Friday, October 15, 2010

Store brand formula has same nutrition as name brand (at up to half the cost)

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When the news of the recent Similac baby formula recall hit the airwaves, I can't tell you how glad I was that I didn't have an infant.  Just hearing about beetle larvae made me want to gag, and I felt for any parents out there that realized that their formula was affected.  However awful the news of the recall was, it brought to the forefront some interesting things that parents might not know:  that baby formula is FDA regulated.  This was pointed out in a Moneywatch article about the recall.

What does this mean?  It means that the FDA regulates baby formulas -- all baby formulas whether store brand formula or brand name -- must meet federally mandated nutritional guidelines.  This means that the store brand  you see for several dollars less than the name brand has to meet the same nutritional guidelines as every other infant formula marketed in this country.  It has been this way since 1980! 

Saving a lot of money while still meeting your baby's nutritional needs is as easy as making the switch to generic formula, which you can find at many major retailers like Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Babies R Us and more.  Of course, you should speak with your child's doctor before switching, but it is definitely worth asking.  An extra couple hundred dollars a year re-entering your budget can buy a lot of diapers and other much needed items. 

To be quite honest, I never knew that baby formula was regulated.  I nursed both of my kids and though my daughter got some supplementation at day care, I never even thought to buy store brand.  I always just bought name brand when they told me to they needed some.  How I wish I could go back and make the switch!  We were on a shoestring at that time and every penny counted. 

Here's a comparison worth mulling over:

Parent’s Choice Advantage™ Infant Formula compared to Similac Advance

  • They are nutritionally equivalent;
  • Have prebiotics to help support your baby's immune system;
  • Are milk-based nutrition for your child and contain all nutrients, vitamins, and minerals needed for growth and development;
  • Include DHA and ARA (which can also be found in breast milk) which may support baby's brain and eye development; and
  • Are available in the sizes you need - 23.2 ounce and 12.4 ounce sizes.
  • The difference:  Store brand is significantly cheaper!

Want to see what kind of savings you could have if you made the switch to store brand formula?  Check out this savings calculator and come back and tell me how much you would save.  I bet it will surprise you!

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