Liquid Gold

spoiler alert: this is a post referencing breast milk. don’t say i didn’t warn you.

as i completed this morning’s pumping session, i made a mental note to carefully put the caps on each bottle as to save every drop, and not (gasp) spill even the tiniest bit. then i was reminded of my dear friend’s frantic text to me last week referencing that she was literally crying over the milk she just spilled on her desk.

i know, right?!

this stuff is Liquid Gold. you work that hard for something, you do not want to see it wasted!

so then i pulled out my trusty TI-1795+ calculator and put my remedial math skills to work.

i will disclaim right here, and right now, that my calculations may not be accurate – please alert me if so

so, for argument’s sake, let’s pretend that a working mom makes an average of $45,000 per year and pumps an average of 4 ounces per 10-minute pumping session.

$45k/year (pre-tax of course) = $865.38/week,
= $173.08/day in a 5-day week,
= $21.63/hour in an 8-hour day,
= $0.36 per minute.

if she pumps for 10 minutes, that session = $3.61.

still with me?

if, in that 10 minutes, she pumps the average of 4 ounces, then each ounce costs roughly $0.90.

thanks to google, I learned that there are 128 ounces in a gallon.

Thus and therefore, 128 ounces at $0.90 = $115.38 per gallon of breast milk.

if my math is anywhere near correct, then it’s true… Liquid Gold.

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4 thoughts on “Liquid Gold

  1. 🙂 Love your post.

    I pumped at work until Ellie Jo turned 1 year and 2.5 weeks old. (I stopped pumping this week, but am still nursing her morning and night). But I vividly remember pumping 8 ounces in a 20 minute session and then putting the wrong cap on the bottle and knocking it on the floor. Milk went everywhere.

    I did cry, and curse and stomp and fume. It was not a fun rest of the day.

    Oh and I should also mention that I was attending the company’s board meeting that night and spilled half the milk on my black skirt literally minutes before the meeting was set to begin. So not only was I wet the whole meeting, but I smelled like milk 🙂 LOL

    Oh the joys of motherhood!

  2. The stories I could tell while trying to pump while traveling and getting the milk home. It is actually on my blog from back in the day. I feel totally justified now – it really IS liquid gold!

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