Everything You Ever wondered about reusable breast pads

What can I use the perineum gel strip for?

BodyICE® perineum gel strip will be your best ally both during pregnancy and after birth to relieve all the pain and discomfort you feel during these two very special periods.

During pregnancy, the gel strip can for example relieve you of hemorrhoids, unfortunately common in pregnant women especially in the last trimester. It can also help reduce the pain associated with sciatica.

During birth, the perineum strip can be effectively used during the 2nd stage of labour to help reduce the occurrence of perineal trauma. In this case, it's best used warm.

After birth, the cold peri strip will bring lots of relief to manage the pain linked to a hematoma, an episiotomy, hemorrhoids, etc. When frozen, the perineum strip provides soothing, cooling relief to the perineal area which may be irritated, swollen and tender from childbirth.

Is the gel perineum band absorbent?

No, this is not a menstrual pad that can be used in the maternity ward after childbirth. The BodyICE® gel strip is a compress that you place over your maternity pad to relieve pain and feelings of discomfort post birth.

The pad will absorb the blood that drains from the vagina after birth while the cold gel band will bring pain relief. They have two complementary actions and can be used together.

What should I use the reusable breast pads for?

BodyICE® reusable breast pads help you deal with the start of breastfeeding to help with your milk and letdown. When using the reusable breast pads at the on start of breastfeeding, it is best to use them warm. Indeed the warmth will promote milk letdown and flow.

They can also help relieved blocked milk ducts: if you experience a lump or lump in any of your breasts, you may have a blocked milk duct. Not only should you call you health professional, but it is recommended to express your milk to promote unblocking.

When breastfeeding or expressing milk, BodyICE® breast pads, once heated, will help unblocking by relieving discomfort and promoting the outflow of milk.

Reusable Breast Pads and mastitis

If one of your two breasts is red and sore and/or you experience the same symptoms as the flu (alternating hot & cold sensations, fever, headache etc), you may have mastitis.

You should call your health professional as soon as possible because mastitis can get worse in just a few hours.

In the meantime, it is recommended in the case of early mastitis onset to rest as much as possible, drink a lot of water and put baby to the breast/express your milk as often as possible in order to drain the painful breast.

Even if you have mastitis, your milk is still good for your baby. To promote breastfeeding, it is advisable to massage your breast and apply something warm such as BodyICE® breast pads to promote the release and expression of milk.

Can breast pads be used outside of breastfeeding?

Of course. These reusable pads can relieve you of all the tensions that can be felt in the chest, whether during pregnancy or before menstruation. You can also use them as an ice or heat pack for other areas, such as your knees or shoulders.

Is it useful elsewhere than on the perineum area?

The perineum gel strip can also be used as a cold or hot gel pack to treat back pain, such as sciatica in pregnant women, and the tightness and burning sensations from the Caesarean scar.

How to clean the reusable breast pads?

The gel strip, pads and cotton wraps provided with purchase are washable. You just need to soap them in lukewarm water by hand and let them air dry.

How long should I use them for?

It is recommended to leave them on for about 20 minutes and to wait for the skin to return to its normal temperature before renewing the application of a new pad.

How to heat the reusable breasts pads?

You can heat your gel packs in two ways: either by soaking them in hot water so that the beads take the temperature of the water, or by placing them in the microwave.

The microwave heating time is dependent on your microwave power and is as follows:

  • 700Watt: 20 sec
  • 1000 Watt: 15 sec
  • 1200 Watt: 10 sec

Once the right temperature has been reached, we recommend that you mix and massage the beads inside the pad in order to obtain a uniform temperature. Once this is done, you can slip the gel pads into their cotton envelope.

How to use these reusable breasts pads as cold ice packs?

You can cool your gel packs in two ways:

  • by placing them in the freezer for about 2 hours, or
  • by immersing them in ice water.

Once at the right temperature, you can slip the gel bags into their cotton envelope provided for this purpose.

Can the gel bags be used without their cotton cover?

It is recommended to use the cotton envelopes in particular if you are using the gel packs in the cold version.

Also, be sure to test the temperature on the crook of your wrist before placing your gel packs on your skin.

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