Breastmilk poopie stains?

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Registered: 12-03-2009
Breastmilk poopie stains?
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Tue, 03-01-2011 - 2:53pm

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. Wtih 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 in all hot water but the stain is still pretty yellow. I don't want to ruin a brand new diaper. 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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Registered: 10-13-2006
Tue, 03-01-2011 - 7:32pm
The best thing for breastmilk stains is sun. You don't need to hang them outside if the weather isn't good yet. A sunny window will do the trick, or put it on the dashboard of your car where the sun can hit it. Just start with a wet diaper and let it sit in the sun. If you are interested, the stain in those newborn diapers is very similar to the yellow color that jaundiced babies turn. Those babies are treated with UV lights to help break down the color, and your diapers in the sun work the same way.

Another option is to bleach. I bleach all my diapers about once every 2 months. Add 1/4 cup bleach to you regular hot wash. Then do another complete wash (with detergent) and an extra rinse. The color of the diaper cover will not be bleached out, don't worry!

In truth, the diaper is not ruined. Stains happen, and if it smells clean then the diaper is clean. I usually just ignored stains and eventually they disappeared with more washing.
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Wed, 03-02-2011 - 1:26am
Yup, can't add much but I've found that most stains that appear on my diapers have gone away in another few washes. We had one blow out so big, poor DD was sitting in her highchair at daycare and she was STUCK to the chair. The teacher told me FOR SURE I'd want to just throw it away.....I remember the diaper because it's the light blue BG 3.0 and we only have one of those, you'd NEVER know it was in such a big blow out, it looks just like the rest.

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