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I just got the mail. The evil formula companies have started. I got a "gift" from Similac. 2 cans of formula, one regular and one soy.<br><br>
Way to encourage breastfeeding! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Yup. And just an FYI Motherhood Maternity is BAD about it. When I was there this weekend, I was asked repeatedly whether they could send me things like formula samples and Huggies while I was checking out. I was buying NURSING bras, FFS. I tried to be polite, but they KEPT asking. "Well, you could give them to your friends...". No, lady. No I won't. I do not encourage formula or violations of the WHO codes. I would not hand them out, and my friends would lose all respect for me.<br><br>
Guess what they snuck into my frickin bag? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I also think Similac got my information from Motherhood Maternity. Yuck! YUck! Yuck!
 

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I got those same formula samples too...'cept the difference with me is that DP and family insisted I keep it in the event I can't breastfeed.<br>
It's in the back of the cabinet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Also, I always open things like that and see what other free gifts they might have included, like bags, etc. (as long as their logo isn't plastered all over the outside) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> hee hee
 

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We plan on donating any of these that we receive to the local shared pregnancy center. The part about this that bothers me most is when I hear of women who have lost their babies (like my friend who had a stillbirth at 28w) receiving cases of formula around the time their babies were due. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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OMG, I was just about to post on this. I came home from work yesterday and saw a big box sitting next to my mailbox with a baby face on it, and I got all excited 'cos I thought it was another baby present. (I LOVE getting baby presents in the mail. It's, like, my favorite thing nowadays.)<br>
But was it the organic thermal receiving blanket that I really want, or maybe the cool magnetic wooden blocks or even some fuzzy diapers? No. It was a stupid box of formula samples. Grrr. Talk about a let-down, no pun intended.<br>
I was trying to figure out how they got my info, and I bet it was through motherhood maternity.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The part about this that bothers me most is when I hear of women who have lost their babies (like my friend who had a stillbirth at 28w) receiving cases of formula around the time their babies were due. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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That is just so wrong! I've heard of this too. As if losing a baby isn't hard enough!
 

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I've gotten similac and enfamil. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I donate it to the local food pantry.<br><br>
The enfamil really got me...it's for babies 9 to 24 months...to catch those who wean early I suspect.<br><br>
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Way for someone to get a frickin' clue! LOL
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The enfamil really got me...it's for babies 9 to 24 months...to catch those who wean early I suspect.</div>
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I'm surprised you got these so early. Actually, the reason they do the 9-24 month formula is to keep making money after baby hits 12 months. They want you to keep them on formula instead of switching to cow's milk . . .<br><br>
Personally, I keep them. I've had supply issues with both of mine and have needed formula in small quanities. The samples are easier to deal with than the big cans at the grocery store. Since I will be SAH this time around, I doubt I will need it. I'll just keep it around until I feel comfortable getting rid of it. Then I will give it to our church's food pantry.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I got those same formula samples too...'cept the difference with me is that DP and family insisted I keep it in the event I can't breastfeed.<br>
It's in the back of the cabinet. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br>
Also, I always open things like that and see what other free gifts they might have included, like bags, etc. (as long as their logo isn't plastered all over the outside) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> hee hee</div>
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I did that before, but now I just toss them in the "donate to Goodwill" bag I have. I'm sure they get tossed, but I want nothing to do with them.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> That is horrible, Sihaya! I can't imagine how that would feel. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">We plan on donating any of these that we receive to the local shared pregnancy center. The part about this that bothers me most is when I hear of women who have lost their babies (like my friend who had a stillbirth at 28w) receiving cases of formula around the time their babies were due. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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This happened to my friend too. She lost a baby at 36 weeks, and could NOT get the formula and diaper companies to leave them alone. They ended up having to move.<br><br>
FWIW, crisis nurseries are a great place to donate unwanted formula samples to. You're not promoting women not breastfeeding (which I always worry about when I give formula to the food pantry and other orginizations), since these are kids who are being dropped off short term in a crisis situation (ie. abuse, neglect) and often their budgets are really stretched tightly so every little bit helps.
 

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I hate this!! We had a m/c in between ds1 and ds2 and low and behold 7 months later we got formula samples for the next year. I was devestated. For awhile I was getting Nestle Good Start book thing and coupons and it was no where near when I was pregnant or had just delivered. I have no clue how I ended up on that list. I haven't gotten anything yet, but they will go to the food bank if we do.
 

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I've been having a UP, I have bought no maternity clothes, no nursing bras, etc. But I got a formula sample and a pampers sample in the mail. Ya know who I think sold my name? WIC. Those evil b**st**ds. I got both samples within a week of applying for WIC and they are the ONLY official people who know I'm pregnant. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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Hmmm. I don't ever get formula samples in the mail.<br><br><br>
Last year, natural childbirth mama friends and I were at starbucks having a "playdate". We were all nursing our babies (about 5 mo old at the time) and talking. Two representatives from Similac approached us and asked if any of us planned to use formula. We all said no, we all bf, fulltime, etc. They interviewed us a bit about our decision to bf. Anyway, they didn't bombard us with samples-instead they gave us these really cool books by the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Mother's Guide to BREASTFEEDING! It's actually a really helpful book and I was impressed that the representatives respected our decision to breastfeed and didn't try to convince us to try their product.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Hmmm. I don't ever get formula samples in the mail.<br><br><br>
Last year, natural childbirth mama friends and I were at starbucks having a "playdate". We were all nursing our babies (about 5 mo old at the time) and talking. Two representatives from Similac approached us and asked if any of us planned to use formula. We all said no, we all bf, fulltime, etc. They interviewed us a bit about our decision to bf. Anyway, they didn't bombard us with samples-instead they gave us these really cool books by the American Academy of Pediatrics, New Mother's Guide to BREASTFEEDING! It's actually a really helpful book and I was impressed that the representatives respected our decision to breastfeed and didn't try to convince us to try their product.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"></div>
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But see, their plan "worked". You remember that it was Similac. Now say you randomly got into a boob accident and lost your boobs (sorry, I couldn't think of a better reason for not bf <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">), what formula would you use? Probably Similac. Now think of how many moms those "cool" reps talked to, and how many of them ended up supplementing at some point, and what formula would they buy if they liked those reps as much as you did? Similac.
 

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The truth is that formula companies send out "breastfeeding support packs" because they want you to breastfeed. For a little while. Moms who initiate breastfeeding and are aware of its superiority - but still quit early - usually have guilt, and then go on to buy name-brand formulas (i.e. the ones that run aggressive advertising campaigns touting their brand's similarity to breastmilk.)
 

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That is so sad about the mamas who had m/c's and got formula samples <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> I got my samples in the mail day before yesterday. I plan on donating them to my birth center (which is a nonprofit and services many low income families).
 

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I just write "Return to Sender" on the outside of the package, and put it back out on the porch. Let them pay the return postage for the [email protected] I never asked for.
 
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