I never took a class or read a book.  Never read a post or followed a group.  Never thought I would have a blog entry on the subject. Yet I decided to give BFing a try and here I am, two months later.

(By the way, if you don’t know what BF stands for, this is probably not the post for you…just sayin’…)

Needless to say, I have been taking it one step at a time, but when I got to the stage where I was going through several shirts a day (had to read about that one as I had no clue), I ran off to the store to, ahem, address the situation.

I had NO idea how many choices with which I would be faced.  (Really should have read a book.)  So I grabbed three (time was of the essence here): washable pads by Avent (3 sets of 2 pads $6.99) and two disposables boxes (60 count $9.99) from Medela and Lansinoh.  Names I had heard synonomous with BFing.

I first tried the disposables from Lansinoh solely because it was the first box to come out of the bag.  I thought they worked great.  Stayed in place even after moving my shirt around all day and really absorbed well.  And I mean really absorbed and really well.  The material was not scratchy and I did not notice it under my nursing top.  But I was going through 2 pairs a day and quickly realized that my leaking issue was not abating. It was going to cost me at least $10 a month if I had to keeping buying these.  So three weeks in, I decided to try the Avent washable pads.  They felt really soft and I had high hopes until my husband asked what I spilled on myself.  So I guess these are washable because you will need to reinsert a new pair every hour on the hour.

So back to the disposables.

I now had run out of the Lansinoh, but had the box of Medela.  Slightly different design; more curvy, which was fine by me until I got them near my skin.  They were stiff.  (Think cheap toilet paper texture.)  But still, they were doing the trick.  However, after nursing my son, I went to readjust my Medela pad and smelled something odd.  I sniffed the pad and it had a petroleum-like smell to it.  At first I thought it was me, but nope, it was the pad.  I went to look at the packaging to see how it was made and did not see any details on the box.  But I kept using them and kept smelling that odor.  Drove me nuts.  Love all the other Medela nursing products, but not this one.

So for me, after one month, I was sold on the Lansinoh.  I was not going to even try another kind at this point.  So off to the store to get another box of Lansinoh disposable pads.  Guess what?  They were sold out.

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