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.
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 soft wool. This gives you a 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. I'm a heavy leaker. A lighter leaker would be fine with the Softline 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. Wool is not waterproof like plastic so don't expect wool to act like plastic.. It is absorbent and holds the drips in the wool fabric comfortably. Karen says, "You have to feel the LanaCare wool to appreciate it's true beauty and softness. I find wool to be much more comfortable than plastic or even cotton because with wool, I don't get that uncomfortably cold feeling."
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.
LanaCare Softline Nursing Pads are available in more sizes.
Made in Lithuania.
7" size medium is pictured
I love these pads. They are very soft and thick and does a great job protecting my breasts from mastitis. I usually buy two sets to alternate when I wash a set, as suggested by Karen. Lately, I have to order more because my kids go crazy for these pads and use them to help them sleep, like a lovey. I use these exclusively in my shelf tank top and do not have to wear a bra while going out. I have nursed three kids and these are my go-to pads. Even when there's milk in the pads, there is no stinky smell! I have to admit that I do not wash them until it gets extra full of milk. These pads also stay warm so I always feel comfortable with them in, unlike the other fabric cloth pads I have used. Buy them, they are great!
Great nursing pads, very absorbent and oh so cozy comfy. I was surprised by how they actually don't show under my clothing, despite how large they are. I am a B/C cup and the X-small is PLENTY big; I'm so glad I didn't get any larger. The manufacturer says you can wear these right away, but I liked them much better after washing (before that they were more repellant rather than absorbent, and they left link on my skin). I think they continue to get better with use. I hand wash with Eucalan. I also found that they do need to be washed more often than advertised, or they do start to smell vaguely of sour milk even after airing out. I wash about once a week. I'm 2 months PP and I think I'll be able to get away with fewer washes as time goes by and I leak less. I also have the babee greens wool breast pads and those are nice too but these are MUCH more absorbent; I've never had a leak the Lana Care Ekstra didn't contain.
I'm a fan of LanaCare products and have used their nursing pads while nursing my children. I originally purchased 2 sets to rotate (for myself) and they have lasted me 5 years (3 nursing years) !!! One pad even went through the washing machine by mistake and still continued to work. Pretty impressive. Even more impressive is that I've been able to beat mastitis with the help of these pads multiple times without the use of antibiotics. My most recent purchase will be for my sister in law as a baby shower gift. You can't go wrong with these pads and it will be the best nursing decision you've made for yourself and baby.
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.