Sitting down to write this review made me think - I wonder how many breast pads I've actually gotten through in the past fourteen, almost fifteen months?! Not to mention the amount that I used when I was still pregnant and in my last trimester because of all the embarrassing leakages!
Since having Kai, I have used that many different brands of breast pads that I've lost track of them all, however the current box of them that I have is Tesco own brand. The box contains eighty pads and it cost me £3, which is the full price and quite a bit cheaper than the branded (eg tommee tippee & johnsons) breast pads.
The pads come in a basic cardboard box which has a neutral colour scheme and there is a picture of a woman holding her baby on the front of the box. The pads themselves aren't individually wrapped, which doesn't bother me personally because they are in a secure box so there is no worry that germs have been on them or anything. The feel of the pads isn't as nice as some of the others I have used as the texture isn't quite as smooth if that makes sense, they feel a bit like tissue paper!
They are a good size, though a little on the thin side. Removing the backing strip couldn't be easier and they stick to my bra no problem and stay in place. They are also very easy to remove and no sticky residue from the adhesive is left behind. These are the first supermarket own brand breast pads that I have used, and I am surprised at how good they are considering that they are so much cheaper than the other brands I have used.
Please bare in mind though that I don't have have leaks all that often anymore and when I do, the flow isn't usually very heavy. I don't tend to get out of the blue leaks anymore either, and I wear the pads mainly after nursing, or during the night just in case and to avoid getting any small drops of milk onto my clothes. They are also handy for when i need to slather on lots of greasy nipple cream as it stops the cream getting onto my clothing. The pads soak up any moisture and I can leave them in all night and not worry that there will be any leaks.
I would definitely recommend these as they are cheaper than the other brands I've used. The quality isn't quite as good as they're thinner and not as nice material so I am going to give them four out of five stars.
After having my little boy and deciding to try breast feeding I quickly learnt that breast pads were a must to save my tops from ending up soaked in milk that had leaked from me. A quick run to Tesco's and I quickly found Tesco's pads at just over £2 for 40 were a hell of a lot cheaper then the brand ones which were almost £5 for the same amount!
So I picked up the feminine looking purple box and headed for the till.
When I got home I opened up the box, they weren't wrapped in any type of foil or plastic but I suppose there isn't really a need. They weren't the biggest of breast pads I had seen but I thought as long as they did the job they wouldn't be too bad.
On the back there is a red strip of plastic which you pull of and it leaves the sticky strip to stick to the inside of your bra. This was the first drawback. As it is only a strip of stickiness along the middle of the pad I found when moving around in the day the pads would sometimes fold up on themselves and crumble up in your bra, making me very uncomfortable!
The second thing was that I found them to be quite itchy, as the fabric they were made out of just wasn't very soft especially when I compare it to the Johnson breast pads I have since used.
The back of the pad had a waterproof lining to stop any of the milk from leaking into your clothes however as the pads are quite small I soon found that within 30 minutes to an hour the breast pad just couldn't hold any more and it would leak. This was annoying as if I was out I couldn't be changing the pads this often and so I more then often ended up with the wet top again!
I only ever used the one box of these and then bought the more expensive brands. I've learnt that sometimes you have to spend a bit more money on some things!
Obviously I was going to have to yell it from a distance. We were just outside the office revolving door, H had lit a cigarette and for reasons I was about to unveil, I was keeping well away. "I'm PREGNANT" I said in a stage whisper I hoped was loud enough for her to hear but quiet enough for the Security Guard to miss it. She looked at me for a minute, then stumped for a reply she dredged up something she knew to ask about pregnancy. "Are your boobs leaking?" I was horrified. Would this happen? When would it happen? After a quick google, Best Friend was summoned by text to come shopping for the gross side effects of having a baby.
Best Friend tried (she's a tree hugger) to get me to buy reusable pads, but I was having none of it and wanted disposable. As luck would have it, I didn't need to use the pads until after I had my baby. By then I had a selection - I'd been given some Tommee Tippee ones, bought some Mothercare ones and I was really getting through them. Seeing the special offer in Tesco, two boxes of 40 for £2, I was over the moon. Thankfully I only purchased those two boxes and didn't get carried away. These are normally £2.61 and comparatively they were very cheap, with the Tommee Tippee box of £50 next to them priced at £4.58.
The Tesco pads aren't wrapped, which is fine for me. When you get through a lot of them, more unnecessary packaging only serves to irritate. The box is an unobtrusive pastel and flat enough to fit in the drawer of the bedside table. The pads themselves are smaller in diameter than the other makes I've tried, so they don't peek out of a low cut nursing bra, but much thicker, so they sometimes show through a shirt. I was pleased to see that they had an adhesive strip right across them rather than the pathetic dab on the Mothercare ones - this is crucial to avoid them dropping from the cup of the bra onto the floor of the bus when you're performing a sneaky feed.
But the most important factor is absorbency. These are terrible, sopping wet after an hour, they have no plastic back to keep them from sponging circles on my strappy tops and t-shirts, my pyjamas are soaked when I wake in the night. Their dampness dissolves the sticky back and they thud, dripping, onto the floor as your baby nudges you for food. They are honestly not fit for purpose and every time I run out of my preferred brand and take two of these from the seemingly never ending box, I regret it. Even now my milk production has settled a little and other brands last the day, these aren't up to even short spells.
Having wet boobs leads to discomfort, to rashes and cracked nipples which I'm keen to avoid. I might smell of milk when it's puked over me, but I don't have to put up with it oozing through breast pads I've paid good money for. With decent breast pads, leaky boobs aren't so troublesome and my initial horror now makes me laugh.
As any breastfeeding mother will tell you, it is vital to be protected from leaks appearing through your clothes, so breast pads really are a necessity for nursing mothers. Even though I have been feeding my daughter for four months now, and I generally have the right amount of milk, it is vital to wear pads for when I feed on one side, the other responds in kind so to speak!
I have tied a number of pads, and these are one of the cheapest you can buy at £2.61 for 40, they were nearly half the price of the branded varieties. I was pleased to see that they come in a pretty, pastel coloured box, which blends in well with other toiletry items. The box opens easily at the top and refastens with a tab.
My first impression of the pads was that they are smaller than the ones I was used to, and subsequently were thicker to provide the same amount of absorption. This was not a good sign. Why were Tesco making something thicker that is meant to be discreet? I also thought they seemed rougher to the touch than some of the other brands I've tried, but to be honest I didn't actually notice this while wearing them.
The pads are able to be attached to your bra by way of an adhesive strip on the bottom third of the pad. This is great as you can flip it out of the way whilst feeding without having to remove it altogether.
In terms of absorbancy, the pads did their job, and I had no visible leakages. However, I did notice that they became quite lumpy when they absorbed milk, and did not seem to disperse the milk around. This again was not good for something meant to be discreet and I felt rather self-conscious about them.
I mentioned before that they are smaller than some other pads, and so if you wear them at night, it is rather more difficult to postion them correctly and therefore are less effective.
I have not been greatly impressed with these pads. Sadly, this is one area I am not able to compromise on quality so will be sticking with the branded varieties.
This was a product that most women will be completely unaware of until they have their first baby. When I had my first daughter I noticed 'Breast Pads' on the list of things I should buy, but it wasn't until my milk came in that I fully understood why I would actually need them. Breast Pads are basically round absorbant pads that soak up any excess leakages. This prevents the embarassing soaking of your tops and keeps your underwear and clothes nice an dry.
Now I have tried a variety of different breast pads and I have been really suprised by how expensive they can be. While some of them to be of superior quality, they also seem to come with a hefty price tag. As I have breastfed all my bubbas for a number of months, this equates to a lot of pennies spent on this product. It is for this reason, that I have tried to seek out cheaper alternatives. Cleanliness is really important with breastfeeding and I don't want to be restricted by the cost of changing the pads at frequent intervals so I have opted to buy supermarket own brand pads which seem to be much cheaper.
This time round I am mainly a Tesco shopper so I opted to try their Breast Pads. A box of 40 Ultra Slim Breast Pads costs a reasonable £2.61 which is significantly cheaper than the premium brands.
I have been using the pads for 4 weeks now and I have no major complaints. They have done their job and I haven't experienced any problems with leaking. They are really quite slim and seem to be concealed really well within my bra. Thumbs up so far... but then it comes to comfort..... this is where this product fails to compete with the more expensive alternatives. They just don't feel as soft to the touch and I found them a little rough when I put them in place. It wasn't so bad to be annoying but I just noticed that I was more comfortable when I removed them.
Each individual pad has a sticky strip, this means you can attach them to the inside of your bra and they will stay in place when you undo your bra for feeding. This is a major benefit as when I have used pads without the adhesive I have experienced breat pads falling on the floor in cafes - cringe.
Overall I think these are a pretty good product and I will continue to use them to save the pennies.
I started off using Tesco disposable breast pads, I found them quite small and often leaked through my top. I do have alot of milk and they fill up very quickly and then begin to run out at the botton. I still buy them on occasion to have in my bag as the they are well priced and good for an emergency. However, Tesco were doing a slimline version of the same pad. These covered more of the breast and although were much thinner they are fantastic. I have never leaked and find these super absorbant. I went to an E cup after birth so the size maybe why the wider pads work best for me. Unfortuantly I haven't seen these on sale for a while and think Tesco may have taken them off sale. I expect as the box looks so similar but the slimline pads were more expensive, they may have had less sales. Even though they were more expensive I go through the smaller pads so quickly that it is alot cheaper to purchase the slimline. They are also the same as the top brand pads but alot cheaper.
After purchasing some AVENT breast pads at £3.99 for a box of 40, I thought hey I will buy some cheaper ones and save myself a few pounds, afterall there can't be much differance between them as there really is not much that can go wrong.
Boy how wrong was I, after purchasing the Tesco breast pads at £2.94 for a box of 80 (bargain I thought), I could see they were slightly thinner but this didn't really bother me so in my bra they went. Next came feeding time and this is were the real problems began, the pads just can't cope with any liquid and I was absolutley drenched down the one side of my top (not a good look).
I did give them a few chances but they let me down each time, maybe I could change them more often but thats just false economy.
They also go quite crispy if they get the smallest amount of milk on them.
I think I will stick to a thicker pad that may be seen through my top than have two massive wet patchs.
Where do I start, I tried about 15 different breast pads with my son as had a really strong let down reflex so needed something to keep me dry, especially at night when I would have to wake several times in the early stages because I would be wet though.
My partner actually bought these when my son was admitted to hospital and i needed a quick fix, tesco's happen to be next door and being a typical bloke he picked the cheapest option.
They do look quite nice in comparison to other cheap makes as they are thin and have a dent for the nipple, however they lack any real fitted shape and are really thin and flimsy. they also come tightly packed in a cardboard box so are quite squashed when you get them out.
The absorbancy is awful, these are the worst out of all I have tried, once your reflex kicks in they cannot hold even the slightest bit of milk and within seconds your clothes are wet through. Within the 2 days in hospital I used them I went through the whole packet as was having to use 2-3 pads on each breast just to try and stay dry- but still he didnt work. As a result i went through no end of tops I had leaked on, and was glad to be back home and use a better make which i was confident in.
I decided to try these pads as the price was great. They were on display on the self in my local Tesco and straight away the box and the price jumped out at me. The pads I was using were good, but I thought I try the 'value' one and soon realised you definately get what you pay for.
On my first trip out shopping, I was feeding my son and woosh..... I felt one of the breast pads fill up and leak... sending milk all down my top. I was so annoyed and the words on the box stood out "leak proof to protect clothes" and "absorbent" which was an understatement, as I only has them on for about an hour.
I would not buy these again. I have a box of about
32 sitting on my shelf and i wouldn't even bother wearing them to bed for the fear of drowing!!
I gave birth to my daughter Isabelle in November and have breast fed ever since. I am loving every minute of it apart from the leaks (and the silly bras!) I want a pad which doesn't restrict what I wear too much, since the bras do that enough already!
These pads come in packs of 40 (£2.29) and 80 (£3.99) so they are well priced compared to other brands and since I shop in tescos they just go on my weekly shop. I find I need just under 80 a week.
They come in a nice discreet pink cardboard box which doesn't look hideous in the bath room unlike some of the bigger boxes with breasts on (which my 4 year old is fascinated by!)
The pads do claim to be 'gently shaped to fit the contour of your breast' but I disagree (either that or my breasts are odd!) They seem a bit flat to me but they do fold up a bit in your bra to compensate. They also have a little indent in the centre to fit your nipple in but to be honest if your nipples are a bit sore this wouldn't fit anyway! They are very soft and I have never been sore at all with Isabelle, whereas I was with my son, and I think part of that is down to having good pads. I have found these pads to be so comfortable that I forget they are there after seconds. I cannot however wear one of my thin tops as you can make out the shape of the pad through the top. The actual diameter of the pad is perfect, as is the thickness, Its just that that top would show through a speck of dust!
No matter how much you leak the pads will not leak through since they have a milk proof sheet at the back, although obviously the milk may come out of the sides eventually if you don't change them quick. I change mine after every feed (about 4 hourly) and never have any leaks, although my flow has now settled down and I was caught out a couple of times in the early days!
The only complaint I would have is that they have no sticky pads on them to keep them in your bra. I wouldn't use the stickers any way because I find they stay in place well already but friends have said they won't use them because of this.
Obviously you cannot flush these down the toilet (a friend tried and had to pay a plumber to fish them out!)
All things considered these pads are excellent: very absorbant, comfortable and cheap. So I won't be trying any more brands again.
Good luck to any one breast feeding I hope you enjoy the experience as much as I do. xx
Undoubtedly Tesco's disposable beast pads are as good as any other brand, but they don't absorb milk like washables. We have an airing cupboard for drying laundry, but I'm sure folks can find a spot by the bedroom radiator for drying washable breast pads in winter. Disposables, well, they're just like a tissue when wet. I made up my mind after my babies second jab, he cried all the way back to the car making me leak milk which was very visable. Also adding to the landfill sites, and while I can understand disposable nappies, who wants to handle poo, washing breast pads is no problem. Don't waste your money on something you'll chuck in the bin, buy ones you can use again.
I tried Johnsons breast pads and I was very impressed with them, the only thing I wasn't impressed with was the price of them. I was walking down the aisle in Tescos when I noticed a box of breast pads, they must be popular because it was the last box on the shelf!! So I decided to give then a try, thinking they should be good because Tesco's wouldn't want to produce poor quality goods and give themselves a bad name. I was right, they were good, infact they were as good as any others I had tried. They are soft and comfortable, and are a good fit, with the nipple imprint to help them sit comfortably in your bra. They cost me £2.29 for a box of 40. The only problem I have found is the absorbency. I don't know if it is the pads that don't have enough absorbency or if it is just me leaking more milk than most, because I have to use 2 on each side at a time. But this still works out cheaper, as I am buying so many. They are available in boxes of 80, but only at the larger stores. I had considered using reusable pads, but I seem to get through so many a day that they would all more than likely be in the wash at the same time (either that or I'd be trying to get them dry). I would definately recommend these to anyone, you get very good quality for what you pay (even if you do have to use 2 in each side)
Imagine my dismay when my husband returned from Tescos with their own brand breast pads. Up to that point I had been using Avent disposables which on hindsight weren't as good as I then thought they were (see review). Not wanting to send my husband back to Tescos to get 'the right one's' I decided to give the Tescos breast pads a try. I was immidiately suprised and pleased by them. They were extremely soft, comfortable, absorbent and they didn't slip around inside my bra..........something which I found was a problem with the Avent ones. I'm now using Tescos breast pads all the time. I was worried that they wouldn't hold all the milk I was leaking (and still am) but so far I am very pleased with them. My breasts have been leaking a LOT of milk and not one of my Tescos breast pads have allowed the milk to soak all the way through to my clothes. Also I find that the milk doesn't dry onto to pads, and then stick to my breasts, something which I also found happened with the Avent. I would definitely recommend using Tescos breast pads.........I thought that I would find a better quality in Avent ones, but have found that you don't have to pay extra money for the 'good' brands. Tescos own are just as good.........if not better.
I loved these pads, although I mainly used washable ones I kept disposables in stock for emergencies (like when I was behind on the washing!). They are a nice shape with an amusing "dent" in the middle where your nipple is supposed to go! The shape is nice and tapered at the edges so they are less obvious under clothes. They are not very absorbent, but I found this with all disposable pads. I had to change the pad as soon as I'd felt a leak, and in the early days these pads were not sufficient to cope with a single let down reflex. I did find that my clothes got a soaking more than once when I relied on these, I would not rely on them when out and about. It is worth having them in though for use at home and when your supply is more established so you are leaking less.
I knew from the start that I was going to breast feed my baby, so I had thought long and hard about whether to use disposable pads or reusable ones. I decided to use disposable ones mainly for ease, and as I shopped at Tesco I decided ton try their own brand. They are inexpensive, don't leak (unless you put them in back to front like I did!) and they are very discreet would definitely recommend these to anyone planning on breastfeeding.