Thursday, August 23, 2012

Going Cloth

Whoever thought of using velcros and snaps in cloth diapers is pure genius.  One of the reasons I started using disposables is because I accidentally clamped my daughter's skin when I tried to fasten the diapers in its place.  You can imagine how horrified I was when I heard my daughter cry out in pain.

I made the decision on going back to Cloth diaper when I found out how much we're spending on disposables and when I saw the Modern Cloth diapers.  You don't have to use clips or pins unlike the old traditional way.  The one that I fell in love with are Pocket Diapers with Snaps.

A Pocket Diaper with Snaps and a Cool Rocker Design

The prices of these diapers depend on the Brand and the type of Diapers.  Some can go as low as 200 php and would go as high as 1000 php.  It may be quite the investment at first but these are diapers that you can wash and use over and over again.

A TIP: If you have plans in using cloth diapers, start buying when you're pregnant.  Buy in bulk if you can or watch out for the Sale. 

Do you know that it takes 500 years for a disposable diaper to decompose? I'd like to think I am helping the environment by doing this and save a lot of money in the process.

Monday, August 13, 2012

You Said What?

One of the advice that we value the most as Parents are that of our physicians.   There are times though that we get confusing messages from them especially when it comes to the topic of breastfeeding.  In my two-year breastfeeding stint, below are some of the comments that I have received.

"You're still breastfeeding.   You didn't tell me you are breastfeeding.  Now what medicine do I have to give you?"

Uhm....seriously? I'm the patient and you're asking me which medicine should I take? I walked away from y the clinic disappointed and he ended up giving me Difflam -- for a cough!

"You're breastfeeding? How old is your baby?" I said two years.  "Ahhhh two years.  You should stop so you could take the medicine.  Otherwise I can only give you nothing but paracetamol."

Paracetamol is not the only medicine that's safe for breastfeeding moms - that's for sure.  I may not memorize it but I know there are a lot more.

Oh you're still breastfeeding?! That's great! But you have to stop when your toddler turns two.  Extended breastfeeding will have a psychological effect on your baby. 

There was no study proving that extended breastfeeding will have a negative effect on the toddler.

I'm not sure if you have heard any of these and you have that "iffy" feeling about what you are hearing from your doctor, here's what I suggest you do:

1. Research.  There are great information online that you can read about.
2. Go to the Right People.  Find a breastfeeding friendly doctor or reach out to the La Leche League Support group.  They will not let you down.  They never did.