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Breastmilk: nature’s magic money-saver

May 21, 2009

As Tim and I were discussing the exciting-yet-frightening prospect of purchasing our first home the other day, I cheerfully pointed out to him the fact that I have contributed significantly to the family’s savings this past year by exclusively breastfeeding A, our almost one-year-old son.  After a bit of a chuckle, I stated again (because I like to feel smug and self-satisfied), “No, seriously.  I’ve saved us a lot of money.  In fact, breastfeeding should be listed as one of those ‘Top Ten Ways to Save Money in this Crappy Economy.'”

And then I was curious: just how many of those “Money-Saving Tips” lists out there even mention breastfeeding as an effective way to save money?

So, like scores of 21st century guys and gals attempting to satisfy their curiosity, I turned to my friend Google and discovered the following lists:

7 Radical Ways to Save Money20 Ways to Save on a Shoestring30 Easy Ways to Save Money75 Painless Ways to Save Money100 Great Tips for Saving Money101 Ways to Save Money112 Ways to Save Money!

But among these 445 tips for saving money (some of which, admittedly, overlap), I could not find a single list pointing out the simple fact that choosing to breastfeed your baby can save you and your family hundreds and even thousands of dollars each year.

In fact, according to kellymom.com (a fantastic breastfeeding resource), exclusively feeding your baby artificial milk or formula costs somewhere between $700-$3200 per year.  Obviously, breastmilk itself is free, but even if one wants or needs to purchase breastfeeding accessories such as nursing pads, a breastfeeding pillow, a breastpump, etc., the monetary cost of breastfeeding ranges anywhere from $50-$500 per year.  Thus, the annual savings of choosing to breastfeed one’s baby range anywhere from $200-$3200 per year.

What’s more, even if one chooses to supplement their baby’s diet with formula, one could still see savings upwards of $100-$1000 per year just by breastfeeding some of the time.

These savings are just as significant (if not more so) as slowing down your internet service (saving approximately $200 per year), quitting smoking (saving upwards of $1800 per year), using cloth diapers (saving around $1200 per year), reusing ziploc bags, buying in bulk, clipping coupons, and following the 439 other tips that I found in my Google search.

So if you are currently deciding whether or not to breastfeed your baby (or even if you are contemplating weaning your baby before the recommended 12 month mark), make sure to consider the enormous financial savings that breastfeeding offers to you and your family.  That, coupled with the tremendous health benefits of breastfeeding, and you truly have nature’s magic money-saver!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. renbeth permalink
    May 21, 2009 3:35 pm

    So breastfeeding gets you four bedrooms instead of three . . . or french doors . . . or a hot tub? 😉

  2. BirthingBeautifulIdeas permalink*
    May 22, 2009 10:13 am

    Try one step closer to a good down payment so that we don’t have to live with my parents forever. 🙂

  3. renbeth permalink
    May 23, 2009 6:37 pm

    Come on . . . the longer you live with your parents the more of that amazing food you get to eat . . .

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