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Having a new baby brings extra expenses to every family’s budget. With these uncertain times, many families are losing jobs due to layoffs and the economy having ups and downs. To help you with ideas on how to save money, here are a few ideas:

  • Breastfeed Your Baby as long as possible, at least a year. Breastfeeding saves parents $1000 or more in formula expenses for a year and much more money and family energy because breastfed babies have fewer doctor visits and medical bills, less diaper rash, less stains on clothing, etc.
  •  Use Cloth Diapers as much as possible! Disposables cost 10-25 cents each! Babies use up to 6000 diapers in 2-3 years. That means parents spend at least $3000 (most times more) to use disposables until their child is potty trained! Using washable diapers can save you so much, not only with the first baby but also with the second and third!
  •  Stop buying Baby Wipes. Make your own or use a plain clean washcloth with warm water and a little baby wash.
  •  Cook at home and cook from scratch as much as possible. Fast food doubles to quadruples your food expense. Cook larger amounts and have more for lunches and leftover meals.
  • Pack lunch, snacks, and a bottle of water when you go out instead of shopping for fast food. 
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.  Wear a sweater in the winter and use fans in the summer to save energy at home.  Put up a clothes line and hang your clothes and cloth diapers to dry instead of using the dryer all the time.
  • Plan your purchases! Make lists and stick to your lists when you shop.  Don’t allow yourself to “impulse buy.”

Things Many Moms Say You Can Do Without:

Changing Table – change baby on top of a dresser or bed.

Baby Bath Tub:  Wash baby in the sink or tub

Baby Towels and Robes

Baby Food:  Babies eat many foods from the table when ready.  Buy an inexpensive Baby Food Grinder (at Best Start).

Baby Wipes Warmer

Mobile:  Babies soon tire of these and you can make your own with a coat hanger and some pictures or toys hung from it.  Just be sure to keep it out of baby’s reach.

Infant shoes:  Purely decorative and unnecessary until baby can walk

Baby Dishes:  Baby can eat off clean high chair tray, place mat, or table.  They usually throw the dish on the floor anyway.

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by Jane Bradshaw RN, IBCLC, RLC
With all the breastpumps on the market how does a mother decide which is best for her?  When should she consider renting a medical quality pump?

The simplest answer is that basically rental pumps are the ‘cream of the crop’. The medical grade pumps are comfortable, effective, efficient, and easy to use. They would be too expensive for most people to buy, $900 to $1500, but have the best pumping action. They are the best to maintain or stimulate the mother’s milk supply when she is away from her baby or baby cannot breastfeed for any reason. If mother or baby has any medical problems, one of the high quality rental pumps is by far the best choice. Mother’s are more likely to achieve the best milk supply and be able to go on to breastfeed exclusively once everyone recovers with one of these excellent pumps.

PLUS most medical insurances pay for the rental of these medical grade breastpumps when there is a medical problem with mother or baby!

It is far cheaper for an insurance company, or the family, to pay for a pump rental and the baby to receive the health benefits of mother’s milk than for the baby to be formula fed and have the proven increase in doctor visits and medical bills.

A mother may rent a pump if she wants to try pumping when she goes back to work and is not ready to buy yet. This gives her time to adjust and consider her situation. Other mothers love the pumps so much, their ease of use and efficiency they rent their favorite pump for the entire first year or however long they are pumping at work for their baby, and do it again when they have another baby.

To see a chart to help a mother choose the best pump for her situation look at this link:

http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/tips-and-solutions/12/choosing-a-breastpump

If you have any questions about renting a Breastpump, call or come in to Best Start and one of our experienced staff will answer your questions.   (434) 384-MAMA (6262)

Click Here to go to our website page about Breastpumps!

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Jane Bradshaw is traveling this week, sharing her expertise at a Clinical Skills Workshop this week in Rockville, Maryland. Lactation Education Resources provides comprehensive online lactation consultant training for those who wish to become eligible for IBCLC certification. Over the past years, Jane has teached Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Family Practice MDs, La Leche League Leaders, WIC workers, Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, women who have breastfed their infants, and women who have a degree in an unrelated field — anyone with a commitment to breastfeeding mothers and infants! So you can see that people who come into the field of lactation come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

If you have ever wanted to find out how you can learn more to help moms and babies breastfeed or even get certified as a Lactation Consultant, visit the Lactation Education Resources website and read “Where to Start” by clicking here.

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Welcome to our Blog!  We hope to share our thoughts, passions and loads of good information about pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and parenting with you.

Many of you heard in the news about the horrible contamination of infant formula in China with the industrial melamine.  The CDC reports nearly 60,000 children were brought for medical care, thousands of children hospitalized, and at least four infants died as a result.  Similar health problems have been reported in Hong Kong and Singapore but have not been confirmed.  Read what the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization have to report about this situation.

Powdered formulas have had more recalls that any other type.  CLICK HERE To learn more about recalls of infant formulas.

If you or anyone you know is using a powdered formula, please CLICK HERE to read about guidelines for the safe preparation, storage and handling of powdered infant formula.

Here is a great excerpt from American Chronicle (Beverly Hills, CA): Breastfeeding Can Save Your Baby’s Life! :

“As if there weren’t enough great reasons to breastfeed your baby, here is one more!  Between 1982 and 1994 alone, there were 22 significant recalls of infant formula in the US due to Health and Safety problems.”

Thanks for visiting our blog.  We will work to give you lots to consider and learn as you make your journey through parenthood.

Warmly,

Jane

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Welcome to our blog!  We are so glad you have stopped by to check out our newest addition to our website!  We really appreciate your patience as we get into the swing of things with this blog and gear up to start posting on a weekly basis.  You will find all kinds of great information about breastfeeding, childbirth, parenting, and more as time goes on.  So stay tuned!

Did you know? Jane Bradshaw is not only the wonderful founder/owner of Best Start Parenting Center and outstanding lactation consultant – but she is also a breastfeeding educator of physicians and nurses?  Jane often travels to Northern Virginia to teach physicians and nurses at hospitals in the area everything she knows about breastfeeding.  Just taking that opportunity to honor Jane and letting you know that while she is out this week, there will not be any updates to the blog.  Please check back on Monday!

Have a wonderful day!

Website Administrator

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