Breastfeeding to save money
I'm learning a lot being on moms.com. One thing I've come to see is that many moms are receiving some form of social assistance for themselves and their children. Being from Canada, I don't really understand all of the US options available, but I'm glad people can get the help they need to give their children a good start in life.
With that in mind, I thought I would put it out there for those of you would need assistance or may need it in the future. You may want to strongly consider breastfeeding for the first 6 months. In addition to a number of proven health benefits, it is a HUGE money saver. My friend and I had our first children 2 weeks apart. She had a condition that prevented her from breastfeeding, whereas I breastfed almost exclusively. In those first 6 months, I saved over $500, even taking into account that I was eating a little more in order to be able to make milk.
I'm not a "lactivist" who thinks you are a bad mom if you can't breastfeed - not at all...But I do think there are a lot of benefits to at least trying your best to do it, and it really works out financially too! Honestly, I found it really tough the first few weeks with all 3 kids but am really happy I managed to do it...Just something to consider.