minimize contact with your nipples, so they are a great choice for the first few weeks of breastfeeding, or if you have sore nipples. These Lansinoh disposable nursing pads are individually wrapped so they'll remain clean if you want to put them in your purse or diaper bag. 

3

Medela Disposable Nursing Bra Pads

Medela Disposable Nursing Bra Pads
Medela Disposable Nursing Bra Pads. Amazon

Medela disposable nursing bra pads are thin, soft, and absorbent. They keep you dry and comfortable while providing discreet leak protection. The contoured shape and adhesive strips help to prevent them from moving around in your bra. Medela breast pads come individually wrapped, so they travel well.

4

Philips AVENT Disposable Breast Pads Night Pads

Philips AVENT Disposable Breast Pads Night Pads
Philips AVENT Disposable Breast Pads Night Pads. Amazon

Philip AVENT's night time breast pads have a leak barrier designed to help prevent leaks while you're lying down. They're broader and thicker compared to regular nursing pads, which makes them even more absorbent. Plus, they're still breathable and soft so you can comfortably wear them to sleep. Double adhesive strips help to keep Phillips Avent disposable nursing pads in place overnight.

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Philips AVENT Disposable Breast Pads Day Pads

Philips AVENT Disposable Breast Pads Day Pads
Philips AVENT Disposable Breast Pads Day Pads. Amazon

Philip AVENT's disposable day breast pads are thin, soft, and absorbent to keep you dry and comfortable. They're contoured to the shape of the breast, so they're not noticeable under your clothing. They also have an adhesive on the back to keep them in place as you go about your day. The inner layers soak up breast milk while the outer layer allows your skin to breathe. These nursing pads are individually wrapped to remain sanitary during transport in your purse or diaper bag.

6

Evenflo Advanced Disposable Nursing Pads

Evenflo Advanced Disposable Nursing Pads
Evenflo Advanced Disposable Nursing Pads. Amazon

Evenflo Advanced Disposable Nursing Pads are made to appear invisible under clothes. The absorbent material is soft against the skin, and the adhesive strips help hold the pads in place as you move. These Evenflo breast pads are individually wrapped for convenience and cleanliness. 

7

Johnson's Nursing Pads

Johnson's Nursing Pads
Johnson's Nursing Pads. Amazon

Johnson's nursing pads are breathable, absorbent, and comfortable. They're contoured with a nipple indentation to fit your body shape, and they have an adhesive strip to help keep them in place. The breathable outer layer protects you from leaks while allowing air to flow to your skin. They also have a quiet, rustle-free design for discretion.

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NUK Ultra Thin Nursing Pads

NUK Ultra Thin Nursing Pads
NUK Ultra Thin Nursing Pads. Amazon

NUK Ultra Thin Nursing Pads are economical and super thin. They are soft, discreet, and breathable. These breast pads are a great value, but they're best suited for light leaking.

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