Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Make your own Nursing Pads


Finally back to sharing sewing projects!

I love my readers! Not only do I gain all sorts of good information, but even your questions help me find better ways to do things!

Some time ago, a reader asked if I had a better solution to buying nursing pads. I immediately visualized the many boxes of disposable nursing pads I've purchased the last several years! I bought several pair of washable pads, but still used plenty of disposables as well. I know this is a "problem" some moms don't have! But my babies are chubby and happy, so I'm not complaining! And, of course, even buying a few nursing pads is still far cheaper then purchasing formula!

Still, it made me wonder if there was a better solution and when I read this article on making your own nursing pads at Passionate Homemaking, I wanted to try it.

What a simple project! Using a cup, I traced circles out of flannel (for absorbency) and fleece (for waterproofing). My circles were about four inches across. I used fabric scraps from another project, but you could also use old receiving blankets or cloth diapers. For each pad, I layered three flannel circles and one fleece circle and used a zig-zag stitch around the edge. You can make the inner circles a little smaller to reduce bulk, but stitch through the middle. Some of my layers shifted.

I love the result! So easy, fast to make, super soft, simple to launder and far more comfortable then any other option I've used!

6 comments :

  1. I wished I had known about this when I was having babies. I am keeping this for a reference for my daughters.

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  2. Anyone hear of the pumpstation? I love that place, they have all sorts of products and stand by them. They test everytihng so its safe. it helped me alot.

    Abigail

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  3. Does the fleece go on the top or the bottom?

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  4. EH -
    I put the fleece on the outside, against my clothing. It helps waterproof the pads.
    Gina

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  5. Very good idea, I love the idea of making do with what we have available.

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  6. do you have a followers list? I would love to follow your blog but don't see a section!

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