Organic Wool Breast Pads

£10.50

See sizing guidelines below

Each packet contains one pair of breast pads.

Every nursing mum wants breastfeeding to be a positive experience for her and her baby. These organic, incredibly soft and soothingly comfortable breast pads provide the best conditions for successful breastfeeding.

The LANACare Soft Line breast pads are made using a double layer of soft, organic wool from KbT - controlled biological husbandry. This means that no chemicals are used in the production process and there is no mulesing of the sheep.  The product is developed by a Danish nurse and endorsed by Scandinavian midwifes.

Sizing guidelines: 

X-Small – 12.5 cm or 5 inches - A or B cup
Small – 15 cm or 6 in. - B or C cup
Medium – 18 cm 7 in. - D cup or larger
Large – 22 cm or 9 in. - D cup or larger, for women who want more coverage
Oval – 27 cm x 18 cm - D cup or larger, for women who want more coverage or who are suffering from breast infection

The benefits of woollen breast pads versus cotton/disposable breast pads:

  • Most women need only 2 pairs for the entire nursing period.  Compared to disposables the woollen breast pads are therefore economical in the long run and environmentally friendly!
  • Even when the nursing pads are wet they still feel warm and dry, not cold and lumpy as cotton breast pads. The wool can absorb up to 40% of its weight without feeling wet.
  • The natural fibres of wool allow your skin to breathe whilst using the pads. This is essential for healthy nipples and makes the pads comfortable to wear even in warmer temperatures.
  • For many years Scandinavian midwives have advised mothers to protect their breasts from wind and cold to prevent breast infection, blocked ducts and mastitis.  The woollen breast pads are not only intended for absorbing milk but also to protect and warm your entire breasts.  They are therefore larger than conventional breast pads. Bigger sizes will give more protective coverage - see sizing guidelines above.
  • The wool breast pads will give relief to tense breasts, so often experienced at the start of the pregnancy.
  • Lanolin's natural cleansing properties keep the wool fresh and hygienic throughout the nursing period (see care instructions below). 

As wool insulates against both warmth and cold it is recommended to use the nursing pads both in winter and summer (most breast infections appear in the summer).

Care and washing guidelines:

When your breast pads feel wet, or at least once per day, let them dry while wearing a second pair. Preferably, place the pads to dry over a mild heat source, such as a mildly warm radiator or on top of a running dryer.  Never ever put your nursing pads in the tumble dryer.

Untreated wool should be washed as seldom as possible.  The natural lanolin content of the wool helps keep it clean and hygienic by transforming lanolin into an antibacterial soap as the wool absorbs moisture.  The moisture evaporates and only the milk solids are left. Eventually, depending on how much leakage you have, the pads will begin to feel "stiff" or you'll notice white powdery milk spots.  This is when you need to wash them.
When needed, wash the nursing pads by hand in lukewarm water using LANACare 20% Lanolin-Soap:

  • Let the wool soak in water for 5-10 minutes and stir very carefully so that the wool maintains its softness. 
  •  Rinse in lukewarm water - NEVER use cold water because it can shock the wool fibers, resulting in shrinkage of the wool.
  • Place or roll the wool into a towel, pressing out the excess water.
  • Give the wool a quick, brisk shake.
  • Let your breast pads dry over a mild heat source as described above.

Sterilizing your breast pads

If you suspect you have a yeast infection it is important to sterilize the nursing pads:

  • First, it is recommended to machine wash the nursing pads on 30 degrees Celsius using the WOOL washing programme.
  • Then, while the breast pads are still wet put them in the microwave oven for 3 minutes on full power (100 degr. C). This will give you sterile nursing pads without bacteria and fungus.

Since January 2007 Mr. Gabriel Britton, professor in environmental engineering at the University of Florida, has pointed out that all homes supplied with a microwave oven have extremely effective means for sterilization of kitchen textiles and therefore also nursing pads against bacteria and fungus.

The State Serum Institute recommends 100 degrees Celsius in connection with elimination of fungus. This is easily achieved by means of a microwave oven, making it simple to wash and sterilize your new, soft and comfortable SOFT LINE nursing pads.