Lil Helper Presents: All About Breastpads
（Guest Post from Lil Helper）
Hi All! Caitlin here from Lil Helper, mom of two and excited to talk to you all about breast pads! With my two girls, I’ve spent 2 of the last 3.5 years breastfeeding. It is a blessing and a challenge at the same time.
Breastfeeding is demanding and can even be physically painful. After going through the struggle myself, I recommend Lil Helper breast pads to all my mama friends. We want the best products for our babies, but we need to take care of ourselves too. Lil Helper Breast Pads are the best for that for a bunch of reasons.
With my first, I came home from the hospital with disposable breast pads. I knew almost immediately that there had to be a better product out there. Disposable breast pads become hard when soaked, and will stick to any cracks or damage on your nipples. This can cause more pain and even bleeding when removed.
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I was flying through them, and not loving them. Like lots of parents, I care about using safe, affordable, and environmentally friendly products for my family. Disposable breast pads felt wasteful, ineffective, and uncomfortable. I was quickly on the search for a more natural, reusable option on Amazon.
Not all Breast Pads are Created Equal
I eventually settled on a set of bamboo breast pads I found online. They are super absorbent, but left an obvious, round outline on my shirt. They also feel wet. So after several let downs, I needed to change them during my oversupply stage. Putting a wet, cold breast pad back on after a feed is super uncomfortable. And it was easy to soak through them too.
All about Lil Helper Breast Pads
The difference with Lil Helper is the stay dry lining material. Just like their reusable diaper liners, the material against your body on the breast pads pulls moisture in. The outer blue material feels dry to the touch. These breast pads are made of three layers. The bamboo stay dry material keeps the pad dry against your skin. The inner bamboo terry absorbs a crazy amount of liquid. The last layer is a waterproof PUL to keep your shirt dry.
The other great thing about the Lil Helper breast pads is how discrete they are. Many other breast pads have an unnatural, round shape and little to no contour. Lil Helper breast pads have a unique shape that contours to your breast, which helps keep them in place without leaving strange lines on your shirt. They are also super thin for all their absorbency. This unique design is perfect and leaves no visible seams, lumps, or bumps, because those things are never in style.
Want to know more about the unique design that makes these breast pads the absolute best? Just in need of a good giggle? Check out our CEO Mohammed awkwardly explaining them here! This guy cares a lot about making great products for moms, even when it means he has to make breast pad demonstrations using fruit!
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My one critique? As a new Lil Helper customer I found the discreet design moved in my sleep and couldn’t keep up with my oversupply when babe would randomly sleep through the night. But this tiny problem only led me to learn one more thing about Lil Helper - they truly are a great company who cares about their customers.
All About Overnight Breast Pads
I contacted the delight team to suggest they create a larger breast pad for overnight use and within a couple weeks they were sending me a prototype to try! I was thrilled with not only the customer service receiving my feedback but how seriously they took it - Lil Helper is just always looking for ways to help make parents’ lives a little easier!
Now, I use my overnight breast pads every night and though I may wake up like a hot mess mombie (mom zombie) I catch way more ZZZ’s knowing my Lil Helper Overnight Breast Pads will stay in place and protect my mattress from leaks all night long.
Most mornings I wake up with my shirt crooked and looking a wreck from multiple feedings in the night. No matter how much shifting goes on at night, that Lil Helper Overnight Breast Pad gets the job done!
The Lifesaver Mat
But before I use overnight breast pads, I use another trick in the early days of breastfeeding. I don’t like to sleep in a bra as my milk regulates, when engorgement is a regular experience. Instead, I sleep on a lifesaver mat, so I can stay as comfortable as possible and still never worry about waking up in a puddle. The lifesaver mat covers a large area, feels dry to the touch, and also has that PUL backing to protect from pesky leaks.
Mesh Laundry Bags & Storage
But what about the extra laundry? This is the question that comes up when I talk to parents about reusable/cloth options for lots of things. The truth is, there is no extra laundry when choosing cloth breast pads over disposable, as they can be thrown in with your regular laundry. They are however, small and easily lost in the load (sneakier than baby socks, they can disappear in your agitator). Be sure to use a Lil Helper mesh Laundry bag to keep them together in your machine.
Clean, dry breast pads are kept in a small wetbag in my bathroom. This way they are always handy when I get out of the shower (a time when a strong let down is likely). I also keep a couple spare sets in my diaper bag, just in case.
Wet, used breast pads get tossed in my mesh laundry bag and wait for laundry day.
Wet, clean breast pads I lay flat to dry on the mesh shelf on my drying rack. Because they are so absorbent and have that waterproof PUL backing they do take some time to dry and I find having the air flow underneath helps speed the process faster than leaving them to dry on top of the dryer. If I don’t have my mesh drying space, I simply try to remember to flip them over part way through drying as well. In a pinch, they can also go in the dryer on low.
So there you have it. Leaky boobs are no fun but Lil Helper is here to save the day and your shirt! Now you know all about Breast Pads and how to use and care for them. You’re ready to feed that babe, stay comfortable, rock your fashion, and save the environment. You go, Mama!
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