If I were to drape myself completely in one fabric, it wouldn’t be velvet like George Costanza; I would choose merino wool. Smartwool socks in my stocking for Christmas (thanks mom and dad!) a few years ago were my introduction to merino wool and I’ve been in love with merino wool ever since. So when Anj at Re-diaper gave me a pair of Little Beetle merino wool nursing pads to try out, I enthusiastically volunteered.
Wool – isn’t that supposed to be itchy and difficult to wash? Not with merino wool. Traditional wool has a much thicker fibre which causes the itchiness. Merino wool has a fine fibre – no itch. It is probably the most environmentally responsible fabric – it’s equivalent to borrowing a natural resource instead of exploiting it. Plus it is also recyclable and biodegradable. Wool is comfortable – it absorbs moisture by wicking it off the skin immediately in its vapour state which keeps you comfortable and the fibre also retains warmth while wet. It regulates temperature and repels odour (it’s antimicrobial) – so pretty much the perfect fibre for a lot of baby stuff including nursing pads.
Pro’s of Little Beetle’s nursing pads:
- thin – could not see them through my shirts like cotton ones (which are thicker)
- moulded to me – I didn’t need to spend time smoothing them out in order to prevent wrinkles which were visible through my shirt
- long-lasting – I’m on day 10 of using this pair during the days (letting them dry out at night if needed) and there is no smell at all. I will have to wash them once a month or so.
- so soft and comfortable, it never feels like I’m wearing a nursing pad.
- all you need are 2 pairs – no other nursing pads required!
- they do need to be hand-washed but only once a month or so. Best to have 2 pairs so you can wear one while the other is drying
- some are dyed a flashy colour on the one side which makes them fun but the dye leaked through to my bra and stained it so it’s not colourfast (and also not necessary). I would recommend the un-dyed version.
- they didn’t last all night. Nothing for me seems to last a full 12 hours without breastfeeding. However, I layered a cotton and wool one and that was enough coverage for night time use.
- they are more expensive than other pads, but again, you only need two pairs. The cost will still be considerably cheaper than disposable nursing pads.