Lansinoh Soothies Gel Pads Description:
Soothies by Lansinoh Gel Pads provide instant, cooling relief to breastfeeding mothers with sore nipples. These safe, reusable and absorbent gel pads soothe and protect the delicate nipple area to enhance breastfeeding success.
Soothes, relieves & helps heal sore nipples
Instant, cooling pain relief
Protects nipples from friction
Gel pads are reusable for up to 72 hours
How do I use Soothies by Lansinoh Gel Pads?
The nipple area should be clean and free from breastmilk. Wipe nipple area with warm water and pat dry. Remove the plastic cover from the Soothies gel pad and place the gel side of the pad directly over the nipple so the cotton backing faces away from the body. No extra tape is needed, as the gel will be slightly tacky. Your bra will also hold Soothies in place.
I thought Lansinoh did not make a gel pad-what changed?
Lansinoh purchased the Soothies Gel Pads from the company Puronyx in January 2009. Soothies Gel Pads are a great addition to the Lansinoh product line as it provides cooling relief for sore or damaged nipples due to breastfeeding. There are some key differences between Lanolin HPA and Soothies Gel Pads in the form of treatment and soothing for sore nipples.
Has anything changed about the Soothies Gel Pads since Lansinoh acquired them?
No, the Soothies Gel Pads that Lansinoh has in its product line are exactly the same product though now they are sold by Lansinoh.
Do I need to wash my breasts after Soothies Gel Pads are removed to breastfeeding?
Gently wipe or cleanse your breasts prior to breastfeeding to remove any gel residue.
What should be used to wipe the breast?
A soft clean wash cloth or towel can be used to wipe the breast after using Soothies Gel Pads.
Can I use Lansinoh HPA Lanolin and Soothies together?
Both of these products promote moist wound healing so there is no need to use them together. If, however, you have used Lansinoh HPA Lanolin on your breasts throughout the day and choose to use Soothies at night (or vice versa), threre is no need for concern about there being Lansinoh HPA Lanolin on your breast when you apply Soothies Gel Pads.
How often do you change Soothies by Lansinoh Gel Pads?
It depends on the amount of leakage that a mother is experiencing. Soothies absorbs fluid-about two times its own weight. Soothies are usable until they become saturated with fluid or become very thick and spongy. Typically, the pad is used 1-3 days.
What does it mean when the pad gets thick and spongy?When the pad gets thick and spongy, the pad is getting ’full’. As the pad gets full, the concentration level of glycerin begins to dilute. It is important to know that Soothies will continue to be effective even after the pad has absorbed materials to over 2 to 3 times its size. The challenge at that point is the additional weight and managing the flow of milk.
How do I care for Soothies?
Check the gel side for any lint or other particles. If needed, wipe the gel side surface with a clean cloth moistened with water until the surface is smooth and shiny. Do not rinse Soothies.
My Soothies look cloudy/milky, should I use a new pair?
No, a cloudy appearance is normal and does not decrease the benefits of Soothies.
The "cloudy or milky" appearance is often due to the absorption of breastmilk. Soothies have a high moisture vapor transmission, allowing a majority of the lactation-related fluids to evaporate. The milky appearance sometimes seen in a Soothies Gel Pad is often due to the larger white milk molecules left behind in the pad.
May Soothies be stored in the refrigerator?
Yes. Keep them in a sealed bag so they will not absorb moisture from the air. They may also be kept in the freezer for additional cooling relief.
Where do I keep Soothies before breastfeeding, bathing, or using a breast pump?
Gently remove Soothies from the nipple and place on a clean surface, gel side up. Remember to always wash your hands well with soap and water before breastfeeding.
May Soothies be cut to size?
Yes. To achieve the best results, leave the clear plastic cover on Soothies while cutting with scissors.
What’s in Soothies?
Soothies are composed of vegetable-based glycerin, water, and polyacrylamide (a non-toxic absorbent binding agent) all of which are nontoxic to mother and baby. Soothies is specifically formulated with 17½% water and 65% glycerin.
High (vegetable-based) glycerin and low water content help create a soothing environment in the following ways:
Provides moisturizer to keep the skin soft and supple
Pulls excess fluids way to prevent maceration from occurring
Provides an immediate cooling sensation
What is the significance of using water?
Water provides a cooling sensation.
What is the significance of using glycerin?
A high concentration of the natural ingredient glycerin will prevent the pad from drying out even if it is left open to the air.
What is Polyacrylamide?
Polyacrylamide is an absorbent non toxic binding agent that gives the pad shape by:
Connecting all of the components so they are consistent throughout the pad.
Preventing the components from oozing, separating or decomposing.
Preventing the gel pad from breaking apart.
I am a vegetarian-can I safely use Soothies because of the glycerin?
Yes, the ingredient glycerin is vegetable-based.
Do I need a prescription for Soothies?
No. Soothies do not require a prescription and are available through retail outlets, hospitals, and clinics.
Why is absorbency important?
Absorbency is important for preventing skin maceration-a term that describes skin changes when moisture is trapped against the skin for a prolonged period. The skin will turn white or gray, softens and wrinkles (like when a bandage is wet and skin underneath wrinkles and turns white). Macerated skin is more permeable and prone to damage from friction and irritants.
Do you need a lot of water to keep Soothies from drying out?
No. Unlike other hydrogel pads, Soothies will never dry out.
Are Soothies for engorgement?
No, Soothies were designed to create a healing environment, soothe nipple pain, and enhance your breastfeeding experience.
Soothies has a cloth backing-why?
Allows the gel to stay positioned over the injured nipple tissue
Provides a smooth barrier from clothing friction and the resulting irritation
Does not promote the transmission of bacteria or fungus to the nipple
Provides for easy application and prevents error in placement of pad against the skin
Keeps moisture and fluids away from the nipple.
How do I take care of my Soothies?
Prior to each application observe the gel side for any milk build up or other particles. If noticed, clean the gel side of the pad by wiping the gel surface with a clean moist cloth until the surface in smooth and shiny. The pad does not need to be rinsed.
Can I cut Soothies to fit my breast better?
Yes, you can cut Soothies and be assured that cutting will not alter the pad in any way.
Will cutting the Soothies Gel Pads prolong their life?
Soothies were designed specific for the lactating mom and her nipple area. The smaller the pad, the less it will absorb due to the size. However, cutting the gel pads will not negatively alter the characteristics of the pad if it is cut.
What is the difference between hydrogels and Soothies?
Soothies primary component is glycerin, an all natural ingredient that moisturizes skin and absorbs liquid and moisture. Its secondary ingredients are water and polyacrylamide, a non-toxic binding agent that holds the components of the pad together and also draw moisture away from the breast.
Hydrogels’ primary ingredient is water. Typical hydrogels on the market contain 45-96% water. The secondary ingredients in hydrogels are man-made chemicals that can provide absorption and moisturizing qualities.
How do I use Soothies?
It depends on the amount of leakage the mom is experiencing. The pads should be changed when they are saturated. Typically, the pad will last 1-3 days.
Can I store Soothies in the refrigerator or freezer?
Keep them in a sealed bag so that they will not absorb moisture from the air. They may also be kept in the freezer for additional cooling relief.
Can Soothies be heated?
No, we do not recommend heating Soothies Gel Pads.
My Soothies Gel Pad has crusty parts-should I throw it away?
If the Gel Pad becomes dirty or has crusty areas, it can be cleaned with a clean damp, not wet, cloth, as needed. This may lengthen the amount of time that the Gel Pad can be used.
Will Soothies ever dry out? Do I need to add water to keep them hydrated?
Soothies will not dry out due to the high glycerin levels. Therefore, if pain or soreness reoccurs at some later point during breastfeeding, any remaining Soothies can be used without concern. And, no, re-hydration by adding water is not required.
Why can I only use Soothies three weeks total?
The recommended usage of any hydrogel or gel pads as a therapy should not to exceed 3 weeks total because if you are experiencing soreness or pain, you should seek the advice of a lactation consultant, breastfeeding educator, or healthcare provider.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent