formula

Julie - posted on 12/25/2008 ( 22 moms have responded )

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I am introducing formula as a supplement to breast milk for my 10 week old ..and was wanting feedack on the best brands..and/why...

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Krista - posted on 11/21/2011

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Hi everybody! Seeing as the OP's child is now 3 years old, she's no longer particularly concerned about formula. Thanks for all of your help!

Dara - posted on 11/21/2011

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I used Enfamil with my older 2 kids,and with this one I had her start on Similac Advance because that is what I had on hand with the free samples,but after about a week or so she was waking up in the night grunting from gas pains so my doc switched her to Nestle Good Start with probiotics and she did good on that but it smelled and tasted pretty yucky and so I put her on regular Good Start with no omegas ect and she prefers that. she is 8 weeks old

Autumn - posted on 12/26/2008

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my kids both did fine on the wal mart brand parent's choice. however, if you ask your pediatrician he/she may have samples of similac or enfamil that you can try for free to see if your baby will tolerate them. your profile pic is beautiful

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I used Enfamil A+ because that was what my son was given in the hospital. We ended up switching for about a week to the Nestle equivalent (because the store didn't have Enfamil in stock) and it was horrible. My son didn't show any signs of distress, but his diapers did. I did some reading and it seems that this has happened with other babies on the Nestle formula. I've been really happy with Enfamil and I'd recommend it.

Shelley - posted on 12/26/2008

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I used Enfamil exclusively with my son from the day he was born. My daughter is now almost 4 months. She was BF for the first 8 weeks and then we tried Similac and Enfamil with her (the free ones that came in the mail). I didn't notice any difference between the two with her. I asked our pediatrician about using generic brands like Target or Walmart and she said that nutritionally speaking, they are the same as Similac or Enfamil and it would be fine to use those instead of the more expensive brands. The advice you've gotten below is excellent, though, too. Every baby is different as is every parent. I'm sure you'll make the choice that is best for your baby, you and your family. Good luck!

User - posted on 12/26/2008

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You have a lot of great advice given already. As a (NICU) neonatal nurse I have to say the best answer is the one that your daughter likes best and sadly enough it may be that you get lucky the first time or you may have to try a few. Each child is different and each little tummy may have a different reaction to each formula. Start with what makes you feel most comfortable and then work down if your top choice does not work. I used Enfamil after BF for 7 months and it worked great, but remember each child is different :0) Good luck. We usually go to Similac or Enfamil in the NICU for term formula unless there are reflux issues or lactose intolerance. :0)

Samantha - posted on 12/26/2008

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I have used both Similac Advance and Enfamil Lipil on my 9 month old. I had to start supplementing when she was four months old and now at 9 months she is exclusively on formula. I have noticed that she prefers the enfamil Lipil (I think it smells a little better than the similac) but they are both highly recommended.

Johanne - posted on 12/26/2008

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I use the organic types as well..not more expensive. I got the one with omegas added as well. Not sure where you live but I buy the Organics PC brand in Canada. Walmart sells it too.

Ilhaam - posted on 12/26/2008

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I use S26 on my daughter, only about one bottle a day when I need a nap and someone else will feed her or have to go somewhere without her.

It seems to be fine, she's been using it since 6 weeks old.

Tatiana - posted on 12/26/2008

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I use the organic brands of formula, no reason 4 all the EXTRA crap they put in

all the comercial brands, my daughter loves it. I breastfeed and only give to her for my husabnd to feed her or 4 a night out.

Susan - posted on 12/26/2008

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Goodstart Natural Cultures (the green can) because it has BIFIDUS BL—beneficial cultures like those found in breastmilk to help support Baby's healthy immune system. It is also supposed to be easy on their stomachs. My ped recommended it and had samples so I could try it before I purchased it.

Christine - posted on 12/26/2008

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Enfamil Lipil worked great for both my kids, and was what my pedi recommended. Do keep in mind, that at 10 weeks there are alot of other digestive issues going on with the the baby. Both my kids were gassy & spit up alot from weeks 6-12 weeks, not from the formula, just from the age. Good luck!

Shannon - posted on 12/26/2008

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Good Start Natural Cultures is the one that my Pediatrician and our birthing center gave us.... we use only about 8 oz a day since I mainly breastfeed our 17 week old son, but it seems to work great for him. No constipation, actually I think that sometimes since it has the natural cultures, that it helps to keep him a bit more regular. Being that it is a powdered formula, it is thinner than the premade stuff, and according to our pediatrician... may sit better with their tummies. All in all... it will come down to what works best for your child. I would though, highly recommend any of the Nestle (Good Start) powdered formulas!

Sarah - posted on 12/26/2008

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Personally, I love the Similac Advanced Early Shield. I have also had a sample of Similac's soy formula, and my daughter took it down like a champ as well. I started using Similac because that is what they started her on in the hospital. I stayed on it because my daughter loves it. I tried the soy to use up the sample since no one I knew needed it. If you go on their website and sign up for their newsletter, they will send you coupons that will save you a ton. They may even send you a sample canister, but I'm not sure how long that will take since I got my samples before my little girl was born. Good luck!

Dawn - posted on 12/26/2008

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Similac Advanced Early Shield worked for us. My daughter is also supplementing and we tried a few kinds and this is the one she took to with any constipation and she didn't spit it out. It must be closer to breat milk as they claim.

Ashley - posted on 12/25/2008

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My Aunt who is a Neo-Natle nurse, does not recommend Similac it is the hardest formula on a babies stomach. Enfamil or Good Start are both really good to use. You kinda have to just try it and see how the baby does and if it's not working try a new brand. Buy a small can first, just in case.

Gaby - posted on 12/25/2008

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My daughter didn't like Similac. She cried a lot. I assume it gave her colic. I switched her to Enfamil Lipil and she did just fine. I've read that Enfamil is easier to digest that Similac. I've also read that Nestle GoodStart is even better as far as digestion goes. If I were you I'd try Similac first. If your baby does fine then just stick with Similac.

Julie - posted on 12/25/2008

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its always best to go for whatever suits your babies needs. if baby is refluxy then a thicker formula like s26 gold or i found my youngest to be a poor sucker, so a more watery formula like nan and lactogen worked best.make sure its affordable cause you will be buying it for a long time . i also alternated brands every so often so my kids got the benefits of different formulas and what they may have to offer.

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I found Nestle 'Easy to Digest' formula (with omega 3 and 6) really good for my children. Both of them found Similac heavy and they got constipated frequently. Whatever you try, just don't switch formulas all the time because the littles ones are very sensitive...try one formula and stick to it unless your baby has a problem with it to begin with. Good luck, and awesome profile pic..very pretty!

User - posted on 12/25/2008

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My daughter was exclusively breastfed until last week - when I introduced Similac Advance (recommended by her pediatrician). She took it without a hitch and kept it all down without a problem.

Her pediatrician told me that breastfed babies do very well switching to Similac Advance or Enfamil Lipil.

Good Luck!

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