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Tell me why I'd want to use postpartum mama cloth, please.

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So, it's expensive to buy mama cloth. I normally use a Femmecup menstrual cup or Diva cup (inside out), so I don't see myself using them past the postpartum stage, unless they were just that awesome. I've tried two brands of cloth liners-- Fuzzi Bunz fleece and Party in my Pants flannel-- and BOTH of them spun around, bunched, eventually leaked because they just wouldn't sit still!

That said, I have used disposable pads in the past (like Always brand, for example) and the plastic really is yucky. But they're cheap compared to mama cloth, and they stick in place. I've gotten a recommendation to just use an infant prefold, but honestly, that doesn't sound very good, either. It seems like that would feel just plain huge and awkward. Who can keep up with a toddler and keep a prefold between their legs? redface.gif

I'm green and crunchy in many ways, but I've spent a lot on better, greener things in the past. I'm just wondering if I shouldn't suck it up and deal with the plasticky yuck feeling to save money and also to get a pad that stays put. The *idea* of cloth pads that are a normal size sounds great, if only they'd stay put, and be comfy.

Thoughts?
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Edited by kristandthekids - 1/16/13 at 7:34pm
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Here's what Shauna recommends in her Postpartum Recovery Kit blog post:

 


 


Cloth pads.  You’ll bleed.  You’ll bleed a lot. You’ll need a good supply of overnight pads for a couple of weeks, and after that the flow will gradually lessen.  After about 5 or 6 weeks, it’ll stop entirely.  (Note:  you can occasionally get a humongous gush of blood that will soak everything in its path and leave the room you’re in looking like someone’s been murdered there.  Don’t worry about cloth pads not containing a gush like this.  Nothing could contain it.  Just accept that you may have to mop…or better yet, ask your significant other to do it!)

Another great thing about cloth pads for postpartum is that you can soak them in water or witch hazel and freeze them.  This can be very helpful during the first week or so when you are very, very sore.


 

There are a few bonuses to using cloth pads for postpartum. One is that you are going to be sore, and putting plastic/chemicals there isn't going to help. But freezing the inserts of your cloth pads can really help! And if you're going to be going through a lot of disposables, the cost of your cloth pads (depending on how many you get) will even out in comparison. And then of course if you're able to find cloth pads you really love, you can use them for years afterward!

 

If you've had trouble with other brands of cloth pads, I certainly can't promise that GladRags (or another brand will work for you). I do want to let you know that we have a 90-day money back guarantee on our pads, so if you try one out and it doesn't work, you at least can get your money back!

Hope this helps smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Beauchamp View Post

So, it's expensive to buy mama cloth. I normally use a Femmecup menstrual cup or Diva cup (inside out), so I don't see myself using them past the postpartum stage, unless they were just that awesome. I've tried two brands of cloth liners-- Fuzzi Bunz fleece and Party in my Pants flannel-- and BOTH of them spun around, bunched, eventually leaked because they just wouldn't sit still!

That said, I have used disposable pads in the past (like Always brand, for example) and the plastic really is yucky. But they're cheap compared to mama cloth, and they stick in place. I've gotten a recommendation to just use an infant prefold, but honestly, that doesn't sound very good, either. It seems like that would feel just plain huge and awkward. Who can keep up with a toddler and keep a prefold between their legs? redface.gif

 

Mama cloth is great. And that comes from someone who wrinkled their nose and shivered at the thought of it in the beginning.

It can be VERY affordable...(aka cheap)..I suggest even sewing your own. I did! That's how I started!

One of your clean terry bath towels.

Some loved/clean flannel clothing you can part with.

Thread

Needle

(Sewing machine but I know mama who sew by hand and can hook you up for some help)

Draw out your pattern or trace a pad you have.

 

Everyone likes different stuff. So just sew a few and figure out what you like.

youtube videos are an excellent way to start.

 

I WISH I would have had cloth for PP.

 

Let me know how it goes and what you decide!!! redface.gif

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I'm not a cloth person.  I was grateful, personally, to be able to throw the gruesome, lochia-stained maxi pads out.  The hospital I went to had these awesome maxis with ice packs in them, the kind where you break the bag and it gets cold.  It was like having a pillow between my legs, but they were awesome.  I snaked a handful before we checked out.

 

I've found Always Infinity pads to be very soft and comfortable.  They're pricier then the normal kind, though. 

 

I have come to terms with not being environmentalist in this particular way.  There are times when our energy is limited, and we do what's easy rather then what's ideal.
 

post #6 of 9

nak

 

I used cloth pp with my youngest baby (2 months). Let me tell you - it was WAY better than disposables. I bought two started packs of Fuzzi Bunz and they were a perfect amount (I am a very heavy bleeder). They softness is so nice pp, especially if you end up with stitches, which I did this time. I highly recommend cloth pp.

 

One note though, some childbirth professionals do not recommend cloth pp because if someone is not super vigilant about keeping the pads extra squeaky clean, there is a very, very slight chance that an infection can happen. I hope that doesn't deter anyone, because you still never know what is on the store bought pads - even natural ones!
 

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One note though, some childbirth professionals do not recommend cloth pp because if someone is not super vigilant about keeping the pads extra squeaky clean, there is a very, very slight chance that an infection can happen. I hope that doesn't deter anyone, because you still never know what is on the store bought pads - even natural ones!
 

 

I think this comes from some misinformation those childbirth professionals have.... just because disposables are individually packaged and bleached white, does *not* mean that they are sterilized (remember the moldy tampon incident?) Personally, I'd rather take my health into my own (very capable) hands than rely on some random factory in China to keep my supplies clean.

 

I'm curious as to what type of infection could occur with cloth pads that wouldn't occur otherwise. Cloth pads don't create special conditions for bacteria any more than wearing underwear does. Do you know?

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I think this comes from some misinformation those childbirth professionals have.... just because disposables are individually packaged and bleached white, does *not* mean that they are sterilized (remember the moldy tampon incident?) Personally, I'd rather take my health into my own (very capable) hands than rely on some random factory in China to keep my supplies clean.

 

I'm curious as to what type of infection could occur with cloth pads that wouldn't occur otherwise. Cloth pads don't create special conditions for bacteria any more than wearing underwear does. Do you know?

 

I totally agree! smile.gif That's why I mentioned the *very, very slight chance* of infection and also that you never know what's on store bought pads. Moldy tampons - yuck - and that's not an isolated incident  either, it's happened with pads too. I would have to dig up references (nakking atm), but there have been cases of uterine infection and infections of stitches which traveled upwards into the yoni to the uterus that have been pinpointed somehow to using cloth pads pp specifically. I think there is a concern about build-up of bacteria in pads if they are not washed properly. Just like in diapers :) Then again just because two things happen at the same time, in this case, uterine infection and wearing cloth pp, does not mean one caused the other.

 

My personal opinion and experience is that cloth pads pp are better than paper. I do however believe that extra vigilance is required when using cloth or paper postpartum to ensure that only very clean items are up against and around the yoni. Especially so if a mama has stitches. This would also include making sure undies, hands and tp are extra clean too. smile.gif

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Originally Posted by Thyme Mama View Post
I do however believe that extra vigilance is required when using cloth or paper postpartum to ensure that only very clean items are up against and around the yoni. Especially so if a mama has stitches. This would also include making sure undies, hands and tp are extra clean too. smile.gif

 

YES. Any time your body is healing (and especially when it is already a little worn out) being extra careful about hygiene is super important.

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