Medela Pump In Style – An ROI

September 15, 2011 at 9:09 pm 1 comment

With Sagan being born so early, there were some concerns with whether his latching and suckling would be sufficient to bring in my milk supply. Luckily, I had some lactation counselors that were on the ball and they had me pumping that very first night in the hospital.

Now that Sagan is older and stronger, he does have a few meals here and there directly on the breast, but for the most part, we are “EPing” (Exclusively Pumping). The day we got home from the hospital, Ryan ran out and purchased a Medela Pump in Style from Babies R Us. At first glance, one may think the $299.99 cost is pricey. However, in our case, compared to formula our Medela Pump in Style promises to be a bargain!

Similac Versus Medela

I didn’t start recording volume metrics until Sagan was a week old. From July 20th through September 14th (56 days), we’ve pumped 44,866 milliliters (or 1,517 ounces).

MilkMetrics-July20ThruSept14
Daily Milk Production – July 20, 2011 – September 14, 2011 (Larger View)

Looking at Walmart.com a six-pack of Similac Expert Care – NeoSure 1-Qt Ready-to-Feed Bottle (good for prematurity and catch up growth) comes in at $44.00. Each individual bottle costs $7.33 and contains a quart (756 milliliters) of formula. That comes out to $0.0077 per milliliter ($0.23 an ounce).

That puts the break-even point at 38,716 milliliters (1,317 ounces). We hit that on 9/8/2011 at 4:11 PM after only 50 days of pumping and a number of those days were still building up to a full milk supply!

As a disclaimer, I expect it would be more economical to purchase powder formula as opposed to the ready-to-drink I’ve priced out above. We have yet to purchase formula for Sagan (w00t!), so I wasn’t sure how many ounces the powder would make.

Finally, a quick aside. If you find yourself in a situation where you will be pumping frequently, I highly recommend the Simple Wishes Hands Free Breastpump Bra. At $31.20 it pays for itself at a mere 4,025.63 milliliters (136 ounces). It allows you to pump and still tackle other tasks, like diaper changes, bug fixes, answering support emails… and writing blog posts about your breast pump.😉

Related Link
Formula Cost Calculator from kellymom

Appendix – Raw Data

Date Total Milliliters Pumped
7/20/2011 312
7/21/2011 394
7/22/2011 381
7/23/2011 441
7/24/2011 504
7/25/2011 528
7/26/2011 522
7/27/2011 570
7/28/2011 576
7/29/2011 632
7/30/2011 625
7/31/2011 628
8/1/2011 661
8/2/2011 681
8/3/2011 735
8/4/2011 744
8/5/2011 733
8/6/2011 712
8/7/2011 834
8/8/2011 809
8/9/2011 749
8/10/2011 855
8/11/2011 669
8/12/2011 851
8/13/2011 844
8/14/2011 687
8/15/2011 855
8/16/2011 878
8/17/2011 783
8/18/2011 885
8/19/2011 892
8/20/2011 814
8/21/2011 840
8/22/2011 909
8/23/2011 887
8/24/2011 966
8/25/2011 839
8/26/2011 855
8/27/2011 945
8/28/2011 706
8/29/2011 1025
8/30/2011 847
8/31/2011 1030
9/1/2011 787
9/2/2011 1062
9/3/2011 870
9/4/2011 958
9/5/2011 864
9/6/2011 899
9/7/2011 1155
9/8/2011 823
9/9/2011 1009
9/10/2011 912
9/11/2011 998
9/12/2011 841
9/13/2011 1043
9/14/2011 1012

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  • 1. Parenting Confessions « TGAW  |  May 4, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    […] Me I’m an exclusive pumper and over the course of the last ten months, I have kept an ongoing spreadsheet of the milk production. The intention is so I can note if the supply starts to drop and take measures to build it back […]

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