Tuesday, September 17, 2013

My Cheap and Lazy Decision

I have made a cheap and lazy decision about my future baby. I plan to breastfeed my baby for the first year. This won't be free as I do plan to go back to work. I will need a breast pump and baggies for the milk.  This will probably run around $350-400 over the course of the year. This is still way cheaper than formula.

I call this my lazy decision because there is no way that I would be willing to get up multiple times in the night to go make a bottle.  Its much easier to just get up and stumble into the baby's room and everything is all ready to go. This is my lazy decision but the alternative would be to make my husband get up. He would do this bit I'm okay with getting up every time. The newborn phase goes too quickly not to cherish it.

There also a host of other reasons why I choose to breastfeed. I do think its healthier for the baby. It gives me a reduced risk of breast cancer. It helps me lose weight without working out. My favorite part is the cuddling with mg baby. It is our time together.

There are so many decisions to make as a parent but this one is super easy for me to make.

Sidenote: I'm not casting judgement on those that choose a different option. Formula is not evil and babies are fine on it. This is a personal decision.

19 comments:

  1. Funny you say that because I formula feed now is so that I can smack DH to go get the baby a bottle and feed him :P That nursing every hour crap was sooooo not for me. I am a firm believer that a mother should feed her baby in whatever way suits her and her situation the best, be it formula, breastfeeding, or a combo.

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    1. After our daughter turned 1, it is always my husband who gets up to deal with whatever situation arises. Its like I put in my time for the first year. It is whatever works. Having a baby is hard altogether.

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  2. I'm very "pro breastfeeding", so I think you've made right choice! Healthier for you & bambino!! :)

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  3. I breastfed, and pumped. It is certainly not "lazy"!! And if you are pumping....Daddy can make a bottle in the middle of the night!!! But having a nursing session between 1-3am is ideal to keep your milk supply up.

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    1. Pumping is not lazy at all. I don't really like doing it but it goes along with the rest.

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  4. It's still a lot of work when you have to pump and breast feed. But its so worth it. I loved my cuddle time with my babies while they nursed. It's a lot cheaper and healthier for you and the baby. Both my daughters seemed to lose interest in nursing around 10 1/2 months. They were so mobile and didn't want to sit still long enough to nurse. So for the last few weeks until they turned 1, we used formula. I couldn't believe how much money we spent on formula in that short amount of time.

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    1. Pumping is my least favorite part but cuddling is my favorite.

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  5. Under the new Obamacare, breast pumps and baggies are free for six months at a time. You will have to renew if you want a full year. This law is already in effect. Call you insurance company and get the facts.

    I'm a new grandmother so I just went through this whole thing with my daughter. She got everything for free and she saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars. It was one of the things she wanted at her baby shower (breast pump). Once she called her insurance company and found out it really was free, she was elated!

    Good luck!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. I'm going to check it out.

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  6. I'll give you the cheap ... but not the lazy. :)

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    1. Its just the getting up and making a bottle that sounds like so much work :)

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  7. I agree that this is a cheap decision, but having been a breastfeeding/working/pumping mom, I'll tell ya, it's not lazy! I think it was totally worth it, but it was a lot of effort and time. It's amazing to hear that your insurance might cover the breastpump and even the baggies. Then it's an even cheaper decision :) I have to dig out my pump and dust it off for my babe coming in January. I'm taking a longer leave this time (yeah for living in Canada) so it won't get the workout that it did last time, but I'm still going to use it for the odd time I want to get out. Though it was pricey, (like $400 just for the pump) it was money well spent for my son to have breastmilk and to have some freedom now and again to get out. I just hope this next kiddo is not quite so fussy about what bottles she'll like. I went through 4 types before my son would get on board!

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    1. Breastfeeding and working is a challenge. I wish I had a daycare for my baby at my work and I could just pop in to feed. Haha!

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  8. This ate my response... but I was just going to mention that hospitals may be able to loan you the pumping machine, and all you'd have to buy is the suction cups and baggies. Also, I wanted to mention that formula isn't always just a choice. A co-worker of mine who's had 2 kids was unable to breastfeed either of them because they wouldn't latch on and wouldn't feed, which made them lose to much weight. It was really hard on her. My sis in law had no issues breastfeeding, though.

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  9. I agree that it doesn't work for everybody. If my baby never latched, I probably wouldn't make it for a year. Pumping is hard work.

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  10. It's all hard work! Good for you. I love how you didn't cast judgement on bottle feeding mothers. I was and am a SAHM who bottle fed my 4. Oh, the grief I got from some. Best of luck. Enjoy!

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