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In the United States there are no generic infant formulas. The truth is all infant formulas are subject to the same regulations governing manufacturing and ingredients as stipulated by the Infant Formula Act,” said Dr. Barbara Levine, Weill Cornell Medical College. “Store-brand infant formulas sold at major retailers are therefore a premium nutritional substitute at a value price and meet the same exacting FDA nutritional requirements as all the major brands. As a nutritionist I know the truth about infant formula: there is no nutritional reason to buy the much more expensive formulas sold by the big pharmaceutical companies. The quality and safety of the manufacturing are also inspected in same way by the FDA.

Attention dear parents... Did you know that breast feeding can make you save up to $2,000 per year? Health care providers encourage mothers to practice breast feeding to promote health and bonding for both the mom and the infant. A great example of its illness prevention properties amongst newborns is the fact that breast milk contain natural immunoglobulin that can be delivered to the baby in help to fight off infections.

There is actually no baby formula available right now in the market that can totally replace breast milk. Buying an inexpensive infant formula does not mean that your baby is getting less compared to if he or she will be consuming a more expensive one from larger and well known pharmaceutical companies. Like for example, Parent's Choice Milk based DHA and ARA costs $12.8 cheaper than Nestle's Good Start Supreme DHA and ARA. This surprisingly let's me save $55.1 per month or a whopping $661.90 per year. That amount could be placed into some more good use for the whole family, especially if you're in a tight budget. The FDA controls the product's quality by making sure that each brand meet their standards through careful and strict inspection before they get approved for selling. So rest assure that your baby is getting the adequate nutrition he or she needs no matter what.

WIC, a federal agency that provides nutrition, counseling, food, and access to health care service for women, infants, and children who are in a low-income will be reallocating its funding for all currently provided foods, including infant formula, baby foods, juices, and fresh fruits and vegetables. This means, parents who were previously assisted by WIC will have to purchase regular formula at their own expense thus helping the promotion of breast feeding as well.

So in conclusion, breast milk is the best and most inexpensive way for you to nourish your infant.

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1 Comment:

  1. gloucestermom said...
    You are right about the savings, no doubt. There are formula options out there that are just as good as the big national brands but save you more than $600. We are doing the same thing. But be careful about calling any formula "just as good" as breast milk." I saw where one company was trying to claim that on their website and got nailed pretty hard by one of the major breastfeeding organizations. They can be pretty tough! Tht thing to remember is that nothing can truly compete with the nutrients found in breast milk (let alone the cost!). But if you choose to formula feed, this post is absolutely right...store brands are exactly the same as national brands in terms of nutrition (Thanks, FDA!). And $600 a year these days is nothing to sneeze at.

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