Post # 32
How old is your first? I had mine at 18 and cloth diapered and used that ridiculous manual pump as well!
Don’t listen to the naysayers!! There will always be someone there to tell you that you are wrong. Don’t bring it up, don’t talk about it. Do what is best for your baby and you! MIL is already giving me grief cause *gasp* I won’t leave the little one for 7 hours to go see a dinner show for their anniversary when the baby will be one month old. Uh… hello? Exclusively breastfeeding? And leaving it for 7 hours at one month?! That’s ludacris. And she wanted me to leave the baby with her dog sitter! So laughable. We will definitely clash on our child rearing process but this child is mine not hers so I get the final say not her! GL! Stay strong!
Post # 33
@PiggehBank: I think you should do what you think is best for your baby. A lot of studies show that breastfeeding is far better than formula. (Even amongst my own family, those who were breastfed have had less health complications and easier time maintaining a healthy weight). If it’s something you can manage, do it!
Also, something you might not have considered: GDiapers. Biodegradable inserts for cloth diapers as well as removable inserts for cloth diapers. It has all the good things about cloth diapers with the convenience of disposables. I’m sure you can win over his family with these ideas. And if not? Take pride in doing what you think is best (and not wasting tons of human resources on disposable diapers!)
Post # 34
My first (and only, so far) is almost 9 and a half, ha. The only thing I’ve made my husband promise we’ll buy for the next baby is a good quality electric pump!
Post # 35
Check with your health insurance. I was surprised to find out that ours will give us a breast pump FOR FREE. Guess the benefits of BF are obvious even to the big insurance companies so they are willing to buy pumps for everyone!
Post # 36
Everyone: Thank you!! I’m very grateful for all your replies and, let me tell you, they calmed me right down 😛
I don’t know what happened, I was an anxiety ridden mess the day I posted this XD Thank to all the Bees for your advice and recommendations, as well! I’m definitly owning my choices!
Post # 37
I just don’t understand where people come off feeling the need to tell you what to do and what’s best. I mean, if you were putting your kids life in danger, that’s one thing, but you’re doing the EXACT opposite. I hope and pray to BF one day when I have a baby, but I’m realistic and have heard horrible stories of women having so much trouble, so while I really want to I don’t want to be disappointed if I’m unable to. I also hope to cloth diaper, I have HORRIBLE skin issues and sensitivities and cloth diapering is so much better for a babies bottom and the idea that it is all that difficult is old school.
Check out Emily’s blog at dailygarnish.com
It’s a mostly food blog, but she cloth diapers and she bf and talks a ton about both and it’s really informative and positive.
Post # 38
I’m planning on breastfeeding (and pumping), just because I think it’s what is natural and plus I am looking forward to having that bonding experience with my baby.
I was interested in cloth diapering, but seeing as how I will be a working mom, after I thought about it more it just became less feasible for us. That’s just us though, not saying that you couldn’t do it and be a working mom, but for us, it wouldn’t be practical.
Post # 39
@PiggehBank: wow. everyone you know formula feeds and uses disposables?!
breast is best. everyone knows that. even people who formula feed. The only women I know who have used formula have done it because they HAD to, because the hospital kept them separated too long after birth and her milk didn’t come in, or because of some other medical condition that came up.
plastic diapers take over 500 years to decompose. that means that every single diaper that was used in the last century and this one, is still in a landfill somewhere!
for me, valuing the environment and sustainability as I do, cloth and eco (biodegradable) diapers are the only choice. so I say, do what feels right to you! and look into breastfeeding classes, La Leche League, or what have you, so you have the info and support you need in the crucial first few weeks.
Post # 40
I’m a nanny and the baby I take care of is both breast fed and cloth diapered. I plan to do both as well when I eventually have kids! The cloth diapers are honestly NOT that bad at all. Plus they are SUPER cute and come in a lot of fun colors. We have two bins/trash cans… One for the solid waste, and one for the diapers themselves. Usually the solids peel right off the diapers. Sometimes you need to scoop it off with some wipes, but its not that bad. You’re already wiping a butt! And honestly the diapers don’t need to be very clean when they get washed. You can toss them into the bin really dirty. I washed them every other day when she was younger, but can go 2 or 3 days now between washes. You do an initial wash just to get rid excess waste, then a second sanitizing wash. I keep a pair of rubber gloves next to the washer to toss the diapers in. It’s way better for the environment, and and the baby has had maybe 2 minor diaper rashes EVER, and shes 13 months now. She uses the bum genius brand. I will say that you should go with the all in one.. She has the ones that have separate inserts and liners, and that’s the only thing that’s kind of annoying.. having to stuff diapers after they’re dry.
I actually saw a cloth diaper dislay at TARGET the other day. Your relatives may act like it’s weird now, but I guarantee you cloth diapering is making a BIG comeback and is here to stay.