Disposable nursing pads are all the same. Or so I thought. Wrong.
I am one of the lucky ones who is able to breastfeed my children. When my son was born 3 years ago, I always bought the Lansinoh disposable nursing pads from the pharmacy at Costco. I never thought about other brands or trying to find better deals. They seemed like a good price for the product and I never had any complaints about the quality. I am a little more budget conscious now that my daughter has arrived and so when I forgot to purchase the nursing pads at Costco, I started to look at the local drugstores and grocery stores to avoid another trip out to Costco. The exact same product of 60 disposable nursing pads ranges from 12.99 to 16.99 at the drugstores/grocery stores. At Costco, I can get it for 8.89. So, I ended up purchasing the store brand disposable nursing pads package of 60 on special for 7.99 (regular price $9.99).
Wow, I was so pleased. Until, I tried them.
The quality of store brand disposable nursing pads is horrible. The packaging claims ultra thin, super absorbing gel, stops leaks, individually wrapped, new technology. The first problem I encountered after opening the box. The pads are not wrapped individually as per the claim and like the lansinoh pads; they are wrapped in pairs. This is inconvenient as often leakage occurs on one side only. Second, the wrapping is more difficult to tear and actually have torn more than one pad trying to open the wrapping. Third, the tape on the pads doesn’t stick well. Fourth, the pads are not breathable. I actually got a rash on my breast after using the store brand pads even when changing them several times a day. Fifth, overnight protection is not good. My shirts were soaked in the morning.
Store brand nursing pads are just not worth it. You might as well buy more shirts. You will need to change them just as often anyway. Spend a little more and get a lot more by purchasing the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads which are less bulky, packaged individually for more convenience, keeps you dry even overnight, breathable, have two adhesive strips to keep the pad in place, and each box comes with pre-sterilized breast milk storage bags as a bonus. And, if purchased at Costco, they are even cheaper than store brand.
Happy savings, happy shopping!
Publisher’s note: This article was written by my better half and mother of our children, Ms. LWC. Nature has made it so that I have little need for nursing pads, and she was kind enough to share her experiences!