Store Brand vs. National Brand Baby Formula
Guest Post from Monica of MommyBrainReports.com
August 5th. 2009, 3:24pm
Monica of MommyBrainReports.com understands you want to give your little one the best, but she’s here to show you that the best doesn’t have to be the most expensive. Let’s extend a warm welcome to Monica!
“When I had my twins in 2005, I knew I was not going to be able breast feed them. I was disappointed because I knew that was the best option both nutritionally, for them and financially, for us. But, I knew there were many options out there to help us save money.
While we were in the hospital, we used the formula they gave us. I can’t remember what brand it was at this point, but I know it was one of those big name brands. The girls did ok on it, but we did deal with some gassiness. We figured it would pass eventually. When we got home, I instantly signed up for every coupon program I could find. We saw how fast the girls were going through formula and just didn’t know what we’d do. Weeks went by, and we saw they were going through a can of powder every 2 days. The coupons were helping, but only taking a few dollars off here and there. We needed a better solution. I decided to look into store brand formulas.
I’ve heard many people tell me that store brand this or generic that is not as good as the real thing, but in this case, I had to see for myself. I and other had heard many people talking about Parent’s Choice Infant Formula products and thought it was worth a try. I did some research on the internet and found out that the FDA has really strict guidelines as far as what nutritional value infant formulas carry. Sure, every store has their brand products, but for me, Walmart was closest and easiest for me, so it made sense to check them out first. It was quite surprising. We took a look at the nutritional information on the name brand infant formula label and then looked at the Parent’s Choice infant formula label. They were exactly the same. Could it be true? The Parent’s Choice formula was 1/2 the price of the name brand formula! We instantly made the switch, and my girls seemed to love it! I know I loved it because I was able to save the money for other things.. like diapers, and clothing. Over a year of formula feeding, that savings really added up for us!
Looking back, I know now that all of my worrying about going with a store brand was really for nothing. In fact, and article recently came out from Consumer Reports, an advocate for helping parents make wise purchasing decisions, saying that they recommend buying a store brand, powdered infant formula over the National Brands, if you must, or choose to formula feed. Even Consumer Reports did the research: “We found that the store brand of formula at a local Wal-Mart (Parent’s Choice) cost 50 percent less per ounce than a leading national brand (Enfamil). According to the FDA, all formula marketed in the United States must meet the same nutrient specifications, which are set at levels to fulfill the needs of infants.” That’s a huge endorsement for store brand products coming from an unbiased source.
If you’re looking for ways to save money, you can learn more by using an online baby formula savings calculator at http://www.parentschoiceformula.com/baby-formula-savings-calculator.aspx.
I know that some babies have special formula needs, like sensitive tummy, or soy formulas. Most store brands will have you covered there also. Check out http://www.parentschoiceformula.com/parents-choice-formula-finder.aspx to see what formula you might need. You can also request free samples of the infant formulas so you can try them out to see how baby likes them!
Coming from personal experience, I can say that we did struggle with saving money, and we made decisions that would benefit our children and our family as a whole. I’m very glad I took the time to research more about store brand vs. name brand, and was able to save some money while not sacrificing their nutritional needs.”