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As any new parent will tell you, for those first few weeks all you care about is 1. Is my baby ok and then 2. Sleep- precious precious sleep! You wouldn't think the wrapping on a breast pad would matter then, but it did to me... (read on!) ABSORBENCY These pads are very absorbent, but also slim fitting- so ideal for mums who are expressing but back at work. CONVENIENCE Each single pad is wrapped in plastic and has two sticky tabs. Obviously you need two at a time. This means creating 6 separate small bits of rubbish each time you put fresh pads in. The plastic wrapper is also enough to wake a newborn (seriously) so you have to remember to unwrap the pad BEFORE you feed the baby or you run he risk of waking him/her (once is enough to make you realise this is no laughing matter!) MY OPINION SO: i'd suggest buying a box of these for work/social functions/days out (stay clean in your bag thanks to the pesky wrapper) BUT also buy a box of Johnson's nursing pads which are slightly thicker, and not individually wrapped, to keep on nightstand for after feeds when you put the baby straight to sleep. Mad, I know, but that's motherhood! PRICE: Not the cheapest but often on 2for3 in Boots, they are priced at £5.69 for 60. This is still cheaper than the only other brand I rate- the Johnson's at £3.39 for 30.
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads When I was pregnant something I never gave much thought about was breast pads. I didn't even know such things existed until I started packing my hospital bag and it seemed to be the done thing to include some form of nursing pad. However, now I couldn't live without them. I have chosen to breast feed my little one, but from what I understand even if you choose to formula feed you might still require some breast pads for when your milk comes in. I had quite a difficult birth and my milk didn't come in to a little later than average and I was led into a false sense of this isn't too bad or uncomfortable nor did I have any need for nursing pads straight away. However, the times have certainly changed and breast pads is one essential item that I wouldn't want to be without. The Lansinoh disposable breast pads are essentially an absorbent circular pad that is approximately 11 cms across and is made from lovely soft material which has a slight padded feel to it. The pad also has a waterproof backing which does keep you dry even when the breast pad has been soaked. Personally, I have found the pads to be really good and reliable and even when they are wet the pads still retain their shape. It's difficult to estimate how often you will need to change the pad or how quickly you will go through a box of these because everyone's different and even from day to day I vary drastically in how much I leak breast milk. But, overall I have been more than happy with the Lansinoh disposable nursing pads and I will trust in them to keep me from potentially embarrassing myself and keeping my clothes free from milky wet stains. A major plus of the Lansinoh disposable breast pads for me is the little stickers on the back of the pad which helps attach them to your clothes and helps to keep them firmly in place. Personally, I didn't find that the stickers came in all that the useful when you were placing them inside your bra but they are great for wearing at night with PJ tops which have the inbuilt support, it just keeps the nursing pad in place without too much fuss. Even thou I prefer my lovely and soft non-disposbale bamboo breast pads the Lansinoh pads do have their advantages. For example, I always make sure I have several of Lansinoh pads in almost every bag I own and especially my baby's changing bag. It is becoming part of my morning routine to make sure that I am always wearing some form of breast pad but if I'm in a rush or forget I really, really wouldn't want to be caught short somewhere embarrassing, because it is surprising just how wet and noticeable the stains of breast milk can get. Furthermore, each of the Lansinoh breast pads are individually wrapped, which makes them ideal for carting around in any bags because you don't have to worry about them getting dirty or being unhygienic. It does, however, mean that because each pad is individually wrapped there is a lot of packaging. Typically the Lansinoh disposable nursing pads can be found for around £5.50 for a box of 60 individual wrapped breast pads and can be purchased from many supermarkets, chemists or stores like Mothercare. Personally, I like to purchase mine from Boots so I can take full advantage of their loyalty points system. From me the Lansinoh disposable breast pads get four out of five stars, they are comfortable and reliable to use but I definitely prefer my reusable bamboo nursing pads. I would certainly recommend these to other people and I am beginning to trust the Lansinoh brand for a range of products.
One of the many things on my list of must haves once I had my daughter was nursing pads. Nursing pads are basically round pads which you insert into your bra to protect your nipples which can be sore after feeding and also to absorb any milk which may leak out in between feeds. You can get disposable or washable ones. I didn't do any research into this prior to having her as it seemed like such a small thing to worry about when there were so many more important things that I needed to get. After almost 8 weeks of breast feeding, I now understand the importance of getting a comfortable nursing pad! I have now tried four different types in a bid to find the most comfortable one. This review is for the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads. I was actually recommended these by a friend after complaining about previous nursing pads which I had used so I decided to give them a try. The Nursing Pads come in a box of 60 individually wrapped for hygiene. It is advised to change pads after each feed so they get used up fairly quickly. The pads are about 10.5cm or just over 4 inches in diameter and are very slim. The front which goes on your breast is a soft mesh type material which doesn't irritate sore nipples. Inside is a 'super absorbent polymer' which retains any moisture and keeps it away from the skin. The back is waterproof tissue which stops any liquid going through to your clothing. There is also an adhesive strip to attach the pad to your bra to keep the pad in place. I have found the Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads comfortable to wear. They are very soft so do not irritate my nipples which at times have been incredibly sore. They are absorbent and as I change them regularly I have not had any issues with leakage. The only downside to these is that the pad is a flat disc, whereas I have tried another brand which makes a slightly concave pad which fits better to the shape of my breast making it slightly more comfortable. The fact that they are individually wrapped makes it easy to carry a spare pair round in your handbag and you know that they will be clean and hygienic when you need to use them. Overall the Lansinoh Disposable Breast Pads are a great product, and I will continue to use them as one of my top two which I have tested so far. I am giving this product 4 stars. They usually retail at £5.49 for 60, but are currently reduced to £4.39 at Mothercare. Thank you for reading Rachel
Sorry to the men reading this... but thanks for your ratings! I have now reached the enjoyable (!) stage of leaky boobs when breastfeeding our brand new baby girl. This means I need to insert breast pads in my bra day and night to avoid milk seepage on my clothes and bedding. I have tried many brands with our first daughter but this is the first time I tried the Lansinoh breast pads which I was given by a friend as surplus after her baby. Box I was lucky to get a full box which is a great way to try something before you pay our for more. There are 60 pads in a box but obviously you need to use two each time, one for each breast so you get 30 goes from a box really. First impressions Upon opening the box, the first thing I noticed was that each pad was individually wrapped, which is quite posh compared to the other pads I've used. They are folded in half and each pad is remarkably thin so I was a bit suspicious if they would be absorbent enough to cope. The pads have two sticky patches on the back so are easy to fix in place in your bra. In use The plastic wrap is easy to open, with an easy tear entry. The pads are a good round size and easy to fix in place (just aim for over the nipple!) and stay in the bra pretty well. After a few hours of feeding, you will be ready for a change of pad anyway but they do tend to move around a bit and end up scrunched up in the bottom of the bra. Performance Absorbency- wise they were good and the thinness of the pad did not affect how well they absorbed the leakage. I think these compare above average to the other brands I have tried. Price On Amazon it is £4.35 for a box of these pads which includes free postage. I think this is a decent price for a good brand. My thoughts I have problems in general with breast pads moving around and ending up under my bust but I think this is a problem with me because I have a large bust. I was glad to try this brand as I find the cream from Lansinoh to be the best out there so I believe they are a high quality well performing brand generally. Final word I would definitely go for this brand again. It won't take me long to get through 60 of these pads and although I do have a few other packs (different brands) stockpiled from before the birth so I will probably buy some more in the near future. I like that they are individually wrapped (although not so good for the environment!) and they feel clean and hygienic. Price wise I think they are fairly priced although they may be hard to find in the shops as I have never seen them sold in store.
Things people don't tell you until you are pregnant! One of these is that your breasts will leak milk. I f you are lucky this will only happen after the birth but be prepared for leaks once you hit your third trimester. Getting up every two hours to feed a newborn baby requires a great deal of stamina. The last thing you want with a newborn baby and the sleep deprivation that that entails is finding your nightdress or pj top is soaking wet. Lets not even mention the embarrassment factor of wet patches appearing on your top when out for dinner. Note: always have a muslin for baby and long scarf for mum. Mother Nature does like to play her little jokes so you may find as your breasts grow into beautiful firm globes they will also ache. You may also find it difficult to fit into your usual tops. The last thing you want is to make them even bigger with large bulky breast pads. You will also want something that is comfortable against your skin as achy breasts are very sensitive. I was fortunate not to suffer from cracked nipples but I know many friends who did so comfort is of paramount importance. There are many brands available so why pick Lansinoh? Well I have found them the most comfortable ones to wear. They are not too bulky unlike some other brands and feel comfortable against my skin. I can almost forget I am wearing them. The contouring suits me and it is not obvious that I am wearing breast pads. The other major advantage is that they have not one but two adhesive bits. When breast feeding you are likely to be pulling your bra up and down so if the pads don't stick well then they will move. This may well result in a wet top! Lansinoh are very sticky so don't do what I did which was to peel off all the tabs at once then manage to get the pads stuck together. Likewise even when completely brain dead from lack of sleep do put then in your bra the right way up! They apparently are apparently made from a special polymer which doesn't lose shape when wet. Certainly when I have used them they have kept their shape unlike some other brands. The top layer works well to draw moisture away from the skin so I do feel very comfortable. They are available from the usual suppliers eg Boots, Mothercare etc and although may cost a bit more than others at around the £4 to £5 mark I do feel for the comfort and peace of mind they are worth it.
Another day, another essential piece of post labour kit that again nobody really mentions!! Whether you are choosing to breastfeed your baby or not, I soon realised how vital nursing/breast pads were, if you wish to catch any leakage in your bra and just to make things a little more comfortable for yourself. Although I had read about day three of post delivery and how your 'milk comes in', to be honest it was quite hard to imagine what it would be like. Day three arrived and I learnt quickly what it meant, and how uncomfortable the feeling was. Once you have had a baby, and you reach day three, you really do understand what it must be like to be Dolly Parton, not something I had ever anticipated! Well, thankfully, with various pregnancy freebie bags and my sister passing me on any spare she had, I have accumulated quite a few nursing pads, which I have been using over the past few days. One of the freebie that I received in a pregnancy pack was this pack of 2 Lansinoh Disposable Nursing pads, which for a pack of 60 can retail around the £5 mark, which is pretty hefty in my opinion, compared to some of the supermarket branded packs. Lansinoh is a recognised make in the world of breastfeeding. On the packaging, it claims that these nursing pads are 'super absorbent', 'ultra thin' and come with 'adhesive tapes' to help them stay in place inside your bra. They also promote the fact that these pads are now 'even softer' although I won't be able to comment on that as I have never had need to use them before. As I said, I had been using a few different pads over the past few days, and when I opened the packaging of these pads I was quite surprised by the size of them, as they looked moonshape, but them I realised that they opened up and were actually very large in size. Each pad has two adhesive strips, top and bottom ensuring they attach and stay in place well throughout day or night. Surprisingly when you place them inside your bra, they actually are bigger than the other pads that I have used and feel very soft and comfortable to wear. As the manufacturers claim, they are ultra thin and much thinner than some of the other pads that I have worn, and therefore this only adds to the comfort factor when wearing these. In terms of absorbency I found these to live up to the claims of the manufacturer and thought they absorbed all leakage when I wore them, and didn't cause me to feel any wetness or uncomfort, which ultimately is what you are wearing them for. Despite the higher price tag for these pads, there is no doubt that they are of very good quality and you pay for what you get. They are much thinner than other pads and there are definitely soft and comfortable to wear, whilst catching all leakage. I would certainly recommend them to anyone, particularly those that are breastfeeding, or who are larger to begin with in size, as you can then be sure that you are covering the area well and absorbing all necessary to retain comfort during day or night.
Whilst I was pregnant I noticed that my breasts had started to leak, this tended to be later at night or if I applied pressure to my chest such as leaning forward on it so I decided to start making my way through breast pads to see which ones worked best for me. Lansinoh breast pads were origianally a free sample I received from my mother in law who works in a hospital and they had some left over from a breastfeeding class, I always planned to breastfeed anyway so happily took them away to try. Lansinoh are a product designed especially for breastfeeding mothers and this is what they specialise in compared to other products on the market such as supermarket brands etc and are stocked in Mothercare and Boots, I do think other stores may stock them but this is where I have specifically purchased them from. The breast pads themselves are individually wrapped and very thin but surpsingly absorbant. As they are individually wrapped they are easy to slip into the changing bag or handbag to ensure you have some with you at all times. Compared to the cheaper brands out there these felt much softer and with a special design to soak the milk up it leaves you feeling dry all day/night long. The pads have an adhesive side to position within your bra and they do not move once you place them in and with them being ultra thin and ultra absorbant it is easy to enjoy wearing your favourite clothes without the worry of any leakage. Compared to other brands out there the pads do not stick to your breasts which when breastfeeding even the softest touch can cause pain these do not have that problem. I would highly recommend these over any breast pads I have used mainly because you will not need as many as the cheaper brands that although you think offer good value for money these keep you dry and comfortable and have the convenience of being individually wrapped for hygienic purposes. I did originally purchase the Asda Little Angels Breast Pads as they were on offer for 2 for £2 and also Tesco own brand which before I had the baby I thought these were ideal to use for the small leakage I had but they remained damp which in my opinion is not good as it led to me having itchy and irritable nipples. There are some brands worth saving on and some which are worth paying more for and with Lanisoh you really do get quality for a little bit more of an investment. A fantastic item that you really should try, you will get free samples from Bounty packs once you have your baby and also in the Emmas Diary packs but if you visit their website you can also get a free sample posted out to you.
Nursing pads or breastfeeding pads may not be on many people's minds but when you've just had a baby (and even some months later if you are breastfeeding) choosing the right pads will sometimes prove tricky. Bear in mind that you will also need breastpads if you decide to express milk and if you decide to stop breastfeeding soon after giving birth. In all cases you will "leak" breastmilk. Sometimes very heavily. After giving birth I tried fabric pads, which my mother-in-law kindly bought and I also tried the Johnsons ones you get free in the Bounty pack. I was not entirely convinced by either. It is very important to have the right pads as you don't want to risk your breasts leaking in public, especially as sometimes you won't even know you're leaking. The funny looks of passers-by might give you a clue though! I headed to Mothercare and Boots and had a look at all the breastpads available. Because I had used Lansinoh as a nipple cream and it saved me from excruciating pain, the brand stuck in my mind and I thought "If the breastpads are as good as the cream then it's got to be worth splashing out". Yes the price is high. I remember paying around £5.50 for a box of 56 pads but never came to regret it. They are individually wrapped which is great because there will be times when only one breast is leaking so you'd only need to change one pad. They are so slim they go completely unnoticed under your bra. When other brands had left me with itchy or dried breasts or the pads wouldn't really stick to the bra, Lansinoh pads were very soft and very absorbing for a longer time, which meant that I didn't leak breastmilk onto the bed sheets at night and I never leaked when out and about. Not once was I worried about having leaks and they gave me the confidence to go out more in the first days after giving birth. They also stuck to the bra really well and never once fell (again unless other brands I'd used). I would recommend them to wear when you're out and about and at night (for your comfort and peace of mind). During the day, I'd advise you to use cheaper pads such as Boots own especially if you're stuck at home as it won't matter much if you have leaks when you're at home and you can always change them more regularly than the Lansinoh ones plus you'll save a bit of money too. I'd say Lansinoh pads are the best but having also tried Tommy Tippy ones, I'd say they come very close to equaling Lansinoh.
These pads are simply the best by far especially for larger size breasts of those with excessive milk flow. I first used this as had a sample in my bounty bag and were amazed at how big they were. Im a size G and they really covered the whole of the front of the breast where as other pads, hardly covered anything. As they offer so much coverage, they sit better in the bra and dont move and are also more comfatable and feel soft against your skin. They are very thin which worried me, but as they are greater in size the absorbancy is great. Also as they are very thin they are a lot more discreet under clothing and a lot less noticable. I had a real problem with leakage at night and couldnt find any which kept me dry so bought a packet of these after using my sample. They were very expensive at £4 just for 36 and are hard to find mothercare was about the only place I found that stocked them. However they were well worth the money as everynight I used them I woke up dry, I had also had problem with loosing other pads in the night out my bra, but these stayed in place perfectly. I begrudged paying the extra for use in the day, but carried on using them at night for a good few months as kept me and the bed dry
I tried these breast pads after they were recommended on another site and have not been disappointed. I have been breastfeeding now for the past 6 weeks since the birth of my daughter and have definitely found these breast pads to be superior to others. The problem with other breast pads is that they tend to be well-padded but only have a small circumference so they only cover a small part of your breast. This means that you are much more likely to leak through onto your clothes. I found this happened mostly when breastfeeding from the other breast or at night when I produced a lot of milk. Lansinoh breast pads are not like this. They are quite thin (which is fine, I have never leaked through the pad) but cover a larger area so you are MUCH less likely to leak through. The pads are also much less visible through your clothes, which can be a real problem with other pads, especially if you are wearing a fitted top. I buy mine from mothercare or mothercare online.
Not all nursing pads are equal. My criteria for good nursing pads are simple: (1) they should effectively absorb milk and (2) they should be comfortable to wear. Now, every nursing pad that I've ever tried has been able to absorb milk effectively but the comfort issue is something else. Do you know the horrible, painful sensation of gingerly peeling a nursing pad off your tender nipple because your milk has formed some kind of super glue and every time you try to remove the pad your skin seems to be coming away with the pad? Surely it wasn't just me! Alternative Pads ============= I've tried Sainsbury's own brand, Johnson's Baby and Avent nursing pads - they just stuck to my nipples when they became wet. The pads always seemed to be fat, puffy creatures with lots of wispy fibers designed to cling to your skin like tiny, white leeches, reluctant to be detached without taking tiny pieces of skin with them each and every time. Yes, they absorbed milk but my nipples were constantly sore, with wispy fibers stuck to them. And, more importantly, they took so long to peel away from my raw skin that my baby used to become grumpy waiting for her feeds. At first, I excused the pads with "my nipples are sore anyway because baby is learning to latch on". Then, it was "I'm leaking too much/too little". Next, "well, all pads are the same". Finally, I couldn't stand it any longer and contemplated doing without... Lansinoh Pads ============ Salvation came in the form of a free sample of Lansinoh nursing pads (in a Bounty pack - by Bounty.com) - finally I'd found a pad that was wonderful to wear. Lansinoh pads are larger and slimmer than other pads, with a smooth, comfortable surface. When your milk leaks on to the pad, it is gently and completely absorbed; they also absorb more milk than other brands, so you can keep wearing them for longer. Lansinoh pads do not stick to your skin and keep your nipples feeling comfortable. They have an adhesive strip on the back, to help them stay in place when worn. If you're out and about a lot, they are also individually wrapped so you can slip them in your handbag for convenience. When you use Lansinoh pads, you don't notice them because they are so thin and light. When you leak, the pad locks away the moisture - if you feel a used pad, it is soft but lumpy where the milk has been cleverly wicked away under the surface. It may seem way too over the top but I can't begin to describe the comfort and relief that a good nursing pad brings! Until I started using Lansinoh pads, I was beginning to dread feeds because I knew I'd have to peel away another painful, stuck nursing pad and plug my baby on to raw, stinging skin. With Lansinoh pads, I casually feed my baby "on demand" and, later on, remove the used pads and throw them away. With the other brands I tried, the best way to remove them was to sit in the shower (with the stuck pads still clinging to my skin) and wait till they became sodden so they would come away easily. So, what's the down side then? I'm tempted to say nothing but there are a couple of points you should take note. Firstly, the backs of the pads are light pink. This is invisible under most clothes (because the pads are so slim) but if you wear white nursing tops, they may be visible if the material is thin. Secondly, Lansinoh is a premium brand so these pads are more expensive than other brands. (Using current prices* on Sainsburys.co.uk, own brand pads cost about 4p per pad, Johnson's Baby about 9p per pad and Avent about 10p per pad. Using current prices on JohnLewis.com, Lansinoh pads cost about 11p per pad. All prices exclude shipping.) Last Words ========= Having a baby is expensive, I know, but I've learned through experience that there are some things you simply cannot cut corners on. You must use a nappy that fits your baby (not all brands are the same shape/fit), your baby will experience nappy rash so do buy some kind of diaper ointment, mastitis is really painful so a breast pump will be your new best friend, and, you must use nursing pads that are comfortable. Breast feeding can be really easy once you get past the first couple of weeks (when you and baby are both still learning what to do) but it will never work if you are constantly in pain and/or discomfort. I simply cannot recommend Lansinoh nursing pads enough! If you balk at the cost (over twice the cost of a supermarket "own brand") then just think about how much infant formula milk would cost for 1 year's supply versus 1 or 2 nursing pads per day. I rest my case! [*Prices checked at the time of writing - September 2007.]
When i was breastfeeding my son, the only problem that i came across was that at night i leaked like hell!!! I always woke up in the morning with huge uncomfortable wet patches on the bed. (and this was when i was wearing 4 Boots breast pads on each breast, plus a towel underneath me). I was running out of my huge breast pad supply when i came across a 2 sample packs of these in my bounty box. That night i applied one to each breast first then topped it off with another 3 on each from my Boots pack. To my amazement i woke up in the morning and i was completely dry. The next night i wore the next sample pack on its own and once again the next morning i was completely dry. I scoured the internet in vain, but couldn't find them anywhere and from then on i stuck with boots breast pads. Imagine my delight when i stopped becoming so engorged at nights!!! These are individually packaged so they are easier to travel with as they won't pick up filth from your bag. As a mum you always find a half eaten sweet/banana/crisps/amongst others in your handbag! I'm now breastfeeding my daughter and I don't rely on any other breast pad. These are slightly more expensive for a packet than others, but after using 8 cheaper breast pads a night and still being saturated to only using 2 and being bone dry, i've made a massive saving!
Having tried lots of other brands of breastpads, I then tried the sample of the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads that I received in Emma's Diary and have to say that I couldn't believe the difference. They are really really thin and very absorbent, they also have a sticky pad so that they stay in place in your bra. The other good thing is that they are discrete, you can't see them through your clothes, which as we all know is a bit embarrasing!!! I couldn't find them anywhere, so I phoned the Lansinoh office (number on the sample pack) and spoke to a very helpful lady who informed me that the pads are for sale in Mothercare, shops on-line and will soon be on sale in Boots. I would highly recommend this product and at £3.95 for a pack of 36 I think they are very good value. Happy Breastfeeding!
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