Kirkland Brand Baby Formula

Lisa - posted on 01/04/2009 ( 42 moms have responded )

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Costco sells a generic brand of OMEGA fortified formula's as well. Kirkland brand. Does anyone know who actually makes this formula for Costco? Does anyone use Kirkland baby formula? Is it worth the savings? Or should I stick to name brands?

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Lisa - posted on 01/11/2009

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Thanks for all the feedback. I've been using Kirkland baby formula for over a week and she's been fine with it (even after the switch from Enfamil Gentlease, she's grown out of her lactose sensitivity, HURRAY!)

Lara - posted on 01/11/2009

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I started out with Similac for my 18 month old but switched to Kirkland baby formula when he was three months old.  My pediatrician told me that they are exactly the same and that as long as he tolerated the switch, mo problem.  He did just fine and we saved a ton of money!!

Priscilla - posted on 01/11/2009

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I used it on my three girls once they started eating baby food (6 months). They seem fine. Some one else recommended it - they said their pediatrician had recommended it. We asked our ped and they said it was just as good as the other ones.

Tracy - posted on 01/07/2009

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I used Kirkland brand and loved it! I was told by a Costco employee that their formula was made by SImilac just with the Kirkland label. Alot of their items are made by the name brand companies and just packed differently. I had to switch to Target brand with my third baby because he needed to be on Soy and Kirkland didn't make one. Perhaps your baby needs soy, it helped Benjamin with his tummy issues.

Amy - posted on 01/10/2009

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If you intrested in Organic Similac makes one as well and none of there products are processed in china

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Jennifer - posted on 01/12/2009

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I just switched to the Member's Mark brand by Sam's Club and have similar concerns. Does anyone know for sure if it's not manufactured in the US?

I looked on the FDA's website and they have approved infant formula products from the following manufacturers: Abbott Nutrition, Mead Johnson Nutritionals, Nestle USA, PBM Nutritional and Solus Products. The Member's Mark canister says it's manufactured by PBM.

Jordon - posted on 01/11/2009

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My pediatrician says that generic brands are just as great as the name brand formulas. Just make sure it is iron fortified. Hope that helps.

Peggy - posted on 01/11/2009

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I used it for 3 months for my nine month old daughter.  She was a bit constipated at first, but we just give her a little pear juice every day and that evens things out.  Now that she's eating more, she doesn't even really needthe juice as long as she eats a lot of fruits.  She has severe acid reflux and her docs were sceptical about her tolerating the formula, but she has been fine!  I recommend it to everybody as it is so mcuh cheaper!

Lisa - posted on 01/09/2009

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n regards to the Melamine issue just posted. I did research on that too over the past few weeks. I found this link. It's a Canadian Government link which includes tested levels of melamine. I'm not sure if levels would be the same in the USA because sometimes standards are not quite the same.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/pubs/melami...

Alicia - posted on 01/09/2009

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I haven't tried it - both of my girls were on Similac - until recently when I discovered Baby's Only by Nature's One. I just wanted to raise awareness about this brand. I've always hated it that formula contains high fructose corn syrup and other undesirable ingredients and with the latest melamine news, I really wanted to switch my baby to something else. This is the only formula I can find anywhere that has nothing manufactured in China, no traces of melamine, is completely organic and has no HFCS or other undesirable ingredients. It's a little bit more expensive but well worth it for the peace of mind, I think. You can find it at LuckyVitamin.com for cheaper if you buy in bulk.

Cindy - posted on 01/08/2009

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thanks.  I tried to look up both brands online and couldn't find the ingreds list.  i must of looked inthe wrong places.  Thanks Amy.

Amy - posted on 01/08/2009

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That is correct Similac Advance Early Shield is milk based, Isomil is soy based, Similac Sensitive is Lactose Free, & Alimentum is hydrolized (meaning it's broken down)-this is for babies that don't tolerate anything else.

Lisa - posted on 01/07/2009

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Similac in Canada is Milk based. Maybe they have a particular formulation that is made with Soy, most brands do.

Amy - posted on 01/07/2009

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Similac does not have the palm olien oil which can cause constipation. Others do, Hope this clairifies.

Janet - posted on 01/07/2009

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Quoting Amy:

Name brand formulas have more testing for quality and research. Others only look the same based on ingredients. Also, generics as well as brand have palm olien oil except similac -- it does not, this can cause constipation.



Amy, Hi, would you mind clarifying that last sentence? Is it Similac or the others that may cause constipation? Thanks!

Michelle - posted on 01/07/2009

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I use the Target brand formula. My son never had any problems with it. The Target brand shows you the comparisons to the name brands on the can. It is $11.98 vs. $25.

Amy - posted on 01/06/2009

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Name brand formulas have more testing for quality and research. Others only look the same based on ingredients. Also, generics as well as brand have palm olien oil except similac -- it does not, this can cause constipation.

Emily - posted on 01/06/2009

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i used walmart brand but someone i know used cosco.  there are really high regulations for formula so all brands are basically the same.  so yes the savings are well worth it.

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi, I used it and it was great no problems, but like everyone has said it takes time for your child to adust.  Costco only marks up product a maximum of 7%.  They only use quality products or they will not carry it.  Their brand of diapers are great too.  They can also charge less because they buy in mass quantities, pay for it in cash so they have no extra charges for it.  Hope this helps.



 

Michelle - posted on 01/06/2009

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Hi, I used it and it was great no problems, but like everyone has said it takes time for your child to adust.  Costco only marks up product a maximum of 7%.  They only use quality products or they will not carry it.  Their brand of diapers are great too.  They can also charge less because they buy in mass quantities, pay for it in cash so they have no extra charges for it.  Hope this helps.



 

Cindy - posted on 01/06/2009

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I used kirkland for my first boy and it was wonderful.  If you read the lables thay are all the same.  You pay for a name not the ingredients.  IF you have a walmart near you they have a Parents choice brand - same stuff.  I use both kinds with my second one and he's gaining weight, has good color, everything is functioning as it should.  He was 7lb 9oz  when born and is now 19 lb at 5 months old.  the savings is great.

Carrie - posted on 01/06/2009

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Michelle,



Thanks for the advice, however I did Switch Amelia onto the Nestle Good Start and we haven't had any problems since.  And for the $5 more that I pay for it at Wal-Mart compared to the Kirkland Brand, it is well worth not having my daughter up screaming in the middle of the night.

Lisa - posted on 01/06/2009

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Thanks Ladies!! I bought some yesterday because my Enfamil is running low. I gave her a bottle yesterday and she LOVED it. So far so good. I gave it to her again this morning and she's been okay so far... I'm introducing it slowly because she was on Gentlease but the Dr. told me yesterday to introduce normal formula again because she may have outgrown her Lactose sensitivity. She also told me that she is not familiar with Kirkland brand, but as long as the labels match or are very close in ingredients and measurements that it's fine, they all have to meet standards. I did notice that Kirkland has more Iron then Enfamil, so we'll see how she reacts to that. Thanks for your help!! I don't feel guilty about switching to cheaper now. My Enfamil was 27.99 a 680g can, Kirkland is 17.99 a 900g can. Half the price!

Sarale - posted on 01/05/2009

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We also supplement breastfeeding and usually use kirkland.  when we have run out we have used simlac and had no issues.  My son however does have issues with Enfamil.  Our pedi said pick a brand and stick with it or expect GI issues

Michelle - posted on 01/05/2009

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I haven't used the Kirkland brand, but I have used the generic Target and Kroger brands. Haley does well on both of them, but we did have to switch to Lactose Free to help with gas. Carrie, you might want to ask your ped if that will help your little one.

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2009

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I use it for my 4 month old son and he has no problems, it is a little foamy though. The only type of formula he has had trouble with is Good Start. I can switch between similac and kirkland with no problems, they look the same off white color.

Carrie - posted on 01/04/2009

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We also tried the Kirkland Brand formula, it is way cheaper but did not work for my daughter. She was getting gas pains so bad from it that she was waking up screaming in the middle of the night. I was using it to supplement breastfeeding, so she was only getting one bottle before bed. So I thought I would try some during the day to see if that helped, but again really bad gas and her screaming. But not all babies are the same, it might be great for your little one.

Jade - posted on 01/04/2009

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We used it with our kids. We asked their godfather who is a pediatrician and we talked to our pediatrician, both said there was no reason not to use the other brands. A lot of store brands, Target, Kirkland, etc are made by the same company. This is a huge benefit when you are out of town or out of reach of your normal store and find yourself in need of a new thing of formula. You can get the same type of formula and not cause problems for your baby. We have had great experience with store brands.

Amber - posted on 01/04/2009

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I use it and ran it by my pediatrician and she said that they all have to follow strict regulations so none of the generic brands should be any different than the name brands. Also, if you compare it to Enfamil or Similac on the back it has the same ingredients.

Kristin - posted on 01/04/2009

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I use to use it with my daughter. I had to suplement breast feeding cause I did not produce enough. It worked fine for us with no problems. And cost wise, it was a much better alternative. I think it depends on the baby. try it for a few days and see if it workd with your child system.

Erin - posted on 01/04/2009

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We use Kirkland baby formula. Our pediatrician said it was just as good as Simalac and good start. It's a little more foamy but our little girl does well on it. Plus it's almost half the price as name brands

Adria - posted on 01/04/2009

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when i started my baby on formula i asked my dr. about using generic brands and she said to stick with name brands 'cause there is more testing for quality. so, who knows. i only had to use formula for a couple of months so i just followed her suggestion and used name brand. it is SO expensive though!

Miche - posted on 01/04/2009

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My Dr. said there was know problem with using it because it was made by Enfamil. A lot of stores will use there off brand name, but the known name brand will make it. Like Cicro(made by Target) is made by StrideRite. Hope this helps. If you we do alittle research us Mom's can save bundles.

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I use the kirkland brand on my baby boy and he has done great on it. I have saved a lot of money using their brand. I don't know much about it. I do know that the formula is all pretty regulated. So I'm pretty sure that it has the same exact ingredients as the name brand. Hope that helps:)

Lindsey - posted on 01/04/2009

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We used it with our son and he did great. It was definitely worth the savings and had the same ingredients as Similac. We thought that it was a good way to go.

Amy - posted on 01/04/2009

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Anytime you swtich from forumlas you are going to have to have your baby get adjusted. I had to swtich from breastfeeding to forumla and because there is a difference between the two, the Dr said you have to allow a 1-2 weeks for your baby to adjust. My girlfriend uses the Kirkland brand and its made here in the US. She also said that there are only 3 forumlas made here. I believe it's Nestle (?), Similac and Enfamil. The Kirkland is suppose to be the same as Similac. I am about to swtich. So I will let you know if I have any problems. Just give it some time for your lil one to adjust. My baby was consitpated when we were going through the switch. Hope this helps.

Gillian - posted on 01/04/2009

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I use it regularly, and my son has no problems with it. He was initially constipated, but a change in formula to and from one brand to another always causes that. Since then, he's been great. It's a big savings.

Cheryl - posted on 01/04/2009

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I've used Kirkland baby formula with all three of my daughters and it has been wonderful for them! I love Costco!

Geanie - posted on 01/04/2009

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I've used it, but it made my baby constipated. I was really bummed about that because it's so much cheaper. I'm not sure who makes it, but I understand that it's made in America - whereas I heard that Sam's Club's brand is no longer manufactured here. Good luck with it though! I hope it works for you!

Erin - posted on 01/04/2009

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We use Kirkland baby formula. Our pediatrician said it was just as good as Simalac and good start. It's a little more foamy but our little girl does well on it. Plus it's almost half the price as name brands

Cheryl - posted on 01/04/2009

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I've used Kirkland baby formula with all three of my daughters and it has been wonderful for them! I love Costco!

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