Enfamil Gentlease is a miracle worker. Well, for my two babies it was. Each time after one of them had a virus involving a fever suddenly their stomachs stopped processing milk right and we ended up with formula-gushing infants. In both cases, at the recommendation of our pediatrician, we switched to Enfamil Gentlease for a couple of weeks while their stomachs got back on track. After the formula spewing badness was gone we switched back to normal formulas.
The cost of this formula was a point of worry each time we had to go on it as it’s generally more expensive when purchased at a store, but on a recent trip to Costco and having read through the forums a few times looking for a price, I’ve now got the price on it.
If you’re a reader of theITbaby, you may have read one of our most popular articles “How much does it cost to feed a baby formula” which was based on the mythical formula-only baby, and the then-current price of Target’s powdered formula which cost $0.09 per liquid ounce produced.
Enfamil Gentlease and the $1000 formula baby
The mythical formula-only baby eats nothing but formula from day one to day 365. This is what’s used to get those +$1000 numbers you hear volleyed around. We determined that when breastfeeding and getting formula from other sources was involved, formula feeding a real baby ended up being more in the $300 range. We’ll go into that another time though. Oh yeah, they also can start eating at four to six months so formula consumption drops.
I’ll go with the higher number of $0.161 here. I’ll make a note that if your state charges sales tax on baby items you will need to take that tax rate and add it into the final number. TN is about 9.75% if you purchase in Nashville, so just take your final number for cost and multiply it times 1.taxrate (EG 9.75% tax rate you would multiply the final number by 1.0975).
You can read where I got weights and standard month measurements here. I’m not cutting and pasting everything.
How much does it cost to exclusively feed Enfamil Gentlease
Month 1: 7 pounds, 17.5 ounces of formula per day, $2.81 per day, $85.68 this month
Month 2: 8.5 pounds, 21.25 ounces per day, $3.42 per day $104.04 this month
Month 3: 10 pounds, 25 ounces per day, $4.025 per day, $122.40 this month
Month 4: 11.5 pounds, 28.75 ounces per day, $4.62 per day, $140.76 this month
Month 5: 13 pounds, 32.5 ounces per day, $5.23 per day, $159.12 this month
Month 6: 14.5 pounds, 36.25 ounces per day, $5.84 per day, $177.48 this month
Month 7: 16 pounds, 40 ounces per day, $6.44 per day, $195.84 this month
Month 8: 17.5 pounds, 43 ounces per day, $6.92 per day, $210.52 this month
Month 9: 19 pounds, 47.5 ounces per day, $7.64 per day, $232.56 this month
Month 10: 20.5 pounds, 51.25 ounces per day, $8.25 per day, $250.92 this month
Month 11: 22 pounds, 55 ounces per day, $8.85 per day, $269.28 this month
Month 12: 23.5 pounds, 58.75 ounces per day, $9.46 per day, $287.64 this month
If I did the math right, that first year of using nothing but the tummy-calming Gentlease comes out to $2,236.24 before taxes. $2,454.27 if you’re living in Nashville.
Yup, that’s expensive formula. Fortunately, at least in our case, we’ve only had to purchase one can of Enfamil Gentlease, we were given a few by the pediatrician, and generally you can use it for a short amount of time to get the tummy back on track and then move them off.
You most inexpensive bet for Enfamil Gentlease is probably Costco, but if you’re not a member and aren’t having to rush out and grab it right now grab it at Amazon for $25.98. (Do it there, we get like a dollar if you purchase through them).