By Gemma Walsh
There are so many well documented facts about breastfeeding. From the good nourishment it provides to the help with weight loss for mummies.
A benefit that all walks of life, male or female, childless or not and including that one nagging aunt who just can’t get her head around why you would what to get your boobs out so often is the financial benefit.
It is no secret that powdered milk is expensive, ranging from £8 to £12 for a tub (or even more for specialised milks). Alongside is the growing popularity of premade milk where a one litre bottle can cost up to £4. For a 6 month old baby this will last for around 24 hours.
Research carried out by Gemma Walsh – Journalist calculated that based upon the average cost of milk, and the average time that a tub would last babies of varying ages, the average cost to feed a baby would be £1.50 – £2 a day (which could double if only using the premade bottles).
With UK guidelines currently state that children should not be weaning onto cows milk until at least 12 months old,this makes the total cost for the first year of a child life an average of £545-£730.
This is an average – the cost may be more if the baby is considered particularly hungry.
That’s enough money to feed a family of 5 for over a month. It’s also over the amount that the government provide as a childcare grant.
Even if some of the extra money is sucked up by nipple cream or a pump, there is still a saving going into the hundreds of pounds. This is an ever bigger saving if you choose to breastfeed beyond the first year.
So next time that annoying aunt scoffs at your reason for breastfeeding, write her out a bill for a years worth of formula and feed your way to the bank.
If you are joining in the Keep Britain Breastfeeding Scavenger Hunt, here’s the link to a Rafflecopter giveaway being run as part of Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2014 in which you can win £1,000 of Breastfeeding goodies including our Stork and Baby necklace! Please leave your comments below and then click the link to enter 😀
Want to read more great posts on this subject? Here’s some more fab blogs taking part in the scavenger hunt:
Our writer Mary-Kate at Mummy Memories
Our writer Gemma Walsh at Like Tomorrow
A very interesting blog from Keeping up with the Jones Family
My thoughts on Things – a guest post by a dad.