Product Type: Boots kids equipment
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Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads - Expensive and Inefficient
Boots Washable Breast Pads
Member Name: krazykat2005
Boots Washable Breast Pads
Advantages: discreet, even under tight t-shirts
Disadvantages: expensive, inefficient, bad for the environment
I am reviewing Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads. Boots also do a Luxury Breast Pad.
Breast pads are an essential item to protect your clothes from staining and to keep your nipples dry between feeds or until your milk dries up (if you are formula feeding). Your breasts can leak milk even between feeds if you pick your baby up, hear them crying or even just think about him or her. If you do not keep them dry they can become sore and cracked, which is painful and can interfere with breastfeeding.
-- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION --
Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads are circular in shape. They have a waterproof backing, with an absorbent centre and a top sheet that allows fluid to pass through it.
-- PRICE --
Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads will cost you £4.75 for a box of one hundred pads, which is about five pence per pad.
In comparison, other breast pads available at Boots are:
Boots Luxury Breast Pads are £2.99 for forty pads. About seven pence per pad.
Avent Ultra Comfort Disposable Breast Pads are £3.99 for a box of forty pads. About ten pence per pad.
Tommee Tippee Freedom Disposable Breast Pads are £3.99 for a box of thirty-six pads. About eleven pence per pad.
-- PACKAGING --
They come in a (80 per cent recycled materials) cardboard box that is quite large. The colour scheme is a very basic white background with writing and pictures in the blue of the Boots logo. On the front there is the product name, some brief description as to what the product does and a tasteful picture of a baby being breastfed. This is repeated on one of the sides. On the back there is a slightly more in depth product description and usage details.
-- WHAT I THOUGHT --
Breast pads are an essential item, whether you are going to breastfeed or not. I had planned to breastfeed, so bought a couple of boxes of Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads as it indicated on the box that you do need to change them quite often – after every feed and in the morning and evening. I did sit and work out that if you baby fed the average every two to three hours this would work out at a box lasting not much more than four days.
Unfortunately, despite the best-laid plans, I ended up not being able to breastfeed due to ending up back in hospital the day after coming home. He had to be given bottles as I could not have him in the hospital with me and when I did finally come home I found he preferred the bottles and wouldn’t take the breast.
I did still need the breast pads for a couple of weeks as it took that long for my milk to dry up, though I did not need to change them as often as advised.
I found that they did keep my nipples dry and my clothing protected most of the time, but unfortunately had a tendency to slip away from the nipples, which resulted in them not doing the job they were there for. They weren’t too bulky so were discreet enough not to show through my t-shirt.
I do think that they were quite expensive for the amount of time they would have lasted had I been changing them as often as indicated on the box. As it was, I ended up having quite a few left because I was unable to breastfeed.
-- CONCLUSION --
I don’t think I would recommend Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads, even as a budget item, because when I thought about it they were quite expensive for what they were and didn’t really do a very good job. I think you would be better off investing in some reusable pads – Avent do some for about £4.99 for six – which would end up cheaper in the long run and better for the environment.
I am only giving this product two stars out of five.
-- Good Points --
- pads not too bulky (discreet)
- cost less than most other disposable breast pads at Boots
-- Bad Points --
- slipped out of position too easily
- expensive in the long run compared to washable breast pads
- bad for the environment
Summary: Use washable breast pads, they are much better.
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