The Medium Ekstra Nursing Pads are big enough to cover so that the edges don't show up as edges through clothing. Bigger is actually better to keep pads hidden and these are significantly bigger than the others. At about 7 inches in diameter, medium are are well-suited to larger cup sizes. 7 inches is about 18 cm. The picture does not do this justice. Karen says, "You have to feel the Lana wool to appreciate it's true beauty and softness."
There are several versions of wool pads. We carry the Softline and the Ekstra versions. This version is the Ekstra version. It has a third layer of felted wool between 2 layers of the Original weight soft wool. This gives you a much greater barrier effect than other wool pads and also great absorption. I choose to carry Ekstra because, to me, the extra layer of wool is needed because if I'm going to spend the money for lovely wool nursing pads, I want them to work so I choose the extra wool of the Ekstra version. Wool can absorb 40% of it's weight in moisture without feeling wet. When the pads do start feeling wet, it is a warmth not a cold and clammy feeling like the disposable kind. Wool is so much nicer.
Here is the write-up from LANAcare:
These incredibly soft and soothingly comfortable nursing pads provide the best conditions for successful breastfeeding.
LANACare Nursing Pads Are Superior to Cotton or Disposable Pads• Most women need only 2 - 3 pairs and 1 bottle of Lanolin Soap for the entire nursing period. Economical, in the long run, compared with the repetitive cost of disposables. And environmentally friendly! • Wool wicks moisture away from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable, even in warm climates. When the pads do feel wet, they're warm, not cold and clammy as with cotton or disposable pads. • Your skin is kept dry and able to breathe, allowing sore nipples to heal. Since LANACare pads contain lanolin, use of lanolin ointment is a perfect combination of treatment for sore nipples. Many women have claimed that once they began using these pads, their nipples began to heal and breastfeeding “turned around” for them. • Scandinavian midwives have, for centuries, advised mothers to keep their breasts warm to prevent plugged ducts and mastitis. Larger sizes give protective coverage over greater a portion of the breast. • With larger sizes, the edge of the pad falls further back on your breast, making pads LESS noticeable through clothing. • Natural fibers of wool allow skin to breathe, maintaining a comfortable temperature even in warm climates. Moderates temperature, for comfort even when moving between hot outdoor climates and cold air-conditioned inner climates. • Women LOVE these nursing pads – how often do you hear that about a nursing pad??
For most women, two pairs are all you'll ever need. When one pair feels wet, let it dry while wearing the other pair. The lanolin is activated and cleans the wool as it dries. The moisture evaporates away and only the milk solids are left. Eventually, depending upon how much leakage you have, you'll feel the center of the pad get "stiff" or you'll notice white powdery milk spots. First then, will you need to wash them. Wash by hand in lukewarm water with mild hair shampoo or in Lanolin Soap or a good woolwash such as Eucalan or other brand.
Made in Lithuania. Imported by Danish Woolen Delight in Westford, Vermont.
7" size medium is pictured
These nursing pads are the BOMB! I was using bamboo pads and changing them out hourly, as I am a heavy leaker. The bamboo was itchy and I despised the feeling of wetness around my sensitive breasts. When my let-down occurred, I'd leak through IMMEDIATELY. When I heard about these wool pads, I decided to order a pair. They are SO WORTH THE MONEY! I love mine and want to get a second pair!
I tried several different kinds of nursing pads and finally decided that with my heavy let down, disposables were the only thing that worked for me...and then a friend gave me these thick wool nursing pads. With these, I haven't leaked at all even after missing a feeding.
We purchased two pairs of these nursing pads prior to the arrival of our firstborn and I couldn't have been happier with how they worked out. Luckily, I didn't have any trouble with cracked/sore nipples, plugged ducts, or mastitis during the 15+ months that we nursed, and I credit that heavily to the exclusive use of these nursing pads (that, and only washing my ******* with water, no soap). While I was nursing, I frequently wished that I had one more pair of nursing pads, for a total of 3 sets. Because the wool is so wonderfully thick, it takes a while to dry after washing them, and it would have been lovely to have one pair freshly washed, be wearing the second pair and have a third pair on standby in the to-go bag. We're looking forward to welcoming a second little one shortly, and purchased my longed-for third pair in anticipation of their arrival. While I've come to view the thickness of the nursing pads with great affection, I initially was a bit turned off by how bulky they felt. I soon came to appreciate that extra thickness - it kept me warm in the cool months and wicked away sweat in the warm ones, I rarely had a leak-through, and they were just really comfortable... especially with regards to breast tenderness and hugging - that thick layer made a big difference. I can't recommend these nursing pads enough, they are worth every penny.
I read a more thorough description of these pads on another site. These should not be advertised for use absorbing leaks. You will be sorely disappointed. I could see these being a great support for sore breasts, plugged ducts, sore nipples, etc. Keeping the breast uniformly warm and soothing sore, dry, cracked skin. If you are looking for a leak guard - look elsewhere, I'm sad to say. Only get the medium if you are DDD cup or larger. I'm a 34-36 DDD/DDDD and these just fill that cup size, with some excess depending on the bra cup shape. For me, these did not provide any absorption. They only repel liquid. This was a very sad discovery after spending $66 on 2 sets. I guess I'll keep them handy for if i ever get plugged ducts or other soreness.
This is my fourth baby. She just turned a year old and looking back over all the years of nursing and babies and stuff for babies, these wool nursing pads rank among my best purchases. I really do love them- I only wish I had known about them ten years ago! I bought 2 pairs and used them from the beginning. It did take a little bit of time and a few washings to felt up the wool and feel comfortable with leak protection, and to get used to the size and extra padding, but after the first month or so these pads became invaluable. So comfortable. They helped with cracked nipples early on, and I am convinced that they are the reason I have been spared clogged ducts and mastitis this time around. I am a size F-H when nursing, so I have the mediums. I alternated them, basically wearing one pair during the day and one at night, and washed them once a week early on, now it is more like once every few weeks, whenever milk crystals build up. They are truly amazing. So worth it.