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anj_rn's Avatar anj_rn 12:17 AM 06-08-2010
I donate it both the formula & the coupons to a catholic Charities Org that help place children for adoption. They can provide some free formula to the new adoptive parents (who will be FF anyway) or foster parents who will care for the child until a permanent adoption can be made. These parents are not eligible for WIC, so they have to pay out of pocket for the formulas. They continue whatever formula was started at the hospital.

This way people who need it get it, but no child who could be breastfed is getting formula.

filiadeluna's Avatar filiadeluna 12:30 AM 06-08-2010
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I mark it "return to sender" and send it back.


I also write, "REFUSED!" with a big, dark Sharpie marker. I would love to write something about "This company is in violation of WHO code!" on it next time. The postal workers would probably think I was NUTS or just think ... WTF?
Meredith&Alexander's Avatar Meredith&Alexander 02:43 AM 06-11-2010
I've donated mine to a family who fosters babies, to cover any gaps so they don't have to buy as much out of their own pocket.

I've also donated to a battered women's shelter, after the manager assured me that they have such minimal resources that they would never give formula to a nursing mom. It would be used to tide them over until they could get WIC started. And if you're in a shelter, that's probably not an ideal time to relactate.
phathui5's Avatar phathui5 03:24 PM 06-15-2010
I would just throw it away.
soxthecatrules's Avatar soxthecatrules 06:21 PM 06-16-2010
It just makes me sad when I see people say to just throw it out. As a mama who couldn't BF b/c she had to have over 1/2 of her breast tissue removed for medical reasons...these samples would have been more than welcomed. Just find some way to donate without compromising your personal values regarding BF.
zippy_francis's Avatar zippy_francis 06:46 PM 06-16-2010
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It just makes me sad when I see people say to just throw it out. As a mama who couldn't BF b/c she had to have over 1/2 of her breast tissue removed for medical reasons...these samples would have been more than welcomed. Just find some way to donate without compromising your personal values regarding BF.
I agree like I said in pp, I would donate. I cant waste, even if it is not something I would want/use I can not judge others and their needs. It is food for a child, whether it is good or not the best in other people's eyes, it is still food.
Sustainer's Avatar Sustainer 07:13 PM 06-16-2010
I already threw it out, and it actually gave me quite a feeling of satisfaction. I sympathize with your situation, but no one I know has a baby and physically can't breastfeed. Besides, I'd much rather promote the establishment of milk banks and wetnursing networks for mothers in such situations than distribute formula. When I was lactating I would have been quite willing to wetnurse for a mother who physically couldn't breastfeed, and I know I'm not the only one. That's a resource that needs to be tapped. Breastmilk is so important for babies, and formula is so different from human breastmilk that it makes me sad for any baby to have to consume formula.
soxthecatrules's Avatar soxthecatrules 09:32 PM 06-16-2010
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I already threw it out, and it actually gave me quite a feeling of satisfaction. I sympathize with your situation, but no one I know has a baby and physically can't breastfeed. Besides, I'd much rather promote the establishment of milk banks and wetnursing networks for mothers is such situations than distribute formula. When I was lactating I would have been quite willing to wetnurse for a mother who physically couldn't breastfeed, and I know I'm not the only one. That's a resource that needs to be tapped. Breastmilk is so important for babies, and formula is so different from human breastmilk that it makes me sad for any baby to have to consume formula.
I respect your decision.

I think someone else mentioned it in the thread...but, one of the things that does bother me is that these samples often make mamas who are heck bent on formula think they have to buy the over priced name brand-formulas. Once we ran out of samples...We saved hundreds of $$$ on formula with both of our babes by buying the Sams Club brand. It is the equivalent of the Enfamil Lipil. We saved approx. $15 a can and when your babe is going through a LARGE mega-can in a 7-9 days that adds up.

FWIW...I guess if it were an option I would have been willing to pay an extra $15 a week for milk from a breastmilk bank. Of course, I have no concept of what milk costs from a bank.
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