After switching my daughter to cloth diapers at three months old, I seriously started thinking about switching to mama cloth as well. After all, if cloth was better for my baby, then cloth was better for me too, right? By the time my period returned at seventeen months postpartum, I had purchased some reusable menstrual pads to try.
At first I was a little wary of using mama cloth. Sure, I happily and wholeheartedly embraced cloth diapers immediately. Yes, poop is probably grosser than menstruation. Nonetheless, I decided to give reusable cloth pads a go. I started by using my mama cloth while at home and overnight. By the time my second postpartum period arrived, I had stopped using disposable pads and tampons completely and had switched entirely to mama cloth and menstrual cups!
My favorite brand of mama cloth by far is Pink Lemonade Shop (PLS). When asked to become Holiday PLS Mom a few weeks ago, I immediately and enthusiastically agreed. Of all the mama cloth in my small stash, I always reached for my Pink Lemonade pads first. I love everything about my PLS mama cloth — the fit, the softness, the absorbency, and the lack of bulkiness. Pink Lemonade Shop pads offer everything that I want in a reusable menstrual pad.
All of the Pink Lemonade Shop pads that I own are minky. The minky is super soft and super absorbent. I decided to try the minky because I own some minky diaper inserts that I use on my daughter overnight. If minky worked on my daughter for up to 12 hours at a time, then minky could also work for me. Honestly, I do not even want to try any other fabrics now that I have used the PLS minky pads. Minky is super soft and super absorbent. I hardly even noticed the pad during that time of the month, and, when I do, all I notice is the comfort.
Caring for my mama cloth is super easy. I keep my stash in the cabinet in my bathroom. In between washes, I store the used pads in a wet bag next to the toilet. Three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I was my mama cloth along with my cloth diapers. I use a warm wash and a cold rinse. I switch between Rockin’ Green and Tide Free & Gentle detergents. I use about 3 tablespoons for the entire load. I then toss the pads in the dryer with the rest of my diaper inserts. Easy peasy!
After switching to reusable menstrual products, I have noticed a couple of awesome benefits. First, I am no longer spending so much money. I have a small mama cloth stash that I can use again and again. With a longer period than average (7 to 8 days), I literally threw away a lot of money using disposables. I will be able to use my current mama cloth stash for years without having to buy new pads again for quite a while. Second, mama cloth is so much more comfortable. I never feel itchy or rubbed the wrong way with my cloth pads like I sometimes did with disposables. Third, I have heard that using reusable pads that do not contain all the chemicals of disposables can make your period lighter and shorter. One of my most recent periods lasted only 5 days, much to my surprise, so maybe this bit of cloth pad wisdom is true. I sure hope so!
If you have been thinking about switching to mama cloth, I urge you to make the switch today! If you already use disposable pads, I highly recommend getting a few Pink Lemonade Shop pads to try. I always reach for my PLS mama cloth first, which is why I was so excited to become a Holiday PLS Mom.
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My Pink Lemonade Shop Mama Cloth Stash © 2013 Heather Johnson