Is it okay to change an infant's formula? Is there a difference between Simalic advance and Enfamil.

Manouchka - posted on 12/29/2008 ( 26 moms have responded )

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I have a one month old baby who seems to be very gassy. At about 3a.m. it seems to be the worst. I have tried Mylicon and gripe water and nothing seems to work. I recently changed his formula from Enfamil Lipil to Simalic advance. For some reason it seems he cries more at night with gas pains.

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Alexandra - posted on 08/10/2011

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switching brands does not matter its the type of formula that matters. Whether you try soy, hypo-allergenic, etc. You should talk to you doctor and start to log his feedings, thats what they had me do with my baby. I had to observe his behavior before, during, and after his feedings. Log his reactions. My son always seemed like he was in pain. During his feedings he would cry and after he would projectile vomit all over the place. He was also a rash from head to toe. I tried good start and enfamil, the AR, luipil, prosobee, hypoallergenic, soy. EVERYTHING. Turned out he had GERD (pretty common) they gave him baby prilosec for that and he had a severe allergy to lactose and soy. His GI doctor put him on neocate and that turned him into a new baby :) hope this helps you

Lisa - posted on 12/29/2008

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I had that problem with mine. Sorry. I remember it was tough. She was on Enfamil and our doctor had us change to Nestle Good Start formula. Our doctor told us that a lot of babies have problems with gas using Enfamil. Also, our doctor told us if that didn't work it could be a problem with digestion and we would need to switch to soy formula. Check with your doctor before switching to soy. I also used to softly rub her tummy counterclockwise to help move the gas and do knee bends. Knee bends - bend his knees to his tummy and then straighten his legs. Do a few times. Sometimes that helps to get the gas out.

Jessica - posted on 12/30/2008

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You may want to try a formula like Nestle Good Start, Enfamil Gentlease, or Parent's Chocie Gentle (available at Walmart and significantly less expensive than the first two options). Those formulas have special proteins in them that are already partially broken down, making it easier for babies to digest. My daughter has issues with the regular formula, so I switched to Parent's Choice Gentle and all of her fussiness/gas stopped.

Kerri - posted on 12/30/2008

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I too have had that same problem with my 15 week old. My son was breastfed and formula fed since birth due to my low milk production. I eventually had to do strictly formula. He was on Similac Advance and seemed to be doing well up until two weeks ago. Then he was miserable because of the gas and bloating. I tried Mylicon and Colic Calm. Nothing seemed to help. So, I tried a soy formula and that seemed to help with the gas and fussiness, but he would eat 6 ounces and vomit up an entire ounce. So, I tried the Similac Sensitive and he has done great. It seemed to do the trick. I did contact me pediatrician before I switched him. He seemed to think the issues were because he is lactose intolerant.

Justins_mom2004 - posted on 12/29/2008

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I breastfed my daughter for 4 weeks. I started out on Goodstart and gassed her up so much. I ended having to switch to soy milk because of gas and throwing up so much. So really it just depends on your baby, Hope it works out for you.

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Morgan - posted on 08/10/2011

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It took us about 4 different formulas before we found the one that worked best for my DD you can switch with no worries don't worry about mixing half and half it won't matter, but don't switch to soy without your doctors advice :) good luck!!

Sherry - posted on 07/09/2010

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I had the same problem too and I put him on gentle ease Enfamil and worked great! My son is now 10 months old and he is doing great. He never had a problem after we did the switch. :) Good Luck!!!

Paulena - posted on 12/30/2008

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We had a pretty similar problem with my son who is now 13 months old. We switched him over to Emfamil Gentlease around 2 months old, after trying a few different formulas. Gentlease worked for us and when he got older we switched him to the Wal-mart (Parents Choic)e and Kroger brand Gentle formula. I compared the labels on the back before I gave him anything different. The only real differences I found were; The gentle off brand formulas were a lot cheaper and the Kroger brand (I can't remember for Wal-Mart) was not any less in vitamins. It either offered the same percentage as Gentlease or higher than what Gentlease offered. Good luck!!!

Jessie - posted on 12/30/2008

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you may also want to talk to your Dr. about Colic both of my younger daughters had (and currently are going through it with my nine week old) it and no matter if you breast feed(like I am currently and was with my second daughter before we switched to formula due to food allergies) or formula feed the gas and fussiness won't go away and it is usually at its worst at about 6-8 weeks old and should be over by 5months. if you want to know more about colic I love babycenter.com (I think colic may be a possibility because if it is right around the same time every day and not even mylicon drops help this is definitely a possibility, my daughter screams from 10pm til 12pm every single night, and last night it went on til 4am!!!)

Heather - posted on 12/30/2008

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Hey there! I heard too that enfamil and Similac are the same thing. I did read though that Similac has more calcium than the enfamil. My son has been on the Similac advance since birth and now almost 5 months later he is doing fine. At first he had some trouble, but with a little mix of breast milk he was finally able to go. I know how you feel! My baby is starting on fruits now so he hasn't been much fun! Did you try the similac soy formula or the sensitive stomach kind? That seems easier to digest, and might be easier on your baby's tummy. Anyway good luck and best wishes :)

Shannon - posted on 12/29/2008

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Try Target brand or Costco brand, my kids had better systems on either one of those and they are just as good for them. Do you have your baby on a schedule at all because that can really help! If you want any advice I have a 4,3,and 1 year old and would be happy to help! Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 12/29/2008

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try using the soy based formula, this some times helps with the gassy babies. it may be the milk based formula causing it.

Jenna - posted on 12/29/2008

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Similac Advance (blue can) and Enfamil Lipil are NOT the same. They are similar and comparable but the major difference is that Enfamil contains more of the whey protein than the casein protein in milk, which is easier for infants to digest. So, some babies that have trouble on Similac may do better on Enfamil and occasionally it could be opposite as well. Another post mentioned Nutramigen as being a soy-based formula...it is not and says so right on the can. This is a very expensive formula for babies with true milk allergy - the milk proteins are broken down to prevent allergy. Back to the original question, yes, the switch from Similac to Enfamil could have affected your baby, and yes, it is OK to change formulas, but it is best to eventually pick one and stay with it - especially when baby is young and his or her stomach is more sensitive.

Jessie - posted on 12/29/2008

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Nutramigen is the name of the totally broken down one, my second daughter was on this, it is also a soy based formula though...she ended up having severe allergies to a lot of things ( milk, wheat, eggs, and peanuts) so I don't know if this is for every child unless they are very very sensitive like my Lexi was

Debby - posted on 12/29/2008

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we started our daughter on Good Start and she had the same issues. Our dr suggested Enfamil A+, and we never had an issue after that

Katie - posted on 12/29/2008

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try nestle good start formula. I used it with both of my kids and never had any gassy problems.

Leslie - posted on 12/29/2008

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When we spoke to our pediatrician about formulas, (our baby is now 3 1/2) she told us that formula is called formula for a reason. They all need to have the same basic active ingredients to be sold in the US as formula, it's the inactive ingredients that make the difference, and some kids tolerate different things differently. We actuallay switched to generic formula, the Target brand and the Meijer brand, but I remember one caused more gassiness. Can't remember which one at the moment. I hope you find a formula that works!

Sarah - posted on 12/29/2008

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I heard a good method for switching formula for a gassy baby...If you do it gradually by mixing the two formulas together at first, their taste and tummies have a chance to get used to the new one. Also, be prepared to have to switch more than once, and go up in price for the special formula. Good luck!

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the babies in our family always did worse on similac.try enfimil gentlease.



and make sure your speaking to his dr about everything.it is k to change them formulas are different i personaly never recomend similac just b/c of the bad experiences with it but good start is anothr good brand.(many dont have a problem with similac but everyone i know has)and of coarse make sure you are burping him good...try one ounce less he could be getting to full...but if he gets fussier give that ounce back(then hes saying im still hungry)

Lynanne - posted on 12/29/2008

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Hi there. My son (now 8 months) had a terrible time with gas when he was younger. I found that giving him to Enfamil made for babies with fussiness or gas helped him along with the Mylecon. It can take some babies more time to adjust, but you may want to try the special Enfamil. My son did grow out of his gassyness, luckily. I hope you can find something that helps.

Tara - posted on 12/29/2008

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unless it's a lactose allergy changing to soy won't do the trick- it just constipates him. my pedi recommended trying a partially broken down protein formula like gentlease enfamil. it worked wonders with all 3 of my sons. the soy didn't help at all- just made them poop like rabbits :) if he is vomiting then it might be an allergy, otherwise it's probably just an intolerance and the broken down proteins is the way to go- if gentlease doesn't do it there is a completely broken down version available, but i don't remember the name. and remember- babies cry in the evenings and if he has genuine colic, i don't think a formula change will help. good luck.

Jessie - posted on 12/29/2008

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try a soy based formula rather than a milk based formula, the soy based formula of simalic is isomil, this change really helped both of my girls. Some kids are just very sensitive to milk based formula and need soy based instead.

April - posted on 12/29/2008

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When my daughter was a baby she was first on Similac but had terrible problems with gas and constipation. The pediatrician said that Similac and Enfamil are very similair but babies tend to tolerate Enfamil better as far as the GI problems go. We still had problems and switched to Nestle Good Start which worked great!

Trish - posted on 12/29/2008

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MY sister had that problem and the doctor put her son on some reflux medicine and it seemed to help. The only draw back is that weening off will cause the night-time sleeplessness, so I guess you just have to decide whether you want to cope with the sleepless nights now....or later. I'm sorry for not being much help...

All 3 of my children had Similac,,,no problems....but more people prefer Enfamil. Hang in there, I'll pray for you...:)

April - posted on 12/29/2008

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We tried many formulas before finally settling on Enfamil AR (our baby spits up a lot). When we were trying to figure out which to go with, I asked our pedi if it was bad to switch formula to find one that works best (because I've heard many moms say it's not good) and he said it's fine. He said most of the formulas are based on the same basic formula and are tweaked a bit depending on what they're being marketed for, etc., but because they have about the same base formula, it's not a big deal to try different ones. We would try each one for a week or so and keep lots of notes about our baby's gas, fussiness, spit up, etc. Good luck!

Jennifer - posted on 12/29/2008

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Hello Manouchka! My son is now two, but I had perfered Enfamil, but from what I have been told, Enfamil and Silmalic are the same, though the baby needs time to adjust to either one. My doctor always recommended "testing" a new formula by giving about an ounce worth the first time and monitor your child for changes, such as gassiness. However, some babies just have a harder time digesting foods. My step-brother's son, from the day he was born, had problems going #2. It would keep the family up all night because he could have a bowel movement that didn't put him in utter pain. There was nothing the doctors could reccommend, but my step mom had an herbal remedy that helped reduced gas: she boiled fresh parsley in some water, let it cool and give it to the baby. This seemed to help, but it is not a sure thing for all children.

Have you talked to your baby's doctor about this and how the Mylicon and gripe water seem to have no affect?

Another possibility for the gas is lactose intolerance. Its hard to tell so young, but it could be the cause. Check with your doctor or try out a soy based formula to see if it makes a difference.



Good Luck!

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