Powder vs Ready made formula

Christina - posted on 07/20/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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I'm just starting my son on formula, he's 7months and doing well with baby food, but his teeth are in and its killing me! I'm hesitant to get the ready made stuff because you have to use it in a certain amount of time before it must be thrown out, and im not sure he will eat it all. What are your experiences with formula?

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Jackie - posted on 09/05/2014

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I was unable to nurse at all and only used the ready made. I found that because the jars are small enough it never ever went bad before being used. I even got her (very slowly) used to it at a cooler temperature once she was a little older so I didn't have to try and find a microwave when we were out and about (which was a lot!)

Ann - posted on 08/01/2010

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I would go for the powder, its convenient and you don't have to use it in a certain amount of time unless you've mixed it already... Its also more cost-effective than the ready made bottles. Good luck!

Kimberly - posted on 08/01/2010

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I perfer the powder because like you said the ready made expires in a short amount of time. Also because if you need to take a bottle out with you ready made needs to be kept cold. However powder you can just bring a bottle of water and target sells a formula seperator (a must have) you just select the one you want dump it in a shake it up and baby can eat.

Stifler's - posted on 07/28/2010

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you can buy containers with spaces for 3 feeds of powdered formula in them you know...

Stifler's - posted on 07/28/2010

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I've never used that stuff, only powder. It's easier and you can take it places with no refrigerator.

Christina - posted on 07/23/2010

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Thank you mommies for all the feedback. I talked to my doctor and he said my milk is just ready to stop coming in, hence the reason for the formula. I tried pumping more, thinking it was just my schedule, but then i started to have a burning sensation in my breasts, thats when the doctor said its time for formula.

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I bought powder then kept track for like a week on what my daughter ate then mixxed up like one days amount the night before and went that way. I didnt mess with the premade stuff because I was afraid I'd forget when I opened it.

Katie - posted on 07/22/2010

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I have used both with my children. I use the ready made if I am going to someones house for a day and don't want to lug a can of powdered formula with me aor make a ton of bottles to take. Powdered Formula is A whole Lot Cheaper than the ready made stuff. If you are buying it I suggest you try the store brand it is about 1/2 the price of the similac or enfamil. Also you may have to try several different kinds and brands before your son has one that he can use, I am going to suggest using the ready made until you have found the right one for him if you do use the name brand formulas. I went through 3 different kinds of formula with my son. If you are worried about the bubbles that the powdered formula you can make it up in advandce and put it in the fridge and the bubbles settle in about 10 minutes or so. I have 4 very healthy kids and they have all used powdered formula. Unless your son has a really weak immune system which I am sure he doesnt' since he has nursed for 7 months there is no reason to worry about any bacteria in the formula unless you don't use a small can in 30 days. You have to use prepared formula within 48 hours and teh powder has to be used or discarded within 30 days. My 9 month old goes through a can and a half a week. Thats four 6-8 ounce bottles a day. Sometimes 5 depending on the day. So unless you are rich or WIC has all of a sudden started paying for ready to use formula. (They haven't by the way) powderd will be your best bet. Also you can go online to http://www.strongmoms.com and sign up with similac and they will send you a boat load of coupons.

Good Luck

Kimberly - posted on 07/20/2010

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I use the powdered formula at home, and the ready to feed jars when I'm not at home.

Lacey - posted on 07/20/2010

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My daughter's doctor told me it is better to use the ready-made bottled formula. It has less bubbles and cause less gas. I nurses my dd for about 4 months and had to quit (not my choice) so we switched her. powder is not always safe either, sometimes it wont be as clean, RTS has a smaller chance of getting bacteria in it for you use it up faster. and the bottles are made for each age your child is at.. look at walmart or contact your WIC office to check on what is out there.

Jennifer - posted on 07/20/2010

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I like the convenice of the ready made pour it in a bottle and warm it up a tad and give it to them but you are right most of it is only good for 72 hours and if you don't use it all within the 72 hours your outta money...thats why I use the powder. Yeah, it take a little bit longer to make a bottle but the powder last longer...I'd say go with the powder if your child dosen't have any medical problem with it i'd deff say powder...

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