$20,000 Reasons To Breastfeed
You just had a baby. And now you can’t imagine going back to work and paying for childcare. So many new moms want to stay home after having their precious bundles of joy, but find it a struggle to swing it financially. Well, I offer a suggestion… Breastfeed! Not only will you be saving money on expenses like formula and childcare. But you can be making money doing it too. I’m not talking about some work at home scam. I’m talking about giving your baby and others the wonderful gift of breast milk. There are many moms out there who want to breastfeed their infant, but are unable. However they still want to provide their child with breast milk’s amazing immunities and nutrition and are willing to pay for it.
Would you believe me if I told you that you could make $20,000 just by breastfeeding your baby? Well, it's true. Numerous moms have turned breastfeeding into big business. And I do mean big. For many moms in fact it meant the difference between returning to work and being able to stay at home. Going from 2 incomes to 1 can be a blow to many couples’ finances after the birth of a new baby. The extra money from breastfeeding can help ease the pain and allow the mom extra time at home with the baby.
Let’s break it down. Bottle feeding can cost thousands of dollars that first year of your little one’s life. If you were breastfeeding, selling your extra breast milk can bring you an income of $20000 or more a year. How is this possible? There are entire websites dedicated to the sale and purchase of breast milk. OnlyTheBreast.Com is a wonderful site solely dedicated to moms selling their breast milk. One ounce of breast milk can sell anywhere from $1 to $4, averaging $2. If you pump about 30 ounces over what your own baby needs each day, that’s about $60 or $21,840 extra a year. That’s huge for a stay at home mom. And who wouldn’t want that? OnlyTheBreast has great resources for placing an ad, proving that you have healthy breast milk, finding your buyers and shipping your milk.
So let’s get started! What do you need? Well, you need to be producing milk. The best way to go about producing milk is to have a baby. There are other ways of inducing lactation. But let’s save that for another day.
The best time to make the decision to sell your extra milk is while you are still pregnant. I say this because you need to be prepared to produce the extra milk at the time of delivery. After the birth of your baby you have 2 to 3 weeks of new mommy hormones working to kick your milk production into over drive. By breastfeeding your new baby and then pumping afterward, your body thinks that you have more than one baby and will start producing enough milk to feed both babies even if one is your imaginary baby!
Here’s what you need to get started.
1. You will want to be prepared with a good pump. A Medela Pump in Style is great for on the go and daily pumping for a working mom. However, I suggest renting a Medela pump, either the Lactina or the Symphany to keep at home. If you live here in Frisco, There are lots of places that can hook you up. The hospital you deliver at is a great option for rentals. Both Centennial Medical Center and Baylor Frisco offer rental pumps. There are even online sites where you might be able to find a cheaper monthly payment for your pump. You will need a hospital quality pump to get the desired monetary results. Health insurance is another option. Insurance is now required to provide a breast pump to new moms. There are many disparities to this rule though. It can range from a hand pump to a top of the line pump. Call your insurance provider prior to delivery and find out what's offered. They may even pay your monthly rental rate for your pump!
2. Make sure to have all your supplies on hand. You will want more than one pump kit. You don’t want to be washing your pump pieces each time you pump. That will take too much time and too much energy. I suggest having 3 to 4 sets. I know they are expensive, but if you can swing it, do it. It's much nicer to only have to wash your supplies twice a day, rather than 6 to 8 times a day. *A good secret is to ask for a pump kit from your nurse after delivery once you are in postpartum. That way it's rolled into your hospital charges.
3. You are also going to need a good quality breast milk storage system also. Don't buy cheap bags. They will end up leaking and breaking with freezing and that's just money down the drain. Buy the expensive bags or even the bottles. You may also want to invest in a deep freeze that you can put in the garage to store all your extra breast milk. Once you find a buyer, you don’t want anything happening to your milk.
4. After delivery in the first hour, breastfeed your baby. Once you get to postpartum ask for a breast pump. If they tell you that you don't need it, demand it. Don’t let anyone talk you out of it. If you have a c section, give your body a day to heal and then start pumping the next day. Don’t save anything you pump while in the hospital. Give everything right back to your baby. Your body is not yet capable of feeding more than your own newborn(s). Don't start saving anything until your milk comes in.
5. When you start pumping after delivery you will be producing colostrum. Your body starts producing this liquid gold at 16 weeks of pregnancy. I highly suggest just giving that right back to your baby. Colostrum is so important and nutritious. Don't ever take anything away from your baby! I can’t reinforce this enough. Feeding your baby is your number one priority! Start saving what you pump when your milk comes in. Typically that is 3 to 5 days for first time moms and a day or two sooner for second time moms.
6. Pumping takes commitment, time, and energy. I recommend pumping every 2 to 3 hours for 10 to 15 minutes during the day and every 3 to 4 hours at night. You should be pumping between 8 to 10 times a day! No less if you want to make money! Treat pumping like your job. This can consume 3 to 4 hours of your day.
7. It is really important to take good care of your breasts and nipples. Wear a clean bra each day. Make sure it’s a supportive nursing bra or at least one that doesn’t have under wires in it. If you need to use breast pads, change them frequently. Don't keep warm, moist things against your body. That can bread infection. Beware of skin breakdown on your nipples. Make sure your baby is getting a good latch and you have the right size pumping flange. A lactation consultant or a good nurse can help with that while in the hospital. Take advantage of your time there and use the resources provided. If you do have skin breakdown, treat right away with either lanolin or gel pads or let your nipples air dry with expressed breast milk rubbed on them.
8. Once your milk comes in there are natural supplements you can take to increase your supply like fenugreek. Many a mom swear by this and double or triple their output. Fenugreek comes in pills and teas. Take enough so that you smell sweet like maple syrup. You may find though that you don’t need supplementation for an abundant supply. Take them only if you feel your supply needs to be increased.
9. As time goes by and your baby starts sleeping through the night, make sure that you are still waking up to pump. Getting rid of your nighttime feeding will signal your body to produce less milk. We don’t want that!!!
10. Eat a healthy diet. You are still growing a baby, or two, if not more. You may want to diet, like all new moms do. Just remember, include protein in your well rounded meals. Your body needs to recover from the 9 months of pregnancy and you will need the extra energy required to pump.
11. What if you decide to start selling your breast milk and your baby is three months old. It is possible to increase your supply, but it will take extra effort on your part. I recommend seeking a lactation consultant if you have problems increasing your supply if extra pumping and supplements don’t work. It is harder to increase your supply when your baby is older, but not a lost cause.
I hope I have given you a new option in the quest to stay home with your baby.
I hope I have given you a new option in the quest to stay home with your baby.
Number one rule: Feed your baby. Sell the rest!