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Breastfeeding on a Budget


Updated May 18, 2009

With so many expenses looming over your head as a new mom, feeding your baby should not be one of them. Breastfeeding is the obvious choice (aside from the fact that it's the healthiest) because it's free! A mother who chooses to breastfeed will save at least $1,500 in the baby's first year! Here are some other tips:

  • Rent a breast pump before purchasing one. This allows you to try it out before making the leap to purchase one, and the cost is minimal in comparison.
  • Search for free breastfeeding help. See if your local hospital has a breastfeeding hotline. Also, La Leche League, a mother-to-mother breastfeeding support organization, provides support and information for no charge.
  • Avoid spending a lot of money on nursing clothes. It is not necessary to purchase clothes specifically tailored to breastfeeding, with the exception of some bras. In fact, most women are so happy to wear their prepregnancy clothes again and find them to be more than sufficient when nursing their babies.

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