Brand Name vs. Generic Formula

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For those moms out there that formula feed brand-name formula, why do you use brand-name over generic? For generic using moms, why do you use generic? Do you think there is any differences between the two?

Do you ever vary among brands or are you brand-loyal (e.g., only use Enfamil, etc.).

Just curious -- I know a lot of FF moms who will only use the brand names even though all formula is FDA regulated and the same nutritionally.

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Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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Sarah - I think she was asking personal opinions, not asking what brand is better... Answer the question or don't bother posting IMO.. that being said, not every baby can drink breastmilk for whatever reason, and have no choice..

Rosie - posted on 01/05/2011

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oh good god, i should've known i was gonna get a reply, lol! i was simply stating that if we go by the standards that some people deem horrid, breastmilk would fall into that catagory for containing aluminum. i wasn't trying to say breastmilk was horrible, or that formula was better. just tired of hearing how horrible and poisonous formula is. it gets really fucking old.

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i didn't either, interesting. only in australia probably. and there's poisonous aluminum in breastmilk sarah, not really good for a baby either...
There is 40 times as much aluminum in some formula milks compared to breast milk. if i had to use formula i would choose one with the least amount of harmful ingredient.

Stifler's - posted on 01/09/2011

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There is only brand name formula where I live! We have S26, Heinz, Nestle Lactogen (or whatever it's called), Novalac or Karicare...



And I have tried every single one except Nestle. Logan is currently on Heinz Nurture. I have no good reason for this really except that I like the name and it has a scraper bit.

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I think all brands of formula need to be altered to make it so its healthier for babies. Sara is right, they have high fructose corn syrup in them which can promote obesity. Formula feeding moms need to push for better formulas. Its just this one ingredient that is an issue. Milk based are basically all the same . If i was going to pick a formula for my daughter it would be a soy based because we are vegans. Although overuse of soy can cause issues as well, i think it outweighs the negative effects that cows milk can have on the body, if their was another alternative like almond based formula or oat, then i would use that. Organic formulas don't have hfcs though, its not natural that would be a good option as well.

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Jessica - posted on 01/09/2011

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We use Wal-marts Parents Choice, Peyton likes it and it's good priced! :)

Corena - posted on 01/09/2011

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I live in Canada. I used the safeway store brand.
the brand name ones were about 30 a can and the safeway one was 14. The only nutritritional difference I found was that the Safeway one had LESS sugar than any of the name brand ones. It was a happy discovery for me!

Sherri - posted on 01/08/2011

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Generic..... WAY Cheaper and same ingredients as name brand no need to pay for a name.

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2011

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We were given Similac Advance at the hospital, but due to excessive gas & spitup, we switched to Similac Sensitive. (We give breastmilk & formula). At one point we tried Enfamil, but symptoms worsened so we stopped. We have samples of other brands and have considered trying them too. We didn't do generic simply because we didn't know it existed until our routine was already established. However I would switch to generic now to save money as it sounds like it's basically the same.

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I bought brand name, we tried a couple as the first one we used, Cow and Gate, was too heavy and made him sick so we changed to SMA, which was fab for him but didn't satisfy him so we finally gave him SMA hungry baby. I have never seen a generic brand here, maybe I've just not noticed it.

Celeste - posted on 01/06/2011

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I supplemented my oldest daughter during the day when she was a baby. I just used name brand. I was kinda afraid of using generic for some reason. I don't know why!

With my twin boys, I supplemented a few times and we used Enfamil because I was given samples from the hospital and the dr's office.If I ended up having to FF, I probably would've gone with generic now that I know that they are pretty much the same as name brand!

Emma - posted on 01/06/2011

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I went generic after sitting on the floor in the supermarket reading the contents of each tin on the shelf.
Turns out the generic i opted for was made by one of the big brand's anyway. Same stuff in the tin just a different label.
Price difference was nearly R80 so no brainier as far as i can see.

Charlie - posted on 01/05/2011

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I basolutely DO NOT support nestle for their unethical buisness practices that have caused death and starvation as well as lining the pockets of people like Mugabe and bringing the the orangutans to th brink of destruction while stealing peoples only water supplies to sell back to them and the mistreatment of staff in third world countries .

Whatever I do I will never support them including their formula , that company has blood on their hands .

September - posted on 01/05/2011

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I breastfed and formula fed. When I used formula is was name brand. I choose name brand because it's what was recommended by our son’s pediatrician and our son took to it well so it's what we stuck with.

LaCi - posted on 01/05/2011

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I used organic soybased formula when I stopped breastfeeding, regular formula gave him mega tummy troubles. I have no issue with people using generic, and I buy generic stuff all the time. I just had a preference with his formula, which I couldn't get in generic.

Amy - posted on 01/05/2011

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With our son we found one that was cheap, I believe it was generic. He would eat anything and it didn't bother him so we didn't care too much.

I know a few mom's who's kids would only do well on specific types of formula, they had sensitive stomachs and couldn't find generic ones in what they used (No clue what brand, but it wasn't cheap or generic).

Jamie - posted on 01/05/2011

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With my first I was on Wic, so I used brand name (also she had to be on Soy)... but with my second I used Parents Choice (Walmart Brand) and LOVED it... I wished I would've had it for my first!!! It was a lot cheaper, and the best part, when you mixed it, there was less bubbles, so less gas!

Lacye - posted on 01/04/2011

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I had WIC when my daughter was on formula so I used the Pro Sobie or however you spell it. lol. But when we ran out, I had no problem getting the cheapo soy formula. It worked just as good as the other stuff!

Charlie - posted on 01/04/2011

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I would use Bellamy's organic or Karicare goats milk formula because goats milk is the closest thing to human milk , very good for you and is listed as one of the ingrediants used im most blue zones ( longest living areas on the planet )

Nikkole - posted on 01/04/2011

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i use Enfamil the hospital gave that to my son and daughter when we were there and they did great with it so we just stayed with it!

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allergies are a result of too many toxins in the environment so the body is becoming overly sensitive, pollution causes them, gmos pesticides and chemicals. wait until that one is proven......

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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almonds are great an healthy and all but the possibility of allergic reactions is pretty high (though soy and dairy are in the top 8 now too... ) Allergies make everything complicated these days! (I should know, my 2 yr old has dairy, egg, beef and peanut allergy)

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lol almond would make a good toddler formula. its equivalent to soy except it doesn't have the adverse effects.

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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well, almonds based isn't wise obviously because nuts are supposed to be introduced at a later age but I would have LOVED to have a rice based or oat based option as well..

Nikki - posted on 01/04/2011

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I just googled it and there are no goat's milk formula's in the US. There are recipe's on Dr Sear's website on how to make your own, but it's not commercially sold.

Rosie - posted on 01/04/2011

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i didn't either, interesting. only in australia probably. and there's poisonous aluminum in breastmilk sarah, not really good for a baby either...

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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I've never seen goats milk formula in Canada.. We do have a dairy free/soy free formula though - apparently it tastes like battery acid, but when you have a kid allergic to both, apparently it's pretty much your only choice.. Luckily soy wasn't an issue for us (though I'm not fond of the estrogens that went into my girl at the begining)..

Nikki - posted on 01/04/2011

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It really really irritates me when people troll all over conversations!! But anyway back to the topic. I wouldn't have a problem buying a generic brand formula, however my daughter has issues with dairy and soy therefore I have to buy goat's milk formula. There is on one brand in Australia and it happens to be the most expensive out of all the formula's yay!! $37 a tin at my supermarket! but on the bright side, she is more settled now that we have made the switch, sleeping better and her excema has gone. So I am happy to pay the extra.

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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@Rebecca - as long as it's not twin dust(not like i'd mind..).. I think my hubby would go nuts!

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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Seems to me this thread has diverged slightly..

Sarah - by bringing up all previous posts and commenting on them like that, you are inviting criticism whether you are right or not. If you don't have a pertinent answer to the question, don't bother posting please, it's frustrating...

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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Makes sense.. BTW hope all is going well with your pregnancy.. I get so excisted for everyone thats pregant since we've been trying, I can't wait for it to me again! And Twins too (again..) amazing.. I salute you truly..

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@Caitlin -- Sarah is trying to be inflammatory because she was reprimanded in another debate for engaging in personal attacks against me and others. She's going through every single conversation in this Board created by me and making similar comments. Just ignore her or report her. ;-)

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Sarah -- this post is about formula for moms who are choosing to formula feed, not breastfeeding. Try to stay on topic.

Caitlin - posted on 01/04/2011

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I had no choice with ym daughter, we had to use Enfamil Soy due to a milk protein allergy. If I had a choice, I don't know what I would have chosen...

Rosie - posted on 01/04/2011

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i was on wic so i only used name brand. i would've tried the generic if i had not been on wic. i don't think there is any difference nutritionally, but there are differences between every formula and how your individual child will handle each one. my children got constipated on enfamil and similac, i like good start. i could tell a huge difference, especially the one with probiotics. :)

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Everyone I know that has formula fed uses Parent's Choice from Wal-Mart. The exception would be my SIL who used some expensive soy brand for her second child, but there were issues there.

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