February 17, 2017

5 Cloth Diaper Must Haves

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1. Cloth Diapers - Obviously you need cloth diapers if you want to cloth diaper. Every site I looked into gave different numbers depending on how often you wash. I've seen anywhere from 6 to 35. I think you are crazy if you only have 6 covers, unless you have the perfect baby that doesn't decide to go after your remove the insert.

Personally, I had started out with 36 diapers (5 covers and 31 pockets), ended up buying 4 more covers to equal a total of 40 diapers. This doesn't include any size 2 covers that I also have, which is 8. This is enough to get us through 2 days without washing, plus a few extra to store in diaper bags or to have just in case.

My favorite covers are Thirsties Duo Wrap and my favorite pocket diapers are Alva Baby.

2. Cloth Inserts - If you just get covers, you probably only need about 10 to get you through 2 days, but you will want around 35 inserts. I personally have a total of 67 inserts (started with 47, but ended up needing more so went ahead and bought 20 extra), but this is because with pocket diapers, you can't reuse them like covers, so that is something to keep in mind when deciding what kind of diaper cover you want to go with. (Also, having extra inserts is great for night time or if you have a heavy wetter so you can double up to prevent leaks - this is why we like pockets).

We got a lot of inserts that came with the Alva Baby diapers, but our favorite are these Charcoal Bamboo with Gussets that we found on Amazon. We started with 20 of these, loved them so much, we bought 20 more! They stuff well in the Alva Pocket Diapers and work great with the Thirsties covers!

3. Reusable Diaper Pail Liner - You will want a reusable liner if you are using a diaper pail. This makes washing a breeze as you just dump the diapers in the washer and then toss in the bag along with them. I recommend having at least two. If you plan on changing diapers in more than one room though, you will want four. We have a split level, so at night we change her diaper upstairs, but during the day, we change her downstairs. We recommend the Planet Wise Diaper Pail Liners. They wash well and haven't leaked yet!

For a diaper pail, we love the Ubbi. It works really well with the liners!

4. Cloth Wipes - If you are cloth diapering, you might as well use cloth wipes! You don't have to worry about having separate trash cans and you can wash them along with diapers as well. I highly recommend getting a wipe warmer if you choose to use cloth wipes as it is an easy way to store them, keep them wet, and the bonus is they are warm!

We use the Munchkin Warm Glow Wipe Warmer and it works great with cloth wipes! As for cloth wipes, we recommend these, which you can find on Amazon. They aren't expensive, super soft, and do the job!

5. Wet Bags - You will want wet bags for when you are out and about if cloth diapering. I would suggest having two on hand and as for size, it depends on how long you are going to be out or if you are traveling. I personally don't see the point in having a small bag that only holds 1-2 diapers and just went with getting two medium sized bags, which hold 3-4 diapers for the diaper bags. I like the Bumkins Wet Bags.

For longer trips, you will want a larger wet bag. Though we plan on using disposables in that case, we do use the hanging wet bags downstairs and they can definitely hold 3-4 days worth of diapers! My favorite hanging wet bag is the Planet Wise Lite Bag. These also make a great alternative to using a diaper pail.

And that's all you really need! Now some lists you may have seen include a Diaper Sprayer, but honestly you don't need it (at least in the beginning). Baby poop is so runny in the beginning that you can't really spray it off and if breastfeeding, it's pretty much water soluble, so you can just go ahead and throw that dirty diaper in the washer.

Once you get to real poop (when baby starts eating solids), you can just dump/shake or us a stick (we have the gDiapers swishstick) to knock what you can into the toilet. Then you can just soak them in cold water before following your regular wash routine. We aren't here yet, so who knows, we might change our minds and decide to get a diaper sprayer, but you definitely don't need it in the beginning.

February 10, 2017

My Breastfeeding Journey

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You may recall my old post "Why Breast Isn't Always Best" and while I have considered  deleting it, I decided to keep the post up because it shows how much I have changed and yet I still agree with it in many ways.

After a lot of conversations with the midwives and my husband during my pregnancy, eventually they managed to convince me to give breastfeeding a shot.

Unfortunately, I had a rough start due to no lactation consultants being available when Elsa was born since she chose to arrive on a holiday. The nurses weren't too helpful even though I kept asking about my latch. They just said it looked alright and to keep trying (when obviously it wasn't, but they aren't as trained as lactation consultants). The midwife who saw us on Christmas was a bit more helpful since she was able to manually express milk from my breast, so we at least knew I was producing milk. It wasn't till our pediatrician appointment that I finally got the help I needed (Our pediatrician is also a lactation specialist.)

By then my nipples were already cracking and had some bleeding. I was ready to give up, especially since our baby lost too much weight. The pediatrician finally was able to help me with latching and positioning. We did end up needing to supplement formula to get Elsa's weight back up, but after a day my nipples were already almost fully healed, and after a couple more days they were completely healed and breastfeeding got easier, and no longer hurt! Breastfeeding should not hurt, as I have discovered. Your nipples may feel sore afterwords, but they make creams for that, but during the feeding it shouldn't hurt. If it hurts, your baby is most likely not latching correctly.

I do also have a pump, but have found pumping to actually be more of a chore than breastfeeding so I only pump once a day, on a rare occasion twice. It is pretty hard to find time to do it too since I never know when the baby is going to cry and I have to drop everything. I usually pump when my husband is home so he can handle the baby. Pumping also isn't as good as the baby is at getting milk out of your breasts. The most I get is like half an ounce of milk after 15-20 minutes of pumping, but that's of course after I feed my baby. I got 2 ounces once when I didn't feed her first.

Now it has been a few weeks and I am still breastfeeding. It is not as inconvenient as I thought, especially since I am a stay home mom now, so I have the time to do it. If I was working, I'm pretty sure we would be strictly formula feeding. (For those mamma's out there that work and breastfeed, kudos to you as I know I could not do it! ). However, it is a lot more time consuming than I would like, but hopefully that will lessen as she gets older and doesn't need to fed as frequently.

We do still use formula from time to time. Usually once in the evening so I can get at least 4-5 hours of sleep without interruption while my husband feeds and watches baby (sometimes she is super hungry and ends up taking four ounces instead of just two). Then he sleeps the rest of the night since he works, and I follow "sleep when the baby sleeps" rule till morning. It has been working pretty well.

The other times we give her formula are if she is still super fussy/hungry after breastfeeding or if I am just super tired/stressed and need a break. I feel bad at times because it feels like I am giving up, but at the same time, I need to take care of myself, and there is nothing wrong with formula. At most she has four bottles a day, on a good day, she will only need two or three,

Eventually we will probably switch to just formula, but for now I want to give her the breast milk as I know it has all sorts of good stuff to help her immune system. Plus formula is expensive so the more she breastfeeds, the less we spend on formula!

In the end, you have to do what is best for you. The most important thing is that your baby gets food, be it breast or bottle.

February 3, 2017

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6 Breastfeeding Must Haves

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1. Breast Pump - Most insurances will cover one now, so you might as well get one if it's free! You may plan on breastfeeding and never pumping, but you never what could happen. For example, baby may not be well enough to go straight to breast so you will want to pump breast milk for baby. If you plan on going back to work, then a pump is a must in order to keep your supply going and to provide breast milk for your baby while you are away. I highly recommend the Medela Pump in Style.

2. Nipple Cream/Balm - Your nipples will be sore in the beginning, and using these creams help. My lactation consultant highly recommends Mother Love and after using both Lansinoh and Boobease, I definitely prefer Mother Love over the other two.

3. Nursing Pads - Once your milk supply comes in, you will start leaking and pads are a must. You can use disposable pads or if you want to be more eco-friendly, reusable pads. My favorite are the Bamboobies reusable pads. They are super soft and way more comfortable than disposable pads. However, Bamboobies are quite pricey, so I also got these off of Amazon. They aren't as soft as Bamboobies or as discreet, but still work quite nicely. They are also thicker, so I prefer to wear these around the house and use the Bamboobies when out and about.

4. Nursing Sleep Bras - These are all I wear. I wouldn't bother getting any other nursing bras. You can just wear nursing pads with these if you are worried about your nipples showing. My favorite is the bravado basics, which appears to no longer be available. The next closest thing would be the Medela Nursing Sleep Bra, which has the same design, but I don't find the material to be as comfortable.

5. Robes - I only owned two robes, but now I own four and find myself wanting more! These are just so convenient when breastfeeding. Robes are great for those first few weeks when you don't plan on leaving the house.

6. Hands-Free Pump Bra - This a must for pumping as it will allow you to hand express at the same time to get more milk out. You can also eat, read a book, or work at your computer. It's just more convenient to have your hands free rather than having to hold the device to your boobs for 15-30 minutes. My favorite is the Medela Easy Expression Bustier. I would recommend having two so while one is in the wash, you have another clean one available.

You may be surprised to see that I didn't include a breast feeding pillow as one of my must haves. I do own a My Brest Friend, which I love using, but have actually found just using regular pillows and blankets a lot more convenient and easier to grab and get ready when in a hurry. In my opinion. a breast feeding pillow, like a Boppy or My Brest Friend, can be nice to have, but are not necessary and you can definitely get by without one.

February 1, 2017

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