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#241 of 348 Old 08-08-2012, 09:18 AM
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35 + 18 + 12 + 28 = 93 months so far - we've got another babe on the way!


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 I know we moms don't think of it that way, but I've been playing with the economic value of breastmilk as a political argument for encouraging it. 

 

So, for example, a breastfeeding mother produces 25 ounces a day for the first six months.

That is 750 ounces in a 30 day month.

750 fluid ounces are equal to 23 fluid quarts.

US milk banks pay $96 to $160 for a quart of donated breastmilk.

At $96 a quart, 23 quarts would have a value of $2208.

Therefore, one month breastfeeding in the first six months has a value of $2208 a month.

 

 

I'm not sure how much milk I make now, but I pumped a quart a day when I went back to work (8 weeks to about 6 months).  That would have been about 24 hours worth of milk, because I worked long shifts and he slept through the night.  

 

The economic value I put on breastfeeding isn't related to the cost a milk bank would charge.

 

 

In the short term:

 

If it reduces their risk of ear infections, that's one less doctor visit.

 

If it reduces their overall risk of infection, there's another.

 

It fills their belly ($100 a month for the first year for formula ). 

 

 

In the long term: 

 

Diabetes costs a fortune.  If nursing my children reduces their risk of diabetes for life, that would save a bundle (11k each, I'm not clear if that's lifetime or per year, I think it's per year but I'll calculate it as lifetime ).

 

If it reduces my risk of breast cancer (500k!) that's awesome, too.

 

So breastfeeding saved somewhere between $4800 (if they all would have been healthy anyway) and $1,050,600 (breast cancer x 2 moms, diabetes x 4 kids,  2 extra doctor visits per kid and a year of formula per kid). 

 

 

 

 

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Fifty three months,first D three years four months.Still tandem nursing my two year old and ten month old.:)

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66 and baby #3 is on her way any day now, so maybe I'll aim for an even 100 ;)
 

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Twenty nine and thirty nine, so 68 :)

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19+20+1 = 40

 

Hoping to make it to 63 :)


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73 months straight. A lot of that has been tandem nursing (4 kids total). 


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I love seeing these numbers :) And what a great topic, too! My first LO and I are still going strong at 18 months. :-D

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This is such a wonderful thread and celebrates our breastfeeding in a way that we can all share in and be proud of. love.gif I think we should keep it open and save the final count for later in the month when it seems everyone has had a chance to post their numbers. 

 

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59 and counting

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20 years, give or take. That would be, um, 240 months. It was awesome. :)

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12+4+12+12+12+12+12=76 months
 

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I agree; let's keep this thread going!

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118 (consecutive!) months and still going strong.


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66 months and counting. I anticipate a total of 98 months by the time I'm done (3yo kid). I've got 4 kids.. Combination of breastfeeding/tandem feeding/pumping and nursing through pregnancy. Not bad for a size A cup! orngbiggrin.gif

 

Holy crap that will be 8.1 years worth by the time I'm done. yikes2.gif

 

 

(Edited because I miscalculated.)
 


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17 months -- so far!

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94 months.  New bundle due in a bit so that number will go up by at least 24 :)


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194 months and still going!! Tandem twice while pregnant 3 times.

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Amazing. For the record I think those who pump exclusively should be able to multiply by at least two, I can't imagine. There should be some agreed upon multiplier for all you other moms who tandem or pump part time. Hat's off to you all.

 

I thought I was done with my last girl as I think we may have thrush, or I am just having a hard time healing from a pretty good bite--but when I added up the months I am at 64 after four kids and it doesn't seem like such a long time reading some of the past posts. This is the the kind of post I needed to struggle through, thank you mamas!

 

Baby 1 12 months (needed a breast biopsy-it was benign)

Baby 2 15 months Failure to thrive because he was allergic to all milk, and I got absolutely no support on that one

Baby 3 26 months Nursing caused the bleeding I was having while pregnant to be much, much worse

Baby 4 12 months and counting, but was seriously considering quitting just now

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DS1 42 months, DS2 47 months & still going.  So...89 months so far!  Wow!


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DS(26mo)+DD(20mo)+DD(20mo.....and counting)=66mo
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14 years straight..I had my babies every two years and didn't stop nursing during pregnancies and I just weaned my last babe at 2 1/2 years of age.
 

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2 kids @ 60 months each = 120 months or 10 years.orngbiggrin.gif

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120 months - some of them overlapping when I was tandem nursing. Wow - that was 10 years!

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I thought I was done with my last girl as I think we may have thrush, or I am just having a hard time healing from a pretty good bite--but when I added up the months I am at 64 after four kids and it doesn't seem like such a long time reading some of the past posts. This is the the kind of post I needed to struggle through, thank you mamas!

 

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Baby 4 12 months and counting, but was seriously considering quitting just now

Sounds like you are in need of some ongoing support.  If you need help finding some, please PM me.  No mother was meant to struggle through nursing all on her own.  grouphug.gif

 

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10.5 + 36 + 42 = 88.5 :)

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I just saw this, but thought I might add to the tally:

 

113 months! 


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7 months with #1 (thyroid problem, relationship break-up and visitation arrangements and totally unsupportive medical care all contributed)

26 months with #2 (my milk is gone completely this pregnancy, and no colostrum until later for me usually, so she's lost interest...)

 

So 33 months so far for me, but of course i don't know how long #3 will keep at it ;D

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