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To be shocked at the price of formula milk?

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Souredstones Sun 07-Jul-13 18:35:41

It's been 9 years since I was last pregnant and this time round I'm not going to attempt breast feeding because for my previous pregnancies I produced no milk and wasn't able to feed them. So I'm not stressing out I'm going straight in for the formula. I have medical reasons for doing so.

I get that they've put the price up to deter formula feeding. I know why. I agree breast is best. But from what I saw today it's now a sneeze under £10 a tin.

I'm lucky we can afford it, but what if you're on the threshold of not receiving help and find yourself, as I did, unable to bf even with the full intentions of bfing and being unable to afford this price.

Is there a reason it's doubled in price in the last decade? Have production techniques changed that much?

We were recently buying it through DPs work for £3 per tub. The same costs £8 in a shop.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 07-Jul-13 18:50:17

No need for multinationals to be making vast profits from an essential foodstuff.

yy to this

Puffykins Sun 07-Jul-13 18:50:36

I too am unable to breastfeed, at least unable to breastfeed for very long. I did the maths though and child benefit pretty much covered formula, nappies, and baby wipes - I think.

StealthPolarBear Sun 07-Jul-13 18:51:58

Congratulations OP smile
I think it's a valid point, and the way things are going I suspect desperate people will start to use the 6m+ milk earlier, or use other substitutes sad

StealthPolarBear Sun 07-Jul-13 18:53:25

That's interesting Puffy. That said, that will only apply for the first child- I don't think you get much extra CB for the second? And you're screwed if you have twins!

itchyandscratchy26 Sun 07-Jul-13 18:54:42

I have twins. Aptamil first milk is costing me £20 per week.

Souredstones Sun 07-Jul-13 18:54:45

The bottom line is babies health is what is going to suffer if people start switching early or start finding other alternatives.

<overly dramatic 'wont someone think of the children'>

ImNotBloody14 Sun 07-Jul-13 18:55:38

If you have twins do you only get cb for 1?

Souredstones Sun 07-Jul-13 18:56:20

Children that arrive after your first get cb at a lower rate

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 07-Jul-13 18:56:30

Well in Europe (France anyway) they put babies on cow's milk from 6 months. They did when dd was 6 months (14.5 years ago anyway). >>whispers<< and dons flameproof jacket "I put dd on doorstep at 6 months; and at 12 months I put her on semi skimmed" because she was a fat knacker. At 15 she's totally and utterly healthy and beautiful and as intelligent as one would hope for hmm.

mouseymummy Sun 07-Jul-13 18:57:16

The vouchers are the healthy start, you get an allowance of 620 a week. In my local shop (nearest supermarket is around an hours walk away) a tin of c&g is 10.75 and a small tub is 540.

The vouchers only cover 'from birth' milk so once you switch to 6m+ milk you have to find that money. One of the main reasons I've not switched dd2 over.

I will attempt to bf with this baby but if he is anything like his sister, ill be ff by day 2!

ImNotBloody14 Sun 07-Jul-13 18:57:24

You get £20 for child one and £13 for all children after that.

I agree- i think there should be a non- profit supplier of baby milk.

HumphreyCobbler Sun 07-Jul-13 18:57:42

The formula companies have done a really good promotional job if the promotion of breastfeeding can be blamed for expensive formula.

Parker231 Sun 07-Jul-13 19:00:55

The formula manufacturers are the same as any company - they are in business to make a profit and baby formula is a marketing managers dream product as they know we have to buy lots of it.

Souredstones Sun 07-Jul-13 19:02:28

Surely it's a regulated industry though? Or if its not shouldn't it be?
The price is ridiculous. How do mums of multiples cope? Is it not something that the government can step in and produce a standard product?

LoveBeingUpAt4InTheMorning Sun 07-Jul-13 19:04:14

I don't believe the price is put up to make people bf why would they want to do that?

Queen0fFeckingEverything Sun 07-Jul-13 19:06:12

You don't have to switch from first milk at all though mouseymummy

You can keep using it til 12 months then switch to cows milk smile

MooseBeTimeForSpring Sun 07-Jul-13 19:07:12

A 663g tub of Enfamil powder is $34.99 here in Canada.

That's £22!

XiCi Sun 07-Jul-13 19:11:13

Get yourself to Home Bargains. SMA is 5.99 a tin

MairyHoles Sun 07-Jul-13 19:11:55

I was led to believe that they can't advertise the first stages milk, only follow on, as they can't advertise encouraging people against bfing. You don't get clubcard points for first stage formula, nor can it be on offer, which I believe is government rules, not individual shops.

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 07-Jul-13 19:13:08

dons flak jacket a second time: If you can't afford the formula milk, why have a baby in the first place? Get yourselves jolly well organised.

MairyHoles Sun 07-Jul-13 19:15:19

Oh, and my youngest 2 could only have aptamil, which is almost 11 pounds in my local shop. HV told me it was closest to breastmilk when other kinds gave them tummyache. You are right, it is expensive.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 07-Jul-13 19:15:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Bakingtins Sun 07-Jul-13 19:16:58

If you really want to be disgusted about it, in the third world they dish out free formula samples until mum's milk has dried up, then a tin of formula is often most of a family's weekly income, so baby gets it watered down with dirty water. If they don't give a shit about thousands of babies dying directly as a result of their actions, what makes you think they care about your weekly budget?

But £7 for 5 days doesn't sound a huge amount to me. How much do you think the child will cost to feed when they are a bit older confused

iamadoozermum Sun 07-Jul-13 19:18:33

We've noticed the increase in price since DS3 was born in 2010 and DD who is now 6 months old.

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