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Hawaii Med J. 1993 Jan;52(1):14-8.

Breast-feeding versus formula: cost comparison.

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  • 1School of Public Health, Honolulu, HI 96822.


Peterkin and Walker published in 1976 a cost estimate of feeding a baby in the U.S. At that time, they found there was little difference in cost between breast-feeding and formula feeding. Since then, however, the cost of formula has risen drastically--more than 150% during the 1980s. One researcher estimated that food and feeding equipment cost $855 in the first year. Whereas the cost of formula is quite apparent when a family buys it, the cost of breast-feeding is hidden.

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