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Study: Low-Income Women Struggle to Buy Diapers

| by Michael Allen
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Jessica Aragon recently confessed to NBC News that she did not have enough money to pay for diapers when her first baby was born and had reuse old ones.

Amazingly, the Columbus, Ohio mom is not the only one.

Thirty percent of the women interviewed for a new Yale University study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, admitted they had been in the same position. And 8 percent reported that they would leave a wet diaper on their child or partially clean the diaper and reuse it.

Federally-funded programs such as WIC nor SNAP do not pay for diaper purchases.

"For other needs, like food, you could go to a food bank, but there was no help for things like diapers. I had to borrow money and sell everything I had, the DVD player, the TV, to get money for diapers," Aragon told NBC News.

Finally, she decided to move back in with her mom.

Today, Aragon is married and running a business with her husband, but always stocks up on diapers "just in case."

Megan Smith, an assistant professor of psychiatry and child studies at Yale University, who led the study, said that for a single working mothers earning minimum wage, diapers would cost more than six percent of their income.

The National Diaper Bank Network, which provides diapers to poor families, stated: "You see moms who are great moms, but who out of necessity are leaving their babies in the same diaper all day long."

Source: NBC News and The National Diaper Bank Network