When I was a young mom, anyone who came to my house got handed a baby and a bottle. Many of my friends breastfed, but I didn’t feel comfortable with the idea, and additionally, I returned to work part-time while my oldest was still an infant.
Experts and the federal government want American mothers to save money by encouraging them to breastfeed. They say that mothers should breastfeed because it’s the best nutritional option and it makes the most economic sense; it’s free and can save you up to $2,000 a year on formula costs.
WIC is a federal agency that provides food, nutrition counseling, and access toto low-income women, , and children. The agency has introduced a new food package that encourages . The new program, mandated for all states, reallocates funding for all currently provided foods, including , baby foods, juices, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
By selecting the breastfeeding package, women who bottle feed their infants and babies won’t receive any baby formula. In addition, the women who partially breastfeed or formula feed exclusively will receive 13 percent less formula than was afforded in previous years.
This means parents who previously had most of their formula paid for by themay now have to purchase regular-formula with their own funds.
If you don’t breastfeed, you can effectively save money buy substituting store-brand forumula for brand-name forumula.
According to Dr. Barbara Levine, of:
“In thethere 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” …
Levine further states:
“Store-brand infant formulas sold at major retailers are therefore a premium nutritional substitute at a value price and meet the same exactingnutritional requirements as all the major brands. As a I know the truth about infant formula: there is no nutritional reason to buy the much more expensive formulas sold by the big . The quality and safety of the manufacturing are also inspected in same way by the FDA.”