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Breastfeeding and Saving Money

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Here’s an interview that Amy of the blog Frugal Mama did with me to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. Here’s the link and an excerpt:

Frugal Mama: Hi Andi! I’m not sure why I haven’t covered breastfeeding on Frugal Mama, because if you are raising a family and trying to save money, breastfeeding is a perfect start. Let’s talk about the economic benefits.

Andi Silverman: I think it’s funny that a lot of people don’t even think about the economic benefits. It’s more of an afterthought. Most people are thinking, “How am I going to feed my baby? What is the best, most nutritious way, and what would work for my lifestyle?”

And then, if they’re using formula, they might realize, “Oh, this is costing me a lot of money!” Or if they’re breastfeeding, they might say, “Wow. I’m saving a lot by not having to buy formula, and bottles.” So saving money can be a motivating factor for breastfeeding, but I don’t think it’s the thing that gets people to breastfeed.

Frugal Mama: I agree. But it is a nice side benefit.

Andi Silverman: Yes, it is a nice side benefit. When you have a baby, all of sudden things can get very overwhelming. You’re buying so much stuff. Stroller. Crib. Mattress, sheets. Maybe you redecorate the baby’s room. And then the clothes. And then the diapers and toys! It’s unbelievable how those costs pile up.

So one way to cut down on those expenses is to breastfeed. You don’t have to buy bottles. You don’t have to buy formula. And formula can get very, very expensive. Breast milk is like nature’s gift to a new mom and baby..

Flash Mob Dance for World Breastfeeding Week

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Just when I thought the summer was getting rolling… bam! Only a month left. Anyway, I do love August for the annual World Breastfeeding Week celebration.  Around the world, there are events to mark this.  And things actually go on all month.

For a run down of events, check out WorldBreastfeedingWeek.org. Plus, there are directions for doing a breastfeeding flash mob dance! Here’s the step by step tutorial. And here’s the full dance:

World Breastfeeding Week

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World Breastfeeding Week is right around the corner.  The official dates are August 1st through the 7th.  But this annual event has more or less morphed into Breastfeeding Awareness Month.  There are events going on all throughout August (and even September), nationally and internationally.  Here’s a link on the La Leche League site to see what might be happening near you.

Each year, World Breastfeeding Week has a theme. This year, it’s “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.”  There are videos to go with each of these ten steps:

Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: Every facility providing maternity services and care for newborn infants should:
1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care
staff.
2. Train all health care staff in skills necessary to implement this policy.
3. Inform all pregnant mothers about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within a half-hour of birth.
5. Show mothers how to breastfeed, and how to maintain lactation even if they should be
separated from their infants.
6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breastmilk unless medically
indicated.
7. Practice rooming-in – allow mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hours a day.
8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand.
9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
10.Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.

Feel free to share your plans on how you are marking World Breastfeeding Week.