(Closed) “Here is the formula we give breastfeeding moms…” HUH????

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
2821 posts
Sugar bee

I don’t think it’s cool for Drs offices to be doing advertising like that, especially in the way they did it with just a little note, makes you think there’s something wrong with you if you don’t supplement.  The hospital I delivered at gave out samples too but by that point they saw breastfeeding was going smoothly for us and had talked to us a lot about nursing. We did take the cans for just in case but the hospital did a good job at educating us on breastfeeding.

I did receive tin cans in the mail as samples and happily put them in my cupboard in case they were needed.  I was happy to have samples from two different brands in case we had to experiment.  LO is 9 months old now though and they haven’t been opened so now they will just get donated.  

Post # 4
1144 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Yes! and I am only 9 weeks I have already gotten samples from my doctors office that included breast milk storage bags. I told them I was going to breastfeed but they gave it to me anyways.

Post # 5
4046 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Might be helpful if you have trouble getting it to work, or you’re out and the baby gets hungry or something? But yea, seems a little odd.

Post # 6
9824 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

I guess so if it doesn’t work out for some reason you’ll have some samples to make an informed decision about formula. I don’t think it’s because they expect you to fail, they just want to give you all the options, which I think it great!


Post # 7
1855 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Definitely odd, but just store them and if you don’t end up needing them, you can donate the formula to a food bank.  I was all set to Boyfriend or Best Friend, but it didn’t work, and it was a huge help having a couple cans around the house for when I ran out of pumped milk for whatever reason.  

One time in particular, about 3 weeks after DS was born, I was making DS a bottle of pumped milk and had a fainting episode.  Spilled milk all over the kitchen when I passed out, and couldn’t pump any more for a couple hours.  I was so glad that we had the formula on hand b/c otherwise DS wouldn’t have been miserable and hungry!  Goes to show, you just never know, and it won’t hurt anyone to just keep it in the pantry.

Post # 8
140 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I do think it’s a little tacky in the advertising, but it is definitely nice to have if there is ever an emergency with you (not sure if you live in an area that has frequent natural disasters) or you take a much-needed break in the middle of the night and don’t have enough milk pumped. If you need any help with breastfeeding, I’d be more than happy to answer any questions! I breastfed both of my children (they are both 5 and under), and I taught several seminars to moms in the area about breastfeeding and products/tips/tricks that could help (what you need and don’t need to spend money on).

Post # 9
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think it’s just the marketing machine.  If by chance you do fail, you’re going to go the sample you have on hand first, and then read that it’s bad for baby’s tummy to switch formula on them, and be stuck with it imperpetuity (insert evil MUAH HA HAHA).  I wouldn’t take it as an insult.

Post # 10
828 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I breastfeed – but the first month was not easy for me at all and I had to supplement as my son wasn’t back to his birth weight by 3 weeks old. 

I had taken the samples home just to have in case. I’m glad I had them. When I came back from the pediatrician’s office that day, his 3 week check, I literally cried for 24 hours straight I was so upset my breastmilk wasn’t enough for him. I tried one formula sample with him, he hated it. I tried the next and he gulped it down. It was good for me to find one that he did take. It made me feel better that day. And it was “a slippery slope” as you may read online to supplement. It did what it needed to do to get him back up and take the pressure off me for a week or so and now he gets formula maybe 2oz every other day if he’s a little extra hungry. 

Post # 11
868 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I breastfed both of our girls but with our second, there were days where she would just NOT sleep because she was still hungry and my boobs could NOT keep up, so I would give her formula on the occasional night.  It kept her asleep longer and gave my boobs a chance to recharge.

Post # 13
362 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014


It is not about failure, options or the doctors “caring.” It is all about money and brand loyalty. Most pediatricians have reps from Abbott or Mead Johnson hawking their formulas as the “best.” These companies also sponsor conferences, lectures, note pads, discount trips and continuing education credits and medications and give doctors discounts for exclusive peddling rights, peddling their formula to breastfeeding and nonbreastfeeding mothers. 


Post # 14
6824 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Honestly why complain?  They are just making sure your child has food just in case you can’t Boyfriend or Best Friend or don’t have enough supply. It is free formula!  We got a a lot of free formula and didn’t purchase any until muchkin was 3 months. Since my milk supply wasn’t that great we had to supplment. Formula isn’t cheap!

Post # 15
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Even though we’re planning on exclusively breastfeeding, I wouldn’t mind getting some free samples of formula.  I want to have a little bit on hand just in case of emergencies, and I think I’m going to just need to go out and buy some.  However… I do think it’s pretty bad that doctors offices and hospitals routinely hand out formula b/c it encourages less educated mothers to automatically assume that formula is the better choice.  (I know that it is for some, but in general I don’t think the health benefits of breast feeding should just be discounted.)

That being said, I’m pretty sure our hospital doesn’t hand out formula for the exact reason that I mentioned above.  …And they have an unheard of 97% success rate w/ mothers breastfeeding in the hospital, so I guess the strategy is working for them. 

Post # 16
2095 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We give DS a formul bottle a day to keep him regular. We started with the enfamil samples they sent us and just continued to use that. I agree with PP it is great for an emergency situation. Colic is no fun and a little formula a day makes a happy baby.

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