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Buying Formula over the Internet

Many people choose, for one reason or another, to feed their babies infant formula.  Perhaps you can't breastfeed for medical reasons.  Or maybe using formula is more convenient or better for your family's dynamic.

Whatever the case may be, it's important to be smart about how you buy formula.

Many people sell/buy formula over the Internet.  A quick check of Craigslist confirms this.  The problem is you don't know much about the seller or the formula.  For all you know, the "sell by" date on the formula has expired and it's not safe to use.  Or perhaps it's been tampered with ( how would you know?).  What if the seal is broken?   Sadly there are many people out to make a fast buck so why risk it.

To be sure, there are people who are legitimate.  Their children may have moved onto the next feeding stage and they have formula left over.  It's too expensive to just toss so they want to sell it.  To them I say, there are other options.  If you're looking to get rid of left over formula, there are plenty of places that will accept it as a donation such as  Women, Infant and Children (WIC) programs, which are everywhere--literally.  There are also food pantries..  You get the tax writeoff.  Those places can then provide it to those who need it and can't afford it.

As a buyer, you just don't know.  it's better to be safe than sorry.  Buy from a reputable retail outlet wher eyou can go, see the formula packages/cans with your own eyes.



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