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Frugalities – Breastfeeding

28 December, 2007

Breastfeeding is one of the most frugal things you can do as a mother (or encouraging your wife to breastfeed if you’re male) although it has many other benefits as well.

Breastfeeding reduces the risk of your baby becoming sick. Babies who are not breastfed are much more likely to become sick. Apart from the emotional and physical drain of having a sick child to care for, it costs in time off work (if needed), medicines, doctors visits etc.

Breastfeeding is free. Feeding your baby artificial baby milk (ABM) costs money for the ABM and also bottles, teats, sterilising etc. The estimated costs are anywhere between $1,500 and $3,000 per year saved in these expenses if you breastfeed.

In Australia we even have free breastfeeding support via the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s helpline. There is also support via the Mothersafe Hotline available on (02) 9382 6111 in NSW. There is a 1800 number for people in rural NSW and other states – 1800 647 848. The Mothersafe Hotline gives medical advice to women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as to the safety of different medications.

Breastmilk is always available, never goes off, never needs heating, breasts don’t need to be sterilised.

For more information on the benefits of breastfeeding see the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s website.

If you are outside Australia, take a look at the the La Leche League website.

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