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Fact or Fiction? Can Reusable Breast Pads Cause Mastitis?

Fact or Fiction? Can Reusable Breast Pads Cause Mastitis? - Mimi & Co

Can Reusable Breast Pads Cause Mastitis?

Mastitis is usually the result of a blocked milk duct that hasn't cleared. Some of the milk that has banked up behind the blocked duct is forced into nearby breast tissue, causing the tissue to become inflamed.

The inflammation is called mastitis. There may or may not be an infection. Sore, damaged nipples and over full, engorged breasts can lead to mastitis. 

Understandably, many mamas worry about the dangers of reusing their breast pads – but the truth is you shouldn't! When it comes to reusable breast pads, there is absolutely no research to suggest they increase the likelihood of Mastitis.

If you are using reusable breast pads, it's important to keep in mind that bacterial growth is one of the biggest potential risks and the leading cause of mastitis. They thrive in moist and warm environments like those around the nipples. This is one of the primary reasons why you should change breast pads frequently,

Changing your Reusable Breast Pads  

So how often should you change your breast pads? Well… as often as needed! We recommend changing them every few hours during the day and at least once overnight. 

Washing your Reusable Breast Pads  

You've got a couple of options when it comes to washing your reusable breast nursing pads.

Option #1:

Put the nursing pads in a lingerie bag, and wash them in the washing machine with a load of clothes. Put them in the dryer on low heat, or hang them up to dry (which will take longer).

Option #2:

Hand-wash them in warm water with mild detergent and let them air-dry on a towel.

Reusable breast pads don't cause mastitis. Reusable breast pads are made with naturally antibacterial bamboo. Having said that, breast pads shouldn't be left in for more than 6 hours at a time (even disposable ones), and any irritation that does occur can be attributed to using them for longer periods of time. If you are suffering from mastitis, you'll need to contact your GP or Lactation Consultant for guidance.

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