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Did you make pads soaked in comfrey for after your birth? If so, how did you do it?
My mom and I did frozen gauze soaked in comfrey for use after ds1s birth but they froze funny and were really uncomfortable. I want to use comfrey again but want to make sure I am doing it right
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I did witch hazel. The key is to not over-soak them. I think a better word for them might be "dampened and frozen." You don't want to over-moisten or you'll utilize all the pad's absorbency before you use it, and it will turn into a comfrey/witch hazel popsicle.

I just dampened the pads---I don't know, maybe 2-3 Tbs.?---and then froze them draped over a bowl so they would have a curved shape. Heavenly!!

Make sure you have someone around who knows how to make more in case you run out.

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You can also put a few tablespoons right onto maternity pads (if you're going to use a preformed type--whether cloth or synthetic), and freeze. But I agree, you don't totally soak the thing, whatever you use.

You *can soak a washcloth or gauze pad, however, for use as a warm or room temp compress.
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Okay....so for the complete noob and pregnancy brain afflicted, I'm now going to ask a pretty silly question.

So, I get that you don't want to actually soak them in the witch hazel. But, how do you do it then?

I have some witch hazel leaves, and I was going to boil them into a tea like substance and then dip the pads (cloth) in and freeze, but it sounds like that's not what I want to do.

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Okay....so for the complete noob and pregnancy brain afflicted, I'm now going to ask a pretty silly question.

So, I get that you don't want to actually soak them in the witch hazel. But, how do you do it then?

I have some witch hazel leaves, and I was going to boil them into a tea like substance and then dip the pads (cloth) in and freeze, but it sounds like that's not what I want to do.

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You can also put a few tablespoons right onto maternity pads (if you're going to use a preformed type--whether cloth or synthetic), and freeze. But I agree, you don't totally soak the thing, whatever you use.
Does this answer your question?

I was thinking of just making the mixture (I plan on using a mixture of comfrey and witchhazel) in a pot - then using a ladel to spoon some of the mixture on to/into the pad then freezing it over a bowl.
But I am still waiting to see what mamas who have btdt did.

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See I was wondering the same thing... how to put it on, because I'm planning on using Feme pads inside my pad.

http://www.thegentlenest.com/products2.html Scroll down for the feme pads. And a mama is making something similar to this for me to put the feme pad in. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...99/mamapad.jpg

I got the idea from the HB supplies thread.

I'm not freezing the pad, so how the heck do I put the comfrey on there?

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I had some pp herbal bath that I soaked my pads in, then when that ran out I used comfrey. I put the liquid in a huge bowl and completely soaked an always ultra thin overnight pad, then squeezed it out. Then I wrapped each one in aluminum foil and put it in the freezer. My MW took them out when I was pushing. Its best to take them out a little before you'll need them. I tried one right out of the freezer and it was way too cold! The comfrey made me really itchy/irritated for some reason. It could have been the timing and just my stitches healing but I stopped using it after a day.

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My comfrey pad 'recipe'...

I use Kotex pads since they don't have that 'dri-weave' crap on them hahaha.

I get a pot of water on the stove, add comfrey leaves straight to water...maybe a full handful to 1/2gal of water? I don't measure much....

I let it come to a boil, then reduce heat and let steep.
The stronger the better...
Then I get the pad opened, and spoon out 4-6 TBSPs of tea all over the pad...and I add some leaves too.
The pad seems pretty saturated.
I then refold the pad and slip it back into it's plastic wrapping.
I throw a batch into a gallon ziplock and into the freezer.

When ready to use, it is good to get the pad out to 'thaw' for about 3-5min just so you can unfold them...I put my thumbs in the crease and bend--if the pad tears a bit, no biggie.
the pad kinda fits your body with the creases anyways...
I've never had an issue with it being TOO cold--maybe there is enough comfrey leaf there to be a barrier. I've never had an issue with the leaves causing irritation, but I can see how that might.
I SWEAR by these pads though...they are truly amazing!
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I plan on making a mixture and putting it in a spray bottle and then spraying a thin layer of the mizture on the top of the pad and then freezing. To avoid the problem of oversaturating. i think the spray will be easier to control.
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