There's no need to sod the eco thing; I'd be happy to use washables for post-partum bleeding. I've used them for a couple of years too, but only for normal (if heavy) periods and have always found them much more absorbent and more comfortable than disposables, so wouldn't want to give them up.
For post-partum bleeding, though, I'd probably get some reusable maternity pads rather than use my standard ones - they will also be useful for when your periods come back after the birth as they're often very, very heavy then.
Plush Pants sells maxi pads which are suitable for post-partum use, and Ella's House Night pads are suitable for after birth as well.
The washing is much easier than you'd think, you stick them in cold water for a few hours then just bung them in the washing machine with everything else! If CM is using washable nappies, the towels will just go in with those.
My willpower, on the other hand, is completely and totally lacking
I have six, and could probably do with a couple more. For post-partum I'd probably want to make sure I'd got as many as I could get, just to make it easier when you're going through several a day - at least nine or ten.
Oh it's fine Choccymousse, no different to normal really...the first two days I wore big incontinence style disposable things (from a boot fair, unopened!!!) which were just easy and I wasn't able to do the washing but my mum was doing a lot of 60 washes as I had a home birth, so a few towels wouldn't have made any difference...the bleeding got much lighter after that and I started to use the cloth naps too, on and off, so it all went in the bucket together.
I don't find my PP bleeding much of a problem and am wearing a cloth pad as we speak...they were from Green Baby a few years ago, Dambinda is the name, I'm sure there are others.
asur...not sure about others but mine came in a pack, you got two waterproof 'backing' things that you fold the (6) pads and insert into. Then a larger one with 2 pads, for heavier flow, and a tiny backing thing with a couple of 'liner' size pads.
I'm a disorganised washer though so would be glad to have more, but also alternate with disposable pads so it's just a lazy combo type thing...mix and match!