better nutrition or cheaper prices?

Toni - posted on 06/22/2009 ( 21 moms have responded )

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Hey all, Im just wondering how everyone feels when it comes to formula..there are some that are cheaper, and it makes me wonder, I know there are essentials they have to put in the formula, so they all meet babys basic nutritional needs, but some more expensive ones claim to have extra benefits. In your opinion is it better to save money or do you believe theese more expensive formulas actaully really do benefit baby enough to warrant the extra money?

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Toni - posted on 07/18/2009

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I have been using Similac Advanced step 1 with omega 3 and 6... its 29.99 ( canadian dollars)...i do wonder if im being gyped out of $10..but its the one they were using at the hospital with him.. and the one they sent us with home.. so we just continued it..

Samantha - posted on 07/10/2009

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I wondered the same thing as well! I buy Enfapro A+ with DHA and all those other things and I always wonder if the cheaper kind was just as good. I have been to scared to use them lol

Charlene - posted on 07/10/2009

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personaly i chose cow & gate its not the cheapest i didnt think about price when deciding i chose whats best for my baby. i chose c&g also as its a well known brand and alot of mothers use it. as some formulas say they are better but are not and you woulnt no as you wont beable to get much advise on them.

Leslie - posted on 07/10/2009

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I used Simlac with added DHA and omegas in it. I didn't care the cost. If it was cheap or not, I checked all the the formulas to see who added it, and what else was added. When I had three I liked I tried him on them and with the simlac one he did the best. No throwing up, no tummy troubles, just a happy baby. I just started using Alsoy by Nestle, to see how he reacts with that one and it's $10 cheaper for a box. He's doing good on that one too. I do find that the cheaper formulas have more added iron and that gives him tummy issues. But I don't think that cost should play a part in buying formula, use what works for them.

Ashley - posted on 07/09/2009

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i was told by my dr that all formula is the same. we are using a cheaper brand (presidents choice) with our 2nd son. we used good start with our first and our dr had told us that good start makes presidents choice. the nurse at the hospital also looked at the can of formula and she said it was just as good. we are not using omega 3 and 6 just using formula with iron. the omega 3 and 6 did not agree with our first son he couldnt poo properly and was constantly crying with gas pains and as soon as we switched him to the reg formula he did so much better on it. i guess it's really how you feel but so far my son is doing excellent on the cheaper brand and it's what we'll keep using!!

Laura - posted on 07/02/2009

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It depends. My son was on Similac it was expensive but we tried other brands and he couldn't have those they made him sick. My daughter could have Enfamil or Generic. Every company makes the product a little differently than others. I have discovered that a lot of the generic stuff that you get at the store for yourself to eat has more sodium than what you're technically suppose to have in one day, but with formula they pretty much stay along the same lines. There are some differences in the amount of certain things. I did a lot of research both online and whenever I go shopping I look at every piece of nutritional information that it shows.

Sarah - posted on 07/02/2009

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i don't think they do generic in the uk anyway.

they do things like heinz farleys,aptamil,hipp organic,cow and gate and sma .. which are all well known brands

Heike - posted on 07/02/2009

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Dont waste your money!! Generic formula companies are required BY LAW to have the same nutritional value as name brand.

Sarah - posted on 07/02/2009

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with most baby products i would generally buy the most expensive .. which usually seems to be a leading brand .. therefore its popular and there must have been a lot of research behind .. so it must be good for your baby .. hence why i only use branded products like pampers, johnsons bath stuff .. and the formula i use is aptamil easy digest .. since he has trouble with his wind ... this milk costs about £8 something .. so its one of the more copstly ones than cow and gate and sma

Rachel - posted on 07/01/2009

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For us, we opted for organic formula and those are simply more costly. But I didn't want any gmo's, antibiotics or growth hormones - so health benefits ruled the decision. There were only a select few to choose from. Similac Organic is what we chose since I prefer a non-lactose formula. Its $26.95 a can. I signed up for coupons, watched for deals and bought in bulk and ON EBAY. My first purchase for her was 18 cans for $300 - that brought the per can cost down to $16 bucks and it lasted from November till the following March. We do have to buy the odd can at full price, but overall...I've made sure there wasn't much cost difference at all.

**If your buying on ebay, just make sure its a respected dealer, take no dented cans, ask about expiration dates and still inspect every can when you get it. Even those that don't accept returns will take a damaged product back.

Mel - posted on 07/01/2009

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Quoting Renae:



Quoting Melissa:

well in australia s 26 is common because it is meant to be the best for them but in actual fact for most babies it causes severe problems and constipation, so its better to go for the cheaper formulas, the more simple ones they agree alot better with the baby i find






my son is 4 months 3 weeks old and we have been using s26 gold for him since birth and have never had any problems with constipation, he has always been regular and also seems to be developing faster than other kids his age.






he is very lucky. everyone i know has had trouble with putting thier babies on s26 either not agreeing with the baby or severe constipation not to mention they try and tell you, that you need to buy step 2 at 6 months when in actual fact the birth one is better for them the whole way. it is better it if works for the baby because it was iron and everything, but i would not touch it again

Renae - posted on 06/30/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

well in australia s 26 is common because it is meant to be the best for them but in actual fact for most babies it causes severe problems and constipation, so its better to go for the cheaper formulas, the more simple ones they agree alot better with the baby i find



my son is 4 months 3 weeks old and we have been using s26 gold for him since birth and have never had any problems with constipation, he has always been regular and also seems to be developing faster than other kids his age.

Traci - posted on 06/23/2009

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I used either the WalMart or Sam's Club equivalent of Similac with DHA/ARA. Formula is regulated by the FDA so buying the name brand really doesn't matter. Your baby will be nourished just the same using store brands. Considering a can of Walmart brand was $13.88 and the same size for Similac is 22.00, I'd say go with the store brand!!! :) The Sam's club brand was even cheaper than the Wal Mart one. Wish I'd have known that sooner....:)

Amber - posted on 06/23/2009

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It depends....a lot of the store brands will put a side by side comparison right on the label and they are they exact same. Just make sure you get one with Iron and DHA is always a nice bonus. We have been using the Target brand and have not had any issues. We also use the Gerber rice cereal with DHA.

Selina - posted on 06/23/2009

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i felt the same way but we found one that is great its the walgreens geniric brand it is the exzact same thing as the similac isomil advanced the big can cost the same as the little cans so you get double the formula and are little guy prefers the geniric over the similac

Mel - posted on 06/23/2009

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well in australia s 26 is common because it is meant to be the best for them but in actual fact for most babies it causes severe problems and constipation, so its better to go for the cheaper formulas, the more simple ones they agree alot better with the baby i find

Diane - posted on 06/23/2009

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When it comes to food I would pay the extra for the higher quality brands. When it comes to there health and development I wouldn't want to take a chance. You can always try to save money other ways. Off brand diapers are a good way to save money. I spent all kinds of money on name brand diapers with my daughter. Then it occured to me, why pay so much for something she's gonna pee and poop on. Now I use generic diapers for both my kids and spend half as much. You can also save by getting clothes at garage sales and resale shops. Also if you go to websites of formula companies you can sign up for coupons. I was getting 5 to 10 dollar coupons for emfamil.

Renae - posted on 06/23/2009

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i'm not sure if it is better or not but i buy the 'gold' formula because i would rather try what they claim to be 'better' than to not give it to my son and find out later in life that i should've. i vowed when i got pregnant that i would try my best to give my son the best life i could possibly give him and if that means shelling out more money, then thats what i'll do. i'm not one of those mothers that will always buy the most expensive everything, but i just think some things are worth the money.

Jennifer - posted on 06/22/2009

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I would definently get a formula with DHA, but other than that I don't really know if any of the other stuff that some formulas "claim" to have is true or really important.

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