Friday, September 17, 2010

The Poop on Breastfed Babies Poo

A client called this week because she is having repelling issues with her cloth diapers.  We always hate to hear when people have issues with their diapers, and we try our best to help troubleshoot problems for them.   My personal motto has become to do the simplest thing first and see if it works.  The thing I hear the most often from new cloth diaper moms is they tend to not be comfortable putting poo in the washing machine.  Before my son started solid foods, when he was exclusively breastfed, I was also hesitant to throw the diapers in the washing machine without pre-rinsing until Elizabeth told me how much time I was wasting by pre-rinsing my diapers.  Breastfed poo is 100% water soluble so there is no need to rinse.  It completely washes away.  However, it is our nature as women to overdo it.  This is why so many new moms will put more than the recommended amount of soap in the washing machine.  When it comes to washing cloth diapers, the only time more is better is when it comes to water.  More is not always better when it comes to soap.  Too much soap and not enough rinsing will inevitably lead to buildup and repelling issues.  So, moms out there take head, and save yourself time and money.  (Wasted soap can get expensive).  Use the recommended amount of soap, and don’t pre-rinse those diapers by hand.  A cold rinse at the beginning of the washing machine cycle is all you need!  Let the washing machine do the work. 

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