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When I was breastfeeding my son, I wasn't blessed with the kind of milk supply that left me with overflowing, leaking nipples. It really wasn't a problem for me during the day as my son fed frequently and every time it felt like my boobs were getting full, my son would need feeding again. Therefore, the supply of breast pads that I had bought pre-birth largely went to waste - and I had bought a few brands in case I didn't get on with them all! However, when my son began sleeping better at night and going for several hours or through the night, I did use breast pads whilst my body adjusted to his changing demands and I did have a few slight leakages.
The pads that I used were these disposable pads from Avent. The ones that I used were designed specifically for night too and felt thicker and more cushioned than regular pads. They currently cost around £3 for a pack of 20 pads. The pads are packaged simply in a box and each pad has two adhesive strips on the back with backing paper that can be easily ripped off before application. These can then be pressed into the inside of your bra and they hold the pad in place. Having the two strips rather than one meant that they held better for me and felt very secure. The pads themselves felt soft and smooth to the touch and gentle on my skin. They were comfortable to wear and remained firmly in place even when tossing and turning at night.
When I did experience leaks, the pads seemed to absorb the milk well and remove it from the surface of the pad quickly to prevent any irritation of my skin. The pad still felt dry to the touch. Like I say, I didn't tend to experience any great leakages so I couldn't comment on how well these would cope with those but for my needs, these coped perfectly. I will just be buying a pack of these in my preparation for the arrival of baby number two as they suited me so well!
I had decided months before my daughter was born that I was going to breastfeed her. I wasn't sure what breastpads to get as I had read mixed reviews on several makes. Luckily throughout my pregnancy I had recieved samples in my Bounty and Emma's Diary sample packs.
To buy these breastpads they cost £5.11 in Boots and you get forty in a box. The breastpads have a unique four layer construction which consists of an ultra soft layer with a nipple indent to keep breasts dry at all times, an ultra absorbent layer which is cushioned for extra comfort, an ultra absorbent core to guard against leaks and staining and an ultra breathable outer layer to help avoid sore nipples. The pads are held in place by an anti slip adhesive tape.
To use these breastpads you simply peel off the adhesive tape and stick to the inside of your bra.
The pads when they are removed from the pack are really soft and they have a cotton like feel, this is really important when you first start breastfeeding as your nipples can be really sore! They are really absorbant and I never suffered any leaks. They also are breathable and less bulky than other makes I had tried. Some of the cheaper brands had a horrible plastic backing which became soggy these ones however absorbed and kept me dry while allowing my skin to breath. These ones are also a lot thicker than other brands which is great if you produce a lot of milk. I also found that some other makes you could see through my top, but these ones offered a close fit so were really discreet!
These were the best breastpads I tried out of all of my samples which also included Lanolish and Johnson's. They are however one of the most expensive ones.
I only used these for a few days as afterwards my milk settled down and I don't have any leaks anymore.
I would recommend these to all new mums who are looking for discreet comfort.
When you are breastfeeding your nipples and breasts become quite sore and it is necessary to ensure that you have some reliable breast pads to absorb the leaks and to also keep you comfortable.
I have made my way through most of the brands on the market with some samples from the midwives and also purchasing some as well and the Avent Disposable Breast Pads I had high expectations of with them being a renowned brand.
You can purchase 40 of the pads from Amazon for £4.69, I had a small sample of this product and they were wrapped in pairs, so I am unsure if they are individually wrapped when purchasing in large quantities.
The breastpads feel very soft when you remove from the packaging and like most breast pads there is a small square tab to attach to your bra. The pads are not too large so may not be suitable for everybody but they do fit snugly within the bra and they are comfortable and a great feature of this pad is that there is a nipple indent which gives an added level of comfort.
The Avent breast pads boast a four layer padding system aiming to keep you dry and comfortable and they do this, the only downside in my opinion is that they could do with being a little bit larger as they so not fit all that comfortably within my bra and looks a little messy when you wear a tight top.
In terms of staying in place, the pads do stay in place during the day but when breastfeeding they do get easily dislodged and crushed and they have to be replaced each time you give baby a feed.
The pads are comfortable and you cannot feel them when in place. In terms of leakage the pads are absorbant and keep your breasts dry.
Overall I would not spend the money on this brand as the leading supermarkets produce a product which works just as well at half of the price.
I think I'll be in the minority with these in saying that I like them! The reasons why tend to be what everyone else dislikes about them, so I'll attempt to explain my madness in case anyone else might feel the same.
Firstly the size-
they are smaller in diameter than most of the other breast pads available, similar to the Johnsons and Boots own brand ones, rather than the Tommee Tippee, Lansinoh ones.... For someone with small boobs this is actually a good thing! I find the bigger ones stick out of my bra, and are just too big for me.
Next, the padding-
again, when you have a smal chest, every little bit helps! I don't find these show under my clothing because I wear the shaped bra from Mothercare, so it doesn't really matter what I wear under it. The extra padding is nice, and I find it a lot less crinkly and noisy like some of the bigger ones.
Some of the other things about the pad aren't wonderful, but I don't find them bad. The sticky section isn't actually very sticky, but then I don't really find them all that sticky on the other brands. I haven't had absorbency issues either, I find they did get rather saturated in the early days, but frequent changing sorted that out. I haven't had any problems with sore nipples either, and find the pad stays soft even at the end of the day, apart from in early feeding when they were getting full and wet.
Overall I like these ones the best, apart from my bamboo washable pads, and they are the ones I buy whenever possible.
I'll start by saying that I tend to leak fairly extensively, and tried a few brands of nursing pads.
I had high hopes for the Avent ones because in general I've heard good things about their products. Also, I'd just finished with a box of pads without the little adhesive strip and was excited to stop losing the pads whenever I did anything more athletic than sitting still.
The pads look great: they're thickly padded, shaped slightly to fit over the breast, and the adhesive strip goes under the nipple to ensure a secure fit. Fantastic, right?
Wrong. The impressive-looking padding is not in the slightest bit discreet. I have a six week old daughter; looking like Madonna in her cone-breasted corset is not high on my fashion to-do list (not being covered in puke's far more important right now). The slight dip in the middle of the pad does make it easier to wear, but only if you're wearing an enormous bra - otherwise it pokes out over the top of your bra cup.
The adhesive strip is not big or strong enough - lying down or carrying the baby in the Baby Bjorn is enough to dislodge it and then you end up with the very wet patches that you're wearing the pads to avoid.
Using the pads during the day at home wasn't bad at first - nobody cares if my boobs look pointy and the pads stayed put. However, after a couple of hours they were soaked and had dried hard, so were extremely irritating on my already sore nipples.
I'm going out on a limb and telling you, if you're reading this review, to be good to your boobs and buy or make soft fabric reusable nursing pads. Your nipples will thank you.
When i bought these i have to say i did not know the importance of breast pads nor the amount you go through especially at the start of breastfeeding but unfortunately i did not find these pads of much use. I found the rate i was needing to change them and the way they got soaked through forced me to find an alyernative brand, namely Tommee Closer To Nature ones, which i stuck with for the rest of the time. I also found when iwas using them they did not stay in position well but slipped down which was hopeless where other pads remained in exactly the correct place. As my son is now 8 months however i do wonder if because i am now producing less they would be suitable but to be honest have no plans to chandge from my Tommee brand now as it gives me the confidence far more than these pads ever did.
I bought these AVENT breast pads while still pregnant, (to save having to explain to my partner what to buy), and to be honest I would have bought a cheaper brand if these had'nt been the only ones in store at the time, as I think £3.99 for a pack of 40 is a bit steep for what they are.
However after giving birth to my son I was ready to try them out.
They are reasonably thick and very soft with a sticky patch on the back to hold them in place, they are also shaped to fit your nipple. These pads are super absorbent (no leakages as yet). and pretty much stay in place, they also don't dry up and go crispy like some cheaper brands.
Although they are one of the more expensive brands I think they probaly even themselves out as you don't have to change them so much.
My sister gave me a pack of these for use straight after the birth when I couldn't be bothered to use my washable ones. They are round in shape, white, with a cotton wool type filling. They have a small amount of sticky back plastic style stuff on the back.
I found that they were rather small in size, and weren't curved enough to the shape of my breast, meaning they shifted, often so they offered no protection if used at night. My chest was 34DD at the time though, and this may be different for people with smaller chests. The sticky part was way too small and didn't hold it in place at all. If worn for slightly longer the covering would wear through quite quickly and as a result, bits of cotton wool would come out and stick to my clothes. I only used half a packet - preferring to get on with washing than continuing to use these!
I had to by avent breast pads once when i had ran out of my usual brand. I found that they are to thick padding and too small a shape in diameter which means that when laying in bed and moving around the breast pad moves causing me to leak everywhere. Also the tape that holds it to the bra does not stick very well either. They also dont hold that much milk so you have to change more often. I also found that when the milk dried in the pads it made the pad dry hard which became sore on the nipple. All in all very unhappy with the pad and would much rather pay more for tommy tippie or lansinoah disposable breast pads thinner larger surface and more discreet pad and a lot more comfortable.
I started off using Avent disposables but quickly changed, to Tescos, as they weren't as good as I'd hoped they'd be. Yes, they were very soft and seemed quite absorbent, but I found that the backing which they have, a kind of plastic (I think), was very slippy and the pads wouldn't stay in place inside my bra. That, of course, meant that I was still leaking through my bra, and onto my clothes. The other problem I found with them was that when the milk which I had leaked dried, it seemed to dry on the outside of the pad and stick to my nipples. Some people may not have found that a problem, but as I have had very sore nipples I found it very painful to remove the breast pads as they were stuck!!! Although some people may well find these breast pads very good because of how soft they are I found they were not suitable for me.
Soft and perfectly shaped. Absorbent, disposable pads with leakproof liner for added comfort. Soft and gentle on the skin.