If you breastfeed the old fashioned way (just from the boob, no pumping!) then it's free. The only thing I've ever paid for linked to breast feeding is a set of little lamb reusable bamboo breast pads.
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 wear mostly dresses everyday and they hold them up quite nicely. im also a D atm
i guess bras are a personal preference it just depends on the person but other then that breastfeeding is still cheapcheapcheap
Pump: $40 It's manual, but it works well enough for me. And you can get used electric for like $60
Nursing bras: $32 total
Bottles: $80 but only because we had to try 6 kinds to get her to take one. That is not the norm
Reusable Breast Pads: $10
To save some money, I would invest in reusable pads, use some expressed breastmilk instead of lanolin cream, and would have bought a used pump (though I know it is too late for that part). And also, I would suggest buying ice cube trays, freezing milk in them, and putting that frozen milk into ziplock bags . Do one bag a week and date it, milk stays good for long enough in the freezer that a one week margin is fine. It will save you a TON on storage bags in the long run if you plan on pumping a while.
My mom bought me three nursing bras (so I spent $20 myself) I made my own breast pads but bought heaps of fabric for other projects so no idea what they cost. I'll estimate another $20. I bought a tube of lansinoh for $7 but only used it twice. Haven't felt the need to express so haven't had to buy hottles or storage bags or a pump or anything else that goes along with it. Oh ya, and i got a nursing pillow for $2 as well.
I'm still breastfeeding and I bought just the one tube of lansinoh for te early stages of breastfeeding £9. Breast pads were lansinoh so looking at £8 approx per month up until I didn't leak so around 6 months. Didn't use shields. Breast pump £60. I didn't store milk much so only bought one pack say £5. So a total of £121 for a year. Not bad going!
I ff my first and we were buying formula once a week at least and the sterilizer, bottles teats think it cost slightly more.
Yeah I know not all breast pumps are $300. But when I needed one ASAP and was hobbling after a c section and still dizzy from high bp I just got the pump that was most recommended and closest to the hospital pump. Wasn't really in the mood to shop around and they didn't have any pumps available to rent when I needed it.
where I am at we get can formula similac for 24$, lasts about a week 1/2(but I combi feed)
and so far breast feeding has cost me about 7$ for nipple shields, my double pump was covered by my insurance.
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