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August 6th, 2009, 11:58 AM
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My baby is due in February and I was wondering in the first 3 months how much am I looking to spend on formula a week.

Just trying to get a budget put together.
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August 6th, 2009, 01:53 PM
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Do you qualify for WIC? If so you won't have to spend much or anything at all.

If not, Brennan has been going through about 1.5-2 cans a week so far. I am a little worried about when he starts drinking more because we are on WIC and can't afford to buy a ton of extra cans.

Anyway, it also depends on what kind you get, every brand is different and they all come with different price tags.

I just went to the store to get 5 cans with a WIC check and it cost $72. he's on Similac Sensitive. The smaller powdered cans are about $12-13 depending on where you go.

Also, don't stock up on formula before baby comes, you never know if he/she will or will not tolerate the formula you start off with.
Brennan Asher 7/5/09
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August 6th, 2009, 09:51 PM
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If you eligible for WIC, I would look into that. It's really helpful, as formula expenses can add up.

I think I go through about 10-15 small cans a month. So that would be about $100 - $200 a month. I would honestly budget for more though. I always budget for more than I actually need - about 3 cans more ($50 in my budget) Just in case I would need more for some reason. It's not something I can run short on LOL

ETA: Kaylin is on Enfamil AR for GERD/acid reflux. It is more expensive - $14 per 12 oz can.
Most brands (Enfamil, Similac, etc.) cost about $12 for 12 oz. There are also generic store brans (Target, Sams Club, Walmart, etc.) that cost a lot less.
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August 6th, 2009, 10:16 PM
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I use Parent's Choice (Walmart generic for Enfamil Lipil and whatever the regular Similac one is) and it's $13 for a 24 ounce can. We go through a can every 5 to 6 days. That averages out to about $80 per month.

I'm thankful that she tolerates a formula that is "duplicated" in generic form. I don't know what we would do if we had to spend $200 or more per month on formula.

Chloe - 6/18/09
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August 7th, 2009, 06:09 PM
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Yeah find out if you can get on WIC. It helps ALOT!! I am on Nutramigen and the 10 cans that I get come to about $210. We go through that in a month.

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