FORMULA???

Melissa - posted on 04/23/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I am currently breast feeding my 5 month old boy. How much does it cost to switch to Formaula monthly. I am just curious. I have bought him a tin for emergencies but would like to know monthly pricing curiosity wise. He generally east 16 ounces if I pump and feed it to him and is still feeding every 3 hours.

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Brooke - posted on 04/27/2009

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i bottle feed my bub and it costs about $80 a month but my doctor and midwife and clinic nurse have all said before you go out and by the "best" formula pretty much look at your budget.. even though formula's are all different they all do the same thing so try your bubs on the cheepest one out and go from there, and just because your baby gets constipated does not mean you need to change formula, try a little bit of cooled boiled water..

Siobhan - posted on 04/26/2009

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Just wondering why bother now, he's 5 months and once he starts solids in a month you will notice that he will start to nurse a lot less. He may start to nurse only every 4 hours and by the time you fully transition him now, you will be starting solids anyway? Just wondering, you've gone 5 months already.

Jessica - posted on 04/26/2009

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When considering the price, also keep in mind that you'll still be nursing/pumping for a little while after you start to transition your baby to the formula b/c you can't stop breast feeding cold turkey, you have to reduce your flow of breast milk that comes in, so you won't be using all formula in bottles just yet, you'll be mixing formula and breast milk. I would nurse or pump twice a day for about 2 weeks after we decided to put our baby on formula and I would pump about 5/6 ounces and mix the rest with formula. We use Parent's Choice that you find at Walmart and it's 11.88 per (large) can - and is truly comparable to Similac Advanced and Enfamil (we compared labels and couldn't see a difference, except Parent's Choice had more minerals)

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i had to give my 7 month old formula at around 16 weeks because she was not getting enough from me.. i tried everything but to no avail.. i buy aptamil now and it costs just short of £8 a tub.. my daughter has 4 7ounce bottles in a 24 hour period and it lasts about 1 week. hope this helps x

Emily - posted on 04/25/2009

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My son has always been a Target baby. If you look at the back of the can, Target Brand and Similac have the SAME exact ingredients. Honestly, all formulas are created equal. But instead of paying $24/can for Similac, I paid $11/can for Target Brand.

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2009

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I think my son will be so expensive if I switch because he does drink 16 ounces every 3 hours

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2009

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Sara.. I dont think we get that brand that i know of I am in Canada but thanks

Sara - posted on 04/24/2009

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We buy the generic Sam's Club "Gentlease" and it lasts about two weeks and is $26.00. Our doctor said that the generic was fine to give the baby, that it's the same stuff.

Emily - posted on 04/24/2009

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Wow! I never really added it up despite working for WIC years ago. I guess I was fortunate. In both of my kids' lives I only had to buy 1 can of formula. It was $27.00. I used it occasionally from when Ava was 7 months til about 9 months and gave the rest to a friend. I can see how it would really add up.

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formula gets expensive.. when there little a small can lasts like a week. but when they get bigger a big can goes every other day.. so it ends up being like round 25$ more or less depending on the brand every 2 days.

Melissa - posted on 04/24/2009

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I have been givving my baby formula since he was 3 weeks old, he is now 4 months old. I did the similac first, but all he did was scream. The doctor thought maybe he was colic and suggested Nestle Goodstart with cultures. Once we switched to this after two bottles he was fine. and he has been on it ever since. It is about $23-25 per 24 oz powder can. I think it is wonderful, it has the partially broken down proteins and active cultures/ good bacteria that is naturally found in the digestive tract to help digest it and break it down better. I did notice that when I switched completly over to formula he was having longer stretches during the day and 90% of the time he sleeps right through the night. I think he feels more full and less uncomfortable.

Melissa - posted on 04/23/2009

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I am looking at possibly Similac with the immune blah blah or the goodstart with dha and stuff I have heard from someone I trust alot my favorite brand good start has Alot of sugar so I might compare that to make my decision as well it was a real let down

Melissa - posted on 04/23/2009

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I completely believe you get what you pay for so if I do switch I will buy the best

Its a hard decision moey isnt the only aspect I am just getting so tired and just think about my options which of course I feel guilty for.



Thanks guys!!

Kristin - posted on 04/23/2009

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I'm on WIC and you get 9 cans per month and it costs about 115.00 per month ffor the Similac Advance.

Sarah - posted on 04/23/2009

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I have a 3 month old son and i have been giving him formula since he was about 6 weeks old, and now I olny am breastfeeding him once a day. I found that when i switched he was eating more, but lees often, he goes about 4 hours during the day and then sleeps for 8 hours at night. It really depends on which formula you choose they vary in price but i would say i spend about 60 TO 80 dollars a month, but your best just to shop around at prices and see what your baby likes as well.
hope i could help!

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