Product Type: Boots kids equipment
Newest Review: ... down for most women once the let down reflex is under control... I Have tried a few different types of breastpads and i have to say th... more
They're itchy, they're scratchy......
Boots Washable Breast Pads
Member Name: pamplem0usse
Boots Washable Breast Pads
Advantages: They absorb a limited amount of milk
Disadvantages: So, so many....
And they are basic. Boots disposable breast pads come in packs of 80 and cost £3.99 per pack. They claim to be 'both soft and absorbent... protect[ing] your clothing from breast milk leakage and keep you feeling dry and comfortable.' This review shall comprise of an assessment of how and whether they achieve these things as well as a variety of other criteria that I consider important..
In no way are these soft. They itch, and scratch, and generally create the rather unattractive image of 'woman constantly grappling with nipples'.... I really wouldn't recommend them if only for this reason.
Around 10cm and without the sticky tab that other disposable breast pads usually have, they tend to move about alot in my bra (theoretically the bra is supposed to hold them in place.... meaning not only do you have to double layer them (see below) but also make some attempt at overlapping them. THeir size also limits their absorbency....
Meaning it's necessary to double or triple layer them if they're to last for longer than an hour. Still, you'll probably only make three per breast last around 2 hours: that's 6 pads every two hours or 48 in a day. At £4ish outlay every couple of days this sort of expenditure is bigger than my chocolate habit, without the related pleasure!
While they're not as big as nappies, disposing of this number of breast pads a day is hardly eco-friendly. Either they need to do much better on the absorbency front (on the basis they're more convenient than reusable pads) or reusable options need to be used.
The final 'con' is the fact they're sufficiently bulky to show through plain coloured (especially white) clothes. Boo!
ULTRA SLIM BREAST PADS:
These are the other option offered by Boots, and come individually wrapped in packs of 38, retailing at £3.49 - making them almost twice the price of the standard Boots pads on a price / pad basis. While they suffer on the eco front as a result of the extra packing, I found that this wrapping meant they were good to throw in the handbag as a supplementary basis (to my reusable ones). They also had a bigger diameter (15cm) than the other Boots ones making them much more absorbent, giving them more staying power, and making them less likely to end up at the opposite end of your bra to your nipple. Much softer too!
But why hasn't anyone invented a breast-pad holder/dispenser of the likes of the plastic tampon ones you can get?
Summary: Try the ultra-slim ones instead