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Our fifth baby arrived just over two weeks ago so over the last ten years I have had quite a bit of experience with breast pads.
I used to just buy what ever was on offer or shops own brands depending on what worked out the cheapest as I just thought they all did the same job so why pay extra for a brand name but with jamie arriving six weeks early I hadn't brought any so my other half had the job of buying them whilst I was in hospital and went with the brands must be best option paying just short of three pounds for a box of these.
My theory about them all being the same was so wrong, the cotton these are made from is so much softer than any of the others that you don't even notice it against your skin so forget you are wearing them. They are twice as thick as the cheaper brands so absorb milk leakages further away from your skin so my skin was never left feeling clammy or damp as it has been with others reducing the chances of my nipples cracking or chapping. They are a very nice comfortable shape too that moulded to my body better than any others I had used and the plastic waterproof backing is of good quality so doesn't rustle like others have done.
I have defiantly been won over by these breast pads and I would thoroughly recommend them to every nursing mother as they are fantastic in comparison to any other brands I have tried so well worth the extra money for them. The only thing that could be better is the sticky on the back to hold them in place could be bigger as I did have trouble as with all the others I have used where they came unstuck after a bit and started to move.
Sorry to the men reading this, yet another mother and baby item. This is a review of Johnson's Breast Pads which I bought during pregnancy in preparation for breast feeding. Having done this the first time round I knew I would need a good supply of these pads for leaky boobs and I picked these up at a discount store.
My box is different to the one pictured. The box is pink like the Johnson's brand and has a perforated edge so you can open the box and easily access the contents. Inside are 30 unwrapped pads. They are not wrapped like some of the posher brands.
What are they?
The pads are large and round and have one adhesive patch so you can stick them in place in your bra.
I find a box of 30 don't last long as it's only 15 goes really. I tend to use a couple a day on each side and a fresh one for night time too. I don't want to smell of old milk so change them regularly. The pads are nice and big and very absorbent.
Sadly, I find these don't stay in place very well in my bra. They tend to move around and end up scrunched up underneath my bust so I think they are not that good really. You want them to stay in place and not have to keep checking to see if they have moved (and then delving around in your bra to re position). I also find that they stick to my nipple a bit and I have to peel them off which is a bit unpleasant.
I don't think these are any better than the supermarket's own brand versions I have tried. The box is big and bulky to store yet only lasts me for a few days.
These are priced £3.05 in Boots at the moment although I think I paid around £2 for my box from the Company shop. It was only an odd box though presumably from a failed home delivery (which accounts for the odd items this shop sometimes sells).
I don't think I'll bother buying these again. I find them good from an absorbency point of view but not the best for staying put in position in my bra which is quite important as I don't want to get wet marks on my top from leaky milk.
After trying the rubbish Tesco breast pads I decided to spend that little bit more and bought Johnson's. I chose these as I use the Johnson products on my baby and thought if there good enough for him they are more then good enough for me!
They come in a nice pink box with a women with her baby looking calm and comfortable! Theres the traditional logo of Johnson's and it lets you know that there are 30 pads in the box. At around £5 for a boz they are rather expensive but I hoped it was worth it in the quality of the pads!
The pads themselves are a good size, and feel extremely soft and quite padded which I liked. There is a waterproof backing to stop any moisture going onto your skin and then there is an adhesive sticker on the back for it to stick to your bra. The pads are also slightly rounded to suit the curve of your breast and in the middle in a bit of an indentation for your nipple. This is great as it stops your nipple rubbing on the pad, and as those women who are breast feeding will know your nipples can be VERY sensitive. So I found them so comfortable to wear!
In the few months I used them, they never leaked and it was such a relief not to have to worry about them! I would recommend these and even though they are more expensive these are worth it!
During the later stages of pregnancy and once your baby is born you are likely to leak milk. Waking up to a wet top and sheets isn't something I would recommend especially when you are suffering from the sleep deprivation that comes with a newborn baby so you will want good reliable breast pads.
Unfortunately I made the amateur mistake of sending my husband out to do some shopping without stating which brand of breast pads to buy. Stupid I know but i was in a rush writing the shopping list and won't be making that mistake again. He came back with Johnsons ones which I thought would be similar to my usual ones and as Johnsons is a well known baby brand I wasn't too worried.
Alas once I opened the box and saw them I was disappointed. These feel a lot thicker than my usual pads and made me feel like Madonna in her Jean Paul Gaultier bullet bra and not in a good way. Yes they are absorbent but certainly no more so than other thinner pads and they also felt quite heavy if they did have to deal with a leak. At night on more than one occasion they managed to move which left me with a damp bra. They only have one strip of adhesive so this may account for the movement.
The advantage with these pads is that they are cheaper than others but I would suggest that you are better to pay a bit more and have comfort and security.
Overall I would say buy them if no other option as they will do an average job but otherwise get others such as Lansinoh or Tommee Tippee. As Johnsons is a well known brand most chemist and supermarkets will stock them and you can pick up a box of 30 pads for around £3. The pa caging is different from that shown in the current doo yoo picture so look for a pale pink box if you wish to purchase them or if you want to avoid them!
I had my lovely daughter two weeks ago and in that time I've tried quite a few breast pads (not realising how many I would get through..!) I bought a box of 30 Johnson's Breast Pads from Asda on offer for £2.25, a good price, though they have barely lasted three days (I have a very hungry daughter!)
The good points are there - the box is large and easy to dispense from, as it fully opens (rather than having a small perforated dispenser). The pads are loose packed so you can just grab one with one hand and use it, rather than having to fiddle with individual wrapping. And the pads themselves are absorbent, like a thick pad of cotton wool, so at the time of writing this review, I've not had any embarrassing leaky moments.
But for me the big fail is with the aforementioned cotton wool consistency of the pads. Because whereas with other pads (such as Tommee Tippee and Avent) I've been able to remove the previous pad and go right ahead and feed my daughter, I can't do that with the Johnson's pads because they leave an irritating 'fluff' on my nipple, glued there by milk. Now, I don't want to have to admit having more than plenty of milk on the internet, but lots of mums are like me and have babies that need feeding every one or two hours during the day. So what I'm having to do is remove the pad then wipe off the fluff from the area with water and a flannel or a tissue, because otherwise my poor daughter gets the bits of fluff in her mouth which clearly I don't want. But the inconvenience of having to do this means that despite the absorbency of these pads, I can't actually wear them out of the house (when I am with my daughter, which on hourly day feeds, is constantly), because I can't 'feed and go' like I can with the other pads.
So, whilst I praise these pads for their absorbency, and for their value for money, I can't really recommend them if, like me, you feed a lot and subsequently would be likely to suffer the same 'fluff problem'.
Since giving birth to my son 11 months ago I can comfortably (and uncomfortably in some cases) say I have tried every pad on the market. I was blessed (in my baby's opinion) to have one breast which was overactive and so buying alot of pads was a must.
Other pads left me itchy, sore, didn't work, fitted oddly under my bra and were just plain useless. Until I found these in their pretty pink box!
The pads themselves feel reassuringly luxurious for a pad and are padded wonderfully. I like that they don't rustle when you handle them or feel like a mattress protector when you place them in your bra. They come in a box of 30 and each little pad has an adhesive label on it to make sure it doesn't slip. The cheapest I have found is Tesco for £1.99 but Mothercare can charge £2.99 I've found.
The best thing about these pads is that they are shaped not only to fit your breast but there is also an indent in the middle of each one for your nipple. This made wearing them a delight. Especially in the first few months my nipples were so oversensitive that every time anything touched or brushed them it felt like an electric shock went through my body. Other pads just flattened my nipples and were so thin I felt everything but the thickness of these pads combined with the nipple-indent made my life so much more comfortable.
These pads are thicker than most on the market but they are beautifully moulded and graduate to a thin edge so you aren't left looking like you have a huge flying saucer attached to each of your breasts. Other pads with the same thickness have been more like shapeless teabags quite honestly.
They never have! I have double HH cup breasts (TMI, maybe...sorry!) and I've never been let down once.
So bravo for Johnson and Johnson ~ they've made my breastfeeding life much better.
There are all sorts of options for new mums when it comes to finding a way to combat leaks once your milk arrives. There are re-usable washable pads that you can buy, muslin squares are another option and many of the baby bottle manufacturers also have their own brands of pads on the market.
Johnson's Breast Pads are a simple and effective product that work well and are comfortable to wear. They are available for between £2.69 and £3.49 depending on where you buy from and come in a box which contains 30 pads. I have found they work well and are better than many rivals brands.
The good thing about these Johnson's Breast Pads over some other rival pads is that they have a unique moulded shape that fits around the curves of your expanding bust. It means that the pads can sit comfortably in place in either a normal bra or a feeding bra.
The Johnson's Breast Pads have a simple adhesive strip that can stick to your bra and help to keep the pads in place. I found this was helpful and stopped the pads moving south and thus not protecting from leaks etc. The texture of the pads is soft when next to the skin, which I found helpful as everything can get very tender in the early stages after the birth of your baby.
The central part of the pads has a special polymer filling that can absorb leaks and lock it away from your skin. This makes for less of that wet pad feeling you can get with some pads, that is both uncomfortable and unpleasant.
There is an indented shaped bit which is made like that to suit your shape. This means that if you have suffered from the dreaded cracked nipples which are part and parcel of breast feeding, you can avoid the materials within the pad from aggravating it any more than need be. I found this to be very helpful.
The Johnson's Breast Pads do seem to be just a little more padded than some other pads. Whilst this is good, as it means they can absorb leaks more easily, it does also mean that they do show through just a little more if you are wearing a bra made of thinner material.
The easiest way to combat this is to wear a slightly thicker bra which will hide the pads more. As these pads are amongst the best you can use, I feel its a small price to pay by adjusting your bra type to hide them. They offer greater protection than some other pads, so are worth accommodating if you can.
The pads will last a decent length of time although I feel that is very dependent upon the amount of milk you are producing. If you are experiencing greater milk flow then you will end up having to change pads more frequently. You do need to change them between feeds also.
This means that a pack of 30 pads, could last you just 2 to 3 days when you are feeling fuller. As things settle down you can manage with having to replace the pads less often, so you can find they last 4 to 5 days per pack of 30.
As each pack costs a maximum of £3.49 to buy it means each pad will set you back around 11p. This compares well to washable re-usable pads as when you factor in the washing and drying of the pads, plus your time spent doing so, (that you could be spending doing other things) I feel it evens itself out.
To give the Johnson's Breast Pads a rating, I feel they ought to get 5 stars, as the indented shaped bit is a very thoughtful thing and the over al fit and feel is very good. They do work well and the only minus is the fact that due to their being a little thicker they can show through a little. This is easily remedied by altering what you wear and isn't something that should put you off buying these.
One of the rather unpleasant things you have to cope with after giving birth, and during pregnancy for that matter, is the potential for your body to be a bit more leaky than you would like and that is why breast pads are rather essential while you are breast feeding as they help soak up and leaks and also help to sooth your sore nipples as well.
These breast pads from Johnsons have worked pretty well for me, my only real criticism is that the adhesive strip is a bit ineffective and could work better as they do not always stick to the bra as well as they should do. This is probably because it is a rather small adhesive strip that is meant to prevent against movement. In reality though these do tend to stay in place just by sliding them into your bra cup and adjusting toem to fit around the shape of your breast.
You get 30 pads for your money and they cost about £2.50 to £3 a pack, they come in a cardboard box and are not individually packaged up making them easy to remove and pop in after you have finished feeding your baby.
I have found them to be very absorbant and prevented any un sightly damp patches appearing on my cloths after I have finished feeding. Some days I can get away with only needing one set of pads but that is not always the case, it really does vary and also depend on how active both I and my daughter are. On other days I find I may use up to three sets, I have not found them to be uncomfortable at all and they have not caused any irritation to my skin as they are nice and soft.
I tried Johnson's Breast Pads when I had my first baby, when I had my third I was given about twenty free in the hospital. I had already packed my own favoured brand and didn't want to be having leaks as I only had a certain amount of pyjamas with me, so I decided to wait until I got home before testing them out. Needless to say I hadn't been impressed the first time I had tried them but I was willing to try them again. The question is would they have improved.
When I got home I decided to try them. When you take the pads out of the packets you can feel the quality of them. They are thick but not so bad that they leave a funny bulge under your clothing although you can tell they're there if you're wearing very sheer clothing. They are shaped and have a dimple for you nipples. They are thicker than most of the other breast pads I've tried but they're not as wide. I found that they would only last a few feeds whereas my favourite brand lasts about five feeds. This means that I would be going through twice as many pads as with my favourite brand and also they didn't last through the night so I'd have to get up and change them even if the baby slept through. Initially they were very comfortably but after two of three feeds they felt soggy and uncomfortable.
In summation I think these are better than average but not the best product on the market. Probably better for later on in your feeding when you're child is weaning. Because of everything I've mentioned I'm awarding these three stars out of five.
Leaky boobs and wet patches is not a good look so luckily for me I discovered nursing pads from Johnsons. Since having my daughter two weeks ago I have been blessed with this little problem, I say blessed because I love being able to feed her myself and will put up with all the "wet" side effects that this comes with!!
I actually received a sample of these breast pads whilst in hospital and was very glad of the recommendation. They are said to be even more absorbent with advanced leakage protection, a unique contour shape with a non slip adhesive strip. Breast pads are basically absorbent pads that fit inside your bra and soak up all the breast milk that leaks from your breasts. Until I had my baby I didn't realise just how important these were because I do get a great amount of leakage but these pads contain them all. Since wearing them I have not had any embarassing incidents with wet spots on my tops or the like! Apparently, according to the box the compact liner of the pads provides a high level of absorbency keeping moisture away from your delicate skin. Like I said, I have found the absorbency to be great and have not had any problems with irritated or red skin after use.
I find these pads fit very well into my bra and really do stay put all day. I think in part this is due to the adhesive sticky bits on the back that attach to the bra but I also think the contoured shape helps them stay in place too. To me it seems like these pads almost have a little indentation where the nipple goes to help the pad stay in place as well. The pad then fits nicely around the shape of the breast to keep the pads in place too.
Johnsons say these are very comfortable pads as they have an extra soft lining (yes I agree) and that they offer complete discretion. I definitely find that when wearing them I hardly notice I have them in and from outside my clothes they do not show which is great.
For a box of 30 pads it costs £3.49 from Boots which I think is quite a good deal. Plus if you are part of the Parenting Club at Boots you will receive extra points.
Why this product
When I decide I was going to breastfeed my son one of the essentials for me was to have good breast pads or nursing pads depending on which term you prefer. The reason you need these especially in the first few months is: as your milk comes in there is often the inevitable leaks. This is especially true if baby has napped longer and is late for a feed or you hear a baby cry and your body responded with the milk. If you have a good breast pad the only person that will know you have had a leak is you rather than having embarrassing patches on your tops for the world to see. I have tried several makes of breast pad and found the Johnson's one to be the best.
What are they?
The pads come in boxes of either 30 or 60, personally I have only seen 30 boxes at my local supermarkets and Boots so I think the 60 boxes may only be available on the internet. The 30 box is a pale pink color with a picture of a mother and baby on it and all the information about the breast pad on the back. The box opens by pressing the front and lifting the scored flap to reveal two piles of breast pads.
The pads are a white round contoured shape that curves outwards. There is a slight indentation on the part that you wear next to your breast. On the other side there is a sticky for it to attach to your bra.
How to use a Jillycat guide
To use it is simple put on your nursing bra then drop down one side of your bra as if you were going to feed your baby.
Then place the pad over your breast ensuring that your nipple is sitting in the indentation.
Take of the sticky strip lift up your bra and smooth it over the sticky pad to ensure it's in place.
I find doing it this way means it is more comfortable and in the right place rather than putting the pad into the bra then lifting it up as then adjustments often need to be made and make the sticky less effective.
Features and opinion
Johnson's claim that the pads have a "Super absorbent core" which is a special polymer designed to pulls & locks moisture away from skin. I have to agree that this seems to work and I have never felt left with a damp feeling next to my skin which has been the case with other makes. The core can hold quite a bit of moisture and is more than able to cope with those initial days when you're engorged and leaking like a sieve.
The breathable protective cover is very comfortable and unlike some makes that have a plastic backing to them you don't end up feeling sweaty. This dryness is useful if you need to keep airflow to your nipples if they have become dry and cracked as this helps with the healing process.
They are designed to be silent, and rustle-free which is great as some of the plastic ones make a noisy rustle and crackling sound if you are holing your baby close or moving around.
The cushiony soft lining really does provide a huge degree of softness & comfort which is very useful on the days when you nipples are sore. It in some ways wearing these feels not dissimilar to wearing a padded bra in my opinion.
The contoured shape makes it look like your wearing a padded bra really. I have noticed that the raised bit in the outside to allow for the nipple indentation on the inside can look a bit strange if you wear a very tightly fitted top. Think cold days and raised nipples and you will have an image of the look that is achieved! As I don't often wear tight tops especially when I was out and about and breastfeeding this was never really proved a big problems or issue for me, but if you like tight tops beware.
The nipple indentation I did find in the early days helped provide my sore breasts and nipples a good degree of comfort and allowed for me to heal gradually whilst still wearing breast pads.
The Non-slip adhesive strip I found to be more than adequate to secure the pad in place either during the day or at night Secures pad in place for confident protection day or night Plus, they didn't wrinkle under your bra like some other brands. This not only helps with their appearance, but also with comfort.
A great breast pad that is very comfortable to wear and absorbent. Unlike some brands there is not a sweaty rustle plastic backing that causes problems. The best pad on the market I have been even know to recommend these to people in the supermarket when they are trying to decide which pad to try.
These are sold in most supermarkets and chemists the price ranges from £1.74 currently in Tesco to £3.49 in Boots
This is my second time around breastfeeding and I haven't found a better breast pad than Johnson's.
The contoured shape of the pad compliments the natural shape of the breast and nipple which not only ensures great comfort but also a secure fit. In addition there is an adhesive strip on the back of the pad which most pads have to keep it in place but due to the excellent design I feel is unecessary. Where I have found other pads to be itchy or sore this brand has never delivered anything but complete comfort.
The absorbancy level of the pad is really great despite their being no plastic backing which is common amongst other brands. The absence of plastic ensures the product remains discreet as there is no danger of an embarassing crackling/rustling sound.
Regarding price they aren't one of the cheaper products on the market retailing at around £2.40-£3.00 for a box of 30 pads but the lifespan and quality of each pad represents good value.
I normally use Tommee Tippee Breast Pads, however, after online shopping at ASDA one day, I noticed that the Johnsons Breast Pads were a little bit cheaper so thought I would give them a go.
I have to admit that I do not think they are quite as good as the Tommee Tippee ones, this is because the Johnsons Breast Pads are quite thick and therefore if you leak a lot then they are very useful, I never leaked a lot and found them to be a bit too thick for me. The pads are fine if you are wearing a thick top or just staying around the house, however, if you are going out and wearing a thin top (like I did one day without noticing), beware, as because they are a bit thicker you can see see the outline of the breast pad in your bra!
The pads are comfortable to wear and when you put them on you will probably not notice you are wearing them. They have a sticky tab so they stay put in your bra without moving. I found that I did not leak a lot and therefore I would only need one pad which would last all day and a different one for the night time.
I must say I am surprised how highly rated these are. I'm on to my 3rd breastfed baby and for some reason had never tried these until recently. I bought them because they were on offer in my local supermarket - I probably wasn't drawn to them in the past as I have learnt that the better named brands are not always the better pads.
For me I just found there was no absorbency at all. Personally when my milk comes out I get loads come out (If I put a flannel on my breast it gets saturated) so I need a very absorbing pad and I'm afraid these seem to do nothing - I ended up doubling them up until I got to the end of the packet. One thing I do like is the way they are moulded so they do fit snugly in the bra but unless you just leak little amounts I would not recommend them.
On the plus side - they are very nicely shaped so they are comfortable and are not as telling as some through your bra but on the minus side they are not super absorbant and work out a lot more money than other disposables.
I've tried several brands of breast pads over the last 3 months - premium (Tommee Tippee, Lansinoh) & non premium (supermarket own brands), and in my opinion none come close to Johnsons disposable pads. The Johnsons pads are the thickest I've found (without being bulky / visible under your bra), therefore the most absorbant, & also the softest (you can't even tell they're there). They have an 'indentation' for the nipple, meaning you don't feel 'squashed', which also helps with the invisibility factor. They have adhesive pads on the reverse so that they stay put during feeding (a major plus point when you're feeding out & about - the last thing you want is your pad falling on the floor!). They are expensive, but I use them intermittently along with washable pads to keep costs down. It's always a real treat to use the Johnsons pads, & they're especially useful when wearing tighter tops. I buy mine in packs of 30 at the supermarket, but I think you can buy packs of 50 on the net which would work out cheaper.
Brest pads. Special polymer pulls and locks moisture away from skin for longer lasting dryness - healthier for your skin. Silent, rustle-free design: Quiet under clothing, for more discretion. Non-slip adhesive strip: Secures pad in place for confident protection day or night.