Product Type: Tommee Tippee kids equipment
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Not the best
Tommee Tippee Disposable Breast Pads
Member Name: jillycat
Tommee Tippee Disposable Breast Pads
Advantages: Thin and discreet
Disadvantages: Move around don't absorb well crinkle in the bra
A breastfeeding essential I have found over the years of feeding both of my son's is a good breast pad. This is especially true in the early days as you often become engorged as your milk comes in. However even after this I still regularly wear them as often the let-down reflex for me is triggered in the other breast to which he is feeding from and also occasionally if he has slept longer than my body thinks he should have done and is ready for a feed I will have some leakage too. With these points in mind a breast pad for me has several essential criteria. One to stay in place, two to be absorbent, and finally to be comfortable to wear. I personally find these pads fail on at least two of these criteria completely.
The box that the pads comes in is cardboard and displays all the relevant information to the packet and contain 50 pads. Two pads are then wrapped in a small plastic bag to make it easier for you to carry them around. I do however think this is a bit of excessive packaging in my experience and not something that I think is really necessary.
To stay in place the pads have a single adhesive strip, given the size of the pad I find this to be insufficient. Often when they are in place and I have lowered my bra I find they have moved all around the place. It is only because the pads are so large that they have generally remained covering the nipple at all in my experience. I think the pads given their size would be better suited to two adhesive strips to help secure it in place.
The absorption of these is claimed by Tommee Tippee to be "Ultra Absorbent" this I personally would refute as I frequently have found when using these pads that they just haven't coped with the amount of leakage that can occur and they become quickly saturated. This can then lead to the embarrassing occurrence of marks on my tops if I haven't been quick enough to change them which is not always easy to do mid feed. For me I just find that the thinness of them just doesn't translate into absorption abilities.
Comfort wise I have to admit I am torn on how I find them. The thinness of them does make them easy to fit into my bra and they feel nice and discreet. However the size of them often leads to crinkling in my bra which is uncomfortable. Given that I am at present a double D cup for them to crinkle and not fit my cup sizes leaves me to think that small cup sizes must be swamped by these pads. The pads also do rustle for some reason and whilst it is only me who hears this movement in my bra I do find it hugely irritating. The breathable aspects are good with the pad and I never feel as if my breast is getting hot and sweating unlike some cheaper plastic backed breast pads. The microfiber that goes next to the skin is initially very comfortable next to my skin but I do find that once I have had a leak however small that this fibre then gets stuck to the pad and it can result in the pad rubbing against my skin. This is very uncomfortable especially when in the early days of breast feeding I had some tender nipples.
Overall I personally don't like these breast pads I find that they don't stay in place, are not absorbent enough for my liking and after a while of wearing becoming uncomfortable in my bra. As one of the more expensive pads on the market at around £3.70 for a pack of 50 they are not something I would recommend to other mums. I personally prefer both the Johnson's and the Lanisolin brands at a similar cost.
Summary: Not a good pad for breastfeeding as doesn't stay in place and has poor absorption
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