***Disclosure: This is a sponsored conversation on behalf of The Breastfeeding Shop via SoFluential Media. All thoughts and opinions are my own***
When you’re on a military budget, preparing for a baby can seem that much more expensive. When my husband and I got pregnant with Madison, it was not planned. It was a complete surprise! In my mind at the time we weren’t prepared financially. I’m someone who is very type A and always likes to be prepared. After doing a lot of research and talking with other friends who were military spouses I found out there were ways that we could easily save money.
Research, Research, Research
When I got pregnant, I immediately began researching what essentials we would need. I remember making a “secret” Pinterest board because we hadn’t told anyone I was pregnant yet and being so overwhelmed at all the “must-have” items for babies. How can something so little need SO much? And what items are really beneficial? Luckily my sister-in-law had just had a baby and stepped in as my baby guru and helped me navigate through what was worth investing in and what wasn’t. She even made me a list of everything she’d recommend registering for and from there I was able to research items to see if it was something we wanted. Leaning on friends and families advice makes this process so much easier.
When we first told our families about our being pregnant, my husband swore we didn’t need to travel to Cape Cod for a baby shower. That is, until I took him into Babies ‘R Us and he realized just how expensive everything was!
Registering early will not only give your guests a heads up on what you’d like for your baby, but it will also give you time to research for sales and save up if you need to. Some stores even offer a percentage off of the items from your registry that you purchase personally.
If you live on or near a military base, there may be classes on base you can take to help you prepare for baby. These classes can range from baby budgeting to Lamaze classes. If your base does not offer any classes (like ours in NC did not) then check with your OB. They may have classes that take place at their clinic or know of some at the local hospital.
Hire a Doula For Free
If your spouse will not be present for child birth, you can check with receiving a doula for no charge. There are organizations like Operation Special Delivery and Stars & Stripes Doulas, among others that may be available in your area.
Receive a Breast pump from The Breastfeeding Shop at No Charge With Tricare
The Breastfeeding Shop is a breast pump distributor that can send you a breast pump at no charge if you have Tricare insurance. The Breastfeeding Shop offers top rated breast pump brands like Medela, Spectra or Ardo. The best part, is receiving your breast pump is super easy! All you need to do is follow these steps:
Get a Prescription from your Doctor
Select Your Breast Pump
Fill Out Your Order Form
The Breastfeeding Shop Will Ship Your Breast Pump To You
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I actually ordered my breast pump through The Breastfeeding Shop and they made the whole process extremely easy. I was able to have my doctor fax in my prescription and order my breast pump hassle free. I remembered thinking, “This is it?” When you’re pregnant there are SO many things you need to plan for and worry about. A breast pump is one of the most-needed baby items that you can receive stress-free and at $0 cost.
So, what’s stopping you? All you need is a prescription from your doctor to receive your own personal breast pump. Babies can be expensive, your breast pump doesn’t have to be. Learn more about how you can receive a breast pump from The Breastfeeding Shop with Tricare HERE.