Breastfeeding and WIC

The federal program WIC (Women, Infants and Children) that provides food to low income women and children advocates breastfeeding over formula feeding. Because WIC teaches nutrition to mothers informing that that breastfeeding is the healthy choice is the normal thing to expect from them. Because of budget cuts, parents may have to pay for more of their formula now. So breastfeeding is more economical for women on WIC.

In fact, it is more economical for all women. It is completely free and can save parents up to $2000 a year on formula. When I nursed my younger daughter I remember saving money on bottles as well as formula. Theres an online calculator where you can check the cost of formula for the time your baby will be drinking it. It will surprise you when you learn how much formula costs.

If you decide to formula feed or add formula to breastfeeding and want to still save money, learn about brand name formulas. According to Dr. Barbara Levine, Weill Cornell Medical College:

In the United States there are no generic infant formulas. The truth is all infant formulas are subject to the same regulations governing manufacturing and ingredients as stipulated by the Infant Formula Act.

Theres no need to pay more for brand name baby formula. All formulas go through testing of the FDA and have the same nutritional value. Breastfeeding is best, but if you need to formula feed dont waste your money on brand name formulas.

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