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I was in the grocery store today and happened by the "baby" section. I noticed that all of the bottle feeding supplies were on eye level and anything breastfeeding related (pads, bags, pumps) were on the higher shelf so you had to look up...<br><br>
It irked me a little bit...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">
 

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You know what, I have noticed this...except the opposite. All the breastfeeding stuff is on the very bottom shelf here. Consistently, in just about every store I can think of with the exception of Babies r' Us.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">You know what, I have noticed this...except the opposite. All the breastfeeding stuff is on the very bottom shelf here. Consistently, in just about every store I can think of with the exception of Babies r' Us.</div>
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I notice this at drugstore. A whole shelf of formula/bottlefeeding supplies, and pumps down at the very bottom
 

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Well, it makes total sense. Stores do put things at eye-level they want you to buy (like the more expensive brand of olive oil, toothpaste, cereal, ...). Actually, there was a little story on Yuhoo just last week (something like "10 things your grocery store doesn't want you to know").<br><br>
To top it off you might receive a "$XY off with the purchase of XY formula" if you buy a breast pump or breast pads.
 

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In Australia companies can pay for prime product placement so I can well see formula companies paying for the eye level spots which are the premium ones. I imagine the system would be similar in the US.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, it makes total sense. Stores do put things at eye-level they want you to buy (like the more expensive brand of olive oil, toothpaste, cereal, ...). Actually, there was a little story on Yuhoo just last week (something like "10 things your grocery store doesn't want you to know").<br><br>
To top it off you might receive a "$XY off with the purchase of XY formula" if you buy a breast pump or breast pads.</div>
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At my Walgreens, all the breastfeeding supplies are on the bottom, which I suppose would be boob-level for those of us succumbing to gravity.
 

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Where we shop the breastfeeding supplies have a section. The breastfeeding section is in the infant section next to all the bottles. The formula is with the baby food. I love it because they make it easy to see and you see the breastfeeding supplies (in the front) long before the formula(in the way back of the store). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/nod.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="nod">
 

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At the store I work at, the formula is one verticle section, about 5 shelves high, next to that is the supplies section. The nipples and bottles start at the top, then comes sippy cups and pacifiers and such. The BF supplies are on the bottom shelf and span from under the sippy cups to under the diaper rash ointments and such-pads and manual pumps under the sippy cups, lansinoh and such under the ointments.<br><br>
At my Walmart, IIRC, the breastfeeding supplies are not even in the same section. Gosh, thinking about it, I can't really remember. The reality is that I didn't need many supplies. I BF for 5 months, but only ever needed one tube of lansinoh, and I got that free from the hospital. I had to buy a box of pads, but I only needed one box, and still have some of those left, because I didn't leak much after the first month or two. When I bought my PISA, I got all the supplies I needed for that with it-the storage bottles, the tubes, valves etc. And when I replace the valves this time around, I will get those at BRU, which I think also had a seperate BF section. The stuff I did need were infrequent purchases that lasted a while. And isn't that one of the advantages of BF-that it's cheaper and requires less stuff.<br><br>
So I guess, having typed out that long post, I don't think it's such a big deal that BF supplies are not at eye level (for stores they aren't.) They aren't money makers because they aren't things that BF mammas need to buy all that often. Mamas who pump on a regular basis might need storage bags more often...but then they also need all the bottles and nipples and such that formula mamas need, even if slightly less often. So those supplies are the money maker, and formula, obviously buying that is just like buying milk, you have to buy more all the time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">In Australia companies can pay for prime product placement so I can well see formula companies paying for the eye level spots which are the premium ones. I imagine the system would be similar in the US.</div>
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I believe it is the same here in the states.
 
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