Hi! This is Katie with Breastfeeding Bliss. If you’re going to breastfeed or pump, you’re going to need nursing pads for your bra. A very popular brand is Lansinoh. I used these when I was breastfeeding my girls.
We get a lot of questions about which nursing pad is right for me. Lansinoh carries three levels: the first is Ultra Soft – that’s their moderate level of absorbency. Stay Dry is their medium level, and Ultimate Protection is their maximum level of absorbency. Now every woman is different, but on average, women leak about an ounce of breastmilk from each breast in a 6-8-hour period. So, whether that’s your work day, or at night, while you’re sleeping (or not sleeping, if you have bad sleepers like I did!), either way – that’s what you can expect.
So, what if you leaked three times that amount? Three ounces of breast milk. Would that nursing pad hold that much milk? We’re going to find out today. We’re using the Stay Dry, which is the mid-level of Lansinoh’s nursing pads, and we’re going to add three ounces of water to it. We’re not using breast milk for obvious reasons. We wouldn’t waste that precious liquid gold on our little experiment.Here we go! We’re adding almost one ounce. Alright, one ounce is in. Plenty of room for more. Let’s add a little more. Our breast pad is growing. Alright, we have two ounces in there. You can see it’s doing just fine. Let’s add that last ounce. It’s getting bigger; definitely heavier. Almost there! We’re going to find out for certain whether it absorbed all three ounces. We’re going to weigh it and test our results. You can see that it did absorb all three ounces and – there it is! – three ounces.
About Katie Stansberry
Katie Stansberry is a work-from-home mom of two sweet girls and the creator of Breastfeeding Bliss. After struggling at the beginning of her breastfeeding journey, she wanted to create a happy place where breastfeeding moms could find practical tips, positive inspiration, and the newest and best breastfeeding products. On her "Back to Bliss" breastfeeding blog, she shares her personal stories and tips for making breastfeeding an easier and more enjoyable experience.