What are your thoughts on generic, store brand formula for babies?
We used Kroger Brand formula for my daughter after I stopped pumping for her at 9 months. We bought a small can and took it into our doctor and had them look at it and gather as much info as they could on it. Turns out was identical to the Lactose Free Similac (she had dairy issues as an infant). Should our next baby need formula, that's the way we'll go! Way cheaper and it seemed like it was almost always on sale!
I compare the ingredient list and nutritional info of generics carefully with the brand names.
When my youngest was about 4 months old I switched from brand name to generic formula. We used the Kroger comforts brand (the regular version of it, not the lactose-free that rkhyclak used), we also used the Walgreens version which says 'compare to similac advance', and a Wal-Mart Parents Choice brand.
I think the store brands are fine. My baby didn't have any issues switching between different brands. Although there are so many varieties within each store brand that you have to really make sure you're comparing apples with apples & selecting the correct one for your baby. (I did find it hard to compare all the nutritional info in the store with a baby and toddler in tow!!!)
Store brand formula is just fine. Read the labels, but it should be nutritionally equivalent.
Of course, the best food for babies is breast milk...
I remember when my daughter was small, I tried a store brand...ONCE. I found that even though the ingredients were the same it didn't mix as easily as the name brand I was using. Nothing grosser than having clumped up formula at the bottom of your baby's bottle...a nightmare to clean, and she wasn't getting the nutrients from that mass that was left at the bottom.
At the time, I was a busy working mom, and time was more precious than money.
I used store brand when I got into a bind and that was all I could afford. Be careful though changing formulas some babies have been know to be sensative to sudden changes in formula and it could cause upset, stomach, gas or diarreah. I personally did not have that problem but I knew a few others that did.
I gave my son the Sam's Club brand formula after breastfeeding for 3 months. I really liked their brand and his doctor said that it was just as nutritious as the name brand versions. It was infinitely cheaper (which was a factor at the time.) My son stayed in the 100th percentile and is there now. I
My opinion is that it can be very useful. My milk supply dried up within a week of having my son so I had no choice but to move over to formula food. I guess all i can say is that my son is now 17 months old and very much alive and kicking, it didn't harm him.
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