One of the advantages of breastfeeding is its absolute freeness. For many families, this is a major advantage over formula feeding, but there are still situations when it becomes impossible. Today, formula manufacturers are doing everything possible to provide them with all the necessary nutrients and make it as similar as possible to natural breast milk.
Moreover, organic formulas are gaining popularity, which require special care for soil and water, for maximum purity and usefulness of milk. Of course, this requires additional funds and effort, and in this case, parents are forced to pay more. Since formula feeding hits the family budget, the best way is to plan ahead. So let’s find out about the average price of formula feeding.
Let’s first understand the pricing policy of the baby formula itself
Of course, it all depends on the type and brand of the formula you choose. Usually organic formulas with European certification will cost a little more than conventional ones. That is why parents choose formulas that suit their capabilities and budget. Take for example the famous European brand Holle, which has become wildly popular and in demand by many European families. Among the range of this brand are formulas based on cow’s milk that can be purchased at $0.24-$0.26 per fluid ounce, and goat’s milk formula which price is approximately $0.31-$0.35 per fluid ounce.
You need to understand that as your baby grows and develops, the need for food increases. If your baby in his first months of life consumes about from 2 to 3 ounces (60–90 mL) of formula per feeding while eating every3-4 hours on average, on his sixth month of life these figures will increase to 6 to 8 ounces (180–240 mL) at each of four or five feedings. You have to take into account that as the child’s appetite increases, the price of the formula will also increase.
Moreover, if your baby suffers from a health issue such as allergy, spitting, lactose intolerance, etc., you will need to look for a unique formula that is suitable for your loved one and its price may of course be higher. And another factor that affects the price is its consistency. Powdered baby formula is considered the cheapest, as it requires extra effort and preparation, while ready-to-use liquid will cost you a few dollars more.
What do you need besides the baby formula itself?
Remember that you need some more devices for formula feeding. Among the essentials you will find: bottles and nipples, which should always be sterilized and replaced according to their condition. For greater comfort, use feeding pillows. They will provide a safe place for the baby during feeding, and you will not need to hold the baby in your arms. Since bottles and nipples need to be sterilized constantly, you may need additional cleaning supplies. By killing all bacteria from the surface of the feeding appliances, you will not put your baby at risk and avoid infectious diseases, so pay attention to safe cleaning products.
Of course, you can buy even more extra things that will make feeding your baby even more convenient and enjoyable, but it’s all extra costs, so each family chooses to buy them according to their capabilities.