Best soy based formula?

Kimberly - posted on 12/30/2008 ( 25 moms have responded )

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I have been successfully giving my twin boys expressed breastmilk for the past 6 months. I've had enough milk for both (65 to 70 oz per day) with a bit to spare until the past couple of weeks -- now I have to give them the odd bottle of formula if they drink a lot on a particular day. One of my boys has a milk protein allergy and so up to this point, I have only been giving formula to the other twin. But now I feel I need to have something in reserve for both -- the gastro specialist that he sees says he can have soy-based formula (instead of Alimentum, which I found revolting when he had to be on it while I eliminated dairy from my diet!).



I'm looking for recommendations for the best soy formulas -- thoughts??



Thanks!

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Amanda - posted on 12/30/2008

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Both my daughters had to be switched to soy because they had the same milk allergy! My oldest daughter I put on Nestle Good Start soy & she did wonderful! My younger daughter didn't do well with Nestle Good Start but she seems to be very sensitive tummy! So I put her on Similac Isomil (soy). Hope that helps! That is so awesome you have been able to bf that long and with twins! You should be proud of yourself!!!

Heather - posted on 12/30/2008

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I really liked Good Start Supreme Soy. After I could no longer nurse my son I put him on regular formula, but he was horribly upset all the time. I called my mom because I was at my wits end and trying to figure out what could be wrong, she was the one that suggested soy formula. After 1 bottle of the soy formula, he was back to his happy, giggly self. Good Luck!!

Sharalynn - posted on 12/30/2008

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HI Kimberly... wow twins and your breastfeeding! Good for you... I know how hard it is with one nursing boy with a milk protein allergy... my son is now 9 months and I have been successful with the Isomil brand made by Similac Advance. It's designed for our babie's. And I haven't had a problem with it, I started introducing it to him when he was about 6 and a half months old and so far so good. And it's not too terribly $$$ (although formula and baby food isn't cheap) it's about $19.00/ can of powder at Walmart. And what kind of cereal have you found. I live in a small town and the only one I can find without milk ingredients is Beach Nut in the yellow box.
Good luck! He's a cutie!

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Stacy - posted on 01/06/2009

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i gave my son wysoy formula milk  and it worked 4 him he was on it 4 5 years  hope that helps

Amanda - posted on 01/05/2009

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Similac Sensitive is still milk based so if your baby has a milk allergy which mine does that would not work:)

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I had started feeding my son a soy based formula then decided to read more about soy, I learned that soy has a lot of estrogen in it and other hormones. My husband didnt feel comfortable giving our son all this formula full of estrogen. So we switched him over to a lactose free formula. Its the Similac sensitive which is lactose free and he likes it.

Tanya - posted on 01/02/2009

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*she didnt liek the taste of the formula at first** but than she adjusted to it lol sorry

Tanya - posted on 01/02/2009

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HEY!

well i personally think Enfamil Soy A+ is the best to go, my daughter is on it,and its honestly the best..i was breastfeeding for 3 months,and she didnt like the taste of it,but i kept trying her on it because she has a huge allergy to milk,and she loves it now.Its only thirty dollars for the powder..and i have tried many of them,and i have asked many doctors and they all told me Enfamil Soy,or Enfamil A+ Soy based.

Abby - posted on 01/01/2009

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I have used Enfamil ProSobee Lipil with my daughter and she loves it! You can sign up on Enfamil's website and they will send you $5 coupons. You could also try mixing your breastmilk with the formula until they are used to the taste and then slowly start giving less breastmilk and more formula!

Shannon - posted on 01/01/2009

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Great to hear that you have been able to nurse twins this long!! I can't personally imagine doing it with twins so props to you!!

I thankfully have not had to use soy formula... I am highly allergic to it!! However i Know my cousin only used it with her kids since they are vegans, and they used the organic one from Baby's Only as well. There are a few places on line that sell it by the case, but I would see about getting a single can to try out with your son to make sure he is truely okay with it. If not try the Good Start, it is partially broken down so it too may agree with his little tummy better! Good luck!

Crystal - posted on 12/31/2008

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I would highly recommend looking into the Baby's Only Organic Soy Formula. I have twin girls and after researching the way alot of formulas are bound I went to organic. You can look at it online at Baby's Only or you can get it at Whole Foods I know. If you buy a case you can get 10% off which is almost the same as you would be paying for the other formulas at Target or Walmart. You get alittle less ounces wise but it's not much different. My girls LOVE it and are sleeping at least 11 hours at night. They are almost 4 months old now.

Andrea - posted on 12/31/2008

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My son and daughter both had a milk allergy. We used soy formula and then switched to the Target Brand. They loved it and it was soooooo cheap!! My Dr. approved of it first ;)

Mary - posted on 12/31/2008

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My daughter is 2 months old and has been on Soy formula since she was 2 weeks. She was having problems with both breastmilk and milk based formuals so we tried a smaple of Similac Isomil and she did great. It is a little more expensive then the other brands but since our little was able to keep it down we have continued to spend the extra money.

Karen - posted on 12/31/2008

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my son breastfed for 5 months and then i used similac powder regular...the blue one and then people kept giving me free pink similac soy based and i asked my doc if he could ttry it to which she replied...yes if he will take it but most infants will prefer the other one...so i tried it and he used that until like 13 months...he loved it and matter of fact he never wanted to take the milk based one again...if u go to similac .com and sign up they will give you a free sample can in the mail and you can ask your friends and family to sign up too and then they can give you their cans!!!Also i forgot to mention that at around 9 months one of my friends told me that she used target brand formula and that she researched all the ingrediants and compared them and they were basically the same so i finally tried it because it was like 16 dollars a can versus 25 a can and my son did not notice any difference,...i wished i had taken her advice sooner ad saved myself a lot of money...Both if these brands worked great for my son who is totally healthy 16 month old now!!!! good luck

Dana - posted on 12/31/2008

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try similac sensitve. my daughter has been on it since she was 3 months cause regular formula made her fussy and gassy. its a little more expensive, about 25 dollars a can but it seems to work for my baby.good luck u have so many choices these days

Kimberly - posted on 12/31/2008

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Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I had limited choice when I ran out to the drug store yesterday and just got the Similac Advance soy formula. I mixed up a bottle and my son HATED it -- wouldn't even give it a second suck. I'll try again, but will probably go out and get a different brand to see if he likes that better.

Kendra - posted on 12/30/2008

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Kimberly,

Both of my sons have milk allergies, the allergist told me to put them on soy. I tried enfamil prosobee and that worked. It was just expensive. The peditrician told me to try the store brands. I tried parents choice soy formula (walmart) It works just as well for half the cost.

Kari - posted on 12/30/2008

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Wow twin boys. You will have a great time with them as they get older. My best friend has four children, ranging from1 to 6. All of them could not take regular formula. She went thru several brands of Soy before she found one that would work. Funny thing is they all ended up using the same one...Parent's Choice Soy. Just thought I would add another option with the Soy. Good luck....and when they drive you crazy one day the will be teenagers and you will miss they days they were small. I speak from experience, my three boys are 6, 10, and 13. With as busy as you are...don't forget to smile and enjoy them.

Amber - posted on 12/30/2008

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My daughter grew out of it too. By the time she was ready to switch to real milk we did and she's had no problems ever since.

User - posted on 12/30/2008

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Good suggestions! When my son had the same problem I used Good Start then when he was a year old I went to Silk Soy milk. Some groceries carry it but my local grocery ordered it for me. When he was about 1 1/2 I used tried him on skim milk and he has been fine since.

Amber - posted on 12/30/2008

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I had the same issue with my daughter when substituting formula for breastmilk. I agree that is depends on what your son adapts to best. My daughter seemed to to the best with Good Start Supreme Soy Formula. Just pay attention and your son will tell you what does and doesn't agree with him.

Sara - posted on 12/30/2008

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It really depends more on what HE likes. Try and see if there are any samples or free stuff you can get - try Freepeats - it cots $5 to join :( or Freecycle in your area.

I have soy formula listed there that my DS didn't like - so let me know if you are in the Los Angeles area...

Okay - and so great that you were able to BF twins for so long - you go!

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