The cost of raising a child is very high and many households depend on two incomes just to get by. Breastfeeding is very cost effective. My insurance covered the most expensive part, the pump. I breastfeed my daughter and had a clean, safe environment to pump. If I would not have had that, I would not been able to afford formula and would have had to depend on government assistance to help make ends meet. Pumping at work allowed me to keep my job to help pay bills and allowed my daughter to reap the benefits of breastmilk for a year.