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I was wondering how many of you CD moms use cloth for yourselves, or another alternative to disp. pads and tampons?<br><br>
I personally use the Diva cup and a variety of WAHM pads. I just received an order of Lunapads and I love them!<br><br>
My mom can understand why I use cloth diapers, but she thinks I am sending women back to the past by promoting cloth menstrual pads.<br><br>
Anyways...just wondering what everyone else thinks about cloth for moms and what you use.
 

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I use cloth pads and I switched back in Febuary and I will never go back to sposie pads hate them.<br><br>
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I switched to cloth pads after finding out about them on these boards. I used the ones from Little Lambs for my postpartum spotting. The fabric selection is great and Jen has really good customer service.<br>
Hopefully my period won't be here for a while b/c I'm bf'ing, but I plan on trying out some other cloth pads when it does return. There are so many choices, so I figure I might as well try a few of them before deciding which ones I like best.
 

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I just spent the past 3 years using cloth pads and last month I literally ran from my home straight to the drug store to buy tampons. I had enough of soaking and rinsing and just started to feel ick, plus even my post partum pads would sometimes leak at night. I couldn't take it anymore.<br><br>
Happily, I never loved all my pads as much as I love my diapers so no risk there of going back to sposies. But we have one tiny bathroom and nowhere to soak the pads and it just became ridiculous standing there trying to clean them enough to put them in the washer even. I think your mom has a point. I guess I fell off the wagon on this one, happily.
 

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I use cloth pads as well. I don't soak mine though. Once I sit down I rinse them out and stick them in a seperate bummis bag and wash with my diapers. None of them have any stains or anything. I've always worn gladrags until I tried <a href="http://www.ladypads.com" target="_blank">www.ladypads.com</a> last month. I love them!
 

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I don't know why since I CD, but the thought of cloth pads (for myself) makes me nauseous, I hate pads. I'm currently struggling to get the hang of my Keeper, though.
 

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I wasn't very interested in trying cloth pads either. Right now I don't have to worry about it since I'm nursing, but I have found an alternative.<br>
I found a site that sells reusable tampon type things. Here it is: <a href="http://www.jadeandpearl.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.jadeandpearl.com/index.html</a><br><br>
I don't know how well they'd work, but I think I'll try them once I start having periods again.
 

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I could never use cloth pads solely. I hate pads in general! I do however, LOVE my Keeper! I use cloth pads as Keeper backup and as pantiliners.
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by grumpymama</i><br><b>What is a keeper and where would I buy one? I've never heard of those before.</b></td>
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It is a cup that catches menstrual flow inside your body. Here is the website: <a href="http://www.thekeeperstore.com/" target="_blank">Keeper Site</a>. I think you can get them from there, but I know some WAHM stores carry them as well.<br><br>
HTH~
 

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I also have a keeper, as well as some mama cloth. I just got a pad from Freshies that I'm waiting a few more days to try out (well, that is unless....) I've been thinking about the Diva cup, since it says it has ridges for easier removal. Anyone care to comment? Compare the keeper/diva?
 

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I use menstrual sponges almost all the time, and cloth pads when I don't - athough I have a stash of Natracare tampons for days when I know I'll be somewhere where I can't rinse a sponge - like the mall or the fair or something.<br>
I don't soak my pads, either - they go in the diaper pail with everything else (we use cloth in the bathroom, as well).
 

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When I failed at cd'ing my now 4 yo, I decided I still wanted to do something so I switched to cloth mama pads. I make my own and to me, they are waaaaaay more comfy than store sposie pads. I also got a keeper around that time frame but hated it and never really used it much (not so much fit issues or leaking issues, just issues with not wanting stuff 'up there' after childbirth). I know this might sound nuts, but I swear my flow is less and so are my cramps since switching to cloth. Maybe it really has to do with prekids and after kids af, but in my mind, cloth did it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> I find it easy to do too. Plus, I can have them any way I want them-long, short, many layers, thin, fasten under undies, lay them in undies, diff fabric combos, aio ones..........you get the idea.<br><br>
I think I'd like to try some wahm ones out, just to see how they compare to mine. I'd hate to be missing out on something, lol!
 

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Kaelynn, I have moved your thread to Healthy Home & Body. We used to post all cloth pads/diva cups . . . etc. . . in Diapering, but we felt that it would be more 'fitting' to have a forum that reflected this need in women. So, they are all in Healthy Home & Body. However, I have left a re-direct in Diapering so that the mommas there can see you post and come on over with their responses. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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From the time I first got my period until I found out about cloth pads (kind of funny - that you have to 'find out' about them!) I thought that the irritation I felt 'down there' during my period was normal.<br><br>
The first time I used cloth pads I found out that the irritation was NOT normal. It was not normal to itch, swell, or be sensitive down there. And since I never want to be itchy and swollen again, I can't imagine using disposable pads anymore. Wouldn't even dream of it.<br><br>
I have a pad from Freshies that I really love and want to get more of. Other than that, they're mostly self-made. They're super easy to make, since you can get away with turn-and-topstiched ovals and don't even need snaps or velcro if your underwear is tight enough (I like to put snaps on though). I put mine in a gallon ziploc, no rinsing, and then when my period is over or when I run out of pads I put them through a rinse cycle and then throw in the diapers and go through the diaper wash routine.
 

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Ever since nursing school when I learned that bacteria love to grow in warm, dark, moist areas like the vagina, I couldn't use tampons anymore! Even with how comvenient they are, I would just imagine thousands of icky bugs growing in there... EEEEWWW!<br><br>
I just recently found out about cloth pads on MDC and kind of thought it was weird at first, but now I like the idea. My main reason for utilizing re-usable products is to cut down on waste from disposable products. (Not to mention the fact that paper rubbing against your sensitive skin feels awful!) I don't think it's gross at all, it's just about as "gross" as rinsing out a breast milk poop diaper. It's just part of life, and I don't get why people think it's so horrible. In some areas of the world, women don't have a choice but to use CD's and mama cloth! So, here is the US we have a choice and I choose to reduce, reuse and recycle. Ok, 'nuff said! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/soapbox.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="soapbox"> hee hee!<br><br>
Check out <a href="http://diaperware.com" target="_blank">Diaperware</a>, they have a bunch of mama pads to try, and Inge is great to buy from!
 

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I agree completely with Phishmama. My flow and cramping are TOTALLY diminished since starting with cloth instead of sposies. I just thought of it all as part and parcel of AF until I started cloth for mamas. I came to a poitn where I realized that if M is wearing cloth, why shouldn't mama? I haven't told my parents because that's the kind of thing that they would be totally creeped out over. I just dont' even bother with those battles these days. I LOVE my Keeper and use Gladrags at night(bought them at my local co-op). Bought my keeper at <a href="http://www.lunapads.com." target="_blank">www.lunapads.com.</a><br>
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