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Breast pad question

Postby stacey0513 » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:29 pm

I will be having a c-section in about 5 weeks and I was wondering if I should pack some breast pads in my hospital bag!? I will be in the hospital for 3 days so my milk MIGHT come in by that point. Should I do it just to be safe!?

Also another probably stupid question, do you all wear bras and breast pads even at night?

This is my first one that I SHOULD be able to breastfeed. My first was a preemie and so I was only able to pump for 3 months before my supply ran out. Then my second is adopted and we only had the weekend to prepare for him coming. This pregnancy is going well and should make it to my scheduled section at 38 weeks so I am looking forward to being able to breastfeed this little guy!
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Postby Skeely » Sat Nov 05, 2011 6:37 pm

As a ftm, I didn't even think to bring pads to the hospital--didn't need them yet. I suppose you are right that it is possible though.
For the first few months I did have to wear pads at night, so I had to wear a bra to keep the pads in place.
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Postby jojosmomma » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:14 pm

My milk came in while I was in the hospital with my last two. You should bring some just incase. My first two were vaginal and my last two were csection. The only thing I did different with the last two other than have csections was I ate oatmeal with my breakfast everyday while I was there. I'm not sure if that had anything to do with my milk coming in faster. With my first two it took like 5-7 days for my milk to come in.
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Postby LaraE » Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:19 pm

I brought breast pads to the hosp, I think it's a good idea.

My LO is 2 mos old and I wear bra & breast pads always, even at night still. Not sure when you're supposed to be able to go without breast pads? This is my first time BF so I don't know.
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Postby MominMD » Sun Nov 06, 2011 7:25 am

Do bring them to the hospital just in case. You may need them by the time you leave. My milk came in after I got home with DS1, but I got out after 48 hours - even with a C-Section. This time I was in for 72 hours, and my milk was starting to come in by the end. It really came in by day 4.

I do not wear a bra and breastpads at night. I think letting your nipples "breath" sometimes helps. I did leak a bit at night in the beginning, and sometimes had to change shirts. When I am doing night feedings I put a burpy cloth over the boob I am not feeding from. Otherwise I leak all over the place.

I have never had cracked nipples or anything, and really think it is important to let the air get to them. Also, if they do get sore just rub some BM on them and let it dry.
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Postby fodla » Sun Nov 06, 2011 8:04 am

I definitely sleep in a bra and breast pad!

You can sleep on a towel instead, if you'd prefer not to. But that would gross me out a little bit.
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Postby LaraE » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:01 am

I like the idea of sleeping without the bra/breast pads and I have done that, but I leak into my shirt, not terribly but enough. And BM seems to leave stains on my tank tops even after I wash them in hot water. But I much prefer not wearing a bra for obvious reasons. And when I do that, I also use a burp cloth for the side I'm not nursing on because it leaks and I have leaked right onto my LOs sleeper and had to changer her in the middle of the night LOL
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Postby Nikkijames » Sun Nov 06, 2011 2:54 pm

I still sleep with a bra 9 months postpartum! I don't have many random letdowns anymore (except just getting out of the shower) but the other side will leak while I'm nursing. I don't bother with breast pads anymore, because I find them itchy, but I can't stand the milk dripping on to me. Yuck! But I don't mind a little leaking into my bra, if you kwim.

My milk was SO SLOW to come in. But if you'll be there 3 days there is a good chance your milk will come in. So yes, I'd bring the pads. But like pp mentioned, make sure your nipples get air. Also change the pads frequently if you tend to leak (not everyone does, but I was covered in milk the first 5 months!) A moist environment can lead to thrush which you don't want.
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Postby BeccaM » Mon Nov 07, 2011 9:48 am

I should have brought them. I actually leaked colostrum and my milk came in early. It was transition milk by 24 hours after birth.

I also did sleep with a bra on and pads (and even washcloths folded up early on, my supply was that good! 8O ). I was able to sleep without pads after about 6 months.
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Postby jessm » Thu Jul 05, 2012 7:13 am

I liked the Ameda pads best. You can bring them, but you prob won't need them.
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Postby stefanielynn » Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:37 am

I brought them with me, but didn't need them. I still sleep in a bra (15 months PP) but not the pads. I do, however, have to stuff a burp rag in the side I'm not feeding off of when she wakes in the middle of the night since I still leak from whichever side isn't being used.
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Postby jessm » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:49 am

I stopped sleeping with a bra awhile ago. I'm not a big leaker. However, occasionally if DS suddenly sleeps a lot longer than normal, I have woken up soaked. But its only happened like 3x in 6 months, so I'd rather be comfy and deal with that every now and again!
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Postby dacy003 » Wed Aug 01, 2012 12:39 am

Wearing the right breast pads is a good way to make a breastfeeding mother comfortable and confident and Lilypadz are the revolutionary alternative to traditional nursing pads.
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Postby stefanielynn » Wed Aug 01, 2012 6:32 am

Hmm, I realize this is spam but I have to comment on the Lilypadz because I tried them with my first and hated them.

You have to get them to suction on you. So wearing them while out is pretty inconvenient unless you don't mind exposing or excusing yourself after a feeding to get them reattached. They need to be washed after each use which can also get inconvenient. I much prefer my cloth breastpads since I can just stuff them back in immediately after a feeding without worrying about if I have them attached correctly. At home it wasn't such a biggie, but I don't spend much time at home. :wink:
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