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Not-so-silly! Silicone washable breast pads.
Member Name: Listerbelle
Date: 08/04/13, updated on 04/10/13 (90 review reads)
Advantages: easy to use and clean, thin, no chaffing
Disadvantages: expensive, not durable, unexpected large leaks
My six-month long experience with these reusable silicon breastfeeding pads, or rather silicon shell-shaped concave/convex cups.
These hand-washable and reusable non-absorbent breast pads collect small amounts of leaking breast milk. Made from transparent silicon and with a slight sticky/tacky coating, they are very easy to use. Unlike regular, absorbable breast pads, LilyPadz are invisible under clothes. They can also be worn without a bra, which removes the necessity of night-time bra-wearing. The LilyPadz are really only suitable for small breast leaks. I recommend waiting until breast milk supply has settled - possibly six to eight weeks post-natally - before using for longer than a couple of hours.
The pad is concave, similar to an open shell. To use, simply put the "outside base" (ie the convex curved side) onto your nipple by placing one finger in the "cup" - as though you're going to catch raindrops into the shell - and then smooth down the sides so that the convex side has now become concave. The inherent tackiness means that they stick to the wearer rather than the bra.
I used LilyPadz at night and for short intervals during the day as alternative to disposable and washable fabric breast pads. They are reportedly safe to use with lanolin nipple cream. These pads collected the small amounts of nipple-leak I produced. When removing the pads, I always made sure that I had tissues near by in case I spilled any milk onto myself. After removing the pads, I washed them by hand with dish detergent then let them air dry. LilyPadz has produced a cleaning agent and cleaning wipes which I've not used.
The company used to claim that this product lasts several months, but more recently it suggests replacing after several weeks due to decreased adhesive effectiveness. I had several leaks, including one that I noticed as I stood up from the desk at my then voluntary job - the entire contents of one pad had leaked at a bottom corner and saturated a large area of my top.
I recommend this product for occasional use.
Currently (April 2013) £14.95 at amazon.co.uk
Summary: A breastfeeding Mum's luxury item ideal for swimming, nights out and some bra-free time
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