Like my first child it was a no-brainer that I was going to breastfeed and I was shooting for a year with my second child (With my first I thought I would give it 6 months but liked doing it and it helped me loose weight so I continued until 10 months when she decided she was done)
But like any breastfeeding mom knows breastpads and a great bra are essentials. I have used the disposables but hated the expense and the added waste to the environment so I used cloth pads but the first ones I bought where very small and I had to double them so that I didn't leak through (even then I sometimes did) so I experimented and searched the internet and came across Adventures in Fluff
tutorial I tweaked it a bit by adding rubber sheeting (you know the kind you put under your kids sheets incase they wet the bed) they sell it at Joann's and they are the BEST BREAST PADS EVER!!!
What You Will Need:
Anti-Pill Fleece (for the back)
Towel ( I used one that was about to become a rag/thrown out)
Rubber Sheeting material (I got mine at Jo-Ann's)
5" Circle Template
Sewing Machine or Serger Machine-I don't have a Serger so I just use the zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine)
Cut out 2 circles from each: Flannel, Fleece, Towel and Rubber Sheeting for each pair of pads you want to make (I made 6 pairs so I didn't have to do laundry so often)
I made shaped breast pads so I followed Adventures in Fluff's Tutorial and stacked my fabric flannel, terrycloth, rubber sheeting, fleece (fleece being the bottom) in that order on each pad. So if anything soaked through the terrycloth it would be stopped by the rubber sheeting before hitting the fleece which is another barrier.
After creating the cone shape I zig-zag stitched all the way around. They aren't the prettiest thing but no one sees them anyway. Wash them once to remove all the fuzzies from the towel. Also try not to wash them with fabric softener/laundry soap with fabric softener/or those drier sheets as it prevents some absorption of the milk into the fabric.