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At my LLL meeting this morning someone was complaining about getting so many free formula samples in the mail and everyone started venting about it.<br><br>
Then one woman said to notice the timing of the samples....and that formula companies send these tempting freebies right as your baby is going through a growth spurt (6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months etc.)<br><br>
Is this true? I totally hadn't noticed. I got a bunch when I was pregnant and right after she was born, but I'm not sure when/if I got any more. My dd is coming up on 6 months so I'll have to see if we get any unwanted packages in the mail. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
What a crappy, crappy thing to do. Growth spurts are the most challening times for bf-ing moms. It's kind of like offering an epidural at the height of a contraction. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/angry.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="angry"><br><br>
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I only got some while pregnant, not after.
 

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I don't have the facts, but I certainly wouldn't doubt it! Formula companies have the best marketers in the world working for them (next to pharmaceutical companies, of course). And yes, what a crappy thing to do.<br><br>
I remember getting little coolers full of formula at the hospital as I was trying to nurse a newborn! I chucked the formula and saved the bottles for reuse. And I still get use out of the coolers, I have to say. But the cheesy plastic diaper bag they gave in the hospital, also filled with formula, never got used, too gross. It's so strange, because I also got a free breast pump and a supply of lanisol. Formula co's have maintained their grip on hospitals, that's for sure, even breastfeeding friendly ones.
 

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I received formula during and after<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:<br>
I hate those icky plastic diaper bags<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/grossedout.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="gross"><br>
I did save all the cool stuff though.<br>
It's such a shame what these companies do- but they are competing against truth. And if the mass majority ever becomes the wiser-they're done for!And they know that<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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I got a can of powder while I was pregnant, and then the "goody bag" from the hospital with 4 ready to feed bottles and 4 envelopes of powder that each make 4oz.<br><br>
I never got any more free samples of formula after that, but I did get coupons in the mail for free formula/ checks worth $10 of a certain brand, etc. I trashed all those coupons and checks.
 

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i did get samples when i was pregnant, after birth, then at about 2 months, and just yesterday which would be 5 mos. i toss them and the coupons... cause i've got the BOOBIE POWER!!! that makes me so mad that the companies do that, instead they should be giving away breast pads, lansinoh, and boppies or something.
 

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I haven't ever noticed the timing of receiving formula samples, etc. in the mail but I do know that if you fill out the little forms and check that you're breastfeeding they will totally bombard you with formula. I really didn't know what they'd send but did them anyway and ended up with about 8 cans of formula plus the individual packets. When I was actually using it (with my older kids) I only got coupons. Even our pediatrician tried to give me formula knowing we were BFing.
 

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One other thing...<br><br>
The same person who said this about the timing of samples said it costs a minimum of $7,000 to formula feed a baby for one year!! That's almost $600 a month!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> Is that right?<br><br>
That seems like an awful lot of money but I have never bought formula so I have no idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">One other thing...<br><br>
The same person who said this about the timing of samples said it costs a minimum of $7,000 to formula feed a baby for one year!! That's almost $600 a month!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> Is that right?<br><br>
That seems like an awful lot of money but I have never bought formula so I have no idea. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"></div>
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That doesn't sound right to me. I'm checking on drugstore.com for formula prices right now, and I'm assuming a baby drinks 40oz per day. Powdered milk-based formula for a year comes to about $2,800.<br><br>
OK, Alimentum ready-to-feed comes to about $7,000 a year (assuming 40 oz per day.) This is the "hypoallergenic" stuff for babies who can't tolerate cow's milk or soy based formulas.<br><br>
Whoever made the comment about $7,000 in formula for a year might have a family history of allergies.<br><br>
None of these count the cost of bottles (which any pumping mama knows can vary widely in price.)
 

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I checked the price at Wal-Mart once for powdered formula...IIRC, a 25-oz. can is roughly a 3-day supply and costs around $20. So a 30-day supply would cost around $200. I think the $600 figure is probably for a specialty formula like the hypo-allergenic stuff.
 

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If you use regular formulas it comes to around $1000-$1200/year. When DS was on Neocate it was $50/can & could only be shipped from Canada. That would have been $6083+shipping a year. With the Pregestimil (which he ended up using for 10 months) it would have been around $5500/year, if we had not been able to get some from WIC. We had to concentrate it differently than the can says, so a can lasted us 2 or 3 days. Formula is definitely expensive. And when ds was put on Neocate the dr at Stanford told us that HALF the children in the pediatrics unit were on Neocate!!<br><br>
On a happy note, most of the moms I met while staying at the Ronald McDonald House were pumping for their sick children (the main house freezer was FULL of EBM all clearly labeled with each family's name & room #).<br><br>
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we only got samples in the beginning. We also got the ones from the hospital. But, we also got a Pump in Style breast pump and lots of lansinoh and a super great nurse who helped me get ds to latch <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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There is a saying...if you breastfeed, and save the money you WOULD have bought on formula instead, in 1 yrs time, you would have enough saved to buy a major appliance. Wish I did that...saved the money...I need a new washer, and I don't think I can save enough in 2 months. :LOL<br><br>
These formula companies also go into poor 3rd world countries, get the mommas all excited about formula, give them a some free product, and then when they go to the doctors office/help center, they are told that they have to buy the stuff, and so therefore many babies are dying because the mother's milk is gone. There was a picture I saw once of a mother with her twins...one was dying because she couldn't afford the formula but refused to nurse like the other one was doing. She was nursing one, and giving formula to the other. Does anyone remember seeing that picture?
 

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Whether we like it or not, some moms are going to formula feed. If the formula companies are stupid enough to keep sending checks that cover the full cost of a can, I'm taking them to the store and donating them to the food bank!!! I took about 8 large cans (free!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ) of Good Start to the food bank, along with all the sample cans I got in the mail and the hospital. Do something good with your frustration and cost the formula companies as much $$$ as you can!!
 

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Or send them to aidfororphans.com! I actually sign up for the freebies so I can send 'em on to them. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Whether we like it or not, some moms are going to formula feed. If the formula companies are stupid enough to keep sending checks that cover the full cost of a can, I'm taking them to the store and donating them to the food bank!!! I took about 8 large cans (free!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ) of Good Start to the food bank, along with all the sample cans I got in the mail and the hospital. Do something good with your frustration and cost the formula companies as much $$$ as you can!!</div>
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I respectfully disagree. Substitute "smoking" or "feed their kids junk food." Is it morally acceptable to donate this stuff some place where it has the potential to sabotage the breastfeeding relationship? I would only give this stuff away to someone who I knew was truly formula feeding out of necessity (had a double masectemy or adopted and needed to supplement for example.)<br><br>
Although, that's just me. Sometimes I think I'm more militant than other people on this list. :LOL<br><br>
I mark it "Return to Sender" and "BAD FOR BABIES" and send it back at their expense.<br><br>
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I used to work customer service for a company who took calls for Nestle and now that you mention it, the checks did go out around 3,6,9 and tapered off at 12 mos. However, people were not sent checks/coupons unless they called and requested them (or someone called in for them).<br><br>
I sign up repeatedly for all the formulas and give them to food banks.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Whether we like it or not, some moms are going to formula feed. If the formula companies are stupid enough to keep sending checks that cover the full cost of a can, I'm taking them to the store and donating them to the food bank!!! I took about 8 large cans (free!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> ) of Good Start to the food bank, along with all the sample cans I got in the mail and the hospital. Do something good with your frustration and cost the formula companies as much $$$ as you can!!</div>
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There are also many babies in foster care whose foster parents may need the formula, and new adopted babies whose moms' probably don't have all the knowledge of trying to start breastfeeding with herbs and all that, and could use the formula as well.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">There are also many babies in foster care whose foster parents may need the formula, and new adopted babies whose moms' probably don't have all the knowledge of trying to start breastfeeding with herbs and all that, and could use the formula as well.</div>
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I hadn't thought of that one- I could get behind that as well.<br>
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I formula fed my first and it cost about $25 a week. So about $1200/year.<br>
I recieved formula samples at the hospital and there was a package of it when I got home. That had nothing to do with ym formula feeding though. I recieved them this time and I am breastfeeding, so it doesnt really matter to me if they send them or not. I'll jsut pass it onto a mom that is already formula feeding.
 
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