While there is no denying that breast milk is the best possible food for babies, not all of us are able to nurse exclusively. Despite my best efforts, including seeing a lactation consultant, I was only able to nurse for a few short months with both of my toddlers.
My daughter would just fall asleep when I tried to nurse, and nothing would wake her. Not skin to skin contact, not undressing her to make her chilly and rouse her...Literally nothing worked.
My youngest son, Xander, was a great little feeder until he caught the same flu the rest of the house was sick with. The poor little guy wouldn't latch on because he just couldn't breathe very well. We even needed to take him to the Emergency Room because he ended up dehydrated. Talk about scary! Well the doctors recommended feeding from a bottle since it made it easier for my sick baby to breathe.
So for months, I pumped and pumped and pumped some more, and still found that I had to supplement their feedings with infant formula because I couldn't provide all of the breast milk they needed. A nursing baby draws a lot more milk production than even the best breast pump. So my supply dwindled, despite all efforts to keep the milk flowing. My pediatrician swore that this was just fine, and that I didn't have to beat myself up over it. (I did anyway, though. I really wanted to nurse!) Eventually, we had to switch to formula.
There are a ton of different options available when it comes to infant formula. Most of them have one thing in common: They are expensive! After talking to my pediatrician at length about the best choice for my babies, she told me that cheaper does not mean lesser quality when it comes to formula, and to consider using store brand formula, like Parent's Choice Premium (sold at Walmart) Or Up & Up Advantage (sold at Target). I was surprised, since a lot of moms mistakenly assume that brand name means better. My doctor told me that all infant formulas made in the United States must provide complete nutrition for growing babies and meet FDA requirements for safety, nutrition, and quality. In fact, store brand infant formulas are nutritionally equivalent to similar national formula brands such as Enfamil or Similac, but cost half the price, which can save you about hundreds of dollars per year. Now I don't know about you, but for my family, this kind of savings can go a very long way!
So we used Target's Up & Up formula for our babies, and we never had any issues with it at all. I loved the fact that I could buy a huge case of the extra large cans online for literally half the cost of national brands. My babies were getting the nutrition they needed, and we were saving quite a bit of money.
To help bring awareness to the benefits of choosing store brand formulas, Perrigo Nutritionals is having an awesome sweepstakes!
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One lucky reader will receive a prize pack from Perrigo Nutritionals, which will include:
• One large can of Parent’s Choice Premium
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• Baby bottle drying rack
• Formula dispenser
• Bottle brushes
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This giveaway is open to US residents 18+ until 12:00AM on December 15, 2012. No PO Boxes. Winner will be drawn using Rafflecopter's Random Number Generator. All entries will be verified, so play fair! I will notify winner via e-mail and they will have 48 hours to reply before I am forced to redraw winners. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. This contest is not affiliated with Facebook in any way. Thanks for entering, and Good Luck!
***Disclosure: Prize pack, information, and giveaway have been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals.I received the same package for my own review. No other compensation was provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
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