I've heard good things about the Lansinoh brand, so in preparing for becoming a nursing mother I pruchased the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads. I wasn't really sure what to expect in a nursing pad, and wasn't too happy about having to wear pads on my boobs anyway, but these will do... for now.
The nursing pads have a fairly soft cottony material on the side that protects the breast and a soft plastic material with a small adhesive strip that sticks to the bra. The pads are slightly contoured to fit the shape of a breast. The pads come 60 to a box and are individually wrapped in a soft plastic wrapper that easily breaks/rips open.
When I first stuck a pair to the inside of my bra and replaced my bra I knew I wasn't going to be a fan of having to wear nursing pads. These pads are slightly visible through many shirts and some thinner sweaters. The contoured shape seems to hold the pad in place within my bra, but Lansinoh may as well save their company some money and forget applying adhesive to the back of the pads, as the adhesive materials wears off (come on, it's sticking to fabric) and doesn't have much hold to begin with. The soft, cottony material the breast-side of the pads are made of is very comfortable when first applying these pads to the bra. After the first minute or so I forget that I'm even wearing them. Their absorption properties are phenomenol; their is a 'special polymer' within the pad to help whisk moisture away and transform it from its liquid state. This is a double-edged sword, however: while it keeps my bra and tops dry it makes the pads lumpy and hard and uncomfortable. I wear a nursing bra, so when I nurse or pump I simply pull the panels of my bra down to expose my breast. Removing the pads completely wears the already-lacking adhesive even more, and replacing the pads each time I have to do this is simply out of the question as it would be incredibly expensive. I fold the pads down which makes them even more lumpy, but what other option do I have? Another factor adding to the discomfort as the day goes on is that the plastic backing tends to curl over the absorbant side, itching the sensitive skin it should be protecting and comforting like crazy.
Considering all these things I still give these pads a positive rating because I simply have never had a leak when using them, and when I first put them on they are rather comfortable, they fit well, and don't show through shirts as much as reusable/washable pads do. However, I dread the hours after I first apply the pads; the lumpiness and lack of adhesion really irritates me, and I generally end up ripping the pads out and tossing them across the room. I will continue to buy these, however, until something better crosses me.