When people say that breastfeeding saves money, they're talking dollars not cents. Since the milk is manufactured by a mother's body, nursing a newborn is nutritious and free. Though breast milk is called liquid gold, it seems like it'd be a more appropriate term for formula once you run the figures on popular brands. On average, one ounce of the powder (which makes two ounces of fluid) costs about a buck with organic and conventional formulas at similar price points. Check out these numbers.

  • Similac Advance w/ Early Shield Powder Formula — 23.2 oz. ($22.49) = $0.97 per ounce
  • Enfamil Premium Powder — 23.4 oz ($24.99) = $1.06 per ounce
  • Earth's Best Milk Based Formula Organic Infant Formula Dairy w/DHA — 25.75 oz ($27.99) = $1.08 per ounce
  • Good Start Gentle Plus Powder — 25.7 oz ($26.49) = $1.03 per ounce
  • Bright Beginnings Milk-Based Organic Infant Formula — 25.75 can ($24.99) = $0.97 per ounce
  • Vermont Organics DHA Soy Based Organic Infant Formula — 25.7 oz can ($24.99) = $0.97 per ounce

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