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Old 03-01-2011, 02:54 PM   #1
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Breastmilk poopie stains?

Hi there! So a little background...we started cloth pocket dipes with DS1 (now 27 months) when he was 18 months and now are using cloth (for right now we're using prefolds and thirsties duo covers) on DS2 (who is 4 weeks old). I never had a problem with staining with DS, but then again we never used cloth during breastfeeding before. With the thirsties covers, we seem to have gotten some staining on the gusset (leg part) from one of his blow out diapers. They generally hold everything in very well...but I don't think ANY diaper would have held this explosion in (sorry TMI). My question is...how can I get this out? I did a rinse, wash, rinse..all in hot water but the stain is still pretty yellow. I don't want to ruin a brand new cover. Any suggestions? Oh yea, and we live in the blistery cold midwest so hanging them on the line isn't quite an option until the snow melts! Thanks in advance for your help!

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Old 03-01-2011, 03:14 PM   #2
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

well the only solution i've ever found for bm poo is sunning them. just cause it's winter doesn't mean it won't work. cloudy/snowy days will do the job. it just may take a little longer
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:06 PM   #3
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You should do the first rinse in cold water otherwise hot water will set that stain.

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Old 03-02-2011, 04:29 PM   #4
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

I had a stained thirsties gusset as well. I'm in mn so I get the cold. It can still help to hang it in a sunny window. I found all bf poop stains do come eventually. I just leave them be and all of them are gone now. Sometimes it takes a few weeks of using and washing.
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

Try an enzyme cleaner in COLD water - BacOut is a good one, or try OxyClean. Soak at least an hour, up to overnight, then wash cold. You can also sun the stain on your car dashboard or in a sunny window even in cold weather.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:24 PM   #6
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

Someone recommended arm and hammer Washing soda and it worked wonders on some used pre-folds I bought from a craigslister. I also just read today if you dampen them and lie them in a sunny window it works as well as hanging them outside. I've also heard lemon juice can work as a bleaching agent.
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

Yep! Clean 'em up, squirt some lemon juice on 'em, and put 'em in the sun! Works like a charm!
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Old 03-03-2011, 06:10 AM   #8
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:51 AM   #9
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

Yes, lemon juice works wonders! Dampen the diaper and add some lemon juice and let them sit in a window sill, outside, on your dashboard, wherever. I let mine sit out all day on the deck with something like a rock on the corner to keep it from blowing away. When i come home from work, it looks great again (might have some slight yellowing from the lemon juice that will wash right out). Be sure to wash them again because you don't want the lemon juice against your baby's bum.

To prevent stains, do a warm prewash/rinse. The warm water won't be warm enough to set stains, but will work better at dissolving the nasty stuff as compared to cold water. Ever since trying that suggestion, I never have stains. You can also make your own reusable liners with rectangles of fleece fabric. Be sure to strip them, but after that, they work wonders and are really cheap and keep your diapers pristine!
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Re: Breastmilk poopie stains?

I am having the same problem and we have had no sun to sun them either! I am definitely going to try a warm prerinse before our hot wash to see how that helps!

I wanted to add that we tried using a fleece liner in our 3 week olds diaper and because her pee stream isn't strong enough to get the pee through the fleece we had leaks out of the legs of the diapers. We use fleece liners with our 20 month old and have had no issues with leaks but with our baby it was major leaks. Took the fleece liner out and we have had no leaks!
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