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Best Bargain Ever

Vivien Rexin
Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 37 No. 3, June-July 2001, p. 56

I love a bargain. After years of practice, I am becoming quite accomplished at finding a good buy. My husband and I started married life as two starving university students and then spent many years living on his income while I stayed home with our two children. My mother-in-law says my husband and I got more out of a dollar than anyone she knows.

Let me share with you the best bargain I ever made. For an investment of $40 [Canadian] I got almost 250 percent return on my money. How did I do it? Let me explain. Several years ago, Statistics Canada estimated that you can save $1000 if you breastfeed your baby for a year. By buying a membership in La Leche League, I saved $960!

You may wonder, how does buying a membership help? According to "The Effectiveness of Mother-to-Mother Help--Research on the LLLI Program" by Marian Tompson, 32 percent of mothers who were not given any particular help were still breastfeeding after three months. Of mothers who attended LLL meetings, 93 percent were still breastfeeding after three months. When I bought my membership, I increased my chances of breastfeeding and saved a lot of money!

Statistics Canada didn't factor in the decreased medical costs if you breastfeed. Studies show that babies are healthier, so there are more savings in doctor visits when you breastfeed.

If you breastfeed more than one child--think of the ways you could spend your savings. You could take a family holiday, start a college fund, or stay home longer with your children if you need to work outside the home.

So when mothers come to your meetings, share with them the financial savings they will reap when they breastfeed. A membership in La Leche League is a bargain!

This article was originally published in the July 1994 issue of LLLC-British Columbia and Yukon's Area Newsletter, Ripples. Vivien Rexin, a Leader for 16 years, is an Associate Coordinator of Leader Accreditation for British Columbia/Yukon. she and her husband, Jim, live in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada. They have just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary and are the parents of Kristen, 16 years old, and Matthew, 19 years old.

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