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Anybody done this? What's the protocol? Does it work as well with cloth as it does with disposables. I keep hearing about how awesome it is to have frozen witch hazel pads for after delivery, but I don't particularly want to buy any disposable pads because the cloth ones are soooo much more comfy.<br><br>
So, if it works well, how do you do it? full strength witch hazel or do you dilute it at all? Anything to add?<br><br>
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My advice would be to get them damp then freeze, a "soaked" pad (cloth or disposable) will be stiff as a board when frozen and that will NOT be comfy!! However, a big YES to frozen pads for pp, they are lovely. You can use water, comfrey tea, witch hazel, anything really.
 

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I would recommend refrigeration rather than freezing. If it's frozen, you will need to put a towel or something in between to protect your skin and then you won't be getting the witch hazel benefit. I tried various different things last time, including freezing cloth and disposable pads, and what I found to be the best for me was gauze pads soaked in witch hazel and stored in the fridge. I put on a pad and laid a couple of those on top and it was very soothing but the pad was still absorbent so it wasn't as messy as some of the other things I tried.
 

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Thanks for the recommendations, ladies. I will try refrigerating the gauze pads. I'll use a very cold place in the refrigerator so they are nearly frozen <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
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I loved frozen pads when I was recovering. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> Refridgerated ones didn't hold the cold long enough for me.<br><br>
What about freezing damp pads <i>without</i> the witch hazel? When you get out the frozen pad, you'll need to put a cloth between your skin and the pad...put the witch hazel on that, and voilà!
 
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