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Do you prefer disposable or reusable ones? I was using the Lily Pads when DD was first born but I am pretty sure they contributed to our battle with Thrush. Now I use Gerber pads but I feel terrible about throwing so many of them away, I have to change pads about 3 or 4 times a day. If I go reusable would it be a good idea to buy a couple of pairs or can you use the same pair for long periods of time? Thanks!<br><br>
Note: I do laundry every 3 or 4 days so I won't be able to wash the reusable pads everyday
 

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I use the LANA wool pads (the extra absorbent variety) and they work pretty good most days but if I'm having an extra heavy leakage day, I use disposables. I didn't want to use only disposables because I'm very prone to yeast infections <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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i use hemp pads made by a wahm (you can do a search for them on hyenacart). i really like them, but recommend the wool-backed kind if you leak a lot... you may want to get 3 or 4 pair per day of no laundry.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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I used the cotton Gerber pads. I know lots of folks here don't like them, but they were fine for me. I think I had 12 pair and I threw them in the washing machine so they'd be washed whenever I ran it (regardless of what else I was washing).
 

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i used to go through gerber pads CONSTANTLY, and now im using lansinoh disposables. they hold A LOT more, and i only go through maybe two pairs a day, whereas i was going through an entire box of gerber in a few days time.
 

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Thanks everyone, I think I'll pick up a few pairs of reusable ones.<br><br>
What is it about disposablel pads that gives women thrush easier? I always thought it would make it less likely because you'd change them more often?
 

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I thought I read somewhere that having the plastic backing means less air circulation and therefore a better environment for growth of yeast. That was enough to scare me away! But then again, I'm pretty sensitive.<br><br>
By the way, the wool pads only need to be washed every few weeks (yup you read that right!). So you really only need two pairs--one to wear while the other set is drying. I believe the wool has antimicrobial properties so it's safe to continue to use them until they obviously need to be washed (the get a little crusty after a few weeks).
 

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I ordered the Lana wool pads, I am really excited to get them! I'll be happy to not throw away any more disposables <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I will have to look into the wool pads. I had some cotton ones that I always wetted through within an hour of having on. I have an overabundant supply and will fill up a receiving blanket in no time (no joke, that's what I use at night).<br><br>
Do the wool ones hold a lot? Are they soft on the nipples? I always have very sensitive, cracked, bleeding nipples for the first few weeks. Peeling off those disposable ones is downright terrifying, but that's about all that I could ever get to work during the day. I went through ~6 sets min. a day filled.
 

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I leaked right through my Lana wool pads. I bought the softline, not the exstra, and was so disappointed. I was constantly wet and my shirts were soaked with milk. I got a couple breast infections while wearing them too, which really surprised me. I had really hoped not to have to use disposables but I ended up switching to the Lansinoh nursing pads. I like them alot. They are comfortable and very absorbant. I can wear the same pair all day. Now that my supply has regulated itself a bit, I think I'll try the wool pads again. Maybe they will work for me now that I don't have spouting fountains for breasts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I make my own out of flannel and fleece. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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