I ordered some mama cloth yesterday. I've ordered a few luna pads, a few glad rags, a few lotus pads, and I'm hoping to get my hands on a few homemademama pads when she restocks her hyena cart. I ordered mostly overnight and heavy pads and I also have some preemie prefolds that I'll try out.
Have you ever tried mama cloth postpartum? Right from the beginning? How many pads will I need? Will cloth work pp or will I be changing it every 45 mins?
I've also read here about soaking pads in witch hazel/herbs and freezing them. I had a few of the frozen pads with DS but I honestly wasn't that sore so only used them the first day.
I do plan to use disposable pads, at least for the heavy flow.With DS I had a nasty uterine infection and I don't plan to relive that in any way, shape or form, and it seems like disposable pads might pose a little less risk?
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After things slowed down I went back to my cloth pads...I have some yummy flannel pads (luna pads) that are now close to 10 years old and still working great (I've changed out the inner soaker bit over the years but the covers just keep getting softer). I change them about as often as I would during a regular period, but then...I use the disposables till my flow is about the same as it would be in a regular moon-time so I don't know how they'd handle "major post partum messiness".
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I like the LONGEST pads possible, especially those that flare out on the ends instead of tapering on the ends. Glad Rags long/heavy pads are my favorites. I think Luna Pads just came out with a flared end long/heavy pad, too, and I like their products generally, except that the mini triple snaps are harder for me to fasten than one big snap.
I just bought a new type from diaperware.com (forgot the brand!) that uses snap-on liners on top of the wrap-around portion, which is breathable wool. I won't use it until I'm sure I won't bleed through it, but, if like last time, that'll be okay by the end of the first week. It is a good length.
I find that I get MORE infections with disposables than with cloth. This is due to my sensitivity to bleaches/chemicals. My skin gets red and raw if I use them continuously, and nothing invites germs inside better than wounds. Blech. Using cloth mama pads is WAY more convenient when one is cloth diapering, too, IMHO, because there is enough laundry to wash them really effectively.
I always change pads every trip to the bathroom, so this may be a factor in cloth working so well, especially since I drink A LOT of water and pee all the time.