While I absolutely love my job, and I’ve stated more than once that I’m a much better working mom than I am a stay at home mom, going back to work after having my babies was stressful. With Jack, it was stressful because he was my first. With Nick, it was stressful because I was breastfeeding him and it was new (I didn’t breastfeed Jack), and then with Luke, it was again stressful because I was breastfeeding him and he had some stomach issues going on.
What I’ve learned is that whether it be your first or your third baby, going back to work is stressful for a myriad of reasons. And breastfeeding while working is always stressful. I worried about whether or not I could produce enough milk to keep my baby satisfied, when and where I could pump during work, how I could fit pumping into my day, and how my coworkers and boss would react to my need to pump. The good news is that I successfully, exclusively breastfed Nick for his entire first year of life.
When I had Luke, I was working at a different employer with a different level of responsibility. While I was certain I was going to breastfeed him, I also knew that I wasn’t going to be able to exclusively breastfeed him for an entire year. In fact, when he turned 5 months old, I began to transition him to formula.
Luke was started on a national brand sensitive formula that his pediatrician recommended. It didn’t take long before I remembered the expense that comes along with formula. Formula is expensive!! But, it’s worth it isn’t it? I mean, I wanted the best for him and the national brand formulas are the best, right??
NOT AT ALL. I did some research and learned that Store Brand Formulas meet or exceed FDA standards like all baby formula brands. The only difference is that Store Brand Formulas cost up to 50% less than the other brands. That’s a huge savings. And a huge relief to parents that want to control their costs but still provide their baby with a quality formula.
Perrigo Nutritionals (the manufacturer of Store Brand Infant Formulas) provided me with the opportunity to try Store Brand Infant Formulas. I was worried that Luke would either reject it based on taste, or suffer from some side effects. My worry was without merit. The switch to Store Brand Infant Formulas went smoother than I expected. And, as an added bonus, I LOVE their formula tubs. They are so much easier to use the one we were using previously.
Perrigo Nutritionals also sent me Working Mom’s 411, by Michelle LaRowe, which is a book about returning to work after the baby and how to navigate managing kids, career, and home. This book is a great resource. It even has meal ideas for the busy family!
Perrigo Nutritionals Store Brand Infant Formulas are available in 12 different formulas (including Gentle, Tender, Sensitivity, Soy, Organic, etc.), at 68 retailers (including Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Sam’s Club, Babies R’ Us, etc.), and are made in United States in either Vermont, Ohio, or Georgia. For more information about Store Brand Formula, visit www.storebrandformula.com.
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Disclosure: The Perrigo Nutritionals product, information, and additional gift pack have all been provided by Perrigo Nutritionals. However, as usual, all opinions are my own.