Having a baby can be an expensive time, especially if it’s not your first (hello daycare fees and maternity leave😅). If you decide to (or need to) pump, it may feel like just another added expense. However, there are several ways to prepare for pumping while sticking to a budget. Here are some tips to help you save money while pumping milk.
Make a budget
Start off by making a budget for baby-related expenses, including the cost of prenatal care, childbirth, and baby gear. Knowing how much you have to spend can help you make informed choices about what you need and what you can do without. Which will bring us to our next step…
Choose which pump is best for your budget
There are many different pumps available nowadays, all with varying benefits. However, opting for a simple manual pump can be a great budget option. On the other hand, if you’re an exclusive pumper you may find that an electric or wearable pump is simply non-negotiable.
If you find that you do need an electric or wearable pump, you can still save money by shopping for these second hand. Online marketplaces such as Facebook marketplace or Markot offer accessible budget options. Keep in mind that pump accessories that come into direct contact with your breast or milk should be replaced, such as tubing, flanges and valves.
Add it to your register
If you’re gifted with the foresight of knowing you will pump after birth, it’s a great opportunity to add your preferred pump and pumping accessories to your baby register. Being gifted a pump may not be as cute as tiny socks and knitted blankets but it’s a much more practical option.
Reduce unnecessary spending
It’s understandable to want to indulge in lactation biscuits and hot chocolates (and you deserve to!) but these items can be quite expensive to purchase. Do some research on homemade options and experiment in the kitchen instead.
Buy well = buy once
Although cheaper items may seem like a better deal, it’s important to consider the cost of purchasing multiple replacements. Shop for quality items that will last longer and save you money. Milkdrop cushions last much longer than cheaper comparative items, making them a great value buy.
By focusing on your needs and being mindful of your spending, you can still collect everything you need to pump for your baby needs without breaking the bank💸🍼