Thirteen Ways Breastfeeding Saves You Money - Part 2
Health Benefits for Babies
Health Benefits for Babies
Babies who are breastfed tend to have stronger immune systems as breast milk carries many positive, immune-boosting antibodies. Babies who are breastfed are also at less risk for certain respiratory illnesses and other newborn diseases. As a new parent, you're going to want to do everything you can to make sure your child is healthy and strong. A healthy child means less money spent on medications and further precautions so that they don't become even sicker.
Save on Doctor's Visits
To go along with the previous point, since breastfed babies tend to be healthier, you're saving money on doctor's visits. Even better, you're not only saving for their newborn years, but their entire childhood and teenage years. Kids with healthier immune systems are less likely to catch the bug that all the other kids are getting in school and so on. Therefore, you can end up saving a ton of money on doctor's visits.
Health Benefits for Women
Breastfeeding doesn't only provide health benefits for babies. It also provides multiple health benefits to mothers. Women are less likely to develop diabetes or certain types of cancer (ovarian and breast, mainly). Not only is this great health news, but it means you're also saving yourself money because any disease requires a big life (and fiscal) change.
While the saying often goes that time is money, this can especially be true with a baby when time seems to be at a premium. It takes time preparing and warming up formula, packing bottles for day trips and making extra trips to the store when formula accidentally runs low. Not having to prepare food for the baby can save a significant amount of time for mothers of babies.
Using formula instead of breastfeeding comes with a number of additional energy costs. While these costs may not seem like much on an individual level, they can add up to thousands of dollars over the years. These include the above mentioned extra washing cycles, extra trips to the store to buy formula and even the energy cost of warming the formula.
While environmental costs may not save you money directly, they can be important to those trying to be environmentally conscious. Women that breastfeed create less waste than those that feed babies with formula since there is no need for all the extra packaging that comes with formula and the equipment needed for the formula.
In the end, there are huge advantages (both health and financial) to breast feeding which should make it the preferred choice when possible. For some, it is difficult to produce enough milk to nourish your child without the addition of formula. Talk to your doctor about domperidone, a stomach medication with an amazing side effect - raising milk levels. This may help your family stay below budget by keeping you away from formula and all its equipment.
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