Received free Formula yesterday...(m)

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Received free Formula yesterday...(m)
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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 1:00pm
at the pediatrician's office. My 10 months old DD had her regular check up and I walked out with 5 cans of Formula. Woohoo.....! By the way...she is 20 lbs and 30 inches.

Now to the question...Do you think it's a bad thing that I got this much free formula? I don't think so, he knows that I FF and therefore is trying to make my life easier(and I appreciate it...lol).

I didn't get just one brand...I got Similac Advance and Enfamil. So he is not really pushing one brand over the other either.

Ilka



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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 1:25pm
I think it is a wonderful thing! You are a ffer, you are going to be a ffer, he isn't changing your mind by giving it to you, and it is beneficial (as in dollar savings).

Our peds don't give away ANY free formula, I'm so jealous!

I have received several no formula coupons & I've been signed up for awhile with Enfamil, Similac, etc, etc, etc. A friend gave me a similac coupon and it is the only one I have, she is looking for more for me.

Coupons are great but free samples are the best.

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 1:31pm
Sounds like a good thing to me. Your DD is 10 months old and has been completely on formula for months, so you're obviously not going to decide to BF her now. She's a FF baby, he had free samples - what could be bad about that?

~Kim

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 2:34pm
You mentioned that your ped. gave you more than one brand of formula. Is it now acceptable to mix brands? I remember way back when I used to babysit that they recommended you stay with the same formula and not switch brands. Just curious.


Janet & nursling Sierra

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 2:49pm
Only with a young baby...newborn. After the age of 6months....I switched brands between whatever was cheapest.


christine


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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 2:53pm
Yes...exactly. Up to 6 months she got Similac Advance exclusively and now she gets whatever is on sale or the store brand. The ped. said it was fine.

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 5:53pm
How can it be bad? It isn't like you could change to nursing after 10 months anyway. So, if he can help you out, why not?

Melanie

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 9:02pm
Well it may seem nice for you *now* but I just think that there is no such thing as a "free lunch". Every time someone gets free cans, that makes the price of formula go up that much more for the kind you buy in the store. They have to pay for it somehow. And it's not coming out of the pockets of the CEO's of the formula companies (which, BTW, run in the millions of dollars per year).

I don't remember the exact number, but I do remember that there was an astronomical inflation amount on formula...something like a can that costs 16$ to buy in the store only costs 1$ to make or something. Even once you calculate in all the salaries of everyone who works there, it's still only 1$ per can. They could make a profit by selling it 2.5-3$ a can.

That's my take on it...

Fio.

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 9:30pm
Then you better start living under a rock and return everything you have ever purchased. ALL products are given away in some form or another. Every single one.


christine


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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 10:03pm
Actually, you would think that giving away formula would be the cheapest form of advertisement for a manufacturer. If the actual cost per can is so nominal, then it makes you wonder if it would in the companies' best interests to quit most if not all of their print/tv advertisements & solely give the samples. Free samples are an effective marketing tool for any product, not just formula.

Janet & nursling Sierra

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Wed, 05-14-2003 - 10:05pm
Yes & I don't see much fluctuation in price on items I've received free and regularly buy always with coupons. The prices are staying pretty much steady, sometimes even getting cheaper, and I'm talking name brands.

So why would formula (or diapers) be any different?

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