Advice needed RE: Formula (XP)

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Advice needed RE: Formula (XP)

So I was packing up a rubbermaid box of extra things to keep at daycare (in home provider) so I am not dragging everything everyday plus the twins.... well, my friend said why are you packing formula? In California, daycares get paid by the state to provide it. I said really, I didnt know that... so I asked my provider and she said yes she does but she does not buy different formula she only buys Kirkland brand (Costco brand I think?) and if we want specific formula we have to provide it. So here's the cut and dry on the advice I need... We are obviously seeing the financial impact on our household with twins, formula is roughly $25 a can and they each go through a can in under a week, and thats for now at 3-4 oz, not when they increase to 6 and 8. So I feel like we are paying all this money into daycare, lets reap the benefits of having her provide their formula while at daycare. On the flip side, both of my babies are a little on the sensitive side... well Bella less so than Anthony. I ended up putting him on the Similac Sensitive to reduce his gas and spit up. On the one hand, I want to at least give her formula a try to see if they can tolerate it (would help us out ALOT $$). But I dont know if I want to risk it upsetting their tummies. A selfish part of me thinks well, worst case scenario they are gassy and fussy for a few days- best case scenario, it helps us on having to provide her with all this expensive formula. Your thoughts? I go back to work next Monday Sad

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Just my thoughts (and this is as a mom with one baby who can take any formula, switch it up, no problem ... and one who has had major feeding issues) ...

Can you buy some Kirkland formula to try at home? It's the Costco brand but maybe you can get it online if you're not a Costco member
(I know Diapers.com and Amazon have Kirkland wipes, so maybe??). I would send formula with the babies for now, get my hands on some Kirkland formula, make the switch at home to see how it goes, and then fingers crossed in a couple of weeks you can use her formula. Also, I never knew that about the formula at daycare -- that could be a MAJOR savings!! Oh and if it doesn't go perfectly, maybe it will for one baby or maybe you can try again in a month or so. Tummy sensitivities seem to get better with time.

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ditto pp. Shelia pretty much said what was I was thinking! my only suggestion would be to maybe mix the kirkland brand with the brand you are using now to allow them to get use to it. It may help with the sensitive tummy introducing it slowly.

I can't believe you are returing to work already. You are super women:)

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If he really is sensitive I wouldn't risk giving him any old kind of formula. My son was really sensitive and he was so uncomfortable with the regular kind of formula. It made me so upset to see him that uncomfortable with gas. To me, its not worth saving the extra money to see him that miserable. I formula fed my two from birth so I know how expensive it can be. But that just goes along with having twins - double the diapers/formula/clothes/food etc.

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I agree with Jen. I do also think you can try the Kirkland brand, but do it slowly. The cost of twins really does suck, I know. However, upset tummies suck for everyone too. I think it is also important to remember that this is just a phase. It is expensive, but you just have to make it a year, and then you will be buying milk. If you budget for it now, you will have extra money in the budget next year. It is the same with diapers. We just have it in the budget, and I cannot wait until I am not paying about $200/mo. on them. More money for other things, like clothes or dance lessons! Smile