(Closed) Breastfeeding/Cloth Diapering – Tell me I'm not crazy

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@PiggehBank:  first i LOVE “crunchy hippy” lol so funny – but I agree with others – I think just go into it with cloth diapers and preparing to be 100% on board with breast feeding.   If one or the other doesnt work out – ehh – switch to the disposables or formula!! Lots of babies dont get breast milk and are just as smart and perfect  as the breast fed ones!   My girlfriend did both disposable and cloth.  She put cloth diapers on the baby after a really messy poo – so then she typically got a couple pee diapers she could count on in the cloth diapers.  She kind of got used to her kids schedule but it worked out well for her!  She sent disposables with sitters/ family. 

Post # 18
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I agree with PPs, do what works best for you and your family. Try to only talk to people that support you in your decisions.

Post # 19
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t have a ton of advice besides – who cares what other people think?! This is your baby and you get to decide what’s best for baby and yourself.

I don’t really consider myself a crunchy granola kind of person but I plan to cloth diaper and breastfeed my baby. Cloth diapering is going to save us so much money in the long run and I feel that, despite the amount of water being used to launder them, it’s still much better for the environment than putting 1000s of disposable diapers in the landfill. That said, we will use disposables for the first few weeks as we adjust to life with baby. There’s nothing wrong with transitioning slowly!

Breastfeeding is not only cheaper than formula, but it’s so much better for baby. Breastmilk is tailored to baby’s specific nutritional needs and it’s beneficial to both of you to have that skin-to-skin bonding time. Yes, it can be tricky to get the hang of it but I think it’s totally worth it.

If there are any breastfeeding classes offered in your area, I highly recommend taking one. I had mine just this week and it was so informative and reassuring! Just do what feels right to you. Best of luck!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do what is best for you and your baby.

I am breastfeeding. I hope to do so for as long as I can. I am only 2 weeks into this. I also plan to cloth diaper. I have bought what I need for this but haven’t prepped them yet. I did try one on DS and his legs are too skinny right now. I figure after a month or so I will start into them.

I was planning on doing a natural birth, but things had a different plan for me and I ended up getting an epi. I absolutely do not regret this decision and I think having an open mind going in helped.

You have to not listen to others opinions, as everyone has them. A couple people who have to come visit us have tried to tell me reasons to do or not do things. I just listen nod, and do it how DH and I plan on doing it.

Post # 21
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I am sure some women have problems with breastfeeding, but for most – it’s the most natural thing in the world. I loved breastfeeding – I thought it was so much easier than the hassles of bottles. In the middle of the night, I would just grab the baby, stick her on and go back to sleep. No problem! Mothers have been doing it for millions of years! PLUS you will save thousands of dollars by not buying formula. Stop worrying so much about it! When the time comes, give it a good try. There is always formula if need be!

Post # 22
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

I tried cloth nappies with my first son and they were a nightmare, so not worth it. The moisture sits there and they end up getting nappy rash more often. I used them for 3 weeks and gave up. Breast feeding is not for everyone but definetly worth a try:) 

Post # 23
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wanted to BF but due to my son was early, my milk really didn’t come in, and my son was tongue tied.  A lot of variables were stacked up against me.  As for cloth diapering, it was just not for me. Tried it didnt like it.

 

I say go for what you want to do but also keep an open mind in case things don’t work out like you hope. 

Post # 24
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Sugar bee

@PiggehBank:  absolutely DO NOT listen to them. i breastfed my daughter until her first birthday when she just decided she didn’t want to do it anymore. It was the best thing I ever did!!!!!!!! First of all, I gained 70 lbs when I was pregnant and dropped every last lb in 4 months, I couldn’t have done it without breastfeeding. Secondy, I learned so much about myself and learned what being a parent was really all about. I was able to Bond with my daughter an I honestly feel that we wouldn’t have the relationship we have now if I had not breastfed her. She loved it as well and that’s what matters. It was difficult at times but I’m glad I continued and plan to breastfeed my next baby as well. Think about it, is it easier to have food for your baby built into your boobs or hauling around 5 lbs of clean bottles, formula and all that other crap? Not to mention breastfeeding is the best thing for your baby, why wouldn’t you want to give that to your child? Also, I cloth diapered my daughter until she started solids and found it incredibly easy and affordable. We used bumgenius.

Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

@PiggehBank:  Breast is best! Even if when you go back to work you express, or mix feed. There are SO many benefits, and since you’re considering cloth diapering (which will save your bank account in the long run) you may like to know that breast fed babies generally have less smelly poop! Don’t let anyone but you and your partner decide how you will raise your baby.

Post # 26
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’ve NEVER heard of someone being called crazy for breastfeeding! I realise some women can’t, but under normal circumstances it’s the best. Your families sound strange to me for not supporting you in this. (Though who needs their support. Stop sharing with them and plan what you want).

Post # 27
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m a pretty new mom…2 month old. And I had the same fears as you…I can’t really speak for cloth diapers…but breastfeeding – I LOVE it. My friends all told me…you will hate it and want to quit. So I went into it thinking that I would do it for maybe a week and then have to stop – but here I am with an almost 9 month old who is EBF. It is literally my favorite thing to do…I have just gotten used to taking my pump with me to work…and it’s not as bad as I thought. Don’t set any expectations on yourself…just be open-minded. 🙂 Good luck!

 

Post # 28
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@PiggehBank:  Wow.  Breastfeeding is so huge where I live, and really really promoted by every single person I come in contanct with.  There are so many benefits for you and baby.  (I am not trying to lecture, just surprised at their sentiment- I have never come across that). 

It is no one else’s business but YOURS.  You have to do what you think is right.  Don’t be intimidated by breastfeeding before you have had a chance to try.  There are so many great resources out there.  I took the Bradley Method classes and they helped take away ALL of my anxiety, questions, fears.  I really recommend them!

Post # 29
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m sorry but there is something wrong with the idea that breastfeeding is bad.  It is what your body is naturally designed to do.  Wow.

Of course not everyone can do it, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.  But the idea that it is bad or crazy. SMH.

 

Anyway, your DH’s family does not need to be on board with these things. These are decisions made with you and your husband, end of story.

Post # 30
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think for your baby, breastfeeding is even more important to really try to make work, but I also would like to cloth diaper when I have a baby. Just wanted to chime in with a little tip. My brother and s-i-l have c-d’d for their now three year old, and their twins! They use modern all in one diapers, and also a little throw away strip…that protects the diaper and makes them last longer, and you just have to flip the piece of paper type thing with the poop on it in the toilet. (on a good day!) So yes, it is ‘part’ disposable, but not as bad as a whole diaper. 

Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think for your baby, breastfeeding is even more important to really try to make work, but I also would like to cloth diaper when I have a baby. Just wanted to chime in with a little tip. My brother and s-i-l have c-d’d for their now three year old, and their twins! They use modern all in one diapers, and also a little throw away strip…that protects the diaper and makes them last longer, and you just have to flip the piece of paper type thing with the poop on it in the toilet. (on a good day!) So yes, it is ‘part’ disposable, but not as bad as a whole diaper. 

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