What should I do if I can't afford formula?

I am in shock!

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girlneffy

Asked by girlneffy at 8:22 PM on Feb. 13, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • WIC
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:23 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • wic will help you
    nakita72

    Answer by nakita72 at 8:25 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • I agree. I'm on WIC and yes I still have to buy formula but I dont have to buy nearly as much as I would if I didnt have it. Not sure what state your in but were I live I get 10 can's a month. It's a lot of help.
    TristansMommy16

    Answer by TristansMommy16 at 8:27 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • WIC.
    WOMEN INFANTS AND CHILDREN.
    mommatime78

    Answer by mommatime78 at 8:29 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • For those who can't afford it, they choice the healthier & cheaper option...breastmilk.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:31 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • You can always buy non-name brand. DH and I make good money but were appalled at how much formula cost. Our son was on Enfamil Gentlease and we found that Sam's Club sells formula through their name brand, Members Mark, and more importantly in an identical form as the Gentlease. A normal Enfamil container is around $25 for 24 oz. We buy a 48 oz. container of the Members Mark for about $25, so you get twice as much for the same cost. And I mean it is IDENTICAL formula. The labels are exactly the same from top to bottom.

    I was wondering why they are so much cheaper and I didn't think about all the overhead $$ that Enfamil pumps into advertising and other misc. items.

    If cost is an issue, I would try the Sam's or Costco brand of formula. I know that Sam's Club sells two types: Gentle Infant Formula (aka Enfamil Gentlease) and Infant Formula (aka regular Enfamil). Both are with Iron.
    ap9902

    Answer by ap9902 at 8:31 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • ap9902, hmmm that is interesting. I will have to check that out since my daughter uses the Enfamil Lipil. Thanks.
    girlneffy

    Answer by girlneffy at 8:34 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • yeah the cost SUCKS! i use target brand formula, it is the same, does not bubble when you shake it in bottles, and i have had no issues with it. if you cannot afford formula, you just deal with the cost. even with the coupons, similac and emfamil are so much more expensive!
    CNehneva

    Answer by CNehneva at 8:37 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • The reason why formula is so expensive is it is meant to be used as a MEDICAL INTERVENTION. It does suck that it is so expensive but choices do have consequences.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 8:40 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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  • you should try the real expensive kind like neutramigin. now thats expensive and my son was allergic to my milk and normal formula and had to be on it!! it was 25 bucks a can and the can lasted 3 days. Thank God for my mom and dad, they helped out so I didn't have to be on wic!
    krazyash023

    Answer by krazyash023 at 8:43 PM on Feb. 13, 2009

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