(Cross section of a breast pad)
Each breast pad is made up of 5 layers in total. The 2 bamboo fleece core pieces, the flannelette inner layer and 2 outer layers (one each side). These are all cut by hand!
(Shows the 5 layers that make up the breast pads)
Obsidian Star Breastpads come in 3 sizes. Small (approx 9 cm), Medium (approx 10cm) and Large (approx 12cm). The size you will need will depend on both your breast size, and how large your nipples are. As a guide, the Small size would be suitable for an A/B cup, Medium size would be suitable for around a C/D cup. You should make sure you have enough coverage of the breast pad so that if the breastpad shifts a little in your bra, you still have enough covered to allow the breast pads to work efficiently.
To wear the breastpads, place them into your bra to cover the nipple. How long you can go before changing breastpads will depend on how much leakage they are absorbing. Breastpads without waterproofing will leak through if they are not changed regularly. For hygiene reasons they should be changed frequently, even if they do not seem to need to be changed.
Which way up?
Most Obsidian Star breast pads are made with an organic cotton "top" or "inner" side that is designed to go against the skin, with a printed cotton outer. However most of the breast pads can be worn either side against the skin. Breast Pads with PUL can only be worn one way - with the PUL facing out (not touching your skin). Breast Pads with minky are designed to be worn with the minky side touching your skin, but could be worn the other way if desired.
When you change breastpads, you can rinse them out straight away or just leave them to dry. You can then put them straight in the washing machine/basket for the next load of washing you do. The breastpads can be handwashed or machine washed, on hot, cold or warm setting. You should not use fabric softeners or dryer sheets on breastpads, as this can cause them to repel liquid. Vinegar and baking soda are both natural softeners, so you can add about 1/4c of one of these to the washing machine load if you require additional softness. Bleach and other sanitising/stain removing compounds are not recommended as they can deteriorate and fade the fabric over time. Tumble drying pads is not recommended for breastpads containing synthetic fibres (eg minky or PUL)
These breastpads are handmade in a smoke-free home. All fabrics are prewashed in an eco-friendly laundry liquid, so your breastpads are ready to wear if you wish. We have a cat (Not allowed into the sewing room, but is an indoor cat), and nut products are consumed in the home. If you have an allergy to cats or washing detergents, I suggest you wash the breastpads and hang them on the line before use for the first time, to remove any potential allergen. I offer a 3 month guarantee on sewing defects in the breastpads. If you have a structural sewing defect within the first 3 months of use, please let me know and we can arrange a repair.
Fabrics may fade or stain with use and will wear out over time. Wear on each breastpad is reduced the more you own. Careful usage & washing will help to reduce fading, staining and wear.
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