J.R. asks from La Porte, TX on August 20, 2009
Store Brand Formulas
I have been using Similac Advance Early Shield (blue can) for my 4 month old. He has been doing great. No feeding issues at all.
My question is has anyone switched to the Member's Mark (Sam's Club) or Parent's Choice (Wal-Mart) brands?
I hate to switch him because he has been doing so good on the Similac but the cost is killing me.
Any imput would be great! Thanks in advance!
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So What Happened?™
First of all I would like to say thanks for all of the great advise!
I got a can of the Memeber's Mark formula and he didn't even notice the difference. Not only did he not notice a difference he has had no feeding issues after the change. You wouldn't believe the money I am able to save by switching to the store brand.
L.R. answers from McAllen on August 26, 2009
I used the Target brand formula for my son because it's ingredients were exactly the same as the Similac. You can get the big can for the same price as the small Similac can. I haven't done that yet with my newborn, I will probably once she's a little older.
K.F. answers from San Antonio on August 23, 2009
hi! we used Kirkland, the store brand of Costco, with both kids and it worked GREAT! we saved a TON of money. take a can of each brand you are considering and do side by side comparison - they are the same. I did notice the store brand needed a little more shaking to get the powder to mix, but that was the only difference. with all the money we saved, i'll shake a little more! My sister uses the wal-mart brand and loves it also.
L.J. answers from Austin on August 21, 2009
Three things, 1. I haven't been "brand loyal" most often I buy what I can afford and whether I am at Walmart, Heb or where ever I just use formulas that seem to be the equivelant of each other, I personally (the boys either) haven't had any problems. 2. you can go to eBay and find formula coupons for pennies on the dollar that can help curb the costs should you decide to stick with the Similac or try something else. 3. If you are willing to try, you can often find people locally on Craig's list (Similac is the preferred brand of the WIC program you can find people selling it for cheap for various reasons including that they have more than enough just type formula in the search under baby items, you'll be able to pick it up locally same day, sealed and unused. Hope that helps some, it's saved me in a pinch a few times!
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C.S. answers from Houston on August 21, 2009
It's been a while (3 1/2 years), but I switched my son to Parent's Choice from Similac and he had no problems with that. It saved me a TON of $$.
B.E. answers from Houston on August 21, 2009
It is pretty much like any other store brand/generic version. The ingredients are the same; just a different label. You can just start by making a bottle using half Similac & half Member's Mark/Parent's Choice brand for taste reasons.
V.B. answers from Houston on August 20, 2009
I never used them since my kids didn't use much formula, but I have seen this question on here before and all of the responses have said that there is no difference except price. Several people said they asked their doctors and all said that the store brands were fine as long as your baby tolerates them. I would give it a try!
C.A. answers from Houston on August 21, 2009
I have used Parent's Choice from the start.. at the hospital, they gave him Enfamil... my husband went to the store and notice that Enfamil and Parent's Choice had the exact same ingredients, down to the .01% So he bought it and we still use it.. my son is 10 months old.. Never had colic, gas, or any other digestive problems. I highly recommend it.
B.T. answers from Houston on August 23, 2009
Our pediatrician actually suggested we try the Member's Mark or Parent's Choice brand--so we did and had no problems! He said they are all required to be the same basic formulas per the FDA. Definitely was a lot cheaper! Good luck!
C.S. answers from Houston on August 20, 2009
Just in case you needed another vote- I used the Emfamil for my daughter until she was about 6 months and then called the doctor to ask about switching to a generic and he said it was fine- just like using a generic medicine. I use the HEB and the cost is half and I compared the nutritional info and it's 98% identical! I never had any problems switching and I used the HEB for my son now too and no problems.
A.D. answers from Austin on August 20, 2009
LOVED the Member's Mark brand; We lived a half hour from Sam's. We would go every few months and stalk up on the formula! (and usually the diapers :)) Member's Mark gives your more then double the size of a regular can for less then the name brand price. Could not pass it up!