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I May Not Be Able to Breastfeed, But I Can Cloth Diaper Like a Boss.

By caseymullins |

I never intended for things to go this far. With my first baby the thought of cloth diapers grossed me out. With my second I sort of considered it, I hemmed and hawed, I met some other cloth diaper moms and made the leap. Cloth diapering certainly isn’t for everyone but it is totally for me. I had joked awhile back that I made up for my inability to breastfeed with babywearing, cloth diapering and making my own baby food. I put every ounce of effort and ability I had into making these milk duds work and when they didn’t I gave into formula feeding knowing I did everything I could.

Cloth diapering comes with a language all its own. It wasn’t until I was talking about stripping on twitter the other day that I realized I’m nearly fluent in cloth diaper speak and that it happened completely by accident.

I remember talking to a friend who was bound and determined to breastfeed, she hated it, then one day she realized that her hate had turned to love. While her reasons for continuing to breastfeed were related to health and expense, she mainly continued doing it because she was really good at. She liked doing it. That’s how I am with cloth diapers. There was a giant overwhelming learning curve but I kept at it and now what was once daunting and time consuming is a part of our everyday life. When I proclaimed my victory on twitter I learned that there are a lot of moms out there who really want to cloth diaper but can’t because of circumstance. Unwilling daycare facilities, laundry availability, multiple kids in diapers or any other number of reasons. Sure, you could where there’s a will there’s a way, but I know for a fact that sometimes even the strongest will can’t make something happen.

I’m grateful that I’m able to cloth diaper, I’m grateful I have the resources to do it and that it’s easy for me. I wish breastfeeding would have worked out in the same way but there’s no sense in dwelling on it. I have to celebrate the little victories. We should all celebrate the little victories rather than dwell on the things we can’t change.

Even if those little victories catch poop and pee in the cutest way possible.

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Casey Mullins is a writer, photographer, and nice person living in Indianapolis with her two little girls, husband, and a one eyed cat. She writes regularly at her personal blog moosh in indy and can be found trolling local bakeries and napping whenever possible. Read bio and latest posts → Read Casey's latest posts →

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11 thoughts on “I May Not Be Able to Breastfeed, But I Can Cloth Diaper Like a Boss.

  1. paulina says:

    I always wonder if there are full-time working moms and dads with babies in full-time daycare who are able to cloth diaper. My daycare allows it, but it’s the babies who go only part time who use them. I wanted to and looked into it a lot while pregnant, but decided not to because I couldn’t imagine having enough time to rinse and wash so many diapers every evening before having to start the routine again the next day. I realize there is probably a post about this subject already, but it would be interesting to see how time consuming cloth diapering really is.

  2. KTK says:

    There are several families at our daycare who work full time and cloth diaper. Once you set up your system it’s not that much time and effort. It just becomes part of the routine.

  3. guajolote says:

    I’m a full time working mama with a 2 hr round trip commute. We have a nanny so we are able to cloth diaper. She doesn’t wash the diapers but she does move them to the dryer, bring them upstairs, and stuff them.

    However it’s a shared laundry in the basement so sometimes I have to wait another day (or two!) nefore I can wash them. So we cloth diaper 60-80% of the time, depending on the week.

  4. Debbie says:

    this though has actually crossed my mind!! i can make milk all day long i cant seem to get the baby to transfer it! so i pump and of course cdiaper. look, i could have written this post!

  5. Leah Burks says:

    All I can say is this: WE HAVE IDENTICAL STORIES!

  6. Elise says:

    Me! Me!! I work full time and CD full time too! Daycare is totally onboard (after I convinved her that it was wayyyy easier than she thought) and now she actually has another family in cloth too. The only time it takes is 2 loads of laundry a week and some extra stuffing/laying in flushable liner time. We had a big learning curve but now I love it and am glad I started CD with my first.

  7. Courtney says:

    @Paulina: My husband and I work full-time, with a kid in daycare, and we cloth diaper. Well, daycare allowed it until he moved to the 2-year-olds room (he’s potty training there now, kind of). But for the first two years he was cloth diapered there and at home. Now he is nights and weekends.

    You don’t have to rinse diapers. When babies are little (if they’re BFed at least), the poops are water soluble so no need for rinsing. Now that J is older, we use biodegradable liners so the poop kind of . . . lifts off, and we flush it.

    If you have your own washer and dryer, it’s really not that much extra work–another few loads of laundry a week.

    So great that you’re able to make it work, Casey. Good for Vivi and good for the environment! (And so cute OMG pink diapers)

  8. Katie says:

    I’ll weigh in as well: we both work full-time and our 10 week old just started daycare. I was also unable to breastfeed due to a breast reduction five years ago. I am SO happy to be successfully cloth diapering, since we were NOT anticipating the cost of formula in our budget. This is a great way to save money! We use the old-fashioned prefold diapers with covers. I love them. And even though Jack is on formula, I don’t have to rinse his diapers before putting them in the washer. I find it so easy. I only have to do laundry every 3-4 days and the smell does not seem to be invading his nursery. I’ll be curious to see how that changes when he starts eating solids. And now I get a little confused by disposables! I feel like they’re not tight enough or they fit weirdly because I’m so used to cloth.

  9. Misty says:

    We are SO fortunate to have found a day care willing to cloth diaper. And I’m like you … part of the reason I was so adamant about CDing was that I couldn’t breastfeed.

  10. Emily says:

    Congratulations on the cloth perseverance! VIVA LA BUMGENIUS!

  11. Olivia says:

    Family of two full time working parents here, and we cloth diaper part time. Well, it was full time for the first 18 months while I worked full time and husband stayed home with baby, then part time when baby started daycare. Cloth diapering doesn’t have to be all or nothing, and it will still save money.

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