Breastfeeding Can Save You Money

Yes, breastfeeding is good for your health and your baby’s. But did you know that it’s also pretty easy on your bank account?

Experts estimate that breastfeeding for a year can save around $1,200 (or the estimated cost of a year of formula feeding).

Here are some of the ways breastfeeding saves you money:

  • Breast pumps were designated as fully covered by health insurers, with the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010. 
     
  • If you invest in other breastfeeding supplies, like a pump rental, pump parts and even breast-milk storage bottles and bags, these may be covered by your insurer’s flexible spending account (FSA).
     
  • If you don’t have an FSA, you may be able to deduct some breastfeeding supplies from your taxes.
     
  • If you qualify for WIC assistance (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children), you can receive additional food (compared to formula-feeding mothers), since breastfeeding moms have higher caloric needs.

Breastfeeding requires time and energy. But when you’re breastfeeding, you can feel confident knowing that it’s valuable to your and your baby’s health and that the food you provide your infant is naturally free! 

See also ...

•   Breastfeeding: Why Do It?

•   Differences Between Breastfed and Formula-Fed Babies

This message is not intended to provide individual medical advice. Always seek the advice of a physician or qualified healthcare provider for any questions you have about your health or medical condition, your breastfeeding issues and your infant's health. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you have read in our emails, webpages or other electronic communications.

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