Since being pregnant means thinking about all sorts of decisions on how you want to parent and care for your incoming little one, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want my plan to be for feeding & diapering. I thought I’d share my thoughts here, so someday in the future I can look back and remember the reasons why I put myself through torture. 😉
I think I have some very realistic expectations of breastfeeding. I know that it’s really freaking hard, and I know that many women try and cannot do it for whatever reason. I know that it’s possible there’s something that could anatomically keep me from nursing, my baby could have an issue with latching & tongue-tie, or there’s the potential that it could not fit into our lifestyle. I’m leaving all of those options open, but saying that I’m dead set on trying to breastfeed. If it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work.
I believe in a woman’s choice. If for whatever reason she decides she doesn’t want to breastfeed, that’s great. If she can’t breastfeed for whatever reason, that’s perfectly fine too. I think the women who are super judgmental about ‘breast is best’ are not pro-women. Fact of the matter is that formula is just fine. Babies thrive on it, grow nice and chubby and happy and it’s all fine and dandy. Obviously it would be great to feed your child at the low low cost of free and have the bonding experience of nursing and be ‘all-natural’ and such – but they’re going to spend the rest of their lives eating unnatural stuff and the world isn’t perfect.
My mom wasn’t able to nurse. It’s possible that I won’t be able to either. I’ll try, because I really want to. But if I can’t, I refuse to feel guilty about it. Any more than I’m going to feel guilty for being fat.
I always thought that I’d want to do cloth diapers, but at this point, I’m heavily leaning toward disposable. We’re going to likely need to use a daycare situation, at least part time and I want it to be easier for that. I’m also sensitive to the water usage, especially here in California, of having to wash all these diapers in addition to all the baby clothes. There’s all sorts of great disposable diapers now and I’m a fan of modern technology. Plus, cloth diapers are expensive startup cost and I know that half the times certain brands leak on certain babies and there’s a trial process of buying them and seeing if they leak and then trying to resell – and that’s just something that sounds like a pain to me.
So, that’s my plan, and I reserve the right to change and adapt to my son and what he needs.---------------
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