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Gena - posted on 10/21/2013

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They told me before my son was born to use Aptamil Pre,there was no chance that i could breastfeed because of the medication i needed for my thyroids.I would love to know how its like to breastfeed but i dont think i will ever get the chance to.I also never had milk because they gave me a tablet right after my son was born.
If it wasnt for all the medicine i have to take (also heart tablets etc) i would have liked to breastfeed. Maybe she has also got a medical problem,if not if i was her i would try to breastfeed.But if it comes to health and you would be poisoning your child with breastfeeding or you wouldnt get treated properbly because you want to breastfeed i would advice to take care with the health and formula is also good.

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Katie - posted on 10/23/2013

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We started our son on Enfamil newborn in the hospital with the samples they had... after a couple weeks we had to switch to Enfamil Gentalese due to his gassiness/fussiness, but he seems to like it.

Arelle - posted on 10/23/2013

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I agree with the others that you should consult your pediatrician. In my own experience I breastfeed and supplement with formula. Enfamil did not go over with Archer he refused it. And so we went with Similac with the blue lid (early shield). It is very easy to mix, keeps well, and comes with a coupon inside the lid which is nice. Target always has it on sale and the premixed liquid bottles were really nice for introduction. Both Enfamil and Similac have promotions you can sign up for to get coupons. My suggestion is ask your doctor and try a few out, your baby will let you know which he/she likes.

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Enfamil is a good formula. It is expensive though. If you decide to try it sign up from now so they can send you free samples and coupons.

Enna - posted on 10/22/2013

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I would recommend asking your pediatrician (once you have one picked out). They can probably give you samples, and I was also given samples at the hospital. If your baby is born without any problems, then I would recommend Enfamil. That's what we used and I found that it was the easiest to mix, it didn't clump, and it just smelled better than a lot of other formulas. If your baby starts having problems with the formula, then talk to your pediatrician again. There are so many types of formula out there for every type of allergy, stomach problems, etc. It may be a little trial and error. We never had any problems, so we were lucky. Hopefully you will be too. One of my friends had a really hard time finding the right formula, but eventually they found exactly what they needed and had no more issues.
I started out breastfeeding my babies, but I also have to take medication that passes through breast milk. I thought breastfeeding was easier (less cleanup, no buying formula, no bottles), but I didn't have any problems switching over. It had benefits too.

Julie A - posted on 10/22/2013

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Yes breast milk is best but pretty much all formula is good. They are all loaded with nutrients. It's all about what your baby can handle. After breastfeeding I had to go through almost 10 different brands of formula. Some of them would upset her tummy, make her constipated or she just flat out didn't like it. That's one of the most important reasons why breastmilk is so great its like your babies own personalized food. Babies have very sensitive digestive systems an each one is unique so finding the right formula was a struggle for us. Enfamil sensitive premixed is really good an my baby loved it. When she got a little older, about 7 months I put her on similac advanced because The premixed enfamil was really expensive. I think she liked it so much not only bc it was easy on her tummy but was also sweet like breast milk. I'm a big believer in tasting what I give my baby. Some of the formula out there is down right nasty tasting! Like the nutramigen tastes an smells terrible to me. The similac is great an I know lots of babies on It. Congrats on your pregnancy !

Chazda - posted on 10/22/2013

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Hi Dominique, are you actually unable to breastfeed your baby? It's really best for the baby to get breast milk if at all possible, especially in the first six months. Every baby-formula making company says that, sometimes right on the package.

If you need to work, I recommend a breast pump. Those work rather well and if you use it properly, it doesn't hurt a bit (they've really improved over the years). It will actually make you feel better. Ahem.

Gena - posted on 10/21/2013

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I know you werent judging,i just felt like sharing why i couldnt:-) Aptamil is actualy the only formula they sell in all shops here but i also dont know what brands you get all over the world.I think the midwives will give advice if they know that she cant breastfeed,well atleast i hope they will.i

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2013

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That's why I was asking, Gena :) I wasn't judging - I've done both. And just for the record, I used Karicare, but it's been a long time between drinks, and formula changes so much, I honestly couldn't make a recommendation based on formulas today.

Jodi - posted on 10/21/2013

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Is there a reason you are already choosing not to breastfeed? I am not asking that to judge you, but it puzzles me as to why you are already ruling that out before you have even had your baby.

Gena - posted on 10/21/2013

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My midwive suggested we use Aptamil Pre for our son. You could always ask your midwive what they recomend.Good luck

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