What the heck is a padsicle? DIY postpartum relief

What the heck is a padsicle you ask? Nope, it’s not a homemade treat to enjoy on a hot summer day. They are the ultimate pain relief go to for your post baby lady parts! Make them a few weeks before you are due, throw a few in your bag to bring to the hospital freezer and have some ready for when you bring your bundle home. They will help bring down the swelling and provide cool relief, making it easier to focus on your little one! They will also make sitting a LOT easier!


Here’s the recipe:

  1. Lay out pads on a large cookie sheet (choose the largest style pads and keep the paper backing on)
  2. Apply liberal layer of aloe vera all over pad (gel, not liquid concentrate). Aloe is soothing and promotes healing.
  3. Pour about a teaspoon of witch hazel (make sure it’s alcohol-free) over the aloe vera. Witch hazel is cleansing and moisturizes without causing irritation.
  4. Put in the freezer till frozen. Wrap each pad in tinfoil or saran wrap and leave in freezer until ready to use.

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Also, don’t forget to bring home the peri-bottle from the hospital. It is a clear squeeze bottle that you will fill with cool water and use everytime you need to use the washroom. It will make peeing more comfortable and will help prevent infection.

Advil and Tylenol are also breastfeeding safe, and work! Don’t worry about taking them while breastfeeding. I find the combo of Advil, Tylenol and padsicles provide the best relief! Hang in there, the first few days after birth are the most tender but it will get better!!

Questions? As always, I am happy to help! Contact me here for more info on a prenatal class in the comfort of your home!


Carrie Bruno RN, IBCLC




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