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post #21 of 53
What creeps me out is that I get them when NOTHING in my cart is baby related. Makes me think that it's tied the the discount card somehow and because I bought wipes 6 mos ago the "mom of infant" consumer label still lurks.
post #22 of 53
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Originally Posted by Sk8ermaiden View Post
You know, I read this yesterday, and was like, "Yeah, it's dumb, but that's marketing, whatever."

But today I stopped by Walgreens to pick up some milk storage bags for a mom who is donating to us and Emfamil coupons printed up. I can't even explain the severe annoyance that washed over me. I agree that it wouldn't bother me if they printed from buying formula or even diapers, but to print when mom is obviously BFing is crappy.
Some moms BF and supplement. I do, though, get what you are saying.
post #23 of 53
I got mad and complained when I got formula coupons after buying breastfeeding items. I even called the company that makes the little coupon machines. Yeah, that was 3 years ago. It's still happening, so obviously they don't really care- they're just trying to sell stuff, and formula companies pay them to print the coupons for them.
post #24 of 53
Let's keep in mind, please, that this is the Lactivism forum. The focus is on promoting breastfeeding, which is the frame for this conversation. It's not about recycling or how the coupons might help moms who formula feed, for whatever reason. It's about if/how these coupons undermine breastfeeding.
post #25 of 53
I think I posted the same thing when my daughter was a baby. It's undermining to breastfeeding, IMO, to print out formula coupons for moms who are not buying FORMULA or BOTTLES but instead are buying breast pads. I put a bunch in an envelope and sent them to the store manager with a polite letter about it. I continued to get the coupons (even without making any baby purchases) until one year from the date that we first made the purchase. Eventually DH and I replaced our discount cards that our grocery store gives out so the old ones with the baby purchases on them weren't used anymore.
post #26 of 53
I don't think it's that big of a deal. I never felt compelled to go buy formula because someone gave me a coupon that printed out of a machine after I bought some diaper ointment. I get coupons for all sorts of stuff all the time that I would never use.

I do think it would be an improvement though if they could only put them on for people who previously bought formula.
post #27 of 53
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Originally Posted by Blueone View Post
I doesn't annoy me. There are people out there who have legitimate reasons for using formula and I'm sure they appreciate it if it's a formula they are using.
yes, but to give them to moms who are buying breastfeeing paraphenalia is NOT cool AT ALL.
post #28 of 53
I've gotten them numerous times for buying nursing pads. I bought storage bags and got some. I was VERY appalled when I bought a BREAST PUMP and got a coupon!
post #29 of 53
I used to buy sposie breastpads at Walgreens before I found cloth ones that worked well for me. It would always print a formula coupon and I would always refuse to take it. I got them when I bought teething tablets also. WEIRD.

At the grocery store, we get enfamil coupons EVERYSINGLETIME and I can't remember buying anything baby-specific there unless you count the stoneyfield farms YoBaby yogurt that DS was obsessed with for awhile. I leave them at the checkout. I've had the person at checkout make comments before, one girl said "are you sure? That stuff is really expensive!" and I simply said "we never have and never will use infant formula. My baby is breastfed." and left it at that.

I have thought about writing letters but I didn't know if it would do much good in this particular area.
post #30 of 53
I get them all the time. I leave them at my pediatrician's office. The practice is very pro-bf, but they have some patients that could use the coupons.
post #31 of 53
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Originally Posted by WindyCityMom View Post
I've gotten them numerous times for buying nursing pads. I bought storage bags and got some. I was VERY appalled when I bought a BREAST PUMP and got a coupon!
I have been having pumping at work issues and last time I bought bags I was really angry and sour at them. (I often get sour at inanimate objects ) In my irrational, tired, over worked head I know that those bags are going to want to be filled. Filled by MY boobies that don't want to cooperate. I am reminded of the dwindling supply of frozen BM that I am burning through at an alarming pace. Then this happy yellow coupon pops out reminding me I could just switch to formula and save myself the heartache.

so yeah, formula catalina coupons undermine breastfeeding.
post #32 of 53
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Yeah, my whole point in this post is that they're targeting a mom who has never bought formula before. But I've clearly bought baby items, and it might just pop out one day at a frustrated breastfeeding mom, who's going to see it and start thinking that it could just be the answer to her problems.
post #33 of 53
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Originally Posted by PatioGardener View Post
If they were concerned about infants and families, formula companies could reduce the price of the formula. Or put a coupon on the formula can. But instead they chose to target all mothers of babies with their insidious promises of sleeping through the night, brain development and immune booster just like in breastmilk. They do this because it works - it undermines breastfeeding and leads to formula use.

Formula companies could follow the WHO code for marketing of breastmilk substitutes if the chose. They just chose not to, and as a society we chose to let them.

This is all very true. However, that doesn't take away from the fact there are parents who really need the formula and the coupons really do help......I give mine away to those people I know need them.
post #34 of 53
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
Let's keep in mind, please, that this is the Lactivism forum. The focus is on promoting breastfeeding, which is the frame for this conversation. It's not about recycling or how the coupons might help moms who formula feed, for whatever reason. It's about if/how these coupons undermine breastfeeding.
I'm going to engage in the ultimate form of internet hubris and quote myself.
post #35 of 53
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Originally Posted by momo7 View Post
This is all very true. However, that doesn't take away from the fact there are parents who really need the formula and the coupons really do help......I give mine away to those people I know need them.
Yes, and those people will have bought formula in the past (even just one can), which makes the coupons acceptable. However, for a mother who has never bought formula, it's really insidious to be giving her coupons for a product she has expressed no interest in.
post #36 of 53
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Originally Posted by annettemarie View Post
Let's keep in mind, please, that this is the Lactivism forum. The focus is on promoting breastfeeding, which is the frame for this conversation. It's not about recycling or how the coupons might help moms who formula feed, for whatever reason. It's about if/how these coupons undermine breastfeeding.



Okay. I don't think that they do. If someone is determined to BF, a few coupons are not going to stop them. And like it or not, people do use formula for one reason or another. It is what it is, at least at this time, so I say, give them to someone who will use them.
post #37 of 53
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Originally Posted by TinkerBelle View Post
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Okay. I don't think that they do. If someone is determined to BF, a few coupons are not going to stop them. And like it or not, people do use formula for one reason or another. It is what it is, at least at this time, so I say, give them to someone who will use them.
The key word here is "determined". It does undermine bf for someone who is not all that determined. Therefore, it undermines bf.
post #38 of 53
I think it undermines bfing. When newbie was around 2 wks he had a night where he nursed for almost 4 straight hours, off and on the breast, switching sides, screaming when not latched on. I came out of the bedroom and told my dh that I thought we needed to go get some formula cause something was wrong. He said "isn't that expensive? do you still have those coupons that you got?" And, honestly, if we hadn't been dead broke and the coupons had been trashed and I wasn't sooooo determined, I would have sent him out for it. And, honestly, I think it would have been the beginning of the end of our bfing. Instead, I worked through it with the help of you ladies in the bfing forum and we are going strong at almost 10wks.
Now, when those coupons print out I hand them back to the cashier and tell her to pass it along to someone who needs it. My baby is breastfed.
post #39 of 53
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Originally Posted by TinkerBelle View Post
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Okay. I don't think that they do. If someone is determined to BF, a few coupons are not going to stop them. And like it or not, people do use formula for one reason or another. It is what it is, at least at this time, so I say, give them to someone who will use them.
Maybe if they are seriously determined but research has shown that coupons and samples can destroy breastfeeding relationships. Even when the mother WANTS to breastfeed.
post #40 of 53
Another thing about the "if you're determined . . ." argument. If you're determined enough you'd breastfeed even if the formula company sent free formula AND a formula company representative to mix it, get it to the right temperature, hand it to you when the baby's hungry, AND wake up to feed the baby in the middle of the night so you could sleep. But it would certainly undermine breastfeeding if formula companies did that for new moms. Just because something can be overcome doesn't mean it doesn't lead to some moms not breastfeeding who otherwise would.
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