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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Working moms' dismay

"Breast is best," etc. Straight men everywhere probably agree that boobs are better than no boobs or even less boobs (no, I don't mean fewer).

The categories of Women who identify as women and Straight men who like boobs together probably encompass a significant pro-boob majority of the population.

None of those people work at the IRS:
Acne Cream? Tax-sheltered. Breast Pump? No.

The headline oughtta read:
IRS keeps boobs from babies, increasing preventable diseases in yet another generation.
I haven't gotten one yet, but I know there are cheap breast pumps and nice breast pumps. Women at all levels of the pay scale benefit from a breast pump that is fast, and doesn't rip your nipples off. That doesn't come cheap. From the caption:
A breast pump and various accessories can run about $500 to $1,000 for most mothers a year.
I would say that "most mothers" are at the low end of that scale, and that's not a strictly annual cost - that's including the cost of the pump itself which hopefully will last the duration of the time you nurse your child. Kids with allergies may need to be nursed till age 2. That's a long time to either a) have your nipples ripped off by a crappy pump or b) get permission from your employer to be gone for stretches of time each day to pump with a second-rate pump.

1 comment:

  1. I have not looked into breast pumps but will have to now. I did not know they are so expensive!!! WoW! I plan to breastfeed, so I guess this would be a smart investment for when daddy is babysitting? Have you found any that you would recommend?


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