Moneysaver Tip: Sign up for free formula samples, coupons and formula checks. I think every expecting mom should sign up for free formula samples. (Websites are below; some OB-GYN offices also can help you sign up. )
Even if you plan to breastfeed (which is the best way to feed your baby for the first year) and you may never use the coupons/checks, formula samples will come in handy in these ways:
- Some mothers just have a truly hard time breastfeeding. I’m not making up excuses for those who just give up, but some really have a hard time. Formula has come a long way and is a good alternative. Do all you can to breastfeed but know that there are other options for you if you cannot. The most important thing is to feed the baby.
- Formula should be a part of your food storage supply. (I am a huge believer in food storage.) Let’s plan for the worst case scenario: let’s say you were hospitalized and could not feed your baby. Formula samples will help Dad or Grandma or Aunt to feed baby while you cannot. Formula is expensive and even one free can of formula will give them time to look for a sale when the existing supply runs out. *I got a full-size canister of Similac Advance that retails for $24.
- Formula can be donated to women and children’s shelters. This is a great way to help out babies in need in your community. I have saved the Similac brand for Baby (because we supplemented with Similac at the hospital) in case of an emergency and donated the other brands to a domestic violence shelter for women and kids.