I was sent items in exchange for my honest opinions. My experience may differ from yours.
Dun dun duh. You are now entering the menstruation zone. Oh yeah. We’re finally going to talk reusable menstrual products. I’m more of a tampon kind of girl, but since I just gave birth, I can’t use a cup yet. I’m actually sort of looking forward to the time when I will be able to. Since I gave birth a little over two weeks ago as of the writing of this review, I was more than happy to try some postpartum mama cloth. Lunapads generously sent me one of their postpartum pads and a panty liner to try out.
What’s mama cloth?
For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term mama cloth, it refers to reusable menstrual pads. It’s like cloth diapers. Instead of throwing them out, you just wash and reuse! They can be made out of the same kinds of materials as cloth diapers: cotton, hemp/cotton blend, bamboo rayon/cotton blend, zorb. And they’re pretty too! It’s rather nice to have pretty pads in your panties when you’re feeling crappy. Lunapads uses cotton flannel in their pads with a thin layer of nylon to prevent leaks out the bottom. They do have lots of pretty prints and colors.
Lunapads’ Postpartum Pads
Lunapads sent me a black postpartum pad. I like that because if it stains, it won’t show. And I wear a lot of black underwear too, so I can color coordinate! Lunapads are different from a lot of the other pads I’ve seen because they come in two pieces. Here’s their own words describing their pads:
Our uniquely designed washable cloth pads feature 2 parts: a leak-resistant Pad Base with wings that fasten around the gusset of your underwear, and an Insert that is secured to the top of the Pad Base with ric-rac bands.
So it’s easy to change out the insert when it’s soiled and just put in a new one when needed without having to change the whole thing! I think that’s really convenient. They do offer a variety of sizes and a wide range of absorbency, so you can find what works best for you.
I personally love the design of the base, because it follows the contours of your underwear and the wings fold under very easily. It stays right in place, which is nice so you’re not standing there doing a little shimmy and picking at your underwear to get it back in place. And the snaps are flat metal ones so they’re not noticeable to your tender parts (which after giving birth, oh yeah they’re tender and big snaps are noticeable!). And it has two rick rack bands at the ends to hold the insert in place.
The insert is pretty bulky. It’s a rectangle of two layers of flannel that you fold in thirds and insert into the base. It measures about 14″ x 2.5″ after you fold it. When my postpartum bleeding was pretty heavy, this insert soaked it all up with no problems. I haven’t even had to use the additional insert. The flannel after washing is soft, which feels nice. I only wore it at home since I felt like it was so bulky.
Lunapads’ Panty Liner
The panty liners look like the pad bases, except they don’t have rick rack on the ends. I recieved one with a red top and a strawberry print on the bottom and wings. I used this one while I was pregnant. It’s the same story as the postpartum pad. This puppy stays in place and is shaped like the contours of your underwear. It was very comfortable! These are thicker than disposable panty liners, but I think it feels better and also you don’t have to worry about sticky wings grabbing hold of anything down there that might hurt if grabbed and pulled. Big plus! (I have a small stash of mama cloth, so I’ve been using disposable pads too, and that recently happened. My son thought it was funny that I was hopping around grabbing at my crotch, hollering. Not fun!)
Washing and Care and Out and About
I haven’t had any problems washing my pads. I have a very simple routine. When I change them, I rinse them out (most of the time), put them in my diaper pail and wash them with the cloth diapers. Rinse, wash with detergent, rinse again. I haven’t had any staining or problems with irritation. I just toss them in the dryer with the diapers too. After that, I just put them in a drawer in my bathroom until I need it again. Pretty easy, huh?
As for going out, running errands or what not, I keep a small wet bag in my diaper bag (since my diaper bag currently doubles as my purse) to put used pads in. Then when I get home, I rinse them out and toss them in the diaper pail. Easy peasy. Cloth pads are quieter than disposables. No crinkling wrapper or ripping paper off sticky backs and tabs. The only thing you’ll hear are quiet little pops as you snap your pads around your underwear.
Yay or Nay?
I say “yay.” The postpartum pad is bulky, but I didn’t think it was uncomfortable. I’ll admit, I really love the panty liner. I want more! I’m glad that I’m just about past the need for a postpartum pad. Have I become a pad lover? Heck no! But I have definitely become a mama cloth user. Once Aunt Flow decides to come back for her regular visits, I’ll be trying a cup and using my mama cloth. Shoot, it saves me money, stops waste, and they are more comfortable and definitely cuter than disposable pads and liners.
So check out Lunapads’ website and place an order here. Check out their Facebook page and follow them on Twitter. They have links to their other social media on the main page of their website. You can find out about Lunapads’ social impact project, Pads4Her, here. It definitely makes a difference, so be sure to check it out and find out how you can help. It’s always awesome to find a company that wants to make a difference.