How do Breast Pads Work?

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In Brief: How do Breast Pads Work?

Breast pads are circular-shaped pads that are placed between the bra and the clothes of the nursing mother. It has an absorbent, breathable inner core that absorbs the breast milk leakage and the leak-resistant outer cover prevents the milk from staining the clothes. The breast pads should be changed after it is full to avoid the risk of infections.

A nursing pad is a pad worn against the breast of the nursing mother to absorb the milk leakage that occurs in between nursing the baby.

It may also help in soothing sore nipples. Here, in this article, we will discuss how a nursing pad works to understand the benefits of the nursing pads.

How do Breast Pads Work?

A few days after giving birth, breasts will swell with milk.

They are likely to leak as a way of regulating milk supply. Breast pads help in absorbing milk leaks. Breast pads can be disposable, washable, and silicone-based types.

Most breast pads have a tear or contour shape that moulds to the shape of the breast and making it unnoticeable under the dress.

Placement of nursing pads

Before using the breast pads, the nipples should be dry and free from bacteria.

Remove the adhesive from the breast pads if using disposable one and stick it into the cup of the bra.

Nursing pads without adhesive is placed between the breast and bra over the nipple.

Multiple layers of breast pads

The breast pads have multiple layers.

The core of the breast pads is made of breathable material that absorbs the excess milk, and it comes in different levels of absorbancies.

The outer layer is a microbe, leak-resistant and waterproof providing complete confidence without allowing the milk to escape into the clothes.

The inner layer that touches the skin is thin and comfortable even for sensitive skin.

Locking of the breastmilk by the absorbent core

When the milk leaks from the nipple in between feeding, it falls onto the nursing pads. The absorbent core locks in and holds the moisture.

The outer cover prevents it from seeping into the clothes.

Replace the pads often to avoid infections

After the nursing pads are full, it has to be removed and changed often.

Otherwise, it tends to stick to the nipple and increase the risk of germ growth. Avoid using plastic-lined breast pads as it may retain moisture and promote bacterial growth.

Washable pads can be washed and reused.

Check out this video to know more about the disposable nursing pads


Nursing pads help in collecting, absorbing the leaking breast milk and preventing it from staining the clothes.

Always choose breast pads made of natural, bacteria-resistant materials.

Consult a doctor if experiencing any signs of infection.