I'll say that I did use the giant disposable ones the midwife brought in the first week or so after dd was born. You are changing them VERY often, and for me the clotting worked better with the disposables. After that, though, the cloth were great, very comfprtable.
I bought eight postpartum pads from a WAHM, and am happy with that number-- I also have eight smaller cloth pads for lighter days at the end of my period, and this number works for my laundry cycle.
Here's a discussion rating various brands of cloth pads:
AND... know that it works fine just to rinse them and put them in with diaper laundry, no need to soak. The soaking always seems a little gross, and in my experience doesn't get them any cleaner (mine are faded, but barely stained after years of use).
Since I bleed so much the first few day pp I use prefolds then switch to the pads. (I also use prefolds when my water breaks.) But I change a prefold once every 2 hours or so. Its frequent the first day or 2. After that its just like a normal period.
I have 9 pp pads from 2 different wahms. One has pul backing and snaps and the other is all flannel with aplix closure. I like the snaps much better and I do like the pul for night time. I don't need it during the day though. Aplix can rub. If you can get them fleece topped I recommend it, its sooooo nice. Get the kind that you can take all apart, the pul backed ones I have are all sewn together and they take forever to dry.
I soak my pads and pour the water on my plants but you can just rinse them out (I suggest in a toliet or utlity sink). Dh washes all my pads for me the first week. If he didn't do it for me I probably would use disposible cause there have been times its too hard for me to walk to the bathroom let alone be washing my pads everyday.
DS#1 1/05, DS#2 4/07, DD 12/11
I did find this : http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=116088
one person mentions reading about bacteria issues but there was no follow up.
" i think it was the peggy o'mara pregnancy book that recommended using sposie pads postpartum just to be on the safe side and be as hygienic as possible. unless you can sanitize the pads by washing them in almost boiling hot water i would steer away from them, lochia is full of bacteria that i wouldn't want to survive in cloth...
just a thought"
If you were thinking of making an investment of it, I like Lunapads, but they are seriously $$$ for what they are.
oh, I'm small too which is why I decided to get more heavy flow rather then the bigger post-partum pads.
Anyone used these or thinking of using them? I bought a Diva cup for AF, but never got to use it, lol. I hesitate to spend the money on mama cloth since whenever AF comes I'll use the Diva, but then again, we'll most likely have more babies so they would get some use and it does sound SO mcuh more comfy than icky sposie pads.... How many do you think I'd need? What is a good kind? I've heard of using prefolds, but am not liking that idea much, I'm kind of a small person and that just seems bulky, I dont know. Any recommendations? Talk me into it! lol
Katie, mama to Katherine 21, Christian 19, Johannah 17, Nicholas 12, Genevieve 10, Matthew 7, Andrew 11/16/09 10#6oz home waterbirth and madly in love with my husband, Scott
There was a thread a little while ago where it was recommendednot to use cloth pads because lochia harbors a lot of bacteria. As a result of that thread (sorry I couldn't find it) I decided to go with disposables again.
I can't see how thats a concern when women were using cloth for both pp and menstration since the beginning of time and only recently started using disposibles.
Another concern, which is addressed on a lot of sites about cloth pads, is that disposible pads contain alot of chemcials. You can still get TSS from them. You can experience more cramps, heavier periods and experience irritation. They are very drying because they are super absorbant.
As far as making them, I want pul backing, fleece top, and was thinking of using microfiber to stuff, but dont want them taking forever to dry either so I need to make them sort of like a pocket diaper I guess, I wonder if that would be hard to stuff? I'll look into that more...
DS#1 1/05, DS#2 4/07, DD 12/11
There is plenty in human feces as well but we wash our diapers and babies don't get infections from them. Wipes are the same thing. I still think there is more risk with paper pads than cloth.
I'm not worried about bacteria any more than disposables since the cloth gets washed and aren't worn any longer than a disposable.
I may have to use some prefolds for when my water breaks and the first day or two. Great idea.
For mama pads I currently have Happy Heiny's night/postpartum pads. A wee bit thicker than I would normally wear but nice and long and I can't wear anything that won't be as thick I guess. Must have something thick!
Depending on how often you will do laundry, I would have at least 6-10 available for postpartum. That's a guesstimate
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We do CD already (well, we'll start back up in October!), so I'm hoping it won't be too much more to do cloth pads. I just HATED sposie pads and how they felt! So uncomfy and DH did NOT like dumping the trash can! Ick!! So there they'd sit, and that was horrible. Anyhow, despite that, I just want the feel of nice, soft cotton or whatnot when I need it most!! What better time to pamper those special parts, eh?
HeatherB ~ mama to 3 wonderful boys: 03/02; 09/04; 09/07 - and Eliana, 11/13/10!
Founder of Houston Birth Alternatives: Be Informed, Encouraged, Supported birth support group and aspiring midwife.