I'm totally feeling the belly binding love after looking over the thread in the Feb DDC. Thanks for the tip, buko! I remember wanting to do it after my first pregnancy, then I ended up spending my first postpartum week with baby in the NICU (but I was not myself a hospital patient), so all my postpartum dreams kinda flew out the window.
sunshinelove, thanks so much for the tip on the motherlove spray. sounds awesome! i've seen lots of "bottom balms" but honestly, the idea of rubbing a salve directly on those tender areas after birth does not appeal to me in the slightest. i love the idea of spraying something on, though! i see that their products are carried by whole foods stores so i'm going to make a point to stop by to see if i can find the spray soon!
ooh, and on the topic of witch hazel pads, please allow me to share my embarrassing newbie mom escapade from last time: i made up a batch of pads for the freezer, but i for some reason thought it would be best to dilute the witch hazel with water, then completely SOAK some pad inserts (imagine 2 layers of cotton fleece, like an absorbent liner for luna pads), stack them all up together and freeze them. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!?? the pads froze into a solid block. it was almost impossible to separate them without defrosting the entire block. then, once one pad was chiseled off the block and applied, there was so much moisture from the melting ice that it made me feel really gross and wet. believe me, i will be following the wise directions outlined in posts above this time around!