Pros: They don't leak. Really. Ever. Contoured shape fit breasts of any shape/size Sensible in comparison
Cons: They bunch They irritate sensitive breast skin Environmentally unsensible/irresponsible
The Bottom Line: The bottom line is still searching for the perfect nursing pad.
I'm on a quest to find a nursing pad I love and what a quest it seems to be. While I haven't tried too many yet (my baby boy is only just over 9 weeks) I'm fairly disappointed so far. You'd think that with the push for mothers to breastfeed there would be an abundance of worthy products on the market. Unfortunately many of the nursing pads I've come across are simply worthless.
About the Product
This product claims to be very absorbant with a 'soft stay dry lining,' and made of waterproof material. It also claims to be thin and discreet with a contoured shape. The pads have adhesive tape to help hold them in place.
This product comes in boxes of 36 or 60 pads. The pads come in a purple box and are individually wrapped in soft plastic paper. The side that rests against the breast is a white cottony material and the side that sits against the bra is pink and a soft plastic material.
I purchased a box of 60 of these pads about three months ago, right before I had my baby. I used these pads exclusively for the first few weeks, which was when I had the most irregular flow, before switching to reusable pads. I first opened two of the individually wrapped pads and was immediately turned off by the amount of waste they produce. I removed the piece of paper that covered the adhesive strip and placed each pad in my bra. The pads are contoured slightly and fit into my bra nicely; I happen to have fairly big (DD+) boobs and was surprised when the pads covered a good portion of the cups of my bra. The contour combined with the flexibility of the material seemed like they would fit well in any size bra for any size breast. I use nursing bras and simply opened the cup/flap to put these pads in place; the access via this front closure made it easy to place the pads correctly and they were easy to readjust as my breasts got fuller as time went on, the adhesive strip helping to hold them in place. After a few hours I know I leaked into the pads, but not once did I notice any spots on my shirt or bra, either through the pads or around the perimeter of them: they offered complete coverage with no leaking whatsoever. I checked myself frequently and also didn't notice that the pads had any moisture either sitting in them or on top of the material (like, before it gets absorbed). Moisture was being whisked away from my skin immediately and I never had time to notice any liquid or have any discomfort because of the liquid. This is where I started getting frustrated, however. When I would pull down the flaps of my bra to nurse the pads would fold up a little. Replacing them was a nightmare: they crinkle into themselves and are similar to a wadded up maxi... impossible to flatten back to it's normal state, plus the adhesive strip became less and less adhesive leading to more slipping and moving of the pads. The more I moved the flaps of my bra down and moved the pads around the more they crinkled and it irritated the crap out of me. Also, as the day wore on the constant readjustment of the pad likely combined with it becoming full of my milk made it bulkier and crumpled and more obvious under my shirts. The plastic backside of the pads would often curl towards my skin; although it is a very soft plastic material anything touching soft nipple, areola and breast skin can be incredibly irritating, and it definitely was. When I wear these pads I generally get frustrated before the end of the day and rip them out of my bra, which isn't difficult since the adhesive strip, by that point, is generally non-existent.
Obviously these pads annoy me, but they actually perform pretty well before they get to that annoying stage. As I mentioned, I have never once had a leak with these pads, and I've been known to wear them for a good 12-18 hours on a few ocassions. The soft absorbent material really is soft and absorbent and make the pad incredibly comfortable (at least at first!) to wear. The contoured shape makes them fit fairly discreetly into my bra and they seem as if they'd fit most cup sizes very well. They are relatively cheap I suppose, at between $7-10 for the 60-piece package. The individual wrappers are easy to open and make it easy to toss a few into my purse, diaper bag, and work desk drawer. I'll mention again that I never even feel moisture on my skin when I use these pads.
But for the bad: I understand that for sanitary reasons the pads need to be wrapped within the box, but individually? I can't think of a time (though I am only one person) when I've needed just one nursing pad. Would it maybe have been more economical to wrap two together? It would cut down on waste and chances are it wouldn't bother too many nursing mothers. While these pads claim to be discreet -and they are at first- moving them around too much makes them fold into themselves and become obviously bulky. A woman who wears these pads is likely nursing, expressing milk, or both and will therefore have breasts that change shape and size (whether slightly or, in my case, quite a bit) throughout the day, plus the need to expose the breasts for these purposes is a frequent one. No matter how I've tried do this the pads always end up getting twisted and wadded up into themselves; I've folded my bra cups down completely flat, I've removed my breast under my bra band, I've simply gone ahead and folded the bra cup and pad in half beneath my breast... nothing seems to prevent these pads from bunching, and once they bunch they're just a big crinkled wad that anyone approaching me head-on can clearly see. I also can't stress enough how irritating to the skin the plastic backing becomes when it curls to meet my skin. Itchy and painful are the best two words to describe it. Avoid the irritation and bunching can only be accomplished by throwing out the pads every time I breast feed or pump, and that is just plain wasteful.
As I mentioned to another nursing epinions mother, finding the perfect nursing pad seems to be as difficult as finding that elusive perfect maxi pad... is there even such a thing? While the Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads are definitely not perfect they seem to be fairly sensible, for disposable pads. I have used (and have been just as torn) Gerber Reusable Nursing Pads and my pros and cons seem to be completely opposite of those mentioned here, but those pads also aren't perfect. With Lansinoh Disposables I feel pretty bad spending money on something that irritates me and that I just end up throwing away (but heck, once again the same can be said of maxi pads) but it cannot be overlooked that these pads JUST DON'T LEAK. For now, I will continue alternating using them with the Gerber pads, as both pads are good for different situations.
Oddly enough, while these pads receive the same rating from this reviewer as the Gerbers, I actually use them less often simply because of the comfort factor. I'm still looking for the best nursing pads, and would prefer something that's environmentally responsible.
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Laura Elizabeth 'Anderson' Brack (laurashrti)
I'm brand new to Lunch and looking to get settled. I write on epinions.com as laurashrti, and enjoy writing product reviews. I'm a 27-year-old library employee working … more
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