Friday, February 20, 2009

Generic Formula - Is it OK for Your Baby?

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These days, we are all trying to find ways to save money. But, when it comes to our kids, we never want to save a few cents at the expense of their health and well-being. So, I asked my pediatrician about generic formula.

My pediatrician said that generic formula is absolutely safe. There is virtually no difference between generic and name-brand. She thinks that formula is one place that parents can safely save money by buying generic.

Given that AB is now weaned from breastmilk*, we are using an enormous amount of formula. So, I have gladly switched him to the Target brand. It is nearly *half* the price of Enfamil. Even with the $5 coupons that Enfamil sends me in the mail, the Target brand is still significantly cheaper. The only difference I have noticed is that the Enfamil powder is ground finer and mixes easier. The Target brand takes a bit more shaking to thoroughly mix. However, the protein and vitamin content is nearly exactly the same as Enfamil, and AB doesn't seem to notice the difference.

So, ask your pediatrician about switching to generic formula. You can save a ton of $$.

* Some of you may be surprised to hear that I am no longer breast feeding, since I am such an advocate of it. When I returned to work, my milk production declined and declined until there just wasn't any left. I was slightly under-supplied to begin with, but pumping three times a day at work just wouldn't sustain my supply. The same thing happened with HB. About 3-4 months after I returned to full-time, there was just no more milk. From what I hear of other moms, this is really common. How do I feel about this? Pretty neutral. I would have loved for nursing to be easy for me, but it just isn't. It was a struggle to keep up my supply the whole time. I am glad that I could do it for as long as I did. I don't feel guilty for stopping, and I am sure AB will be *just fine* on formula for a few months until he can drink cows milk.

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