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« on: April 07, 2010 07:00:06 AM »

I didn't know where to put this (clothing for kids - but it's for mom?, clothing in general - but it's not exactly clothes... so I finally decided to put it here where I saw some hygiene pads so I thought it would probably be the best place) - please feel free to move it if I am wrong.

I made a pair of nursing pads for my friend who just got her babygirl:

They are made from soft brushed flannel on one side, some absorbent diaper-terry for the inside and a layer of waterproof fabric on the other side to avoid any leeking. Can be washed on high and are white so they don't show through nursing bra (they are usually white).

You can see the whole gift here:
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« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2010 07:31:31 AM »

Oh, brilliant, and eco-friendly!  They look like they would be really soothing for a new mama.

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« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2010 07:49:43 AM »

What material did you use for the waterproofing?  I'd love to make my own nursing pads!
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2010 08:23:32 AM »

I used some waterproof fabric - really lightweight and soft and not so plastic to the touch. It probably cant really hold water like the heavyweight varieties but I think it's sufficient for this purpose (mine were made without waterproof layer and still did the job most of the time). The material is a mixture I think - cotton that has been treated with some polystuff to make it waterproof. Nothing fancy - I think they use this kind of fabric for windbreakers and similar stuff.
It's easy to make them (except from the part when you serge the small circle - it's a bit tricky - but you could easily just zigzag all around it and it would still do the job and look pretty).

i'll try to take another picture of the outerlayer as well - I made two pairs.
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2010 04:26:49 PM »

Ingenious idea! I'm just entering my second trimester and these look like a great project to make while bored and preggo. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2010 07:21:31 PM »

what an awesome idea!! Im due in september.. I should probably try this out Smiley
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010 12:34:12 AM »

I recommend cloth nursing pads to all new moms, especially when you're having a first baby. Nursing can be painful at first (especially the firs time around) and disposable pads can dryout your skin on your nipples that are already "damaged" by the baby. For me it really made a difference. And because you can make a lot of pairs in one go you'll have enough to change very frequently which can help you avoid mastitis.
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