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The Lactation Network

One of the best things that happened to me in 2021 was partnering with The Lactation Network. This company works to get the insurance company to pay for lactation assistance as it is spelled out in the Affordable Care Act. An insurance company by law has to supply a new mother with a breast pump and assistance with breastfeeding.

The beauty of The Lactation Network is they do all of this leg work with the insurance company.  The insurance companies that work with The Lactation Network are all PPO’s (preferred provider organizations) insurance plans with BCBS Anthem, BCBS, Cigna, and United Healthcare.

Once The Lactation Network is notified of a potential client it takes them 2 hours to let the family and myself know whether the lactation visits will be covered. The approval that they get is for 3 in home or office lactation consultations lasting 90 minutes and to be paid at 100% to the Lactation Consultant. There is no co pay or additional fees involved for the families.

Please check out The Lactation Network online. I have been partnered with them for the last 6 months and I have nothing but positive things to say about the company. https://lactationnetwork.com

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Surviving your newborn financially!

How To Survive Parenting On A Baby-Sized Budget

Regardless of your income, new parents often feel the pinch when bringing a new family

member home for the first time. According to NerdWallet, a lower-income family can still expect

to spend $20,000 or more on their baby’s first year. If you are already in a cash crunch, keep

reading for these tips brought to you by Lowcountry Lactation Station on how to give your baby

everything he needs, even on a limited budget.

Prioritize.

Your first goal as a parent is to prioritize those things that are most important. Obviously, food,

shelter, and medical care are at the top of this list. However, do not neglect both the essentials

and luxuries that will have a lasting effect. One example here would be photos of your newborn.

And don’t skimp out on clothing, such as a comfortable maternity nightgown, that can help you

feel comfortable during your pregnancy and after.

Shop around.

There are some baby items you can’t skip — diapers, wipes, clothing, and formula are among

these. This does not mean that you can’t shop around. Compare prices, and look for

promotional codes or coupons at big-box retailers. Stock up when you can, and remember that

buying bulk is usually less expensive than buying only the minimum you need to get by. Not

only do you save on the per-unit cost of the products you need, but you also make fewer trips to

the store, saving on gas and vehicle wear and tear.

Buy used.

Diapers, wipes, and food all have to be new, but there are lots of other things that don’t.

Clothing, toys, bedding, and other baby gear are typically only used for a few weeks to months,

and many parents are eager to sell them and make space as their little one grows. Most cities

have at least one baby consignment shop, but you can also shop online at Kidizen or similar.

Before you buy used gear — including beds, toys, car seats, and strollers — check for recalls.

Maximize your space.

Many new parents rush to invest in more space as they await the arrival of their bundle of joy.

Chances are, this is an expense that can wait at least a few years. As Dave Ramsey explains,

the median home price in 2020 is more than $300,000. This can easily translate into a mortgage

of $1,500 or more per month. If you are already comfortable with your current payment, plan to

maximize space instead of buying new. Make do with what you have, and save what you would

spend on a down payment for your baby’s college fund or a rainy day.

Trade services.

Even the best and most excited new parents need a night out every once in a while. Budget for

a monthly date night, but skip the sitter fees. In addition to grandparents and aunts and uncles,

you likely have plenty of other babysitters that won’t charge for the honor of spending an

evening with their favorite tiny human. You can even swap out babysitting nights with your other

mom friends so that everyone can enjoy time with their significant other without putting a strain

on their personal finances.

Having a baby changes everything, including the way you spend your money. And if your family

is relying on just one income for your baby’s first year of life, the impact will be even more

profound. But less money and less spending do not have to equate to a lesser quality of life.

The above tips can help you get through the first year without sacrificing what’s important.

Lowcountry Lactation Station aims to support the breastfeeding relationship through

professional and compassionate care. Contact us at (843) 532-6310 to learn more about our

services.

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