What Formula Risk gives you the most pause?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
What Formula Risk gives you the most pause?
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Tue, 09-20-2011 - 1:11pm

Maybe it's the risk of not having enough money to pay for it - or maybe it's the risk of SIDS?

Maybe it's the risk of more ear infections - or maybe it's the risk of a dangerous bacteria called Enterobacter sakazakii commonly found in powdered formula?

Maybe it's the risk of having others look down on you for using formula - or the risk of a major formula recall of contaminated formula?

Or maybe it's something else? You can list any risk that gives you pause, it doesn't have to be one that I have mentioned.

What formula risk gives you the most pause? And would it stop you from ever using formula?




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iVillage Member
Registered: 12-22-2005
Tue, 09-20-2011 - 3:10pm

I think all the risks do give me pause.




 


iVillage Member
Registered: 06-04-2004
Wed, 09-21-2011 - 1:23pm

For me, it's the strain on the kidneys that can occur with formula use, including renal solute load issues and contamination risks. One of my children has severe malformations of his kidneys and urinary tract, and poor function of one kidney as well. I wasn't especially well-informed about the risks of formula use when I had him, and over time, I've realized how much better off he was because of my choice to exclusively breastfeed him (and his younger sister; neither child has ever had any formula at all). In addition, he has needed to take daily antibiotic prophylaxis since birth, and I hate to think how much damage that has done to his gut health; breastfeeding is at least some insurance against the worst outcomes due to his long-term antibiotic usage. I shudder to think how poor his health - renal and gastric - might be today at age 6 if he hadn't been breastfed. I also chose to allow him to wean when he was ready (which he did at age 4) because I wanted to prolong the good effects of breastfeeding on his body for as long as possible.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2005
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 11:37am

Cost was my number one problem with formula.





Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 11:48am

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That was a strong one for me, considering my children's severe allergies.

Next on the list was contamination. It is frustrating to know that it could be weeks or even months before the FDA will call a recall - and in that time my baby would have drank maybe 100's of bottles of contaminated formula!

Not a risk I am willing to take.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 11:50am

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iVillage Member
Registered: 04-13-2008
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 4:36pm

In my family, with me having eczema and hives etc, and my husband being a bad asthmatic, I was determined to breastfeed. All of my children had asthma when younger, and one of them very badly (the most allergic one). But I do believe and was told by a paediatrician that they would have been worse, developed it younger, and so on, had they not been breastfed. eg even though my youngest would get quite ill at times, and need a steroid injection, as inhaling from a nebuliser would not help, he was never hospitalised for this.

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Registered: 04-18-2001
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 5:50pm
I saw some pretty crazy prices for formula, but the soy ones weren't as high. I wonder if that's because most people freak out about using soy rather "regular" milk. (And I'm thinking not just about formula, but all ages. There's a real fear of soy in our Western culture.) So with most kinds of formula, the demand allowed for high prices to be set.

I think it was something like $20/month for formula when we used it. I'm not sure how much extra in food I ate while BFing, but since I lost weight while doing it, I'd say BFing is definitely better for the budget in the long run. ;)

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 6:19pm

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Was that using formula full time? How long ago? Because it seems like formula costs that much a week today?

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-20-2008
Mon, 09-26-2011 - 8:38pm
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The latest figure I've heard for the cots of full-time formula feeding cost is at least $1500-$2000 a year which is about $30-$40 a week for just the formula.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 06-04-2004
Tue, 09-27-2011 - 3:22pm
witch_power wrote:

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Was that using formula full time? How long ago? Because it seems like formula costs that much a week today?

Last time I did any serious formula-pricing myself was over six years ago, but back then, I was estimating about $35 a week for name-brand, $20-25 for generic. I would expect it to be at least a little more expensive today.

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