Does cost play a role in the decision to nurse or formula-feed?? #whatdoyouthink? .
For some new Mothers the decision to breastfeed their baby is an easy one. But, for others, there are health, financial, or emotional hurdles that interfere with the ability to make that decision. .
The constant debate over #mothersmilk versus #babyformula shakes up arguments about the health effects and convenience of each. #.
#didyouknow Infant formula -- such as #Similac, #Gerber, #Enfamil, & #EarthsBest -- costs an average of $1,200-$1,500 for a baby's first year, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. It’s that kind of outlay that has fueled sales of formula, now a $2.3 billion industry in the U.S., according to market research firm IBISWorld. .
For #formulafeeding on the less expensive end, there are store brands like @target Up and Up , which starts around $16 for a 22.5-ounce container. More expensive options include special recipes that are non-GMO, organic, reflux-fighting or designed for infants with special nutritional needs, such as Similac Alimentum for babies with protein sensitivity (a 12.1-ounce tub for around $26) and Enfamil PurAmino for those with severe cow's milk protein and other allergies (about $45 for a 14.1-ounce container).
Also throw in the cost of baby bottles and their upkeep -- items like sterilizers ($20-$70), warmers ($25-$70), cleaning brushes ($3 and up) and travel containers ($4 plus). .
Now, don’t get me wrong, breastfeeding comes with it’s own costs as well. Johnson of North Dakota State University estimates that the cost of breastfeeding for a year can reach $1,000. However, Mama Milk is #priceless. The breastfed baby is less likely to be sick, that means fewer trips to the doctor's office, so fewer co-pays and less money are paid for prescriptions and over-the-counter medicines.
The decision to #breastfeed or #formulafeed your baby is a personal one. Only you can decide what is best for you and your baby. 👶🏻 🍼🤱🏻