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I am a HUGE advocate of the Diva Cup. I love love love it! Hard to imagine that I used chlorine filled tampons for so long---although I guess I should focus on the fact that I finally moved beyond them.<br><br>
Talk to me about cloth pads though. Clearly I won't be using the DC for the days after birth. I'm fine with emptying and cleaning the DC, but the clots and mess go in my toilet. How do you handle cloth pads? How do they attach to your underwear? Anything else I should be asking?
 

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I would be interested in your article too, Nic.
 

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It IS easy! I used them for the first time with my last birth. I started out with prefolds for immediately postpartum, and my first thought when I stepped out of the birth tub and my midwife tucked the PF between my legs was, "Wow! It's so soft!" NOT what I thought of disposable pads, to be sure. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I was worried about washing them with my sweet little cloth dipes, but it all worked out fine. I would wash separately sometimes but together others. I used hydrogen peroxide when I could (though for true mama pads I didn't).<br><br>
I got soft frozen packs from inhishands.com and then wrapped them in a prefold, and held all of that up with the mesh ob panties. SO nice! Very soft, plenty of cold, and totally absorbent (as opposed to getting a pad wet and then freezing it - where does the water go when it melts?). That combo would be enough for all night, too.<br><br>
I used a variety of snap-on pads after a few days, tapering down as needed. I liked them all so much that I now use mama cloth as back up for my cup. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'm interested in making some pads...I saw an old Tshirt pattern and have saved a few of the kids' old stained up un-tie-dyeable shirts for this purpose...now I just gotta do it maybe next week when it is raining? I'll have to read the instructions again. (Its supposed to rain all next week here and DH took vacation days...)
 

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I LOVE my cloth pads. I have a small stash that I'm hoping to expand for postpartum use as well. I've heard a lot of people say just use pre-folds for the first few days, and then I imagine a thicker overnight pad should work. The pads I have are made locally by a WAHM and they have recycled fleece on the top and bottom, and attach with a single snap. The fleece is on both sides to 1. wick away the moisture (although they still get moist and I like to change them often) and 2. prevent slipping and bunching. The absorbent insides are composed of a few layers of hemp fleece and I've never had a leak. I do have a few non-fleece types and they slip and slide all over the place.<br><br>
As for washing, I never soak them and I've never had any staining. I either throw them in with cloth diapers, or just my regular laundry. Sounds a bit gross and I can't say that I would do that with heavy postpartum flow, but with regular cycle use it worked just great.
 

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Oooh I was JUSt thinking about needing some postpartum mama pads, and then some smaller ones for as the bleeding slows... (I use a Diva Cup, too.)<br><br>
Thanks for the tips!
 

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This helps---thanks! So there are ones that are fleece on the outside and then hemp or whatever inside? That sounds lovely---especially since they don't slip.<br><br>
We don't cloth diaper (I've been trying to convince DH of it since before our first was born, but no luck) so I'd have to wash with regular clothes. Do you think if I rinse them out beforehand they'd be fine to wash normally? Is there the same issue of detergents to use as there is with cloth?<br><br>
I'm still trying to work on DH for cloth...my newest thought is if I make them all, they'll be WAY cheaper....
 

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There are tons of different combinations, so you can almost certainly find anything you want to try! I mostly have ones that are fleece or wool-backed, and just cotton (or bamboo or whatever) on top. Must say, the bamboo/cotton/rayon (which is what bamboo officially called now) is loooovely!<br><br>
I would think doing a rinse on their own should be pretty good. Or you may find you can just do a small load every 2-3 days. It's definitely workable!
 

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Now if I can just convince DH to use cloth diapers, and we'll be golden!
 

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I think you would want to make sure you are using an environmentally friendly detergent that won't cause any build-ups on the pads, so same concept as cloth dipes.<br><br>
When you go ahead and purchase some, I would buy a selection of styles so you can find what you like for yourself. If you can find them locally then you could easily buy more of the style you prefer. There are a few different moms who make mama cloth at our LLL, so maybe check there.<br><br>
As for cloth dipes, my DH was not convinced at first. So I bought a small selection of pocket diapers (only 12) that once washed, are virtually like disposables. I washed diapers every day for a few weeks until we all decided it was easy as pie, and hubby was convinced. Then we bought more. Check for used on craigslist or another local source, and that will cut the cost down even more. Prefolds and covers are the most economical way, but those pockets are pretty darn easy for a partner (DH, grandparents, friends, etc.). You can always buy a combo of prefolds and pockets, with the easier methods left for others. Wow, sorry about the novel. Good luck!!
 
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