|Generic, Store Brand Formulas VS Name Brand
||[Jul. 15th, 2005|11:12 am]
Baby Feeding Questions
Hi! New to the community and had a question that I thought would fit here perfectly.
Here's the thing... Well let me preface this whole post by saying that I do believe BREAST IS BEST and I'm still very sad and very disappointed by my whole boob experience or lack thereof. Ignorance is partially to blame (as is brooke ;o) but ANYway for reasons I'd rather not get into here, Brooke is on formula (and as we did with Brooke we have every intention to boob feed the next kid) but sometimes stuff happens SO that being what it is, if I can't give Brooke the very best (breast) then I of course want to give her the very best formula I can right?
So anyway, since she was about 3 weeks old she's pretty much been on Enfamil. We tried all 3 of the major players but I didn't care for Similac (stopped her up) but her reaction (and ingredient comparison) between Enfamil and Nestle was a toss up, she could take either one with no problem. Sooo we ended up going with Enfamil because that's what I had the most coupons for (and it was a buck cheaper at Kroger).
Well I'm running out of coupons and earlier this week I was running out of formula. My mom had bought Brooke a small container of Kroger brand and I stuck it in the back of the pantry as backup. Long story short, I couldn't get to the store for one reason or another so I busted out the backup. I compared the ingredients and the nutritional content to both Enfamil and Nestle (because I happen to have both cans at home) and lo and behold there wasn't a heck of a lot of difference. So what the heck, I gave her a bottle and she drank it just fine. Gave her a few more bottles, no poopy problems, no barf, no nuthin.
Fast forward to Wednesday. I have to go to Kroger at lunch to pick up something for work and I happened to go to the Kroger's my brother works at. I was all "Matt, give me your discount card!" See my brother gets 10% off all Krogers brand stuff. While I was there I thought what a great opportunity to by non perishables like diapers, wipes, formula, blah blah blah because I was kidless and all. So I'm walking down the baby aisle, with no coupons mind you, and stop and stare at the jubilee of formulas. Enfamil (with Kroger card) $23.99 Nestle (with Kroger card) $24.99 Kroger (with card and matt's discount) $13.50! Uh hello!!!
So I take the plunge. I buy a can.
I'm of course still a little leery at the time because you know the saying, you get what you pay for! and this is my baby's health and nutrition and all! I wonder to myself if generic formulas are like generic prescriptions (you know like your doc writes a script and you go to fill it and the pharmacy automatically gives you the generic) or if it's like trash bags (you spend more on hefty and it's well, hefty but you buy the target brand or something and they don't hold trash for squat).
So Wednesday night I get online and start doing some research on generic formulas and the manufacturer of the Kroger formula and what I come up with suprises me:
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