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Benefits of Pumping

1. Breast milk is the best food for the baby

World Health Organization (WHO) recommends mothers to exclusively feed breast milk for first 6 months and continue it for 2 years or as long as the baby and mother desires. Freshly expressed breast milk is the best for the baby. Even if you refrigerate or freeze breast milk, it is still more nutritious than infant formula. Breast milk contains antibodies that help increase baby’s immunity against diseases. Breast milk lowers baby’s risk of having asthma or allergies. Plus, babies who are fed breast milk exclusively for the first 6 months have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and healthier gut. Longer-term health benefits include reducing the risk of obesity in childhood and adolescence.

2. Benefits of Pumping

Pumping helps to maintain milk supply if

  • Mother empties both breasts regularly.
  • Mother is separated from the baby due to work or for other reasons like baby is in NICU. The mother can pump and store breastmilk.
  • Mother taking medications which doesn’t allow nursing so pump and dump may be necessary.

3. More economical

Note, feeding breast milk is more economical than feeding infant formula. To put into perspective, the cost of an exclusively feeding formula for a year could cost about Rs. 60,000 assuming Rs. 530/pack cost for a 400-gram infant formula pack.

4. Cost of feeding infant formula

WeekNo of scoops per feedNo of feedings per dayFormula consumed per day (in grams)No of daysFormula consumed per month (grams) Amount of water per feeding (ml) Amount of Milk (per day) ml How much formula (per day) in ml
1st week3682758090540
2nd week 3682758090540
3rd week 45928736120600
4st week 45928736120600
1st Month 882,631570636
2nd Month 55115303,450150750833
3rd Month 65138304,1401809001000
4th Month 65138304,1401809001000
5th Month 75161304,83021010501167
6th Month 75161304,83021010501167
Total 6 months 24,021
7 Month onwards 7413218023,688210840933
Total 1 year 47,709
Total cost on formula 6 months 31,828
Total cost on formula 1 year 63,215