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Old Yesterday, 03:22 AM
 
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Formula is an enormously hot item on the off-market. (I don't use the term black market because obviously formula isn't illegal, but it's off the regular market).

Moms who have a WIC allotment often water down the formula they give their babies, and sell the rest on the off-market.

And yes, theft is a huge problem. Some to feed babies, some to sell after market.

The question I have, is why in the world does baby formula cost so much to start with?
Answer: economics. That's what the market is for baby formula. Mothers can breast feed for nothing as an alternative. If you don't want to do it the way it's been done for tens of thousands of years -- then you can buy formula -- but you're going to pay for it.
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Old Yesterday, 04:53 AM
 
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1) How does a mother not notice that her baby's formula has been tampered with?

2) I don't believe any store would put returned baby formula back on the shelf without at least inspecting the containers. I always thought returned food products were thrown away.

3) Flour and water do not mix. Anyone familiar with baby formula should know immediately that something was wrong... BEFORE feeding it to their baby.

I don't believe any of this.
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Old Yesterday, 05:19 AM
 
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Baby formula, is used to dulute herion. So it is used by drug dealers. It is the main reason it is locked up, due to theft.
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Old Yesterday, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Living rent free in your head
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Answer: economics. That's what the market is for baby formula. Mothers can breast feed for nothing as an alternative. If you don't want to do it the way it's been done for tens of thousands of years -- then you can buy formula -- but you're going to pay for it.
You are such an expert I didn't produce enough milk to keep my babies alive so I had no choice except to supplement with formula. And believe it or not there are babies being raised by foster parents, grandparents and fathers none of whom are able to breastfeed.
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Old Yesterday, 07:26 AM
 
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You are such an expert I didn't produce enough milk to keep my babies alive so I had no choice except to supplement with formula. And believe it or not there are babies being raised by foster parents, grandparents and fathers none of whom are able to breastfeed.
Right? I was waiting for someone to bring up the Punishment Theory! Luckily it was a man.
This could almost happen as a rumor-warning for those trying “to get away with” not breast feeding.
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Old Yesterday, 07:33 AM
 
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1) How does a mother not notice that her baby's formula has been tampered with?

2) I don't believe any store would put returned baby formula back on the shelf without at least inspecting the containers. I always thought returned food products were thrown away.

3) Flour and water do not mix. Anyone familiar with baby formula should know immediately that something was wrong... BEFORE feeding it to their baby.

I don't believe any of this.
It seems possible it was an overnight stock room employee who did this. That would account for the fact that returns and exchanges employee wouldn't put it back on the shelf. In the scenario of the stocker, the person who actually benefitted from the theft (the stocker) would have motivation to put it back on the shelf, opened.

And yes, it would have been clearly tampered with, already open, but would a distracted adult not realize she hadn't opened it already and used some? This is an item she uses every day, many times a day, so she's always scooping out dippers full of the powder from an open can - could she have missed that she hadn't already opened the can prior to just now?

ESPECIALLY if someone else in the home routinely also fed the baby. Then, I could have missed that I didn't open the can fresh - my husband had.
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Old Yesterday, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
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Answer: economics. That's what the market is for baby formula. Mothers can breast feed for nothing as an alternative. If you don't want to do it the way it's been done for tens of thousands of years -- then you can buy formula -- but you're going to pay for it.

When was the last time you breast-fed an infant?
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Old Yesterday, 07:55 AM
 
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Baby formula, is used to dulute herion. So it is used by drug dealers. It is the main reason it is locked up, due to theft.


Wow! I did not know this! THAT explains a lot!
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Old Yesterday, 07:56 AM
 
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when was the last time you breast-fed an infant?

lol
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Old Yesterday, 07:59 AM
 
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It seems possible it was an overnight stock room employee who did this. That would account for the fact that returns and exchanges employee wouldn't put it back on the shelf. In the scenario of the stocker, the person who actually benefitted from the theft (the stocker) would have motivation to put it back on the shelf, opened.

And yes, it would have been clearly tampered with, already open, but would a distracted adult not realize she hadn't opened it already and used some? This is an item she uses every day, many times a day, so she's always scooping out dippers full of the powder from an open can - could she have missed that she hadn't already opened the can prior to just now?

ESPECIALLY if someone else in the home routinely also fed the baby. Then, I could have missed that I didn't open the can fresh - my husband had.
This is a good point. Plus the parent (usually the mom) is chronically sleep deprived, so might not be as sharp and on her toes as she normally would be.
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