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How many postpartum mama cloths am I going to need?

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I used regular pads for both of my boys postpartum and I could not stand the plastic/gel filled texture of them. (That's just me, though, I don't mean to talk bad about something that other women use shy.gif)  So this time I am sewing some mama cloths for myself, I have 9 so far. Really heavy duty stuff, strictly for postpartum, no cutesy prints or anything like that.  How many do you think I would need? If I do a wash every single day (because I will have two babies in cloth diapers at that point, so I could just throw them in with the CD laundry) would it be like CDing a newborn - changing a pad every one to two hours? lol.gif Because that makes me feel like I would need a lot.  And then about how many "regular" mama cloths would I need for the next month or two? 

 

Anyone have any experience with this?

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I'm just figuring all this out myself! I have about five heavy duty cloth pads, four large, and six kind of 'regular' absorbency. I wore the giant depends things that came in my birth kit for the first 24 hours so I could shove a giant ice pack in them. I'm on day six now and I'm at a level of bleeding where I can wear my usual pads just fine. I think I would have liked to have a few more of the postpartum pads just so I wasn't having to wash so often, but it all worked out. I'd say I think you'd be fine with 9 especially if you're doing the wash every day, but it all depends on how heavy you're bleeding ( I guess I have had 'scant' bleeding according to my midwife?).  I am really glad I decided to go the cloth route this time, definitely more comfortable than giant disposable pads. 

post #3 of 3

Oh, I changed mine every time I had to go to the bathroom for the first five days. So with using about ten pads I never ran out of clean ones.

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