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#1 of 27 Old 07-06-2006, 02:07 PM - Thread Starter
 
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i have never bought maxi pads before and need to get some for post-birth. what kind do i get? do i need wings? what do wings do? is the generic brand as good or should i just buy the name brand? also do i need a variety of strengths, because the flow will change right. how many should i get? also if it makes a difference i hate wearing them- are there any that are more comfortable.. ie less diaperish and chunky between legs. and i hate that moist feeling, is there anything that make it better. i feel embaressed to ask, but i need to know.
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Go for the wings; they prevent leakage over the sides of your undies. The flow can be very heavy, especially for the first few days. You'll probably want to get the overnight pads, even for day time use at first. Good luck!
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Ah, maxi pads. My favorite. LOL! For right when you come home, I bought the biggest, super-industrial size ones I could find. I bled quite heavily for at least a week. After that, yes, your flow will slow down. I bled like a regular period for almost a whole six weeks. Some bleed longer, some shorter. I still have a regular pack from when DS was born, and will use those again this time, but need to get the super ones again. Wings are up to you, I guess. I don't think there's anything comfortable about them, so wings are kind of optional. Good luck!
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I used disposable maxi pads the first time and bought the longest ones out there with wings and I'm so glad I did. The first 3-4 days you can really bleed a LOT. Though I often just spread out a "chux" pad and sat on that instead it was so heavy at first. And when you get up after laying down be prepared for a gush, or even some small clots. After that it's usually like a normal heavy period, and in a few weeks it's normally pretty light, but can linger for a while, especially if you overexert yourself.
I actually like the feel of cloth pads better. Once I tried them I was hooked. They feel much cooler (which I imagine is going to be a big plus after a summer birth) and don't "stick" to you the way paper ones can.
But either way, buy a variety of pads and you can always send your husband/partner out for more of the kind you like best, LOL . (I mean, after all you go through in labor, they deserve to do a task like going to buy maxi pads IMO!!)

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Last time, the hospital sent me home with a pack of giant ones - I LOVED them.

This time, I just went out and bought some "moderate" flow ones without wings (they drive me crazy). But, I might be sending dh out to buy some overnights. :

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I used cloth pads last time and found them way more absorbant (and comfy) than the big ones from the hospital were. I get the largest ones available from clothwear.com I was a heavy bleeder, and these really helped keep me feeling dry and comfortable.

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Good thread and helpful info! Gotta be prepared, eh?!

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I got the super overnight Stayfree ones with wings. The ONLY ones that I like for post-birth. I haven't bought any (good reminder) but I usually get 2 pkg. so I don't have to skimp on changing them (ick).

I've used the bladder control pads (the huge huge huge ones) but I didn't think they did a good job absorbing the blood (sorry) so I like the other ones better. If you need mega long pads at first (likely), just stick two of them on top of each other so you get the length you want.

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Always ultrathin with wings ROCK. Super thin, absorb well and don't let you feel wetness. I had some overnights, some supers and some regulars. I really didn't use very many of the overnights.

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Always pads give me a rash
I would definatly get a pack of the overnight long pads. I like cloth too. Since we're not even doing cloth diapers the first week I'm going to use sposie pads for at least the first week too. Then its cloth for me

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Thanks for posting this. For some reason, I had totally forgot that I was going to need to buy more pads. I do have one full pack from when I thought I was pmsing instead of pg but I'll need more than that.
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So for those who use cloth how many do you need? I have used regular cloth pads for years but never the post partum ones

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I'm wondering about the logistics of using some cheapo prefold diapers in lieu of cloth pads. I'm a DivaCup devotee, so I don't want to buy a bunch of expensive cloth pads that I won't be likely to use for regular mentsrual flow. Thoughts? Washing tips?
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Not in your DDC but wanted to join the disscussin here...

I will be using cloth for sure. Just doubler or prefolds for home becaus elast time I used ALWAYS and the combination of chemicals and my blood made HORRIBLE mess and smell and I felt like I was getting infected down there. It was nasty. I will buy some natural pads this time for if I have to leave the house.
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Always pads give me a rash
Me too, if I wear them for more than about 5 days. I had "diaper rash" during my postpartum period with DS, and I only bled for 3 weeks.

This time, I'm using cloth pads for sure. If you sew at all, they're super easy to make.

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My midwives tell their clients to always avoid Always. They say they are awful, and pretty much every client they have had get an infection have used Always pads.

While I would love cloth pads, I can't justify the expense for a couple weeks or so.

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So for those who use cloth how many do you need? I have used regular cloth pads for years but never the post partum ones

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I have enough to wash with the same frequency I'd wash diapers (I wash them together). The postpartum ones I'm using are just trifold hemp/cotton that I can use to stuff pocket diapers later. I still have some I never even used, and they were pretty inexpensive.

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Always pads give me a rash
Same here. The ones at the hospital (after the super huge bellybutton to halfway up your back ones) were Always and I actually used some of dd's diaper liners to try to reduce the irritation.

I still have the overnight Stayfrees I bought last time and never used. My midwife had me order a dozen pads as part of my birth kit as well.
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Wow I thought I was odd with my bad always experinces. Anyone ever try natural sposie pads?
Oh and I wash my cloth (the whole 2 cycles I got to use it) with the diapers too. I just rinse them off in the sink (cold water) and toss them in the diaper pail.

I do know people who have used infant or preemie prefolds for the pp flow. Personally I'd be concerned with shifting

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Wow I thought I was odd with my bad always experinces. Anyone ever try natural sposie pads?
Oh and I wash my cloth (the whole 2 cycles I got to use it) with the diapers too. I just rinse them off in the sink (cold water) and toss them in the diaper pail.

I do know people who have used infant or preemie prefolds for the pp flow. Personally I'd be concerned with shifting
Ahh, the shifting. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the washing tips.
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Ahh, the shifting. I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for the washing tips.
I will only wear cloth in the house (so shifting won't be such an issue), I will buy some natural pads for when I go out.
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I haven't had a problem with shifting when it comes to normal activities. For exercising I use tampons, but since I won't be exercising during the first few weeks it doesn't matter! After that I have some smaller cloth pads with snaps to keep them in place so I can start walking for exercise again. Then at 6 weeks I'll start postpartum aerobics at the Y.
I was nervous about shifting the first time I used "lay-in" cloth pads, like going grocery shopping and such, but really they never moved a whole lot on me.

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yeah the few times that I've used lay-in pads they didn't shift much but they were fleece backed so I'm sure that helped. But they liked to fall in the toilet :

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Okay, I am an always devotee, that is so wierd that some women get rashes!? I would suggest an "ultrathin" pad, they absorb just as much as those big clunky pads and are much more comfortable.
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I would suggest an "ultrathin" pad, they absorb just as much as those big clunky pads and are much more comfortable.
Would an ultrathin seriously do the job on day 1 or 2 pp?
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An Always pad might work even as an ultrathin (They have ultrathin overnights) b/c they have the super-absorbent gel.... I "always" get horrible rashes (I think from the gel)... guess who's not getting traditional sposie diapers?

I use Stayfree or Kotex with no problem... Still have to pick some big'uns, though.
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