bottles versus disposable diapers
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|Mon, 05-26-2003 - 9:01pm|
I was just thinking, and realizing that one of my favourite comebacks to people who think I'm crazy for using cloth diapers b/c of the extra washing it makes for me, is to say to them "well, at least I'm not washing bottles, so I can take more time on diapers". That usually shuts them up, LOL.
Well, I was figuring that while you only wash at home, toting cloth while you're out is more work. First of all, the dipes generally take up much more room, and you have to bring more as they're less absorbant. Also, you have to bring them back when you come back, to wash them at home.
So usually, if someone uses a mix, they use disposables while out and cloth at home. I've yet to hear of someone saying they use cloth while out and 'sposies while at home. ;-)
And yet people allude to doing the same kind of "extra work" WRT nursing/bottles. They'll tote out extra stuff than necessary (ie bottles instead of using the breasts they would at home) and that stuff, some of it has to come home (empty bottles), whereas the breasts are always there and don't fill up the diaperbag unnecessarily.
Anyhow...I was just wondering if anyone else thought this was as strange as I do? Not that I feel it's bad for moms who feel like doing it, but I would certainly think I were rather crazy if I did this with diapers or probably anything else except the bottle/nursing issue...why don't we think this is as strange in this situation? Is this another case of society has set us up to "expect" to have to tote around bottles, so therefore not doing so becomes a "perk" of bfing, rather than a negative side to bottlefeeding (be it formula or EBM)? Just like a lot of people I know figure that a "perk" of bfing is that it saves money...when I just figure that it costs none, whereas formula costs lots in the first year (even if it's small amts. at a time, it still adds up)...so I see formula as having a definate drawback on the budget side of things.