Although I have chosen to bottle feed rather than breast feed, it doesn't exclude me from the need to use breast or nursing pads for a while after the birth of my daughter, and specifically after the third day when my 'milk came in'. I have already wrote a review on another sample pack of nursing pads from Lansinoh, but I had also bought a pack of these Mothercase Ultra Thin Breast Pads, which cost £4.99 for a pack of 40. Since this pack supports Breast Cancer Research the box itself is pink in colour and carries the emblem of this charity.
These ultra thin breast pads are designed to be 'soft, perfectly shaped and ultra absorbent' in order to keep the area clean and fresh. These pads are not only created for those breastfeeding, but can be worn in the late stages of pregnancy if necessary, or by those bottlefeeding for as long as required. If you are breastfeeding, there is advice on the side of the pack stating that you will, on average, require a 100 pads during the first week, and by week 4 you may need 80 pads a week.
One of the features of these pads are that they are individually wrapped in order to promote freshness. They are also designed to be disposable which is obviously handy and more hygenic. Each pad also comes with a 'full length adhesive strip' to ensure the pad will stay in place for as long as possible. As well as being disposable, these pads are also breathable and come with a waterproof backing. The pads are supposed to be absorbent to trap 'excess milk' and keep it locked in, so you feel as comfortable as possible.
I have been using these pads for well over a week now, and I have been very impressed. They are very easy to attach to your bra, and they are large enough to adequately fit most sizes. The fact that they are ultra thin also helps them be discreet within your underwear which is obviously an advantage. In addition, I do find them to be very soft against my skin, so much so that I have forgotten at times to change them as often as I should since I forget that they are even there. Most importantly however they are absorbent. Never once sine wearing these has any milk leaked out onto my bra or outside of the pad, since they are both big enough and absorbent enough to contain all leakage.
All in all, I have been very pleased with these pads, and although I am getting to the stage that I won't be needing these much longer, I would certainly buy these again if the time was ever to come around again.
Having successfully breast fed my two oldest sons, I am well versed in some of the less attractive aspects of breastfeeding - including the excess milk production when milk 'comes in' a few days after birth. I also find that, whilst feeding from one breast, my other breast will pump out milk like the Trevi fountain!
Having previously used the Avent brand of reusable breast pads to combat this problem successfully and discreetly, I decided to buy another pack from Mothercare so that I'd have plenty of breast pads to hand for the early days when excess milk production is at its worst. Unfortunately, my local Mothercare didn't stock the Avent brand so I picked up Mothercare's own brand of washable breast pads which cost £4.99 for a pack of six, so comparable to the cost of the Avent pads.
Mothercare is a well-established brand and is obviously a specialist in the field of maternity and baby products, so I had every confidence in these. Taking these out of the box, they are much thinner than the Avent products and have quite a thick seam sewn through half of each pad. I was a little worried that this seam might be a bit rough and could rub against my nipple, causing irritation, but these pads are incredibly soft and comfortable to wear against my breasts. Whereas Avent pads are totally flat, these ones are slightly shaped, reminding me of Madonna's famous Vogue outfit, although not quite as extreme and pointy! The pads slip easily inside a nursing bra and remain securely in position, due to the shaped design. As they are so thin, they aren't visible under clothing either.
Mothercare claim that these are '...soft, perfectly shaped and ultra absorbent..' All of these claims appear to be true, based on my experience so far. What they fail to mention is whether the pads fulfil their primary purpose which is, essentially, to avoid having wet spots appearing in indelicate positions on your clothes! While the pads clearly absorb excess milk in abundance, what they don't seem able to do is stop your clothes also absorbing the milk too. These pads are just so thin and so absorbent that the milk goes through them in a matter of minutes meaning that my top was soon soaking wet, almost as though I wasn't using a pad at all!
I'm always loathe to waste products and have continued to use these whenever my original Avent set are in the wash. (I get through loads of these at the minute!) The only way in which I'm able to get any reasonable use out of the Mothercare pads is to double them up and use two pads per breast each time. This seems to be reasonably effective but does mean that their sole advantage of being very thin and not visible under clothing no longer applies. Even using two at a time, the pads are still less effective at preventing leaks than the branded alternative.
I've been very disappointed with the performance of these pads. They weren't any cheaper than the premium Avent range but have proved to be totally ineffective for my needs. I certainly wouldn't recommend anybody bother with these. I'll be trying Boots to purchase another pack of Avent to replace these as soon as I can!
When I had my daughter, they nicknamed me Daisy on the Maternity ward because for some unbeknown reason, I was easily supplying enough milk for the whole maternity unit. Hence my 'daisy the cow' nickname was born. Although this was funny, the constant leaky boobs was a complete and utter nightmare. I was changing every half an hour as all my nightdress would be marked where the milk had run. I was feeling particularly fed up, when my aunty, saved the day and bought me some Mothercare disposable breast pads.
Because I had my first baby six weeks early. I hadn't managed to get my hospital bag all ready and so initilally, I didn't have any of these breast pads with me. I would advise anyone who is having a baby to put these pads on the top of your baby bag list, as I found that they were really excellent.
Firstly what struck me, regarding these breast pads. Is how comfortable they are. They fit into the bra neatly and I found the softness of the pad to be of great comfort to me. The pads are circular in shape and are white in colour. So they do not look obvious under your clothes. In my experience, these pads offered good absorbancy, when considering how much milk I was producing. I also found that by doubling up the pads and using two on each breast, I increased the effectiveness and comfort whilst also allowing myself the relief of knowing I had extra protection.
I was pleased to discover that these breast pads did not rub or cause any irritation to my already very sore breasts. Infact they did offer some degree of relief. I found that despite the good absorbancy of these pads, I did have to change them very regualrly as I found that although they didn't leak, they did become quite wet and uncomfortable. What I loved about these pads though, was the fact that they were disposable. This meant that I could throw them away with no worries about washing them or re using. Which in turn made things alot easier.
The mothercare breast pads come in two dofferent size boxes. One box contains 40 pads whilst the larger box contains 100 breast pads. I know that the 100 breast pads are around £5 which I do think is quite expensive. However, I would pay this price a hundred times. As I certainly could not have done without this product.
I found that as the days went on, I began to use a much less quantity of the pads. I found that each pad became much more effective than before. Due to the decrease in the amount of milk I was producing. I still found that the pads offered me a great deal of comfort and reassurance. I found these mothercare pads to be very trustworthy. I felt confident when leaving the home that firstly no one would know I was wearing breast pads and secondly that I would not leak.
Only once in the few months that I was wearing the breast pads did I leak through onto my shirt. This was when I went to baby clinic and alot of the babies were crying when I came out, one of my friends pointed out that I had two huge wet circles on my top. But that was the one and only time when these breast pads did not stand up to the job.
The packaging is very discreet. It is not screaming to everyone that you are using breast pads. The box is pretty and feminine whilst remaining quite clinical.The only problem with the 100 pack box, is it is quite large and therefore more difficult to store away.
I would most certainly advise anyone who is having a baby to consider these breast pads. They offer good protection against leakages. Whilst also providing a great deal of comfort. I would have hated to have had to use a breast pad which was stuffed with padding. But this pad is very light and smooth unyet still performs an excellent job.
I recently became a mother for the first time. Whilst I was pregnant my partner and I decided that we would like our baby to be breast fed and so bought the Mothercare own Brand of disposable breast pads.
My milk has come in in the last couple of days and without being too graphic, breast pads have definitely been needed!
The mothercare own brand breast pads were £5 for 100 disposable pads, which I thought was good value.
The pads themselves have a absorbant side which goes against the breast and the other side protects your bra. The pads are comfortable and soft, not rough and are fairly absorbant. I have been changing the pads quite a lot as have a lot of milk at the moment but when I have been 'programmed' by my little girl, and have less milk then obviously less pads will be needed. At the moment I have been using 6 to 8 pads a day. This has been enough to keep me fresh and dry (and therefore my nipples happy!).
I chose to use disposable breast pads over reuseable pads as firstly there is enough washing to do with a new born baby and secondly I felt that they were more hygenic. Obviously this is individual preference.
I would recommend these breast pads to any breast feeding mothers and will be buying them again when I have finished my pack.
I bought a box of Mothercare disposable breast pads before I gave birth and found them to be pretty rubbish in all honesty. They come in a large box containing 100 pads and it is dark blue and silver in colour, with white lettering on it.
The pads themselves are white. They do not absorb the milk well, it tends to run off them into your bra so you end up with an uncomfortable, damp bra filled with soggy breast pads! They also do not feel very gentle on nipples that are bound to be tender in the early days/weeks of feeding, they are definately rough compared to the Johnsons ones that I also used.
It is worth mentioning though that it was only about £5 for a box of 100 and the Johnsons ones are more expensive than that (although I can't remember exactly how much) so that really ought to be taken into consideration when comparing them I suppose. I guess maybe you get what you pay for - they were cheap and not very good.
When I was pregnat with my first I went mad in mothercare and bought everything I thought I could possibly need, as I intended to breast feed, I grabbed a box of Mothercare breast pads and off I went. i cant remember the exact price as was a while ago, but can remember that incomparison to the toehrs available they were propbably one of the cheapest.
When it came to using them, I noticed they were actually quite small discs, not good for a fuller breast like mine (size G) and slid around really easily in my bra meaning they didnt stay where they were supposed to. The worst bit was the edging to them was quite rigid and crumpled, meaning they rubbed like mad in your bra and were really uncomfatble. Thjis then made you rub them, causing them to move even more and more accidents occured.
By this point I had enough and went off to find other makes, I tried loads before finding 1 i liked. I also think they are two thin that they have no real absorbancy to them, you only need to leak the slightest bit and it leaks through to your clothes. i know you need to change them regularly and once wet they will stop working, but this was instant so was very embarrassing when you had a let-down reflex in public.
Very disappointed as a store like mothercare where products are supposed to be suited to mothers you think the quality would be better. I usually really like all mothercare products and have since breastfed my daughter but i would never use these agin.
I'm currently breast feeding my second child, she just over 7 months now and doing great. I decided to breast feed her way before I gave birth as I'd breast fed my son with great success. One of the first things you learn when you breast feed your child is the need for protection! By that I mean some form of pad that will catch the excess milk flow. There's nothing worse than being out shopping or going for a stroll and suddenly realising you have become a human sprinkler system. Covered in milk and no-where to hide. I've tried all the brands you care to think of but these are tops for me! Gold tops that is, lol. PRICE Vs BRAND ;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-';';';'; I always shop around for everything and breast pads are no different. Price is obviously a deciding factor when considering which brand your going to choose. 40 mothercare disposable breast pads = £2.50 100 mothercare disposable breast pads = £4.50 You will probably find the boxes of 100 are nearly always on special offer. Buy two and get a third free. Which is fab as it makes these the most affordable ones I've found. All the brands I've tried have been excellent at the job they are intended for but they are seldom on offer. Johnsons do 30 for £2.99 Boots do 40 for £3.25 Tesco do 40 for £2.29 and 80 for £3.99 and I can recommend these if you can't get to a branch of mothercare but I have never seen these on offer otherwise I would buy mine from here as it would be more convenient for me as I do my weekly shop online! I have to say that I find no difference between the brands in terms of absorbancy and comfort so Mothercare wins my custom simply because of the offers available. AVAILABILITY ;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;';';';' Well I think most of you have gathered t
hat these are in fact Mothercare breast pa ds so you'll find them in any Mothercare store, lol. You can also buy them from their web site. www.mothercare.co.uk but you'll have to pay the postage and packing price! You could always check out the web site and see if there's a store near you! PACKAGING ;'-;'-;'-;'-;';';';';' Well if you're buying a box of 100 you better expect a pretty big box, lol. I did consider using the title "I've got a big box" but I thought a few members would think I was being rude so I stuck to the title above,lol. The box is a subtle shade of lilac and has a picture of a pregnant woman on the front and information on the product on the back. Its nothing startling but then it's a practical product so I prefer the subtle approach. WHAT THEY'RE MADE OF ;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-;'-; ';';'; Made from highly absorbant, non chlorine, environmentally friendly bleached cellulose (I'm sure its cotton wool) With moisture proof backing and soft a soft lining covering the front of the pad. MY VERDICT ';';';';';';';';';';'; Absorbance Test = These are excellent. I generally change my pads at least every feeding time and if I have leaked a bit or a lot these do tend stop milk leaking onto my clothes. If you have a lot of excess milk then you may need to change between feeds too so it can work out expensive using disposables. Make sure you carry a few in your bag when your out and about and avoid those milky moments and be prepared. Shape and fit = A circular shaped pad (there's a surprise) and they fit comfortably over your nipple area with about an inch to spare all the way around. They have a smooth surface so they don't look obviou
s when your dressed but be careful about which colours you wear (more on that in the next secti on). Comfort and appearance under clothes = Well I have to say these are very comfortable, they have a ultra soft lining so they don't scratch or irritate your nipple area at all. They also have a moisture proof backing so you don't have to worry to much about milk leaking through. As for appearance, well if you like dark coloured tops or blouse's then you're fine but if like me you like to wear something a bit brighter when the suns out, then beware!! I find if I wear any pale colour especially white then you can see these a mile away. I have had one embarrassing moment wearing these. I had arranged to meet my sister for coffee and as I was walking towards her in the coffee shop she suddenly curled up into fits of laughter. Apparently it was all you could notice through my thin white shirt so no more pale colours for me for a while. The most embarrassing thing is, I must have walked about like that dozens of times and no-one said a word!! Environmentally Friendly = Well the box has informed me that these are in fact environmentally friendly. Here's exactly what is written on the box - Caring for the environment. In making this product a modified bleaching procedure has been used which significantly reduces the environmental hazards normally produced by waste during the pulp production process. So now I don't feel so bad about being a totally lazy tw*t and not wanting to buy re-usable pads which I would have to wash by hand. So they are very convenient too. Anything to keep my washing pile to a minimum! If you're pregnant and you're thinking of breast feeding your child then I highly recommend these and I give them a full *****star rating. I just couldn't do with out them. Well that's all the info I can think of so if I've missed anything or if y
ou want to ask me a question, then please feel free to leave a comment and ask away :O)) The price I've placed below is for 100 disposable breast pads!
I am a breastfeeding mum who has been breastfeeding for over 6 months. I bought some washable Mothercare breast pads and have found them to be truely awful. I washed them to try and increase the absorbancy but found this made no difference. They always leaked and it was as if I didn't have a breast pad in place at all. The pads have a shiny cotton side that is supposed to hold the pad in place in your bra but it doesn't. They tend to slip all over the place. The other cotton side is quite rough especially when compared to the Avent washable ones. They don't come with a bag to keep them all together in the wash either. The only good things about it are that they are cheaper than disposables and more enviromentally friendly than disposables but this wouldn't make me buy them again.
I am a new mum (for the second time around) and in the last couple of weeks have become quite an expert on breast pads!! I sent my husband in last weekend to buy me some as I'd almost run out. He didn't go to Tesco's which is where I'd bought the last ones, but instead to Mothercare. He came home with a box of 40 which cost £2.50. The first thing I noticed was that they were quite a bit smaller than the Tesco's pads. But they felt quite soft and seemed to have lots of padding to soak up the drip milk. However, when I slipped them into my bra they were really uncomfortable. The edges of the pad weren't nice and smooth, but all crinkly and these crinkles dug into my skin and was very uncomfortable. So much so that I only used about 6 of them before putting the rest in the bin. It may have been the way that they were packaged that caused the edges to crinkle, as they come in a plastic bag in a box. I feel that the plastic bag isn't quite big enough and causes the edges to not lie flat. Also at £2.50 for 40 they're not exactly cheap when you consider that Boots do 100 for £4.95. I certainly shan't be buying them from Mothercare again and wouldn't recommend them either.
I started using the mothercare washable pads straight after Ethan was born, and I found that they do not absorb the milk well, instead of just having a wet patch on your clothes your also left with two soaking wet pads, which is not very usefull when your out. Its also impossible to keep up with washing them they need doing so often. After struggling with these for the first week I brought some mothercare disposable pads, which I found were comfatable absorbant and saved loads of washing, I now use the washable ones as well as the disposable, which act as a back up when im out, although I must say ive found cheaper brands of disposables to be just as good.
I got a couple of packs of Boots washable breast pads when I had my first baby. They were very absorbent and I was very impressed, however I did notice that after a few weeks, some of them had a tendency to leak a little around the seam (they have a dart like seam in them to give them their shape). I actually did return some of them to Boots with a complaint letter and got my money back, but it seemed to be a particular batch as others from there didn't leak at all. I have found that the material has bobbled and this means that sometimes the pads stick to me when they are wet/damp. This can be a bit uncomfortable. With my second I got some Mothercare ones. They are a bit thinner than the Boots ones so a bit less obvious under clothing. However I would not recommend these for the very early days when leakage is heavier as they are not so absorbent as the Boots ones. They do have a very soft inner lining, and unlike the Boots ones this does not bobble up after washing and did not stick to me when I had leaked. Both of them are machine washable and I will use them again. My favourite ones are the Mothercare ones because of the soft lining. Also because they are less obvious under clothes. They have stood up well to being washed and tumble dried too.