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Old 08-29-2007, 04:13 PM   #1
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Hey there, mamas...

I would like to try using cloth mama pads for the postpartum period (at least). I am wondering how many are necessary to get through a day? Also, should I get more sizes than just the thick postpartum one?

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Old 08-29-2007, 04:18 PM   #2
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Old 08-29-2007, 04:21 PM   #3
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I didn't use cloth this time but I know that I went through like 6-8 overnight hospital ones even after I got home.....and then 4-6 super ones a day for several weeks after that
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wow, mine wasn't that bad! I used mama cloth last postpartum. I used hospital sposies until I left and immediately changed into my own homemade stuff and felt SO good! I was passing a lot of clots and it was super gross so I changed very frequently. Also, I ended up only having the ones I made that were for regular AF so they needed to be changed more frequently. I would go through probably about 6-8 per day. Washed them with the diapers without any problems. I especially liked the flannel ones backed in fleece with wings and a snap. They were nice and soft but they also had the fleece and the wings to keep them in place and prevent leaks at the sides of my undies and the snap kept them nice and tightly placed. I loved mine. I started making more today. I just make and use the regular size pads for AF and then change frequently. I dont' seem to need long ones or whatever. And to calculate how many you need, if you are like me and use regular ones instead of thick postpartum ones, I'd say around 8-10 per day for however many days you go between washing diapers. So maybe 15-20 MAX if you are washing every other day.
I use this pattern online because it's really really easy for a novice sewer:
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Just scroll down the side to the cloth menstrual pad link. There's also a printable template. VERY easy!
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Thanks for the advice, mamas! Anyone else with experience, please chime in!

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id say between 6-10 a day.....definately go with overnights/PP pads for the first few days...i used overnights-9"- for 3 days but then it was just like AF so i switched to regulars 18 would probably be a good # for washing every other day but you can get by with less
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wow, mine wasn't that bad! I used mama cloth last postpartum. I used hospital sposies until I left and immediately changed into my own homemade stuff and felt SO good! I was passing a lot of clots and it was super gross so I changed very frequently. Also, I ended up only having the ones I made that were for regular AF so they needed to be changed more frequently. I would go through probably about 6-8 per day. Washed them with the diapers without any problems. I especially liked the flannel ones backed in fleece with wings and a snap. They were nice and soft but they also had the fleece and the wings to keep them in place and prevent leaks at the sides of my undies and the snap kept them nice and tightly placed. I loved mine. I started making more today. I just make and use the regular size pads for AF and then change frequently. I dont' seem to need long ones or whatever. And to calculate how many you need, if you are like me and use regular ones instead of thick postpartum ones, I'd say around 8-10 per day for however many days you go between washing diapers. So maybe 15-20 MAX if you are washing every other day.
I use this pattern online because it's really really easy for a novice sewer:
www.diapersewing.com

Just scroll down the side to the cloth menstrual pad link. There's also a printable template. VERY easy!

I can't find the menstrual pad link I don't really have a working sewing machine or any sewing ability though...

I'm considering just using preemie pf's...
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Re: Cloth Mama Pads (Postpartum)

yikes! i was hoping 3 would do cause thats all i have and they're soo expensive, figured just wash as soon as one's worn...doesnt sound like it'll be enough though....atleast i have backup of terrycloth inserts when i have to i suppose
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yikes! i was hoping 3 would do cause thats all i have and they're soo expensive, figured just wash as soon as one's worn...doesnt sound like it'll be enough though....atleast i have backup of terrycloth inserts when i have to i suppose
Maybe use the heavy duty ones for overnights (or just pad a waterproof pad under you, as I do) and get regular or diaper doublers for daytime use.
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I can't find the menstrual pad link I don't really have a working sewing machine or any sewing ability though...

I'm considering just using preemie pf's...
For me the link shows up in pink on the left side of the screen, the last under the first heading "Cloth Diapers."

Thanks again for all the advice... I am trying to figure out what and how much to order, without breaking the bank!

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