What kind of formula/brand do you use/prefer? Why?

Aimee - posted on 02/12/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Just wondering what the majority of formula people give their babies. I'm going to start giving my little girl formula as she has problems latching, so I'm looking for references.

Thanks!

Good Start?
Similac?
Enfamil?
Other?

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Amanda - posted on 02/13/2009

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I breast fed the first month, and when we switched to formula we used Enfamil Lipil. Target also has a great brand my daughter had no trouble adjusting to.

Trinna - posted on 02/13/2009

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I used good start,it was the best one for my daughter and I had to try a couple till we got it right!!

Rita - posted on 02/13/2009

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I used Good Start Soy with the first then switched to Bright Beginnings.  With the second, I realized he was lactose intolerant so I've used the Walgreen's brand and the Kroger brand.  Kroger is cheaper but they both work just as good.

Marie - posted on 02/13/2009

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I used Parents Choice (walmart). It is less expensive than a lot of fomulas out there.

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My daughter didn't do well breastfeeding, even when I pumped and gave it to her in a bottle.  No matter how bland of a diet I ate, she still fought me at feddings.  We switched her to formula at 3 weeks and haven't looked back.  Her ped just recently put her on Similac Sensitive RS.  It has added rice starch. Its made for infants that spit up frequently. She has reflux and the extra thickness helps keep it down.  She also did very well on Enfamil Gentelease until she got reflux.  Just try different things.  I could usually tell within a few feedings if the one we were trying she didn't like.  Also, her ped said store brands are just a good as name brands.  So if she can take a store brand, by all means.  Unfortuantly ours isn't available as a store brand.

Kijah - posted on 02/13/2009

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I always breastfed my baby my son i did for 2 yrs my daughter for 17 months now my 9 months still breast fed him planning to do it until he turns 2 is health and cheaper what i do eat good so i can produce more milk and my baby are health no allegies no sickness thanks God no complain.

Jenn - posted on 02/13/2009

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I used Good Start with my daughter, I tried Similac Advance first, but it didn't work well for her.  I do encourage you to talk to a lactation specialist to see if she can help you out, I did that with my son and we got it worked out and he nursed beautifully for 10 months before switchting to a cup and, I think, Similac Advance, it was a while ago. 

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2009

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Quoting Amanda:

I prefered Isomil, but it is very costly. I then switched to my grocery stores brand which is equal to Isomil plus it desolved much better and was half the price. I did notice multiple grocery store brands and Target were equal in ingrediants to Isomil plus all has to be FDA approved. Just FYI - Similac and Isomil are not equal in ingrediants. Please read the label and decide for yourself though.  



 



Also my son showed signs of gassy and other stomach problems so I had him on Soy with the Omegas and after that change he was the best baby.   





 

Amanda - posted on 02/13/2009

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I prefered Isomil, but it is very costly. I then switched to my grocery stores brand which is equal to Isomil plus it desolved much better and was half the price. I did notice multiple grocery store brands and Target were equal in ingrediants to Isomil plus all has to be FDA approved. Just FYI - Similac and Isomil are not equal in ingrediants. Please read the label and decide for yourself though.

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Hi Aimee, I have used/using Good Start with both of my kids. That is the closest thing to breast milk and it is the easiest to digest. I have tried giving both of them Good Start with Omega 3/6, but they kept spitting it up as it is harder to digest. Good Start the the most expensive, but worth every penny!

Michele - posted on 02/13/2009

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Nestle Good Start (also has the Omega 3/6 formulation). The protein in it is 100% whey which is a softer protein and easier to digest than regular cow's milk protein. Plus, they partially break the protein down so, not only is it easier to digest, but the Canadian Pediatric Society recommends it for children who are at risk of developing allergies. It's not for babies with proven cow's milk protein allergy, though - you need to ask your doctor for a recommendation there. Good luck!

Ashley - posted on 02/13/2009

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i fed my son good start but i actually had to switch him from the omega 3 and 6 to just the regular good start. he was hospitalized for the first two months of his life and i didnt like the fact that he was on the omega 3 and 6 but didnt have a choice as that's all they offer. he never went pooped properly. everytimei changed his diaper he had little poops. he was very fussy and constantly had gas pains. once i switched him to the reg good start he was a completely different baby!...he was on it til 8 months then i switched him to homogonized milk. he did great on it. i have seen that a lot of moms use the Parent's Choice and they have all had good things to say about it. it is a lot cheaper than the others. i am currently pregnant and i'm def going to take that into consideration as i only bottle feed my babies.

Hedviga - posted on 02/13/2009

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Good Start is what I use, as do all of my friends.  It is the easiest to digest.  I get the one with omega 3 & 6 and the natural bacterial cultures.  

Jessica - posted on 02/13/2009

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did a lot of research when I had my second child because I was unable to breastfeed.  (Trust me I tried with my first and it was the worst four months of both our lives)  I went with Parent's Choice because it is almost the exact same formula as Enfamil and ten dollars cheaper a can.  My baby is now a very healthy 1 year old and did very well on this brand through out her infancy. 



How and what you feed you baby is your choice so just make sure you are comfortable enough with the decision that you can stand up to the people that want to put you down for whatever you choose.

Karen - posted on 02/13/2009

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Go on the different formula websites and sign up for the free samples and coupons. That's what I did... we ended up using the Good Start with DHA/ARA. Gentle on the tummy and very easy to mix! Good luck mama!

Sarah - posted on 02/13/2009

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Would you consider working with a lactation consultant to help with her attachment so that you can continue to breastfeed? I know it's not possible for everyone, but it really is the best for your baby. If not, I would definitely go with an organic formula...the list of ingredients in most formulas is shocking.

Holly - posted on 02/12/2009

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Find the cheapest deal, try it for at least a week, she has to get use to digesting it so her bowels will be different and if it works stick with it or change to the next prefered brand

Lynn - posted on 02/12/2009

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Both of my kids had tummy troubles and we used Carnation Good Start. It was a lot more easier on their tummies! We had less trouble with spitting up...and they were both spit up babies! All the other formulas were just to heavy.

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I use nestle good start with omega 3 and 6, I work in a Doctors office and this is the formula that we recomend because it's easy on a baby's digestive system. I used it with both of my kids because I had problems with the amount of breatmilk I had.

good luck

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I breast fed my daughter for the first 4 months and I didn't want her to be on regular cow's milk so I gave her isomil. However it was getting expensive and I started researching and realize that the store brand is just as good. They all have to be FDA approved and if you look at the can usually there will be a comparison of the ingredients to the brands. I used publix soy formula and saved $10 per can and my baby tolerated it just fine and she was a preemie. I think as mothers we sometime fall in the trap of wanting to buy only brand because if not we feel guilty and really they are all the same. It all depends on what your baby tolerates



 

Emily - posted on 02/12/2009

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I actually prefer Parent's Choice above all of those because it disolves well and doesn't get all foamy.  Also, it is the least expensive so that's a great bonus. You can get it at Target or Walmart...possibly other places, but that's where i've seen it.

Jolene - posted on 02/12/2009

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I use Similac Advance. The advance has the omega 3 and 6 and the regular Similac doesn't, so to me thats the better choice. I chose to go with Similac because it has the least soybean oil in it out of the other formulas I looked into.

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