Since my youngest is now two weeks old, I am full gear in the breastfeeding mode again. When I had my first, I knew I wanted to give breastfeeding a try but I didn’t know if it would work. I was on the “we will see how it goes path”. None of my friends had kids, no one I knew was breastfeeding. I got a Medela Pump in Style Advanced (PISA) from the lactation consultant who taught the parenting/breastfeeding class through my OB. At that time, I couldn’t of imagined that I would be a resource for many of my friends when it came to breastfeeding. I feel honored to be a Medela Mom Maven and am willing to discuss breastfeeding with anyone. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at [email protected].
The short version of my nursing experience so far …
My first child decided to not latch so with her I pumped almost exclusively for 10.5 months. At that point, I lost my supply due to being pregnant again.
My second was a latcher. I felt like I was cheating by not pumping so much. She hated bottles though and would eat just enough to get by when I was at work. She nursed until she was 13.5 months old when I lost my supply due to being pregnant again (yes, there is a trend there … how else would I have three under three?!) I did pump enough to wear out my first pump and splurged with a Medela Freestyle pump purchase. I LOVE that pump. I also bought a Medela Harmony (manual pump) at some point during this nursing time and find that is a great option when I don’t want to dig out my double electric pump!
So here I am nursing my third kiddo who has an awesome latch and is a great eater. I hope to have a great nursing relationship with him.
So why am I blogging about this? I feel that breastfeeding is not only best for your baby but the best option for your budget. To support that statement, I decided to look up some stats on breastfeeding and how it can help you live in your budget.
Most sources say that you spend $1500 – $2000 on formula for the first year of feeding your baby. I really like the price/savings break down that Stanislaus County,CA has on their website here.
My supplies for nursing are my pump (because I work outside the home), breast pads, and milk bags. My pump is a one time cost. My favorite nursing pads are the Lansinoh brand breast pads and I buy them in the biggest boxes they come in at Target. The milk bags I don’t count really. (The Lansinoh brand milk bags are my favorite.) Why don’t I count the cost of my milk bags? My second child, never drank an ounce of milk that I froze. It was all donated through Milkshare! If that is the case again then my milk bags are a gift to the families who use my extra milk.
So even with my expenses, I have saved over $1000 by nursing each child. I figure my savings go up with each child since I have items I can reuse such as my pump. I will spend this week posting reviews of some of favorite nursing related items. I would love to give some of them away at some point so if you know anyone who wants to do a giveaway, let me know!
My list of reviews for the week as of now is:
- Blessed Nest
- Smart Mom Jewelry
If you have items to recommend, leave a comment for me. I would love to hear from other breastfeeding moms!