Can the pads be worn directly out of the package? - YES, The wool has not been exposed to any harsh substances, and the lanolin provides antibacterial properties.
Will coconut oil or olive oil used on wounds ruin the pads? - NO. Just as with lanolin ointment, the fatty substances might build up in the pads after a period of use. If you notice this, and the oily patch is not removed by regular washing, you may place them in lukwarm water, bring to a slow boil, and the oily build-up will melt out of the pads. The pads should be re-lanolinized after boiling. See Nursing Pads Care
If I am being treated for a breast infection, do I need to stop wearing the pads? MOST OFTEN, NO. For bacterial infections, you do not need to stop wearing the pads. For yeast infections, you might want to consider using disposables until your symptoms have cleared. However, past experience with women who have had yeast infections, and who contacted us at the time, have shown that there have been no recurrences, when they began using (or continued using) the pads. We do recommend more frequent boiling of the pads, or after washing, placing them in an oven on 100 degrees Celsius (212 degrees Farenheit) for 10 minutes to remove yeast spores.