Something I ran across while parenting on a budget.
I hope this is considered "on topic" but if not, feel free to delete. Any parent knows how expensive baby formula can be and even those of us fortunate enough to get WIC vouchers for formula often can't get all the formula we need with those. Now, my mother-in-law told me to give my baby bottles with water to help "fill him up" as well as to help with constipation. While she wasn't necessarily suggesting it for financial reasons, I can certainly see how easily it could be applied to making the formula last longer. For those out there who think it might be, please don't. My son just ended up vomiting up the water bottles, but according to the AAP it can be much worse: "Recent news reports have focused on water intoxication. Though not common, this serious condition can occur when young infants are fed water in addition to breastmilk or formula, or when formula is diluted with too much water. The baby not only receives too few nutrients, but also the electrolyte balance is disturbed and seizures may occur. The AAP reminds parents not to try to "stretch" their budgets by adding extra water to infant formula. Instead, follow manufacturer's directions carefully, and if you have questions about feeding your infant, ask your pediatrician. Breastfeeding provides ideal nourishment for infants, including sufficient liquid. Parents who use formula but are having trouble affording it should contact their county health department, social service agency, food pantry, or community organization that supports parents and children. " http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/dec08infantformula.htm When my son was projectile vomiting, he had to go into the ER twice to receive fluids by IV. That alone could be much more expensive than more formula but from what I've read it can be far worse.