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. 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 $600 a year. Now I don't know about you, but for my family, $600 in a year can go a very long way!
A study was conducted recently that outlined the feelings of new moms. The results were intriguing. Did you know that:
- Baby-related advertisements strike an emotional chord with moms - nearly one in four feel overwhelmed (23%) and one in five feel anxious (20%) or confused (20%)
- 53% of moms admit thoughts of their baby product budget plague them on a daily basis
- 37% of moms feel guilty if they cannot afford a specific product for their babies
- Moms are willing to purchase store brand over the counter medicine for their baby (42%) and store brand pharmaceuticals (44%), but only 21% of moms are willing to buy store brand infant formula.
*All results are taken from the Perrigo Nutritionals "Brand" New Mom Study
So if store brand infant formulas are just as beneficial as the pricier name brands, why aren't more new parents catching on? Probably because they haven't tried them yet! I would definitely recommend researching store brand formulas and talking to your pediatrician about them. You may be pleasantly surprised like we were!
I can attest as a parent who used formula made by Perrigo Nutritionals for over a year that these products are just as good as the more expensive brands. If you compare the nutrition labels, they are basically identical! I also noticed that while my babies were using Target's Up & Up brand, they spit up less, had more "normal" looking bowel movements, and were generally quite happy. Other pluses? When mixing the formula, it didn't "foam" like some of the big brands, so there weren't as many air bubbles getting into baby's tummy. I also noticed that the store brand formulas didn't smell as offensive as the brand we had switched from. They stained less, too, which helped save my laundry!
If you haven't checked into using store brand formulas, I highly suggest that you try it. With many different options available, such as soy or gentle formulations, you're sure to find the right fit for your baby. In the process, you'll save your family tons of money! While breast is always best, if you make the decision to formula feed or need to supplement, I think that the store brand formulas made by Perrigo Nutritionals are the smarter choice.
To learn more about store brand infant formulas, please click HERE.
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