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A Mother's Boutique Nursing Pads Review & Giveaway

Posted Oct 04 2009 11:12pm
Tired of crying over spilled milk?

A funny thing happened on the way to a funeral. I had two things to accomplish that day, and one of them was my laundry. Our washer broke so I've been schlepping my laundry to my mom's house twice a week in the hopes of keeping Snapdragon in cloth diapers. So I was in a hurry, and I'd been handling poopy diapers. You don't wear your "honorin' the dead" clothes to do your poopy diaper laundry, even though it's not nearly as grosstastic as it sounds. Still, you don't do it. So as a sensible person, I brought a lovely blue dress into which to change between laundry and heading to the funeral. Alas, my mother had different plans for our day. She had a list of errands about as long as the Declaration of Independence, without any of the cultural significance. Worse still, every place she wanted to go seemed to be training new cashiers. Great. Just great. Long story short, all that lovely time I had wanted for a) feeding Snapdragon and b) changing into my pretty dress got eaten up.
A less funny thing happens when you put my baby in a car. Snapdragon is not a fan of car rides. Honestly. Unless you're good at distracting him, he has had this tendency to pitch a fit the second he sees the boring back of the carseat. This means that my baby was WAILING the whole time bouncing around from place to place.
If you take screaming and crying infant, and add a postponed nursing (sure it was only 15 minutes or so, but those are an important 15 minutes) and then multiply that by not having time to change clothes, what do you get?
That's right. One (thankfully multicolored and patterned) shirt, S-O-A-K-E-D through, worn by me to Uncle Edison's funeral. Epic soakage. Possibly even dripping.
Why wasn't I wearing nursing pads? Because I try to be all non-disposable girl. That means sustainability, both financially and environmentally, so I am not going to waste money on nursing pads that need to be thrown away, only to, um, yeah, throw them away, adding to the already out of control landfill issues our children are going to have to contend with when we are all blissfully senile.

That said, sustainable altruism only goes so far. I mean, seriously, dripping wet shirt at a funeral?

I am willing to bet you can imagine how ecstatic I was when Judy from A Mother's Boutique offered me the opportunity to review the La Leche League International Nursing Pads. They're cloth, so they are REUSABLE. They come in a pack of four, which is nice, but nicer still, they're absorbent, and I mean really absorbent. I have not leaked through these, or out of these, and that's a big deal, considering I have been known to spray through my shirt instead of just wetting it.

I know, absorbent is kinda the whole idea here, but it's better than that. They're soft. Soft is important to me because Snapdragon can sometimes leave the girls feeling a little worse for wear, especially when he's in a bitey mood, and lets face it, nursing pads are there to cover the sensitive equipment, right? They need to be soft, and these are.
It's also nice that they're contoured so they stay in place better, and don't bunch up in peculiar ways. This means they're not screamin' "HI, I'M WEARING NURSING PADS!" the way the J&J disposable ones I did have when Snapdragon was first born. (Yeah, I know, but its soooo hard to return gifts.) They left me feeling like I was wearing shoulder pads on my chest, and it wasn't a comfortable or attractive look. Surprisingly, these are thinner than what I had been otherwise accustomed to.

I'm sure the cloth diapering mamas are wondering how they wash up. They wash up brilliantly. They do lose a bit of their brand new smoothness in the wash, and somewhat pucker in a way that reminds me of a quilt where the top and backing shrink over the batting for a slight pucker, but its only something you'll notice when handling them, not wearing them. I don't have the nerve to wash them with my diapers, so I'm washing them with my regular laundry and they are still absorbent as ever.

Want a pair for your own milktastic moments?

Head over to A Mother's Boutique and pick up a set for yourself. They're only $6.99, and a portion of all the sales go to benefit LaLeche League International.

Judy has generously offered to give one of my readers a set of their own LLLI nursing pads.

Mandatory Entry:
Head over to A Mother's Boutique and pick out your favorite item that Judy sells. I know it will be hard because she has so much awesomeness (I think my favorite is ). Then come back and leave a comment telling me which item that is. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment (username AT server DOT com or some similar format is peachy) if it isn't readily visible in your blogger profile. If I can't contact you, you can't win.

Extra Entries: (mandatory entry MUST be completed first) Leave a separate comment for each.

Follow Judy on Twitter, leave a comment with the name with which you follow her

Become a Facebook Fan of A Mother's Boutique and comment with the name with which you became a fan.

Follow Me on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. Tweet must contain #bfing @MommyNews and a link back to this giveaway. Leave a comment with the permalink to your tweet. (click the time/date beneath your tweet. The url it takes you to is the permalink url)

Make a purchase from A Mother's Boutique between 9/30 and 10/15/09 for 5 extra entries. Just leave a comment saying what you bought and when.

Blog about this giveaway, linking to this post and A Mother's Boutique for 2 entries. Leave a comment with the blogposts url.

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That's a whole lot of chances to win.

This contest will close at 11:59 PM Eastern on 10/15/09.
Winner will be selected by using a random number generator. Winner will be posted on this blog and winner will be emailed. Winner must respond within 48 hours or an alternate winner will be selected. Possibly by an iguana juggling contest. Or maybe competitive haiku.

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