Breastfeeding is what is best for the baby, but it isn’t always 100% free. For some mothers it is as easy as taking out your breast and feeding your baby, but for some mothers it isn’t as easy or cheap.
A mother comes home from the hospital with cracked dry and hard nipples; she may need cooling nipple pads to help relieve the pain. She may also need nursing pads to catch the extra milk leaking; these can either be cloth or disposable. If you plan on leaving the house and want to cover yourself up while nursing, a nursing cover will help with this.
There are many mothers that at either 6 or 8 weeks have to go back to work. Going back to work will incur more costs to insure that your baby will get your breast milk. For starters, she will need a pump and storage containers to keep up the milk supply while working. She will also need bottles to feed the baby when they are away from the mother.
These costs are ones that a lot of mothers, including myself, didn’t think about.
I knew that I wanted to nurse as long as I could, but with some complications I was not able to at the beginning. I got into a grove and continued until I went back to work. Over time I realized that while it is cheaper to breast feed, it isn’t 100% free.
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