Formula Fail

So I’m sure by now many of you parents out there have heard about the recent recall of Similac powder formula products.  Beetle parts aren’t exactly the most pleasant thing to be feeding your child so I’m glad that they decided to take the product off store shelves.  We even got a prerecorded voicemail from Costco (the main store we purchase fomula from) letting us know about the situation which was very surprising.

According to Similac’s recall page “Products not involved in the recall include all Abbott Nutrition liquid ready-to-feed and concentrated infant formulas and all powder and liquid specialty formulas, such as Similac Expert Care™ Alimentum®, Elecare ®, Similac Expert Care™ Neosure ®, Similac® Human Milk Fortifier, and metabolic formulas for inherited disorders.”  We’ve tried the ready-to-feed formulas in the past and they didn’t agree with Nadia’s stomach at all and she doesn’t need any of the specialty formulas so that left us with the only option of the powder packets.

Let me break down some pricing for you on these products.  We normally purchase a 34 oz. container of Similac Advance Early Shield at Costco for ~ $27.  This makes a total of 244 fluid ounces so you’re looking at a unit price of $.11/prepared ounce.  Since we can no longer buy this size of container we decided to switch to the powder packets 16 pack which makes a total of 64 ounces (16 premeasured 4 ounce bottles) which costs $11.99 at Walgreens or ~ $.19/prepared ounce!!  Talk about a price increase!!  Nadia drinks between 28-32 ounces/day so these powder packets will only last her 2 days at the most compared to over a week with the 34 oz. container.  So not only are they expensive but they are also terribly inconvenient with having to buy a new box 3 times/week!  Thanks a lot there Abbott Labs!

Based off of all of these factors we decided the least expensive and most convenient solution would be to switch formula brands.  Nadia only has a little over a month left to continue drinking formula since she’ll be 1 in November so we figured it really wouldn’t make much of a difference to change it now.  Based off of our pediatrician’s recommendation of either Enfamil or Similac we decided to pick up a can of their Premium infant formula which also has the prebiotics to help support her immune system and eye and brain development.  She tried the Enfamil for the first time today with her morning bottle and seemed to not even notice the difference so we’re hoping we’ll be able to keep her on it for the next month until we can switch to whole milk.

Get it together Similac!

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