I have often wondered where the cheapest place to purchase infant formula is? This question has become even more relevant after this article was published about retailers having to lock away their formula stock because of theft.
The question that was brought up by many followers was why is formula so expensive and how can a mother afford to purchase infant formula for their babies if they are on a social grant of about R350 per month given that the average price of a 900g tin of formula is about R160 and a pack of 43 new born nappies is about R100. It’s no wonder some desperate mothers are feeding their 3 week old baby pap, coffee creamer or evaporated milk.
We all know that breast is best but when breast feeding is not an option and your baby’s well being and development is dependent on formula, as a mother your hands feel tied about the options for your baby and out of sheer desperation and lack of government support and education, theft is often a reality.
We at BabyYumYum took it upon ourselves to do a product price comparison looking at different major retailers as well as the same stage type of formulas produced by different manufacturers . We also looked at a few independent pharmacies and hospital pharmacies.
Hopefully our research will assist you in making smart purchasing decisions and help you save a few rands and cents. Please note that all prices were based on in store costs in April 2016 and this comparison was focused on a variety of the most popular infant formula brands not stated in any preferential order.
Disclaimer: This post has not been sponsored or paid for. Breast milk is the best food for infants. Good maternal nutrition is essential to prepare and maintain breastfeeding. If breastfeeding is not applied, an infant formula may be used according to health professionals’ advice. Preparation and storage of any infant formula should be performed as directed on the tin in order not to pose any health hazards.