Friday, October 3, 2014

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Today I wanted to share a little bit about feeding your baby.  Now as you may know, I have two children.  My daughter is now eight and my son is three.  Both were primarily breast fed, however, my daughter had a great deal of difficulty getting started with nursing and experienced some failure to thrive.  As you can imagine, that freaked me out!  I wanted to nurse and tried so hard to make it work, but she just wasn't getting it and loosing too much weight.

The nurses at the hospital intervened pretty quickly with a lactation consultant and we began supplementing both in the hospital and at home with formula.  I had always planned on nursing and was so set on it, that it didn't really occur to me, that there might be problems.  When there were, I was panicked since we needed something immediately and I had not done any research on formula and was pretty clueless on brands, the different benefits each might provide...well just about everything!

One thing my husband and I realized pretty quickly was that formula can really add up!  With name brands costing more than store brands, we liked the idea of saving money but didn't want to make the wrong choice for our baby.  Obviously we wanted the best for our baby, as all parents do!

Questions about infant feeding were my main concern as we became new parents and I wasn't alone in that.  A new survey of pediatricians (conducted by SERMO, the largest online network exclusively for physicians, in conjunction with Perrigo Nutritionals) looked at the most common questions new moms will ask, and one concern rose to the top: 52 percent of pediatricians say the number one topic of questions from new moms is about infant feeding.

Perrigo Nutritionals Store Brand Formula’s “Pulse of Pediatricians” Survey Results:

A new, nationwide survey of pediatricians looked at the most common questions new moms will ask. 97 percent of pediatricians say feeding is one of the top three categories new moms ask about and more than half (52 percent) of pediatricians say feeding is the number one topic new moms ask about.
  • “Pooping” questions were second (43 percent of respondents). Sleeping was third (41 percent).
  • The results were based on a nationwide survey of pediatricians conducted by SERMO, the largest online network exclusively for physicians.
According to the survey, 71 percent of pediatricians believe all infant formulas are basically the same; the brand doesn't matter.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics and other experts agree on the benefits of breastfeeding; these experts also agree that infant formula is a safe, science-supported, nutritious means to nourish babies.
  • Most moms don’t know that the FDA strictly regulates formula to keep little ones safe, so store brand formulas, like Wal-Mart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up, are nutritionally comparable to national brands like Enfamil® and Similac® and meet FDA standards.
  • By switching to store brand formula, a family can save up to $600 per year without compromising quality. Visit www.storebrandformula.com for formula coupons and more information.
New parents tend to ask a lot of questions; pediatricians shared some of the strangest questions new moms and dads asked. The strangest question from a new mom was, “Can my newborn have ice cream” and the strangest question from a new dad was, “Is it ok for my new born baby to go kite surfing on my back?”


The strangest questions shared above crack me up, but in all seriousness, my advice for new parents would be that there are no strange questions!  If you are wondering or concerned, don't hesitate to ask your pediatrician or the nurses.  They know you have questions, they know you are clueless, they are expecting lots and lots of questions...okay, well maybe not the one about kite surfing but you know what I mean!

Plus, it's better to ask a medical professional involved in your or your baby's care.  Their answers will be more specific and related to your needs, yes the advice books and input from friends and family is important but I have found our pediatrician's input to be the most important in many to most situations and you'd be surprised the wide range of topics he or she can give well thought out recommendations on.

Readers, what did you think about the results of the survey I shared above?  What questions did you have as a new parent?

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46 Friends Said:

Mami2jcn said...

At what age will a baby sleep through the night?

I asked this question repeatedly in those early days.

Mami2jcn said...

I'm surprised that 71% of pediatricians say all formulas are the same.

Rose-Marie said...

What to do about a teeny weeny who doesn't seem to like hardly anything for foods.

Rose-Marie said...

I'm not surprised at the findings - eating, pooping, sleeping, basics that are so important! and you don't want to get it wrong!

Glenda said...

Perrigo has wonderful baby formula's and are so well known in the medication world. I am proud to say my daughter works for them.

Glenda said...

I had problems with my last child getting enough breast milk. I always wondered at what age were they suppose to go on cereal? I put her on cereal early because she was not getting enough to eat and she was always hungry.

Shelly Peterson said...

It's nice to know a lot of pediatricians believe all formulas are the same. The non name brand formula's are cheaper, so you can save money.

James Robert said...

We bought store brand for awhile and surprised you can save up to $600 a year

HS said...

This result is great to learn. 71 percent of pediatricians believe all infant formulas are basically the same; the brand doesn't matter.

HS said...

How do I know when to start feeding my baby solids?

Lisa Brown said...

I found it interesting that by switching to store brand formula, a family can save up to $600 per year without compromising quality.

Janet W. said...

Interesting results! I didn't realize that store brands were just as good because of FDA strictly regulating formulas.

Janet W. said...

One question I remember having when I first became a parent was how often does a baby at certain ages need to eat and how much?

Elena said...

How many times a day I need to give formula to my baby?

Elena said...

I didn't know that store brand formulas are nutritionally comparable to national brands and meet FDA standards

Dawn Monroe said...

I use to have questions about weight gain and loss and when to do certain foods.

Dawn Monroe said...

I was surprised how high up pooping questions were.

Madonna said...

I am surprised that doctors basically consider all formula equal considering the price is far from being similar.

Barbara Montag said...

My biggest question was whether to keep feeding on a schedule.
thank you

Lisa Brown said...

Question: Should I wake a sleeping baby to feed him?

Heavensangel2387 said...

I always had questions about sleeping habits. I realized that it was not the later you put them to sleep, the later they sleep in in the morning. INstead, the earlier you put them to sleep, the more rest they will get and the longer they sleep. I had to learn this the hard way as no one had ever talked about this with me.

Heavensangel2387 said...

I was very surprised at the survey results that people had a lot of concerns and questions about pooping. I did not know it was as much of a concern as it is.

James Robert said...

How often should a baby be pooping

Jennifer T. said...

I was surprised sleeping wasn’t a bigger concern than pooping. I had a pediatrician tell me that as long as it wasn’t bloody, any baby poop was pretty much normal, and that babies can go up to 5 days without pooping and that was still normal. It’s amazing how concerned we are with poop!

Jennifer T. said...

I remember asking about sleep positions and when to transfer a baby to their own room.

sandyhills x said...

When do you find time to sleep

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Shawna Summers said...

One of my first time mom questions was "what do I do with her so I can shower??" lol

akronugurl said...

how much i should feed them

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steve weber said...

Is my baby eating enough?

kathy dalton said...

I used to always want to know when I would actually get a full night sleep

kathy dalton said...

I think its cool that 71 percent of pediatricians believe all infant formulas are basically the same; the brand doesn't matter.

SavingsInSeconds said...

When I was a new parent, I couldn't figure out how to "interpret" my baby's cries. My question would be, what do I listen for?
Dede

SavingsInSeconds said...

Wow, saving $600 a year is a BIG chunk of change!
Dede

Birdie Bee said...

I am a bit surprised as I didn't think store brands stood a chance to the major brands.

Cheryl said...

How long between feedings is necessary.

Emily Smith said...

When my oldest was a newborn he would sometimes go 3-4 days without pooping. I was always worried that there was something wrong, but my pediatrician assured me it was normal.

Elle said...

I always wondered if I was feeding him too much or too little.

Elle said...

I am not surprised by the findings at all - this is true of many different items, the only difference is packaging/price.

Amanda Sakovitz said...

When can I start feeding my child solids

Amanda Sakovitz said...

I'm not surprised with the results. I think they make sense.

Sherry Fowler said...

how often should I feed the baby

Sherry Fowler said...

the results aren't surprising; very logical

jenmalonee said...

How old to start cereal?

jenmalonee said...

was surprised on the pooping results.

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