A: There are some differences, but the generic formulas are definitely adequate. All formulas sold in the U.S. must comply with minimum health standards set by the Food and Drug Administration. However, unlike brand-name formulas, store brands aren't continually tinkering with their recipes -- adding extra ingredients, for example, or making changes to the protein makeup or the ratio of one nutrient to another. While this tweaking, which aims to make formula more like breast milk, may add benefits in terms of baby's growth and development, none of the evidence definitively states that the newer formulas are better. If you're trying to save money (and formula can be pricey!) store brands may be the better call. --Emily Bloch
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