Saving money is always a good thing. While breastfeeding is arguably cheaper than formula feeding, there are still lots of ways to save money while breastfeeding and pumping.
* invest in a good pump. I know this sounds like more of an expense than a money-saving tip, a good pump will save you a lot of money over the long term. If a subpar pumps means you don’t get enough milk, that likely means you will have to supplement with formula, which will end up costing you more in the long-term.
* use fewer storage bags. The freezer bags, while essential for most moms, may end up costing you more than you planned. So, I only used the bags when I was going to be freezing the milk. If it was going to be used in a couple of days, I would just pump directly into the bottle. Just be sure to being plenty of bottles to work when you are going to be pumping frequently.
* don’t bother with individual cleaning cloths for your breast pump parts, unless your situation requires them. If possible, wash your pump parts in the sink after use and save your money on disposable cleaning cloths.
* opt for washable breastpads over disposable pads. There are a lot of great reusable pads on the market.
* don’t go overboard on nursing accessories. There are so many nursing accessories on the market, it’s easy to drop your whole budget on nursing tanks, bras, covers, dresses, creams, ointments, you name it. Just use your own judgment when thinking about your nursing wardrobe, don’t be pressured by all the marketing.