Towards the end of my pregnancy, I found that my breasts leaked milk during the night. I therefore needed to buy some breast pads and as I saw these in Boots I decided to buy them. I used them at night throughout the end of my pregnancy and then constantly after giving birth as I am breastfeeding.
---About the product:
Boots disposable breast pads are designed to protect your clothes from milk that can leak from your breasts during late stages of pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding. There are 80 pads in a pack and they are white in colour. There is a soft front section to sit against the breast with a stiffer section on the back to go against the bra. They are about 3 inches in diameter. It is recommended that they are changed regularly.
---Using the breast pads:
I have used various different breast pads with both pregnancies but these are the ones I go back to. I don't necessarily think they are the best, but the combination of reasonable absorption and price make me go back to them. They come in a large cardboard box and are laid out in two rows on top of each other. They work by placing them inside your bra to soak up any milk that leaks during breast feeding. These pads are reasonably small and white so are quite discreet when you are wearing them. They stay in place quite well during the day because of the pressure between the bra and breast, but can sometimes move around in the night as I move around. They are not super absorbent but I find them sufficient in most cases. I have quite heavy leakage and as long as I change them regularly, as per the recommendations, they are generally able to keep me dry. I have had a few occasions when my son hasn't fed for a while, that the leakage is so heavy that the pads can't hold it. However, most pads do the same for me. When finished with, these pads can easily be removed and disposed of in the bin.
As stated previously, I have tried many different pads including washable ones and I have not found any that will adequately contain the amount of milk I can leak! These are a great economy brand and I continue to buy them. I also like to buy the slimline version from Boots as they come in individual packets which are useful to store in your handbag. These aren't as easy to carry around, but for use at home, I am happy to continue buying them. They can be bought for around £4 in store.
I have found over the years of breastfeeding both of my son's is a good breast pad is essential. 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. I bought these Boots extra absorbent pads recently to try as they were cheaper than my regular brand Johnsons and I wanted to see how they compared. 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.
The box that the pads come in is cardboard and displays all the relevant information to the packet and contain 40 pads.
To stay in place the pads have a single adhesive strip, this unlike a lot of pads I have tried is a thin strip that runs the entire diameter of the pad in the centre rad than just at one strip on one side of a pad. I actually like this design and it holds the pad in place very well even when lowering my bra top to feed my son and remains in place all day
The absorption of these is claimed to be extra absorbent and the design on the pad seems to be honeycombed to cope with this. I have found that they do actually live up to these claims very well and cope with a engorgement and leaking very well without any embarrassing leaks coming through to my top during the day even when I was leaking a lot in the early days.
Comfort wise I have to admit I am torn on how I find them. The pad is contorted to shape around the breast in a similar way to my favourite brand and this I find makes them very comfortable to wear. The indentation for the nipple is great as this allows my nipple to not feel squashed into shape as a flat pad tends to do. There is a fine mesh at the front of the pad and I do find at times that this can get stuck to my nipple if I have leaked which can then be uncomfortable to remove and potentially if you have sore nipples could be very uncomfortable and damage the sensitive skin further. I am at present a double D cup and the pads cover very easily my nipple area without engulfing the whole breast and this means it is nice and comfortable to wear even on hot days. The downside of the pad for me is that they rustle hugely when they are inserted and whenever I am near them in my bra for example winding my son his wriggles cause them to rustle or if I am lowering my bra to feed they again rustle making discreet feeding harder. The breathable aspects are good with the pad and I never feel as if my breast is getting hot and sweating.
Overall I personally have mixed feelings about these breast pads. I find that they stay in place, are hugely absorbent, generally comfortable to wear bar the odd sticking issue, but they rustle hugely and for this reason I will not be buying them again. However if you don't mind the odd rustle at £3.59 for a box of 40 at Boots they are a reasonable buy 3 stars from me.
When I had Hollie I tried to breast feed but was soon told I must have no milk and that I would have to go onto a bottle. A day or so later, I started to leak slightly and the midwife told me that it was nothing to worry about and to get some breast pads just to stop my clothes from getting ruined.
I hated wearing these. Although I had no milk, I still was experiencing leaking now and again and it stopped after a week but chose these breast pads to use. Bad choice in my experience.
My friend gave birth 2 months ago and told me she also had a bad experience with those so I wasn't surprised when they were still the same design and fabrics being used.
The pads were quite itchy for me and I felt quite uncomfortable with them in my bra. I tried everything I could to make them feel more comfortable but I was feeling quite sore anyway so the pads didn't help the situation.
These are currently at £4.09 for a pack of 80 breast pads, so that is 40 changes. I didn't use all of these as I was changing them maybe 2-3 times a day for 5-6 days, So I had plently left over and slung them out as they would be no good to me any more. I used these 3 years ago when my little girl was born, so I think the price was slightly lower back then.
I found the whole experience with these very unpleasant. I had some very painful "peeling off" experiences which was like ripping a plaster off of a poorly knee as a child. Painful and hurt more than the cut in the first place did.
There were terrible at absorbency in the evenings. I would go to bed and wake up with a wet top. I ended up doubling them up on the next evening so that I wouldn't wake up in the morning with a soaked top, but it still didn't do the job.
As I didn't have milk to feed Hollie, I was barely leaking anything out and still getting wet at nights, So if you are breastfeeding and leak A LOT, I would suggest not to buy these pads.
They aren't absorbent or thick enough to work for breast feeding women so I would suggest shopping around for something better that will work for you. I went for cost over quality and it ended up being the wrong choice!.
Thanks for reading.
A lot of people - to some extent understandably, I'd probably have to agree - find discussions about female bodily fluids a bit 'icky'. If this is you, you should immediately turn away....
I'm not a naturally boastful person but that said, I do consider myself to be a bit of a champion breast-feeder; bearing in mind that this holds true only as long as the standards I read about so regularly in eg. the 'Daily Mail' and other papers - wherein are quoted inflamatory statistics such as '80% of women find find breast feeding onerous / painful etc., or they don't like having a little baby hanging off their tit, and so give it up after the first 20 minutes' - are to be believed, at any rate.
So I breast-fed the first one for two and a half years (which admittedly was getting a bit over the top by the end of it) and the second one nine months and still counting. Which I mention because presumably, this would make me a significant contributor to Boots Disposable Breast Pads' target market.
Unfortunately I didn't get on well with these when I bought a box when I had my first sprog and only ended up using them on a very few occasions. I can't recall how much I paid for the pads back then, but I understand it's currently about the £4 mark for a 40-changes-of-two-pads (ie 80 pad) supply. This seems a bit pricey, considering what the breast pads are - which is oddly-stuffed, circular bits of papery material, each about 6cm in diameter. They have a very slippery, silky covering that is presumably supposed to be for comforts' sake -
For comforts' sake! The number of bras I've tried on over the years that feel like they've been made primarily out of industrial-grade wire wool! It's a bit late to be worrying about a market womens' comfort in the breast area, I would say -
- but I found the covering makes these pads slip about and not stay in their allotted place. (You slip them into the front of your bra, and that's supposed to hold them where they should be). They don't seem to be made out of any kind of super-absorbable fabric - such as you'd get in those cardboard-thin liquid absorbing pads for - shall we say - 'downstairs' use, and what they most reminded me of was 1970s sanitary wear. I suppose the super-absorbable materials might have 'chemicals' in that you wouldn't want getting into your baby's breast-milk.
The main thing that occurs to me in terms of reviewing these pads - apart from how unpleasant it was to have to fish one out of my bra once it had become saturated with human milk, which I found happened in very little time when I used them most, just after I'd given birth - is that they came in what seemed to me to be an unnecessarily capacious big pink cardboard box, that was difficult to accomodate (on the wardrobe shelf where I kept mine, at any rate). Once the box was open the pads were just in two loose stacks inside, and had a tendency to all cascade out whenever I opened the cupboard I kept them in, which was not ideal.
Suffice to say that I didn't bother with these at all when I had my second sprog. The thing with secreting breast milk is - in my experience at any rate - it settles down to a pretty reliable 'supply and demand' pattern within a couple of months after the birth (at most). I found that the need for breast pads to absorb any excess only occurred fairly early on in the first few months of breast-feeding, to be honest (although I can well imagine that other peoples' experiences could be quite different). At the time when I was leaking milk myself, I found sticking a face flannel down my top to absorb any excess was a lot comfier and more practical (in terms of the amounts absorbed) than messing about with piddling little nasty Boots breast pads. Obviously, I couldn't go out like that - (well. I do live pretty much a backwater of the non-fashionable part of Gloucestershire, and there are regularly folk you see quietly going their business here who are far more bizarre in their outward appearance than just someone with a breast-milk-soaked face-flannel stuffed down her top would be, but such is the beauty of this part the world that in Dursley, nobody even gives them a second look - but I'm speaking of accepted generalities, here) - however, and I suppose if I had been trying to look my best (look my best in the first few months after giving birth! Hah!) a product like the Boots breast pad would've been quite handy.
I have already started to stock up on these breast pads ready for new arrival who I hope will be totally breastfed.
These come in a box which contains two plastic packs of 40 pads in each.
After the experience of sending my partner out to get maternity pads and breast pads after I had my son and he came home empty handed I will make sure not to run out this time. I think it may have been embarrassing for him to have to ask in the store as he couldn't find them...
Now whether you breastfeed or not I believe you will still need some of these pads as even if you don't plan to breast feed the milk will still arrive after a few days of having baby then dry up if not used. The first few days the baby feeds on a substance called colostrum.
I didn't wear the pads to start with and thought I had brought them needlessly but oh boy when the milkman arrived as I called it I certainly got through a lot of the pads.
Nothing worse then your dear baby sleeping but your breasts are leaking milk as they are overfull.
The pads are disposable and made from a light material similar to that sanitry towel products are made from. Like cotton wool which is covered in fine material. They are round in shape and about the size of a pringles lid so they fit perfect onto the nipple area whilst in your bra. They are soft but it is important they are comfortable so they don't rub on your skin too much.
I found these were fine to use even though there were occasions when I realised I was leaking through to my clothing as the pad had become to soaked. It is still important to change them regularly as breast milk still starts to smell after a bit. These are very light weight so not hard to carry spares in my bag.
You can buy these in Boots for £3.99. There are 80 in a pack. Bare in mind you need to use two at a time they soon get used up.
My reason for the 4star rating is just that they are pricey for something that is actually essential. I know you can get washable ones but with all the washing there is already and when a new baby arrives too, making sure breast pads would be washed and ready to wear is an extra hassle and in the long run would cost just as much.
Having just had a good think about the Avent breast pads, I'm in a good frame of mind to compare them to the Boots ones that I'm wearing at the moment. I'm in two minds about this pad. It scores points in two big areas for me, but less in others. They'll stay on my "would buy again" list, but probably down towards the bottom if I'm honest.
What I like:
Similar to the Avent pads, they are smaller in diameter than several of the other brands, which makes them more suited to those of us blessed (ha ha) with smaller breasts as we don't have the issue of them moving around as much. Along the same lines, they are a bit more padded so can add a bit towards that elusive next cup size should you want it. I find that they dont' show under my shaped nursing bra (Mothercare) but might do under a normal thin bra and tight clothing.
What is ok:
The pad itself is absorbent, though I'm at the past 6 month stage where I don't leak huge amounts despite my son still being quite the feeding parasite. I haven't had problems with them getting too full, or leaking on me even at night. When wet, you don't feel the moisture, and I've had no problems with sore nipples in these.
What's not so great:
There is NO sticky tab to keep these in place. I know most people complain about the lack of stickiness in other pads, but it's better than nothing- these little buggers do slide around, and I find I have to check they're in the right spot if I do start to leak.
They're a bit crinkly and paper-like sounding. I don't like that as I know people can't hear it, but it's just not nice sounding.
They're not made all that well- the outer rim around the pad itself is oversized, and on most of the pads actually uneven in width. It's a picky point, but one nonetheless.
Overall you get what you pay for with these. They're a cheaper option than the main brands, but it does show. I wouldn't want to use these in the first weeks of feeding as I'm not sure they'd hold up as well as others.
When I was breastfeeding I tried a whole range of breast pads as had super milk production and needed one which had really good absorbancy so I could stay dry and comfatable and not have to worry about embarrassing wet patches all the time on my tops. I did have high expectations as Boots products are usually quite good and with the cheapness of them and the points i would earn i decided to give them ago, but i was very wrong.
The pads themselves are rather cardboardy, stiff and rigid, meaning they are very uncomfatable and dont fit very well around your breats, therefore do not stay in the position their meant to in your bra, i often found mine popping out my bra to say hello, or hiding around the side of my bra's, they were hardly actually covering my nipples.
The absorbancy is one of the worst I have experienced I have tried about 15 different types and this was so bad within seconds of them getting damp, the whole pad would just crumble away and leak completely often with little crystal balls forming over your breasts, this was made even worse as the pads didnt say in place. Like another cheap shop make i was using before i was having to use 3 pads on each breast just to try and stay dry and i gave up using this out and about as offered no protection, instead i used them around the house where i was safe and as soon as they had gone i never bought that make again.
Wouldnt waste your money.
i am currently using these right now and i must say that this is the first boots product that i have been disappointed with,i feel that it fails to deliver in a lot areas with regards to what a breastfeeding mum expects from a breast pad.firstly,i didnot like the feel of the pad,it felt qute stiff to me unlike other pads that had been soft to touch.it also committed the ultimate sin in the breastpad book of etiquette which was blatantly refusing to stay in the desired position,it kept dancing around in my bra and this led to embarrasing leak "accidents" in public,it also failed in the function of absorbency as a little leak could render it stiff and no longer absorbant and you would end up having stained tops,so iguess this is an occasion were quantity doesnt win over quality as it failed to deliver on its promise of customer satisfaction.
These are very cheap - 4.50 for a hundred, and should be a lot cheaper as I've gone through so many per day. They merely delay the big patches of milk on your clothes for about ten minutes. It's almost worse than having none, because you think you've taken care of the problem, but haven't at all. If you go to America ever, buy the ones by Curity. They don't leak at all - there is a lining to stop them from doing so. Otherwise I think Maws are the best. Johnson's are pretty bad as well. Maws have a little sticky bit so that they won't slip - another thing that the Boots ones do all the time.
Having had three children I didn't come across Boots disposable breast pads until having my third child. I used mothercare washable pads before hand, and even went as far as to make my own cloth ones for night time use, which I can say didnt look a pretty site at all! I used to dread going out the house incase I would leak through my tops. So after having enough after a few weeks with my third daughter I decided to have a look at what else was available. I went to boots and saw that they did disposable ones, which i'd never even considered before! I saw that they came in 3 sizes, 100's, 50's, and a small pack of 20's. So after reading that they were as smooth as cloth next to the skin, and had a lining inside which was waterproof, so my clothes would'nt get wet, I decided to give them a try. I went for the small size, which I thought was a great idea of there's, so you could try just a sample before paying out for a large box that you wont use. My first chance to try them out was at a nieces 18th birthday party, which was almost 5hrs long. I kept nipping off to the loo to check I was still dry and amazingly i was fine all night. Even night time use, which I used to hate, as I lie on my stomach and im usually soaked the next morning, was great, no more wet nighties. I have no points against them except that they aren't re-usable.
These were the only brand of breast pads that I used whilst breastfeeding and during pregnancy. I'd started leaking at around 4 months (which was a bit of a shock to me!), so dashed into Boots and bought the first packet I came to. Obviously once I'd had my son the leaking became heavier, but as long as I changed them after each feed I found no problems with leaking coming through my clothes. I found them to be soft and comfortable against my skin, easy to position and they seemed to keep in place. They were quite discreet, and it was easy to pop a couple of spares in my baby's changing bag. As they are the only ones I used I can't compare them to other brands, but they certainly did the job for me.
I tried these ones on a 3 for 2 special and found them not very good at all... They didn't hold much milk at all and had to be changed regularly or I would still get huge wet patches on my clothes..... I then used the Avent ones which were more expensive but MUCH better.... I also found they shifted around in my bra and I would have to often re-adjust them to ensure the nipple was covered. If you are getting breast pads, don't get these, they are no good
i tried both disposible and washable breast pads when i first began breastfeeding my son, and to be honest i didnt find either very useful, as i leaked loads, they were filled quite quickly however if i had to chose between the two i would definately say that disposable breast pads held a lot more in than washable and were much more comfier. if you dont have much leakage then they would be perfectly suited but if you leak a lot the you will probally find that you are using about 3 boxes in nine days (90/120 breastpads). this can prove quite costly so if you do have troubles i would recommend that you invested in some breast shields too.
I used both disposable and washable breast pads when I was breastfeeding and much preferred the washable ones. The disposable ones (I tried Tesco, Avent & Boots) tended to move around and bunch up whereas the washable ones stayed put. I bought 4 pairs from BOOTS (I b.fed for 7 months) & found this was enough as they can be hand or machine washed & dry pretty quickly. Also as they are flesh coloured rather than white they do not show through a white bra & top as much. They are not plastic backed but I never leaked through them and this has the added advantage of making them cooler to wear. The only disadvantage I can see is that they are a bit thick so for smaller breasted women they might look a bit bulky, also if you're very leaky they don't give the added confidence of waterproof backing.