I was just thinking how everyone says breastfeeding is cheaper than formula, but I'm not so sure. Maybe it's because I've had issues since LO was a preemie but I'm so curious how "normal" breastfeeding costs go against formula
Breast pump $300
EBM storage bags $20 (so far)
Nipple shield $10
Pump bustier (life saver seriously) $ 33
Lansinoh creme $10
Breast pads $15
Nursing bras $100
We get through about 1 box of formula a week at the moment, maybe just over depending on if Harrison has any "hungry" days where he has a couple extra bottles. I think we've gone through 4 boxes in 3 weeks, so that's about £32 so far because it's £8 a box. Breast feeding didn't really cost me anything, but I didn't enjoy it (til it was too late then I regretted it lol -.-). I was given a manual breast pump by a friend and I think I spent £7 on breast pads... That's 3 boxes of 40. I still have an entire boxfull not even opened. So in comparison (for me anyway), breast feeding was a lot cheaper. But I just didn't really get on with it. I found bottle feeding easier do once it was introduced and I just got too lax with BF and my supply dropped so low Harri wouldn't even bother latching anymore. Which is a shame cuz I liked the bedtime feed lol.
I got a 300$ pump as a gift so all I have had to buy are storage bags, roughly 20$ every 3 months, about 60$ on nursing bras, and breast pads. I bought re useable ones and maybe spent 40$ on them so I had quite a few and would only need to wash every 2 weeks ish. So I've spent what.. Maybe 200$ on breast feeding supplies?? MUCH cheaper than formula!
Edit: 30$ on bottles when I was pregnant as Dh offers expressed milk when I have to work. I bought Lansinoh but just use the sample I got from the hospital and was fine by the time it ran out.
I breastfeed, it's cost me £10 for lansinoh cream Nd £10 for nipple pads.
Edit - oh and bras, £50 but then I'd probably have needed one or two new ones if I ff as boobs would have still grown - one of my nursing bras was my main maternity one anyway, it still fits adjusted a bit.
Not bought an expresser or any of the other stuff so it's much cheaper for me!
I spent $200 on a breast pump I used fecking once Definitely would not have wasted the money if I knew how useless it was going to be. Other than that I only spent money on breast pads up till 4mo.
When I put E on formula on specialists' orders when my milk dried up at 12mo, it Cost. A. Bomb and that was just on follow on milk as he had to be on 3 bottles a day of that. I spent more in the first two months FFing than I did in a year BFing including buying bottles/teats/whatnot along with a tub every 5 days. It was insane.
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