In December 2007, the approximate cost to formula feed a baby for one year was $2,300. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows the inflation rate from 12/07 to now is 4.08%, which means the average cost to formula feed a baby for one year is $2,393.84!
The cost of the popular Medela Pump-In-Style is about *$249. This pump pays for itself in 38 days. Monetarily speaking alone, breast feeding is the way to go! Now, some people will just tell me they qualify for WIC so formula feeding is completely free for them. But keep in mind it's not free, even for them. The taxes taken out of your paycheck pays for it.
*Note: Do ~not~ buy from Babies-R-Us! You will be spending $30 too much, $50 if you take sales tax into consideration. Check out yahoo shopping and you can find deals like this which sells the pump for $249 with free shipping and no sales tax.
I've seen some recent talk about buying used breast pumps out there in internetland, so I thought now may be a good time to repost this link. It's about buying used pumps and what pumps are good and which ones are dangerous to buy used.
Used Breast Pumps <----- click on me!
With the economy the way it is, mommies may be looking at ways to save everywhere and may think a used pump is a good idea. While it ~is~ a good idea for a handful of pumps that are closed system pumps (where it's impossible for milk vapor to reach the motor), most of the popular pumps are not closed.
Many serious diseases like human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis and cytomegalovirus can be found in breastmilk. The pathogens can be transmitted to the motor via milk vapor and it can live for quiet a long time. Not as dangerous, but still hard to get rid of fungal infections like candidiasis (yeast infection, thrush) can be transmitted through the milk vapor as well, getting trapped in the motor - passing it right along to the new user.
I was surprised to see another problem of buying used talked about in this article too. It's an issue I ran into with my own pump ...
After using my pump 3-4 times a day for 1 year (Ella's time spent breastfeeding) and 10 months (Allison's time spent breastfeeding), my Medela motor started to die. The motor was just not that strong anymore and it finally got weak enough to really affect the amount of milk I could pump. I only had a 1 year warranty on the Medela pump, but they were awesome, offering me another brand new pump at 50% off.
Motors get worn out with use. This is an unavoidable fact. If you buy a used pump, how do you know the motor isn't getting ready to meet its maker soon? That means the deal you got is now just money thrown away as you are forced to buy a new pump.