Review: Lanacare pure sheepswool breast pads

I'd like to begin by sharing a few words about boobs. It is very common for breasts to leak during pregnancy; and if you're expecting, you may notice either a clear watery or yellowish creamy substance escaping anywhere from around 14 weeks onwards. Either substance is a form of colostrum, the first milk that your breasts produce which is extremely high in vital nutrients to nourish and protect your baby. What it isn't, is particularly convenient! You'll probably find that as you progress through your pregnancy, the amount that your boobs leak increases, and you need to use a tissue or breast pad in your bra to soak up the colostrum.
On the flip side, many women do not experience any leaking during pregnancy, and this too is totally normal. It's also worth mentioning that if you are planning to breastfeed, but don't leak colostrum during pregnancy, this I not indicative that you'll experience any difficulties when the time comes.
Being particularly environmentally aware, as I am, and trying to keep the focus of this blog to the more sustainable and ethical options available to those of us on a limited budget, I have only ever been interested in reusable breast pad options. There are plenty of disposable brands on the market which are pretty much small, round, panty liners and the only potentially useful feature of these is that many have an adhesive backing, allowing you to stick them to your bra so that they can't move about. Beyond that, they'll end up being expensive if you're using them for months on end, and they contribute significantly to landfill where they take an absolute age to decompose. They're also not particularly breathable (I include those which claim to be) and often don't "mould" to the breast very well making them more visible through thinner layers.
I've tried several reusable breast pads during this pregnancy, including some cheapies from Boots (£5.20 for 3 pairs - but more often than not on a 3-for-2 offer) and some bamboo pads (one of my favourite environmentally friendly materials) by Little Lamb (more expensive at £12 for three pairs, but also available in black.)
When I was offered the opportunity to try Lanacare's wool pads though, I naturally jumped at the chance. I'm interested in the use of wool, in general, as Boyfriend has a sheep's wool duvet, which has completely revolutionised my duvet appreciation. For a long time I've been aware of wool's ability to keep us warm in cooler temperatures, and to keep us cool in warmer temperatures, and the duvet has really demonstrated this. So my first thought when presented with the wool breast pads was - no sweaty boobs! Surprisingly I'd even noticed some discomfort in really warm Summer weather when using the bamboo pads, so wool seemed like a great, 100% breathable option - and I was right! I've been using only the Lanacare wool pads for over a week now and they're so much more comfortable, and sweaty-boob-free than anything else I've tried.

Because they're made of an incredibly soft and gentle merino wool, Lanacare's pads mould perfectly to the shape of the breast too, so even when I'm wearing them in one of my Cantaloop Nursing Bras (which are very thin and discreet,) underneath a relatively tight top, there's no pad outline at all. Using the Lanacare pads, I get no itching or any other form of discomfort, and honestly forget that I'm wearing them, but they're so incredibly absorbent, and gobble up any leaks without me even noticing, so they're bone dry when I get undressed in the evening.
If you've ever snuggled up in a merino wool jumper you'll know just how soft we're talking here, and if nips become a bit sore and uncomfortable once breastfeeding I can't imagine anything softer and more gentle to have against your skin. Regardless of the fact that these were a freebie, they're a product I'd buy without hesitation, and I have to say, the team at Lanacare are lovely and I'd only expect any customer to receive outstanding service from them.
They are dear though, at £11 per pair (it's the nature of the beast unfortunately, they're made by a small European company from a premium material) this is probably the only vaguely off-putting feature. Believe me when I say they perform far better than the bamboo pads, and significantly better than the cheap reusables, in terms of comfort, but they will set you back that much more. Also, being made from a more delicate fabric, I wouldn't recommend just chucking them in with your standard wash. Ideally they'd probably benefit from being thoroughly hand washed.
If I could, I would completely kit myself out with these above anything else, and to spread the cost I may just buy an extra pair every now and again to gradually build a stash and replace the other reusable breast pads in my drawer. They do get an almighty recommendation from me.
As a comparison to the disposable option, Asda's "Little Angels" disposable pads are £1.50 for 20 pairs. At the moment I could get away with a pair a day, and I usually go without at night, but obviously breast leaking increases once you're breastfeeding, so a £1.50 pack would eventually start lasting just under a week.
*please note that whilst I do receive and review free products that may end up being included on the blog - I only ever give an honest review that is reflective of my personal experience with the product. I never publish content where I've been asked specifically to provide specific opinions that may not be my own, and never recommend a product that I wouldn't purchase with my own money. 

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