Formula

Candace - posted on 07/27/2010 ( 21 moms have responded )

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what baby formula is your preemie drinking and how long do your pediatrician thinks the baby will be on the formula?

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Cheri - posted on 07/28/2010

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Check with your pediatrician to be sure but I bet they will say the same ours did about if he is gaining well he doesn't need the prematurity formula but IT HAS TO BE ONE WITH IRON!! They make the special formula because a lot of times preemies can have trouble growing and gaining at a good rate. There have been times where my pedi has said we didn't need to do some of the things that the NICU told us we needed to. Go with your pedi's recommendations... the hospital has to cover their rear ends when it comes to what they tell you to do so they have to be over protective in a sense. Your Pedi can be more real and up front with you. Good luck and let us know what they say! :)

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Lori - posted on 09/08/2010

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Unfortunately my 35 weeker(she's now over 2 months) is on Neocate due to severe MSPI and GERD...

Ashley - posted on 09/08/2010

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we tried every similac formula possible...we finally found one that worked..its similac alimentum...

Candace - posted on 08/14/2010

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My son is still on Enfacare but he's already catching up to where he should be for his age and his prescription for the enfacare was only good for six months, so his doctor said when the six months are up he will most likely be put on Good Start because he may not need the extra calories that enfacare provides.

Bridgit - posted on 08/13/2010

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i had 2 preemies and they were both on neosure, my daughter had to switch to isomil after 3 months, because she couldn't stop spitting up, but we had to mix it differenty than the instructions, more formula less water

Beth - posted on 08/12/2010

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Nuby makes a really great sippy, It has a nipple that is harder than a bottle nipple but not so hard that it is to hard to suck on. They can be a little spendy but my son loves it and it really worked to get him off the bottle.

Beth - posted on 08/12/2010

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My son was on Neosure by Similac. He got off it at about 5 months because he was gaining weight reallly well. As far as how long you child will be on a special formula if he/she is depends on how they gain weight. Hope this helps!!

Jennifer - posted on 08/06/2010

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My son (28 weeker) was on Neosure for 6 months, before the ped took him off of it. (Even though weight gain and such were all going great).

Angela - posted on 08/04/2010

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My baby was born at 33 weeks, she was breast fed in nicu, when we got home after 4 weeks, we did half breast milk, half neosure. At 3 months we switched to similac sensitive. She has had a steady 2 lb growth each month. She is now 18 weeks, and I just started feeding her cereal at 6 pm for 10 min. It is so fun to watch them try and use a spoon. She is 10 lbs and eats 4 oz every 3 hours.

Becky - posted on 08/01/2010

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we started with fortified bm with neosure and our doctor said we need to keep her on neosure until 1 year old.

Serena - posted on 08/01/2010

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My daughter (born at 30 weeks) was on BM but eating more than I could produce. I got really a bad stomach virus and couldn't keep anything down for a week and couldnt produce which then dried me out so she went to straight Similiac NeoSure. Then we moved her to Enfamil Enfacare because it was a little cheaper. She stayed on it until she just ate more than we could afford. So now she is on the gentle formula from walmart because with two babies on formula (my older son just turned 12 mos) it got a little too hard to afford. I talked to her dr and she said because of the weight gain she should be fine. She actually spits it up less than the enfacare or neosure.

Cristina - posted on 07/31/2010

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My son was on BM and Neosure for 2 months then I completely had him on Neosure until 9 months old. Now he's on Similac Advance. In another month im going to try switching him over to milk---IF I can get him to drink from a sippy cup! :) If not Ill keep him on the formula.

Tena - posted on 07/31/2010

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Both of mine were on Neosure and were taken off at 3 months. The doctor said that normally they are on for the first year but my babies don't need to extra calories that the preemie formula has. They were switched to Similac for the oldest preemie and Similac Advanced for the current baby.

Candace - posted on 07/29/2010

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My pediatrician said she doesn't know why the NICU told me that his formula would change at six months. She said it could go either way depending on how he's doing but at this point she wants to keep him on it since he's gaining so much weight

Ashley - posted on 07/29/2010

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my daughter was a 24 wkeer emfimal emifcare 22 cal, she 16 mths and still on it, her doc wants her to gain more weight before going on regular milk

Brianne - posted on 07/28/2010

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simalac speacial care my son was aborn at 35 weeks and he got special care now at 5 months he is on neosure but he was on speacial care till he weighed 8lbs 4 oz

Candace - posted on 07/28/2010

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When my son was released from the hospital he was on Enfamil EnfaCare and the doctor he was seeing while in the NICU said that he would only need to be on that for about six months. I have no idea what formula they would want him to use after the six months

Lindsay - posted on 07/27/2010

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Our preemie was strickly BM until a month ago...the NICU said she needed neosure twice a day however she threw all of it up and her pedi said that she was gaining fine on BM so it was unnecessary...she is almost 5 months old and has decided that she only wants to nurse 2 or 3 times a day so we tried her on different similac formulas and none worked so we went to enfamil and finally the enfamil AR lipil worked...it worked so well since she has reflux pretty bad...hope this helps :)

Cheri - posted on 07/27/2010

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My dd is a former 27 weeker. We used mainly bm and fortified it with Neosure before we had to go to formula but when we got to the point we needed to start using formula we used Enfamil Premium. She was about 3 1/2 months old when we had to start adding in formula but once we came home from NICU (62 days/ 2 months old) her Pedi said her weight gain was good enough to stop using the Neosure to fortify the bm and then when we talked about formula he said no need to keep up Neosure either so that's why we did the premium. At about 4 months old though we had to switch to a soy formula because we found she had a milk protein allergy. Not sure that helped you much. sorry!

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