The other night, I was wasting time on Facebook. I like to do that when I’m not chasing after my kids or trying to be mom of the year. A question that I thought was kind of funny popped up. She asked who was formula feeding and brave enough to use cloth diapers.
Wow. Obviously, my formula feeding days are long over since Eudora is approaching two and Norton is approaching four… but I certainly do have experience with formula feeding and using cloth together. I didn’t get the bravery part of it. It was just… how I did it.
Then I read through more comments as they came in. The thought process was that somehow formula fed poo was more difficult to deal with than breastfed baby poo. Go figure. Some also shared that they had friends who were reluctant to cloth diaper because of formula feeding. I’m going to do a little mythbusting. Granted, it’s all going to be 100% anecdotal since it’s based on my own personal experiences, but still, the point stands.
Formula Feeding Makes Gross Poo
Poo will stink. It doesn’t matter how cute the baby or beast is that’s producing it. Even the cutest baby in the entire world will produce some disgusting things. You deal with it either way. I have to say, when I was exclusively pumping for Norton, I found the seedy quality of exclusive breastfeeding poo to be maybe even a bit more disgusting. It’s still poo.
How to Cope
Well, there are a few ways to cope with formula fed poo.
1.) Dunk and swish. This is my least favorite method. It’s just… gross. And I almost flushed a diaper down the toilet doing that once because I’m awesome like that.
2.) Flushable liners. Flushable liners can be great. They (sort of) contain the poo and make for easier clean up. They’re biodegradable. They’re (relatively) cheap. If your wee little poop machine is regular, then you can put in the liner at the right time, flush it, and be done. However, they can also cause blockages. (Anecdotal feedback alert.) Two ladies in my local cloth diapering community have had blockages related to those flushable liners that resulted in a plumbing bill to the tune of $600. Each.
3.) Microfleece liners. They keep your diapers less poo stained. They can protect when you use creams or whatever, even if the creams are “CD safe.” And if you get poop that doesn’t just plop right off (and let’s be honest, newbie poo generally doesn’t), you can always just hold a corner of the microfleece, dunk and swish, and flush . If it gets too gross, you can just toss it.
4.) Diaper sprayer. I love my diaper sprayer. I use it to spray diapers (obviously). I use it to clean out the deep cleaning brush head on my Bissell SpotClean Machine. I’ve used it to spray out other things, like my crock pot inner. The adjustable pressure means that I can get the right amount of force to de-gross anything. But be careful: it’s easy to forget and crank the pressure too high. I’ve come across many a story of poo being on the bathroom ceiling for a person using it on max pressure the first time around.
5.) Scrape it. Some people keep a spatula in the bathroom just for scraping poo. I find that even more repellent than dunking and swishing. If you can’t have a sprayer and don’t like to dunk and swish, the Scrubadoozy is a nice, low cost option.
Some people do it a little differently: they treat the formula poo just like water soluble “ebf poo” and throw it in the wash as is. I’m too neurotic for that, so I haven’t ever tried it, but to each’s own. Really, poo is poo. It doesn’t matter what’s eaten to produce it. It never smells like roses (and if it does, please let me know what you’re feeding your kid) and it always has to be cleaned up.
Did you think that cloth diapering with formula fed babies would be harder?