I still have to buy bottles and change out nipples. Especially when I go back to work. I never bought a sterilizer. I just wash everything in hot soapy water as the lactation consultant advised. Except when new. Then I boiled and sterilized before use.
I didn't add in the cost of bottles, because FF use them too so it cancels out, but I got bottles for my baby shower that were probably $30 worth. I made my own pumping bra by cutting little holes in a zip front sports bra.
Also I saved over 3000 oz of expressed milk in my chest freezer and used ziploc bags. They are BPA free and I freeze 10 oz milk in a container, then when it is frozen I popped the milk cube into a ziploc baggie. I stopped nursing after around 7 months and I have enough frozen milk to last until LO is just past 1 year.
I think they estimate formula costs $1500 ish for the first year.
She's a month old and up until yesterday was feeding both. Now I'm just formula. So far she has eaten 11 8oz containers of formula and she is right at a month old. I buy it at Costco which sells 57 oz containers of enfimal infant for 40 bucks. Much cheaper than regular stores.
veganmama, how do you not wear bras?? i don't when i'm in the house but when i go out or walk i feel like they bounce a bit too much. going from a 34 or 36 c to a 38DD during pregnancy really didn't help lol.
I lucked out and got a free $500 on an FSA account through doing a work health survey. Because of that my bags, breast pump and pads will be free until the money runs out (which should be a while). I have only bought bottles and bras which I would have had to buy anyway.
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