How to Find Free Baby Formula

By Heidi Gonzales
Find Free Baby Formula

How to Find Free Baby Formula. If there is one thing that we all know, it is that baby formula is not cheap. Formula costs for the first year of a baby's life can exceed $2,000 dollars per family. This figure triples with multiple babies such as twins and triplets. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can find free formula. If these places don't offer the formula for free, they may offer coupons which would still significantly lower your cost. Here are some suggestions.

Contact your local Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office. WIC offers education, health care referrals and supplemental food to women who have children up to 5 years of age and meet their program requirements. If you are formula feeding, they offer a certain amount of money to purchase formula and may have coupons from the individual formula companies to hand out.

Look for coupons and sales in your local paper. If you can't find any, you can sign up for coupons online. There are different companies that offer free coupons online, or you can check into coupon swap groups.

Check Craigslist.org. Many people post coupons for formula or give away formula on there.

Check Freecycle.org. This is a hot spot for free formula. Many parents come here and give away unused cans or bottles of formula that their baby won't drink. Many times, parents buy formula in bulk, and if the baby develops a dislike or allergy to it, they give it away. If you don't see anyone advertising the formula for free, you can post a request.

Find a pregnancy crisis center in your area and give them a call. Formula companies often drop a few cases off with them in hopes of promoting the formula to the mothers they see. They may be willing to give you a few cans or bottles.

Check with your local hospital. Formula companies are always pushing hospitals to promote formula, and they usually have lots of different choices available. If they don't have the formula, they may have the coupons.

Check with your local pediatricians' offices. Again, formula companies use them to promote their product.

Join a formula company's online club. Many of the companies have websites and host Mommy Clubs. When you join (usually for free), they send you coupons to use. If you don't see a website on the bottle or can, call the number and they should be able to direct you to a site or give you information on how to obtain coupons.

Join a Moms Group in your area and ask the moms for advice. Chances are there are other moms looking for the same thing or they know how to get coupons or free formula.

Warning

Always check the expiration date on the formula before giving it to your baby. If you get your formula online from Craigslist or Freecycle, ask the person when the expiration date is before picking it up. Make sure that the formula has not been opened before using it. There should still be a seal on it.

About the Author

Heidi Gonzales is a midwife, childbirth educator, doula, American Heart Association BLS instructor, author and editor for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association e-mag. She left the Navy after 10 years to pursue her passion in birth work. She has attended over 60 births in Louisiana and has helped over 150 families through birth consultations. She volunteers as a childbirth educator at a pregnancy crisis center in Louisiana and also as an online career mentor.