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Questions for formula feeders MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Jul 10th '13

Can anyone tell me the cost of formula per ounce? My supply has dropped since working full time, at least during the day. If it comes down to supplementing, I'd like to compare the price of formula to breast milk from a bank. TIA.

Christine_Elizabeth 5 kids; 1 angel baby; St. Petersburg, FL, United States 7410 posts
Jul 10th '13

IDK per ounce put a big can of Similac here in CO is $26 and would last my newborn-4month old less than a week, probably a few days, so I'd say you'd be spending at least $50 per week on formula.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
Jul 10th '13

Depends on the brand. Bubba was on soy formula (lactose intolerant) for a little bit. But I'd *think* formula would be cheaper than milk from a milk bank.

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Jul 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Leah+1.5:</b>" Depends on the brand. Bubba was on soy formula (lactose intolerant) for a little bit. But I'd *think* formula would be cheaper than milk from a milk bank."</blockquote>



Yeah, it's 3.50 per ounce of BM :shock: but I want to know exactly the difference, so I can see how much more and if it would be worth the extra if its not a HUGE difference.

Leah+2 2 kids; Texas 5797 posts
Jul 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting A+H's mommy {TKO}:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Leah+1.5:</b>" Depends on the brand. Bubba was on soy formula ... [snip!] ... to know exactly the difference, so I can see how much more and if it would be worth the extra if its not a HUGE difference."</blockquote>




Too bad I'm not producing yet, I'd totally donate if I was. Lol. And yeah.. I'm like 99% sure formula is a good bit cheaper than $3.50 and ounce..

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
Jul 10th '13

Yeah milk banks are expensive since they pasteurize the milk :( I paid $100 for 4- 4oz bottles :(



Do you pump when you get home? I used to always pump right when I got home before feeding dd because then she triggered me to make more milk.

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Jul 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" Yeah milk banks are expensive since they pasteurize the milk :( I paid $100 for 4- 4oz bottles :( Do ... [snip!] ... you get home? I used to always pump right when I got home before feeding dd because then she triggered me to make more milk."</blockquote>




Holy crap. :shock: No, but I will start doing that. :) I could always get milk from human milk 4 human babies, but I don't know if anyone would want to donate to me since I AM producing and it's not an emergency situation. Also, I know there are risks and stuff which is in the back of my mind, accepting milk from a stranger.

White Chocolate Milk 1 child; Chelsea, Alabama 12303 posts
Jul 10th '13

From my calculations a big container of similac would only cost .13-.15 per ounce. You can usually get 150-168 ounces per big container so it's definitely cheaper. Have you checked out your local HM4HB?

user banned Japan 1310 posts
Jul 10th '13

Have you tried power pumping? 10 on 10 off for an hour. That really helped my supply.

lolajessup 3 kids; 1 angel baby; Beaverton, Michigan 44076 posts
Jul 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting A+H's mommy {TKO}:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting lolajessup:</b>" Yeah milk banks are expensive since they pasteurize ... [snip!] ... an emergency situation. Also, I know there are risks and stuff which is in the back of my mind, accepting milk from a stranger."</blockquote>



Yeah I do t think I could do that unless I knew the person. :(

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Jul 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting MommyO28:</b>" Have you tried power pumping? 10 on 10 off for an hour. That really helped my supply. "</blockquote>




I will do that!! Thanks. :)

Tara Howell-Straight 1 child; Frenchtown, Montana 215 posts
Jul 10th '13

Similac advance is about 90 ounces for 24 dollars (price rounded up from what I've seen as the average)

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Jul 10th '13

Okay then. Taking banked milk off the table. Lol. Hopefully I can boost my supply so I won't have to worry about it anyway. Thanks, ladies! :)

Tara Howell-Straight 1 child; Frenchtown, Montana 215 posts
Jul 10th '13

If you do have to use a formula see if you qualify for WIC it really helps, I get 9 cans a month.

MomNextDoor 2 kids; Grapevine, Texas 8351 posts
Jul 10th '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Tara Howell-Straight:</b>" If you do have to use a formula see if you qualify for WIC it really helps, I get 9 cans a month."</blockquote>



I don't. We can afford formula, I just would prefer to keep her on BM. :)