* Figures include the average
cost of brands of premixed and powdered formula available in
grocery stores here in Northampton, MA, as well as the purchase
of 4 bottles and nipples every 2 months.
We hope that breastfeeding
is going well for you! At first it's a lot of work, but it truly
gets easier with time and eventually just become part of how you
parent your children. In these first few weeks, you have probably
had a number of opportunities to breastfeed with friends and family
around. It isn't easy practicing this new art in front of others!
Are you tired of hanging around at home and want to get out in the
world? Here is some information to help make nursing in public a
Five Easy Steps to Nursing in Public
for a place to nurse your baby before she or he gets hungry or fussy.
Choose a comfortable, out-of-the-way place such as a back table
in a restaurant, a quiet bench in a mall, or a rear pew at church.
That way both of you will feel more relaxed.
your baby into your lap, loosening or removing any outerwear that
might make things harder.
under your nursing shirt or into the nursing opening
and unfasten and position your bra flap.
your nipple and your baby's mouth to the edge of the nursing opening,
or lift the hem of your top to just the top of your areola. After
baby latches on, arrange the fabric to show the least amount of
breast while still ensuring your baby can breathe easily, and look
up and smile and converse with your companions. Be proud of your
ability to fulfill your baby's needs anywhere!
Building your Nursing Wardrobe
The whole world is clamoring to meet your baby. Preoccupied with
feedings, naps, diaper changes, and marveling over your child, what
you wear might be the last thing on your mind. You probably don't
have much spare time, and perhaps not much inclination, to worry
about what you look like. Yet those pregnancy clothes probably feel
awkward and floppy now, and your new nursing curves make your old
clothes a stretch. If you spend a few thoughtful moments now, you
can put together a feel-good nursing wardrobe that will carry you
from home to town, through your baby's weaning, and beyond. And
a gift to yourself of some practical, attractive, comfortable nursing
clothes might be a great way to celebrate motherhood.
Begin by asking yourself a few questions.
During which seasons do you expect to nurse?
Where will you be going with your baby, and what will you need
to wear? A soft top
might do just fine at home, but wrangling with a swimsuit might
just thwart that family picnic at the lake. And what about that
evening meeting? The anniversary party? With the right clothes,
you can breastfeed anywhere, anytime, comfortably and with as
much discretion as you want.
Look through what's already in your
closet. See what you have to work
with and ask yourself the simple question: what will work for nursing?
You may have a number of outfits that need only a finishing touch
or two to transform them into great breastfeeding styles. Make a
list of what you need to complete these ensembles, such as nursing
tops to complement pants and skirts or nursing camisoles
to slip under a front-button dress. Consider adding a new dress
for a special occasion, or whatever else it takes to make you feel
great about yourself and nursing. A few key purchases can create
a sense of comfort and confidence.
See our Everything-You-Need
Nursing Checklist at the left. Most
moms expect to nurse their babies for at least a year, and many
nurse for several years. Select clothes you can layer so they last
throughout the year. Tank tops for example, work
alone in hot weather or under other clothes on cooler days. A long-sleeve
top and a sweater are a great choice for year-round
wear, as are dresses, which you can wear solo or
with a cardigan or jacket, depending on the season.
Read the label. You
can extend the good look and fit by paying close attention to care
instructions. Nursing bras last doubly long if you wash them by
hand with a mild detergent and hang them to dry.
pack and store away your nursing clothes if you think another baby
is in your family's future. Or keep wearing them once your baby
has weaned. Motherwear styles are designed with this inevitability
in mind. Or pass them along to a friend who is nursing. The moms'
hand-me-down network is an important friendship tool.
Nursing your Baby Makes a Lot of Cents
Breastfeeding is not just a healthy choice, it's also an economical
choice. And the longer you breastfeed, the more the savings add
up. As babies mature, they eat more. If you're bottle-feeding, that
means your expenses grow along with your baby. Nursing, by contrast,
costs no more at six months than it does at six days.
In a 1998 study, Dr. Marta Sovyanhadi of the Long Beach, California,
Department of Health and Human Services estimated it costs a mother
only $90.36 in extra calorie intake to breastfeed an infant for
the first six months.
You also are saving in healthcare costs for your baby. Studies show
breastfed babies get sick less often, need fewer doctor visits,
and are hospitalized less often than formula-fed babies. For working
mothers, that means an added savings of less time lost on the job.
The chart on the left shows what not having to buy bottles and formula
saves you, based on how long you nurse.* By breastfeeding you are
saving well over $1,000 the first year. That's money you can spend
on other things, like education, savings, or a special treat to
make nursing even easier!
Your Monthly Breastfeeding Planner
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geared specifically to new nursing moms whose baby is about 2 months
old. Our website offers insight and information on other stages
of pregnancy and birth, to help guide you through the details of
selecting your nursing wardrobe, planning for those first days in
the hospital and home, breastfeeding in public, returning to work,
and more. Browse your current stage, look back or ahead, and refer
to this section often as your nursing experience progresses:
Time to Shop for Maternity & Nursing Bras (6th month of
Essential Information for New Nursing Moms (7th
month of pregnancy)
Pack Your Bag For Baby’s Birth! (baby
due in less than 2 months)
Building The Perfect Nursing Wardrobe (baby
due in 1 month or less)
Essential Information To Get Breastfeeding
Started (baby due now)
Nursing On The Go (baby 1 month old)
Yes, You Can Breastfeed & Work (baby
3 months old)
10 Reasons to Keep Nursing your Baby (baby
4+ months old)