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It's no secret that I suffer from anxiety. During pregnancy, it was amplified about a zillion percent. I basically turned into a basket case. Back to back pregnancies are hard, both on the body and the emotions. I seemed to worry about everything. I do mean everything, too. In fact, thanks to Google, I convinced myself that I was dying at least once during both of my last pregnancies. This made my oh-so-awesome Doc ground me from Google and tell me to chill the f*** out. Yes, in those very words.
My doc was a really cool guy, who reminded me of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Bill Cosby mixed, personality wise. He was always able to not only make me feel better, but also make me laugh at myself for being super-nutty. (Seriously, I don't know how my Dr. put up with me!)
The folks at Perrigo Nutritionals Store Brand Formula recently conducted a survey of pediatricians nationwide, to see what questions they get asked the most often by new parents. The results are definitely interesting!
- A new, nationwide survey of pediatricians looked at the most common questions new moms will ask. 97 percent of pediatricians say feeding is one of the top three categories new moms ask about and more than half (52 percent) of pediatricians say feeding is the number one topic new moms ask about.
- “Pooping” questions were second (43 percent of respondents). Sleeping was third (41 percent).
- The results were based on a nationwide survey of pediatricians conducted by SERMO, the largest online network exclusively for physicians.
- According to the survey, 71 percent of pediatricians believe all infant formulas are basically the same; the brand doesn’t matter.
- The American Academy of Pediatrics and other experts agree on the benefits of breastfeeding; these experts also agree that infant formula is a safe, science-supported, nutritious means to nourish babies.
- Most moms don’t know that the FDA strictly regulates formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand formulas, like Wal-Mart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards.
- By switching to store brand formula, a family can save up to $600 per year without compromising quality. Visit www.storebrandformula.com for formula coupons and more information.
In fact, my babies had problems nursing, so I pumped for a good 6 months with them and then gradually switched to formula. While I wish that nursing would have been more successful, I have peace of mind knowing that they got the benefits of breast milk for several months, followed by a nutritionally complete infant formula. (We actually used Target's Up & Up formula, since we always found some amazing deals on buying it by the case.) Today, Sophie and Xander are both happy, healthy, and thriving preschoolers.
So if you're looking for an infant formula that is nutritionally equivalent to the big brands without the hefty price tag, definitely talk to your pediatrician and consider trying store brand formula. I think you'll be delighted, both by how well baby does on it, as well as by the fabulous savings.
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