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I've heard that wool pads are supposed to be really helpful for problems with plugged ducts and mastitis. So, I've decided to give them a try this time around. I have a very active let-down and I do tend to leak a fair amount. I've heard great things about these: <a href="http://www.danishwool.com/products/item/nursing_pads.html" target="_blank">http://www.danishwool.com/products/i...sing_pads.html</a> but man are they pricey!<br>
I found these as a cheaper option: <a href="http://www.organiccaboose.com/onguard-organic-merino-wool-nursing-pads.html" target="_blank">http://www.organiccaboose.com/onguar...sing-pads.html</a> Obviously, if they don't work it's not worth the money. Anyone have experience with either?
 

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I have the Lana care pads, the softline version which are somewhat thinner and smaller (and cheaper <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">). I got them because I have oversupply with DD#3 and was leaking through the cotton pads I had. Wool seemed like a better option - I wanted something organic, that I wouldn't have to wash daily, and that would be more absorbent.<br><br>
I didn't know about the possibility of help w/ plugged ducts until later on, after I'd been using them. They did make a difference for me. I've always had problems w/ chronic plugged ducts, in spite of eating a healthy diet and nursing on cue, and taking lecithin daily. I think it's high milk supply (nursing twins, then a singleton nursling & oversupply).<br><br>
I would find that whenever I went back to the cotton pads for 2-3 days when washing and drying the wool ones (I only have one pair), I'd get a plugged duct.<br><br>
I really like the wool pads and don't regret the cost at all. They are so much more comfortable than the cotton pads and much more absorbent. If I'd gotten them when she was born, I think two pairs would have been ideal. You don't need to wash them every time you wear them, unlike cotton, because the wool is antibacterial. Simply air them out overnight. With two pairs, you could alternate which pair you're wearing, and have one available when you're washing the other.<br><br>
FWIW, the Softline are smaller and over time, even with careful washing, did felt and shrink slightly. I'm small breasted, so they were fine for me, but if you want something to cover a larger area of your breast you might want to consider this when choosing which ones to buy. I used a wool shampoo, a vinegar/tea tree rinse after every wash, and re-treated with lanolin after every wash. In theory, you don't have to, but it seemed to help w/ absorbency and softness when I did.
 
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