Frugal Mom: Soothing Breast Pads for Nursing Moms

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, January 27, 2017 | 0 comments
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Aching breasts? Need some relief?

Cut out four 6 inch circles of a soft 100% cotton (prewashed) fabric, such as cotton knit, flannelette or double layers of gauze.

You can use recycled T-shirts, worn-out cloth diapers, etc.

Cut with pinking shears, if you have them, for a nice edge.

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Image: Cut out four 6 inch circles of a soft 100% cotton (prewashed) fabric, such as cotton knit, flannelette or double layers of gauze
Put two layers of fabric on top of each other, right sides out.

Sew a 1-inch circle in the middle of your circles.

Sew about 1/4 - 1/2 inch from the edge, with a zig-zag or serger, a double row of straight stitch, or even hand-stitching - 3/4 of the way around each circle.

Now fill with rice or whole oats, just enough without being bulky. The pad should still be able to lay flat.

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Next add just a bit of your favourite spice or scent, or even dried flower petals - not too much.

Image: Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows - combine the softness of Bamboobies with warming and cooling relief with an all natural, gel-free product

Close up remaining 1/4 of circle. Repeat, using the second two layers.

Now make a second set of breast pads, because you are going to love these!

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To use these pads: Simply heat or chill, then slip inside your bra.

Cooling comfort soothes sore new mama nipples and breasts.
 Store a set of breast pads in the freezer for cool comfort - especially helpful for use shortly before a feeding to slightly numb sore nipples - it will relieve that initial latching-on pain.

Or wear them to bring out flat and inverted nipples - which makes it easier for baby to get a good latch.

Gentle warmth opens clogged ducts and helps to increase milk production.
Warm up a set of breast pads in the microwave - start with 20 seconds and check to see if they are warm enough.  
(Don't make them too hot, or you can burn your delicate breast tissue.)
These are very comforting when used on sore nipples after a feeding, or to place over a plugged duct.


Image: NUK/Gerber Warm Or Cool Relief Pack - Relieves discomfort from engorgement, blocked ducts and mastitisImage: Soothies Gel Pads - Provide soothing relief on contact and encourage healing of sore, cracked nipplesShopping Suggestions:
Soothies Gel Pads
NUK/Gerber Warm Or Cool Relief Pack
Heat in a Click - Reusable Warm and Cool maternity pads
Philips AVENT Thermal Gel Pads
Bamboob-ease Soothing Therapy Pillows






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