With my last birth, my OB told me there was no problem using tampons after the first week or so of bleeding. I HATE pads, and started using tampons around 2 weeks post partum. I changed them every hour or two, and had no problems.
Originally Posted by stafl
My concern would be toxic shock syndrome, which wasn't known well (if at all) in the 70's when Spiritual Midwifery was written.
Originally Posted by jessanddanny
I tried using tampons 3 wks pp after Seth since I was out of pads and only used one for maybe an hour until I got back from the store getting more. Took it out and it hurt SOOO bad...within 24 hrs the walls of my vagina had made adhesions. There were little 'stringy things' connecting the walls. They tore easily enough, but, I still have little bumps where the adhesions were. I think even if there's not tearing, the walls of the vagina have been stretched so much with the birth itself that you truly DO need that time to let everything inside heal. I will never use tampons postpartum again. I know other moms have had luck with them, but, for me, it's just not worth it.