I wish I had never bought these breast pads. When I saw the box in the Boots store I thought they were a good idea as I was going through roughly six sets of pads a day and the disposable ones were proving to be very expensive so I had been looking at the cloth alternative that could be washed and reused. These were £5.20 and worked out the same as buying two of their boxes of disposable pads so I decided to give them a go, purchasing one pack in case they weren't for me and I am glad I did.
The pads are round and white, they have no real contouring to speak of and came in a little mesh bag which is handy for washing them in. You receive six pads in a box which is three changes. I was changing six times a day at this point so thought it best to keep disposables in my bag as well. Luckily I did. These pads didn't last an hour before they needed changing. My top and bra had the horrid circles of dampness on them and I had to change those as well. I decided to try them again after washing them as I know that some fabrics can become more absorbent the more they are washed. This wasn't the case. The material bobbled and became a really irritant to already sore and sensitive breasts and I had to go back to the disposable pads relatively quickly. The only part of the product I kept was the wash bag as I use it to put my sons socks in so I don't lose them in the washer and drier.
I was shopping in Boots recently for yet another box of breast pads when I remembered the advice given on here to buy some washable pads as they were far superior to the disposable ones. After a few calculations I bought a box of six pads which came with a net bag for washing the pads and figured it was worth giving them a go.
The pads have an absorbent side and a nylon backed side to stop leaks going through. They are quite large and thick with no adhesive on them so they do move around a bit in my bra but I have found these slide up more whereas with the disposable pads they slid downwards more! They are a bit visible through certain tops which is a bit limiting if you are trying to look nice out and about but at least with the cold weather I normally have a coat or jumper on so you can't see them. In the summer or at a posh event this could be a problem.
I can't fault these for absorbency, there have been no accidents. I do wish they would stay in place though. With three pairs, you do have to do a regular wash with them although you could hand wash them if you didn't have a load to send them in with. I think the price is OK for what you are buying although they do remind me a bit of the removable padding you sometimes get in swimwear! I would not want the pads to be any smaller (some reviews have said they are too large) as I feel protected with body movement as they do fill the inside of your bra.
Slightly irritating, the net bag gets hooked on the bra fastenings (hook and eye) in the wash and has pulled the strings on the bag and I usually have to untangle the bag from the bras! Other than that the pads come out clean and fresh and I usually dry them on top of the radiator for an hour rather than risking them in the tumble dryer. After a month of washing and wearing the three pairs they are starting to look a bit bobbly round the edges and not as white as they started out.
The box of 6 pads cost £5.20. If you try them and find that you get on with them it is probably worth buying two boxes so you always have a pair of clean pads to hand. I have a friend who is currently pregnant who plans to breast feed but these aren't the sort of thing you pass on really but I will recommend them to her as a better alternative to disposables!
I have had problems with breast pads through two babies now and I am glad I tried these. I don't think they are 100% fool proof but they are definitely better than the disposables and will work out cheaper than buying those to throw away in the long run. I still have a box of Boots disposables for the days when all three are in the wash although I might consider a repurchase in the near future so I have enough sets as the disposable ones really drive me mad and I can often be seen peering down my own top to see if they are in the right place!
Breast pads are a product that you are unlikely to know anything about before you have a baby, why would you? I was planning on breast feeding and as it was on my list of things to buy I thought I would give Boots own disposable breast pads a try. You can get reusable washable ones which are better for the environment but I knew I was going to have quite enough washing with the twins stuff so disposable it was for me.
These breast pads come in a very simple cardboard box with a pink flower design, as you get 80 breast pads in a pack the box is quite large for storing. It tells you that the product provides 'protection for your clothes from leaking milk' and that the pads are 'soft and absorbent'
I also received some Tommee Tippee breast pads free with my manual breast pump and in comparison to those these breast pads are on the small side. There is no adhesive strip on these breast pads to hold them in place so they did sometimes move about a bit but mostly my nursing bra held them in place. They are described as soft and absorbent are whilst they are fairly soft again in comparison to Tommee Tippee they fell short in the comfort department. I found the absorbency of these pads fine for my needs as I only leaked very lightly and after I had been feeding for a while not at all, my twins weren't letting any milk go to waste in leakage! If you suffer from anything other than light leakage then I don't think these are the breast pads for you as they wouldn't have coped if I had leaked any worse than I did or you would have been changing very frequently.
Price and Availability
As a Boots own product they are available in their stores or at www.Boots.com
A box of 80 costs £4.09 but this cost can be reduced by making the most of Boots regular baby events when they offer 3 for 2 across a range of their baby products. In comparison for the same price a box of Tommee Tippee breast pads only contains 50.
Would I recommend?
Yes, but only if you only suffer from light leakage. They did the job for me and for the savings made against other brands I stuck with them.
During the first few weeks after giving birth it is inevitable that you will have a few leaks althogh this does tend to settle down for most women once the let down reflex is under control... I Have tried a few different types of breastpads and i have to say that these are a complete waste of money. they are bulky, leaky and worst of all if you wear any kind of clothes that are even vaguely tight fitting you can see the lump of the breast pad through your clothes.... not a good look in my opinion! they are also quite small so if you have ample cleavage then they look even more odd through your clothes!
at about £4 for a box of 80 you most definatly get what you pay for.
I found that the best breastpads were the closer to nature ones. really discreet and thin. Not like the boots ones!
And they are basic. Boots disposable breast pads come in packs of 80 and cost £3.99 per pack. They claim to be 'both soft and absorbent... protect[ing] your clothing from breast milk leakage and keep you feeling dry and comfortable.' This review shall comprise of an assessment of how and whether they achieve these things as well as a variety of other criteria that I consider important..
In no way are these soft. They itch, and scratch, and generally create the rather unattractive image of 'woman constantly grappling with nipples'.... I really wouldn't recommend them if only for this reason.
Around 10cm and without the sticky tab that other disposable breast pads usually have, they tend to move about alot in my bra (theoretically the bra is supposed to hold them in place.... meaning not only do you have to double layer them (see below) but also make some attempt at overlapping them. THeir size also limits their absorbency....
Meaning it's necessary to double or triple layer them if they're to last for longer than an hour. Still, you'll probably only make three per breast last around 2 hours: that's 6 pads every two hours or 48 in a day. At £4ish outlay every couple of days this sort of expenditure is bigger than my chocolate habit, without the related pleasure!
While they're not as big as nappies, disposing of this number of breast pads a day is hardly eco-friendly. Either they need to do much better on the absorbency front (on the basis they're more convenient than reusable pads) or reusable options need to be used.
The final 'con' is the fact they're sufficiently bulky to show through plain coloured (especially white) clothes. Boo!
ULTRA SLIM BREAST PADS:
These are the other option offered by Boots, and come individually wrapped in packs of 38, retailing at £3.49 - making them almost twice the price of the standard Boots pads on a price / pad basis. While they suffer on the eco front as a result of the extra packing, I found that this wrapping meant they were good to throw in the handbag as a supplementary basis (to my reusable ones). They also had a bigger diameter (15cm) than the other Boots ones making them much more absorbent, giving them more staying power, and making them less likely to end up at the opposite end of your bra to your nipple. Much softer too!
But why hasn't anyone invented a breast-pad holder/dispenser of the likes of the plastic tampon ones you can get?
I've been breastfeeding now for two and a bit years out of the last three years. I've tried a few breast pads early on in my first time breast feeding and again recently as I haven't been able to get out and I've been bought various makes by the kind souls to pick up bits of shopping for me.
My friend got me a packet of boots breast pads, the ones I requested weren't there and she assumed they would be good as boots stuff normally is.
The packet is quite good and inside they look similar to my usual brand before they changed their design. They're quite big circular pads, with a pink water proof backing but they're very thin. They come in a square box with the pads packed individually. I was a little doubtful at this point, as they were so thin, bearing in mind I'm used to going a couple of feeds before having to change them. Not with these though. One feed later and I needed to change them. I think I feed approximately every half hour during the day and every two to three hours during the night, a 50 pack of my usual brands normally lasts me just over five days, these would've barely lasted 48 hours if I hadn't of thrown them in the bin after changing them seven times in the first two hours. With some feeds I found them sorely lacking as they couldn't take the amount of milk produced and I ended up with it seeping through my bra and into my clothes, they definitely don't last overnight.
I wouldn't even think of suggesting that anyone buys these, they are not good value for money at all as they don't do the job that they are meant for. These breast pads were a waste of time and money. These were a big disappointment and caused me to do a lot of extra washing and drying. They would've got no stars out of five but You can't do that so they got a begrudging one.
These are great. I'm afraid one of the most essential post-pregnancy buys that you need (if you breastfeed) are breast pads.
If you do not use them you end up with icky milk seeping through your bra and top!I prefer to use washable firstly because they are a lot more economical for your pocket than disposable ones and secondly because they are more eco friendly. And i must say the Boots washable type are AMAZING! I only bought these as I was desperate for another pack (I find it's best to have at least 2 packs of 6 on the go) - these would not have been my first choice initially as my gut reaction is to go with the better known brands however compared to my leading brand these are surprisingly far more absorbent which lets face it is THE most important thing when considering a breast pad. They are nothing to look at - very plain - no fancy lace work on them but at the end of the day if they do their job they get five stars from me!
I am reviewing Boots Washable Breast Pads. These come in a box of 6 in a light pink packet. They are available in the larger Boots stores which have a baby department.
These pads are cotton, with a heavier plasticy-fabric backing on one side, and a soft cotton fabric on the other side. This helps if you're tired and not sure which way round they go! They also have quite a contoured fit that helps them stay in place. They are very comfortable and amply absorbent. I haven't had any leaks. I have been putting them in with my normal wash at 30 degrees and they've come out clean and fine. They also come with a small net bag, which helps with washing and drying them, as they are slightly fiddly to peg to a line. I've found they've dried very quickly - overnight most of the time. My only criticism is that they could do with coming in a pack of 8 or 10 to accomodate for washing and drying.
Another product I used when I had my children were the Boots Breast Pads. When you have a child, regardless of whether you intend to breast feed or not, your breasts will fill with milk and then if you decide against breast feeding for whatever reason the milk will dry up. If you decide to continue with feeding, your milk will continue to be produced.
The problem is, although this doesn't happen to everyone, that your breasts can leak milk and if there is no protection in your bra, then you will end up looking ridiculous and feeling very wet and uncomfortable.
These breast pads have a waterproof backing on them which prevents the excess milk from leaking through to your top, and a padded, slightly concave area which fits over your nipple and soaks up the excess.
The padding was adequate for my leakage, although some days, especially if it was hot, my milk seemed to flow heavier than others and I would need to change frequently. On average I think I would use about four changes a day, in an attempt to keep feeling fresh.
I did experience trouble though in trying to keep them in one place inside my bra. If I was doing any sort of activity which involved moving around myself, I would always be reaching in and adjusting the pad so it was central over my nipple. I think a small sticky area on the outside would have helped as it could have been attached to the bra and eased the problem here.
Overall though, these were a good breast pad and although I sometimes indulged in more expensive brands like Johnson & Johnson, I always ended going back to these as they were not too expensive and were adequate for my needs. Maybe if I had been working and it was more important to stay clean and fresh I would have gone for a better brand. But being a stay at home mum I could wash and change whenever I needed to and therefore the Boots brand worked for me.
I am reviewing Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads. Boots also do a Luxury Breast Pad.
Breast pads are an essential item to protect your clothes from staining and to keep your nipples dry between feeds or until your milk dries up (if you are formula feeding). Your breasts can leak milk even between feeds if you pick your baby up, hear them crying or even just think about him or her. If you do not keep them dry they can become sore and cracked, which is painful and can interfere with breastfeeding.
-- PRODUCT DESCRIPTION --
Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads are circular in shape. They have a waterproof backing, with an absorbent centre and a top sheet that allows fluid to pass through it.
-- PRICE --
Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads will cost you £4.75 for a box of one hundred pads, which is about five pence per pad.
In comparison, other breast pads available at Boots are:
Boots Luxury Breast Pads are £2.99 for forty pads. About seven pence per pad.
Avent Ultra Comfort Disposable Breast Pads are £3.99 for a box of forty pads. About ten pence per pad.
Tommee Tippee Freedom Disposable Breast Pads are £3.99 for a box of thirty-six pads. About eleven pence per pad.
-- PACKAGING --
They come in a (80 per cent recycled materials) cardboard box that is quite large. The colour scheme is a very basic white background with writing and pictures in the blue of the Boots logo. On the front there is the product name, some brief description as to what the product does and a tasteful picture of a baby being breastfed. This is repeated on one of the sides. On the back there is a slightly more in depth product description and usage details.
-- WHAT I THOUGHT --
Breast pads are an essential item, whether you are going to breastfeed or not. I had planned to breastfeed, so bought a couple of boxes of Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads as it indicated on the box that you do need to change them quite often after every feed and in the morning and evening. I did sit and work out that if you baby fed the average every two to three hours this would work out at a box lasting not much more than four days.
Unfortunately, despite the best-laid plans, I ended up not being able to breastfeed due to ending up back in hospital the day after coming home. He had to be given bottles as I could not have him in the hospital with me and when I did finally come home I found he preferred the bottles and wouldnt take the breast.
I did still need the breast pads for a couple of weeks as it took that long for my milk to dry up, though I did not need to change them as often as advised.
I found that they did keep my nipples dry and my clothing protected most of the time, but unfortunately had a tendency to slip away from the nipples, which resulted in them not doing the job they were there for. They werent too bulky so were discreet enough not to show through my t-shirt.
I do think that they were quite expensive for the amount of time they would have lasted had I been changing them as often as indicated on the box. As it was, I ended up having quite a few left because I was unable to breastfeed.
-- CONCLUSION --
I dont think I would recommend Boots Shaped Disposable Breast Pads, even as a budget item, because when I thought about it they were quite expensive for what they were and didnt really do a very good job. I think you would be better off investing in some reusable pads Avent do some for about £4.99 for six which would end up cheaper in the long run and better for the environment.
I am only giving this product two stars out of five.
-- Good Points --
- pads not too bulky (discreet)
- cost less than most other disposable breast pads at Boots
-- Bad Points --
- slipped out of position too easily
- expensive in the long run compared to washable breast pads
- bad for the environment
I sent my husband out to buy some breast pads for me and he came back with these. 'great' I thought 'a nice huge box, these won't run out for ages!'. I was right - the box is still nearly full two months on! I suppose these might be useful if your breasts dripped only a millilitre or so a day, but if you're like me and get rather large leakages at the cry of a baby, they are next to useless. They filled up almost instantly, and that's if they were even covering my nipples, which, due to they're size and design, didn't seem to happen very often! I might as well have not been wearing any and saved myself the money. Don't buy these if you leak a lot of milk!