Breastfeed if at all possible. I mean if you’re a dude you can’t, but if you are women you should be equipped to give it a whirl and see if it works for you.
Breast milk = FREE
Formula for a year = $1,200-$1,500 (more if you use the fancy-pants stuff) depending out which formula you use*
* this doesn’t include the cost of bottles and nipples. Nor does it factor in the health benefits (for baby and mom) and the time savings of breastfeeding.
- Breast-fed children are more resistant to disease and infection early in life than formula-fed children
- Breast-fed children are less likely to contract a number of diseases later in life, including juvenile diabetes, multiple sclerosis, heart disease, and cancer before the age of 15
- Mothers who breastfeed are less likely to develop osteoporosis later in life, are able to lose weight gained during pregnancy more easily and have a lower risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancer
12 of our kids got the boob-jucie (#13 was a foster baby) for the 1st year of their lives. I figure we saved between $14,400-$18,000 over the past 23 years, probably towards the lower end of that range since we would have bought store-brand formula…in bulk…when on sale…cause we are cheap that way.