Being (Sort-of) A Crunchy Granola Mommy

I’m only finishing my second month of pregnancy right now but I’m already thinking about things like breast-feeding (yes/no), cloth-diapering, and baby-wearing. I know that some of this stuff is a no-brainer to some of you but this post is mostly to help me figure out what I want to do and how I need to go about doing it.

Breast-feeding: I know some of you feel really passionate on this subject and can’t imagine why I wouldn’t breast-feed the sea monkey but there are a few issues for me.  I think the biggest issue at the moment is that some of my medications would be passed into the breast milk (I’m talking about the Effexor XR) and I don’t really want the sea monkey to have problems from that.  There’s also the issue of how I know the sea monkey is getting enough to eat but I think if I wanted to breast-feed, there would be someone at the clinic/hospital who could help me with that one.  I have talked to Dr. Awesome about it and her answer is that she’d support whatever decision I made and help me to work with said decision.

Cloth-diapering: Jon and I are most likely (99% sure) going to use cloth diapers.  The biggest reason is that we have to burn our trash here and we don’t really want all the disposable diaper trash piling up during the summer when we are forbidden to burn it.  I know that we’d have to do more laundry but that’s totally fine.  Right now, my only concern is what kind (i.e. brand) to get and how many to have on hand.  Kristen?  Laura?

Baby-wearing: This one is another thing I’m quite sure about doing.  I’m working on an Amazon.Com baby registry (or maybe even a registry page on this site if I end up needing things from multiple places) and a Moby wrap is already on the list.  I’m planning on doing this because it would allow me to have the sea monkey with me when I’m walking around the house or out and about.

Homebirthing: Not happening.  I can tell you that much.  We live in a parsonage and unfortunately don’t have enough privacy.  I’m also kind of wanting my doctor to be present.  I know a lot of people have done the homebirth thing and know great midwives but… it’s not an option for me.

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4 Responses to “Being (Sort-of) A Crunchy Granola Mommy”

  1. Kymster Says:

    Comments on a few things – not that I have personal experience, but I do have opinions. Just ask me and I’ll tell you.

    Breast Feeding: I think at the very least, even if you decide to not breast feed, that you should for at least a week, so that the sea monkey gets the colostrum (sp) and picks up all your immunities.

    Diapering: You know that disposable diapers won’t burn, right? Fire fighters noticed that after a house fire, there would be a pile of unburned stuff, and it was the diapers. The only time I would recommend for you to have disposables would be if you were traveling, so that you wouldn’t have to carry soiled diapers with you on a plane.

    That’s all I have to say, at least for now. =)

  2. Dreama Says:

    I think you know my positions on these things. I will say that on all of these issues, LJ is your friend, the breastfeeding and babywearing communities are awesome, and since this is the way you’re leaning, attachedparents as well. I stay away from the clothdiapering community because some women there are insane with collecting and spending crazy amounts of $$ on diapers unnecessarily. I’ve used various brands, the most popular usually are for a reason, like Fuzzibuns. I like bamboo diapers and organics, especially.

  3. Faith Says:

    Breastfeeding: Find out the Effexor issues. If it’s not an issue, then go for it. AND, get in touch with your local La Leche League or prior to birth, hook up with a breastfeeding mom at adopt_a_mom (I think that’s the name of it) on livejournal. Do NOT trust that doctors or nurses (oh WOW especially nurses, sadly) or even lactation consultants will be able to give you correct information, and are very, very quick to recommend supplementation. Barring problems, baby will get enough. If not, then s/he will not gain weight. And weight gain needs to be checked against breastfed standards, not normal western formula-fed standards. TOTALLY different. KellyMom is a great source of info as well.

    Diapering: We did disposables, but that’s mainly because we were moving into a place with no washer. I wish we’d have switched when we moved, but it’s pretty much too late for the investment now. They’re just so darn cute!! I have no idea about their composition, but we use Target’s store brand diapers, and they’ve been great, and super cheap (even for the fact that we have to drive 45 minutes for them… we just make sure to always have a lot on hand, and always go to Target when we’re in town to stock up on more). There are compostable disposables, so they may be the way to go if you end up in a daycare situation (most won’t take kids with cloth). I don’t think you can use the compost for veggies/edibles, but you can use it for flowers, etc.

    Babywearing: I didn’t with the twins, and didn’t know enough to do it with my oldest. Rather than a Moby wrap, I’d probably go with a mei tai or a buckle tai. They’re more flexible, and you can get them from some great work-at-home moms (I have a dear friend who is starting to make buckle tais, and has been wearing her youngest for I guess almost a year now, so if you want some info on what she’s used and what’s worked for her, let me know, I’ll put you in touch.)

    Homebirth: I’m a HUGE advocate for it (my oldest was an unassisted homebirth), but with the possibility of problems because of the Effexor, I’d never, ever encourage you to have one. You really should be somewhere with doc (and really, a decent medical team) nearby. Not to scare you, but I’m sure you’ve done the research.

    I recommend the breastfeeding community on LJ (starting NOW, that way, you get more of an idea what’s in store, the kind of problems that can crop up, etc.) . I also recommend the forums at motheringdotcom. Good women, over the top crunchy, but in general a great resource of information, even if you think they’re whack jobs and don’t go along with everything. I’m definitely of the opinion that you are who you hang with, and if you surround yourself with “yeah, breastfeeding is good, but it’s not a huge deal” sorts of folks, then you become complacent and dwell on the negatives more. BUT, you also have to take the uber-crunchies with a grain of salt (or dash of honey?) because some of them are really, really off the wall.

  4. Dara Says:

    breastfeeding is awesome. 🙂 I am on zoloft and have been throughout my pregnancy and breastfeeding zachary. prior I was on paxil but was told zoloft is now better. as for judging how much the baby is getting, you measure it by wet and dirty diapers. definitely reading things and learning ahead of time is helpful! you can also apply on adopt_a_mom on lj and get someone you can ask all your questions to!

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