We have private insurance through dh's company, and Lily is on medical assistance through a program for special needs kids (the other girls are not on that). Without medical assistance, we would have seen MILLIONS of dollars (no joke) in medical bills. There is no way the average person could afford that, even on a good day. In our state, you have to be practically at poverty level to even be able to get food stamps (UNLESS you are pregnant or have a new baby...then the qualifying income is a little higher). We did qualify for WIC after the twins were born, but the only thing we used it for was formula. After weeks and weeks of pumping, never getting a full supply, trying to get one baby to nurse, and make enough milk for the sick baby who was unable to even try breastfeeding (her esophagus wasn't connected to her stomach), after all of that, I finally gave up the notion of being able to successfully breastfeed both babies. I pumped for 6 months, but even at my best, I only made enough to feed one baby. SO, we let WIC take care of formula (which was crazy expensive specialized formula), but we didn't use the rest.