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The 10 best nursing pads for breastfeeding mums

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The best nursing pads and breast pads for breastfeeding mums

Nursing pads are a breastfeeding essential, however, finding the right breast pad for your needs can be difficult - you often you have to try a few until you find one you like.

With so many disposable and reusable breastfeeding pads on the market to choose from, we’ve found five of the best in each category to make choosing the right ones a little bit easier.

You might want to layer two pads and use both a disposable and reusable nursing pad inside your maternity bra, with the two layers of protection offering peace of mind in case of an accident.

Find our favourites below:

NUK Ultra Thin Nursing Pads provide enough absorption to keep you comfortable while still being super thin. This product comes with MilkLock technology which is designed to trap all leaks.

The Lansinoh Stay Dry Nursing Pads prioritise comfort and security and are one of the most popular nursing pads on the market. They come with excellent leak-proof coverage and a waterproof layer that keeps your clothes protected.

Medela Disposables are made with superabsorbent materials designed to prevent leakage and maintain dryness while still staying discreet under your clothing, making the breastfeeding process much more comfortable for you and your little one.

This nursing pad is designed to soothe mum’s skin too. The Johnson’s nursing pads have a slightly domed shape to protect against nipple irritation, a lining that feels like a pillow for your breasts, and a breathable backing to protect against leaks.

The ultra-thin and highly absorbent NatureBond nursing breast pads are so discreet that only mums know they are wearing them. This product is perfect for workout/gym and for a night out as they don’t make your bra look too bulky or pointy.

Unlike other brands, the contoured shape of these eco-friendly pads moves to fit your breasts so there is no bunching in your bra or sliding around. Plus, the neutral colour won't show through clothing.


These reusable nursing pads can be found in three different sizes so you will be able to find the best one for you. This product has all the same advantages of the competitors, it’s comfortable and secure, but also comes with a free laundry bag for them to be washed in and a organisation bag to keep them all together avoiding the risk of losing any part of it.


Another soft and comfortable product that is both highly absorbent and leak-proof. These reusable organic bamboo nursing pads also come with a wash bag and storage pouch. This is very similar to the product above, but it comes with 100% guarantee of refund with no questions asked.


These nursing pads are excellent for mother, baby and the environment. EcoNursingPads promises to use only the best materials to create a discrete and protective product. Made with organic bamboo, they are softer and more absorbent than cotton or disposable pads.


This product is made with different materials to result in an ultra-soft and soothing bamboo rayon velour with an absorbent inner layer of cotton and outer milk-proof liner to help prevent embarrassing leaks. It includes two pairs, one for the day and one for the night.

  • Author: Sophie Knight Sophie Knight
  • Job Title: Contributing Editor

Sophie is a journalist and mum of one, and previously edited before moving on to write about family cars for - now Sophie is Commercial Content Editor for M&B, Closer, Heat, Empire, Yours, Garden News, and 

She is passionate about raising awareness around postnatal depression and is a Mental Health First Aider.

Sophie studied History at the University of Sheffield and has been in journalism for 16 years. 

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