Medela's Hydro Gel Soothing Pads: Ahhh, Sweet Relief!

08/30/2008 at 11:30 AM ET
Medela Tender Care Hydro Gel Soothing Pads

What can you do if you are a nursing mom and you are really sore? Medela makes two products that will soothe the "savage breast"– Tender Care Hydro Gel Soothing Pads  (retails between $9- $14) and Tender Care Lanolin ($9.99).

Since my daughter was born in late December, I’ve had a lot of nursing issues –like latch problems and a low milk supply. But I’m glad I’ve kept at it and what got me through the extreme soreness and cracked nipples were gel pads. I’ve tried several different kinds, but Medela’s Tender Care Hydro Gel Soothing Pads are one of the best. They are reusable (for 24 hours), which is great because I wore them around the clock. They feel cool when you apply them and really helped to heal me. They contour to you and stay on. You can use them in place of cotton or disposable nursing pads. Ahh…they’re just sheer relief!!!

Medela’s Tender Care Lanolin also feels heavenly when applied. It’s safe for your baby to be in contact with and goes on very easily. I like to use it in conjunction with the Hydro Gel Pads. It comes in three sizes:  2.0 oz tube, .30 oz tube, and 2cc Sachets.

— Nancy

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Nancy S on

I have to say, the best thing I have found to heal sore nipples is – (apart from obviously correcting a bad latch) – dabbing a small amont of expressed breast milk on your nipples and leaving them to air with no fabric to irritate for as long as you can.🙂

Christa on

When I was nursing I would use a used tea bag to help soothe my nipples. It really helped the soreness and cracking and I didn’t have to worry about my daughter being exposed to any chemicals.

mags on

These gel pads are amazing! I probably wouldn’t have continued breast feeding without them. I’m planning on giving them to all my pregnant friends who are planning on nursing.

Vicki on

When I had my first baby (he’s 8 now) they gave me some hydro gel pads at the hospital but I don’t know that they were available to buy retail at the time. The hydrogel really helped with the sore cracking nipples I got in the first couple days.

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