Why Breastfeeding is an Economical Decision

Breastfeeding is increasing in popularity in the United States, however many mothers choose to stop breastfeeding their children when they are only a few months old. A few moms actually make it to the recommended year mark while even fewer still are moms who breastfeed through toddler hood. Regardless, breastfeeding shouldn’t be looked at as just a health issue and what’s best for the child.

Everyone knows breast is best and breastfeeding is the very best option a parent has to give their child the very best start in life. However, breastfeeding should also be looked upon as an economical issue. The reason why is that breastfeeding is free! There is no additional cost involved, which is really important when you have just added a new child to the family. Diapers, medicine, crèmes, lotions, clothing, and the like are all necessities for your new baby. Formula is not! There is no reason for a mom to go out and buy bottles, nipples, formula, and the like when she can breastfeed. Sure, there are some mothers who cannot breastfeed for medical or other reasons. Those that can, though, should, especially if they are on a tight budget. Especially when the average of formula in a year is close to $2,000 and that doesn’t include the bottles, nipples, sterilizers, and other necessities.

When you consider how much it costs to raise a child, on average $11,000 for their first year of life, then you will see where saving $2000 plus by breastfeeding is truly a big decision economically speaking. Not only will it give your child the very best start in life, but it will also save the family much needed money. When your family is struggling financially and trying to start a family then it just makes sense to breastfeed. Not only will you be able to spend that money in other areas, like on daycare if you must return to work, but you can also be sure that your child is getting the perfect food for her growing body.

The next time you think about having a child and formula feeding ask yourself if it’s worth $2,000+ and the health of your child to breastfeed for a year. More than likely you will find the sacrifice is worth it and that it actually creates an amazing relationship between baby and mom that cannot be severed.

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