I consider myself to be fairly lucky on the breast feeding front, in that I have always had a good milk flow and strong let down, and therefore I have never struggled to feed my daughter. However, what this has meant is that Ive found myself in a few awkward situations, walking around with large wet patches on my tshirt and having to try and hide the fact that my breasts are leaking milk… everywhere.
Because of this, even before my baby was born, I had to invest in some breast pads. Believe me when I say… I have tried them all! The challenge was finding a breast pad that was comfortable, that stayed put in my bra, and that was absorbent enough to soak up the milk that automatically sprayed out the boob that wasn’t being utilised!
Here is the Real Mums Review on 3 of the breast pads I tested – the Good, the Bad, and the Essential!!
THE GOOD – Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Breast Pads
Cost – Between £3 and £5 for a pack of 50 pads.
The Tommee Tippee Closer to Nature Breast Pads come in packs of two – making it very easy to pop a sealed packet into your handbag or changing bag when going out for the day. Described as having a special moisture trapping layer, these are relatively discreet, with a sticky pad to stick onto the inside of your bra.
- Reasonably cheap and regularly on offer in Boots, Mothercare etc
- Reasonably absorbent – I have only had one or two occasions of leakages using these pads.
- Comfortable fabric, not itchy against skin.
- I found it handy that they were wrapped as a pair, but there may be occasions where you just need one, and therefore this could be seen as a negative.
- The sticky pad isn’t particularly sticky, and therefore they can ride up in your bra which can be embarrassing, particularly in the summer when wearing strappy vest tops!
- These would be more than adequate for someone who only leaks occasionally, however if you are a regular leaker like myself, then you may need slightly more absorbent pads to ensure no accidents occur.
THE BAD – Boots Own Breast Pads
Cost – £4.09 for 80 pads. Sometimes part of the Boots Mother and Baby Events. Benefit from extra advantage card points for Boots Parenting Club Members.
Described as soft contoured breast pads – they are supposed to provide protection for your clothes from leaking milk especially just before a feed when your breasts are full or whilst breastfeeding when you have a let-down reflex.
- Cheaper price per unit.
- Large size pad fits fully within your bra.
- Quite simply I found that these didn’t work! Despite having the pads in my bra, I still came home with wet patches on my top. I guess the ‘you get what you pay for’ mentality is really true!
- The material can be a little itchy against the skin, feeling more ‘paper-like’ and the pads are notably thinner.
- No protective wrapping so the pads would get dirty if you took them out in your changing bag unless stored in a separate plastic bag or nappy bag.
ESSENTIAL – Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads are described as having an ultra-thin but super-absorbent contour for a natural fit that won’t show under clothing. The soft, stay-dry lining
is supposed to draw milk away from the skin and into the core of the pad where it is absorbed
by a special polymer to prevent leakage.
Cost: Approx £5.50 for 60 pads, however significantly cheaper when purchased online (currently retailing for £3.79 on Amazon (plus postage fees).
- Not visible under clothes, discreet even when worn in the summer under strappy vest tops.
- Stay put and do not ride up – two sticky pads unlike a lot of breast pads on the market – most tend to have just one.
- Very absorbent- although they do become thick and heavy when full, they do not lose their shape, and don’t feel wet against your skin.
- Easy to open packaging.
- Shaped and contoured (curved) so seem to fit closer to the breast.
- Great at night when my leaking was at its strongest.
- More expensive than others on the market – but this is clearly an example of “you get what you pay for”.
- Wrapped individually – although great from a hygiene point of view it does waste packaging – I seem to have little tabs and wrappers EVERYWHERE!
- Not as readily available in store – tend to be more easily accessible online or in larger boots stores only.