I am starting to suppliment formula with breastfeeding because I do not produce enough milk. I have done my research and feel this is the best for both my baby and me. The one thing that I would like to get opinions on is which formula to use? Any thoughts? Thanks

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Teresa - posted on 01/02/2009

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I breastfed both of my children and had the same issues at four months with both children. As a new mom, I went with my Pediatricians advise on our first and bought Enfamil, Similac and finally Isomil. My son kept throwing up and screaming with pain from the discomfort. He was tested for GERD and a number of other things until we ended up spending $20/can that would get me a bottle or two. I finally got frustrated by the cost and tried Carnation from my sister's advice and the issues stopped.



When my duaghter came along we went straight to Carnation and had no issues with spit up or sore tummies. I know it's not for everyone, but I stood by Carnation because I just couldn't stand hearing them cry from discomfort. Another plus is that many of the prescription formulas stain horribly. I never had stains from Carnation.

Audrey - posted on 01/02/2009

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Somebody commented on the addition of gas drops - I did the same. We put the Walmart version of Mylicon straight into the bottle. We found it to be more effective (and much cheaper) than the brand name Mylicon. The doctor seemed to feel like it was one of those things that may or may not help - but it wouldn't hurt. I'm sorry to say there were occasions when a bottle of formula could only be mixed with shaking - and that makes bubbles and a gassy tummy - so gas drops straight into the bottle helped eliminate the gas before entering baby and after the fact. Again - Doc Brown bottles helped, too.

Jamie - posted on 01/02/2009

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Alexandra, I was also a mom who never produced enough milk. So, I did my research and found that Enfamil is the better formula-in my opinion. The three reason's why I started using Enfamil is because of 1) The right amount of DHAs,& ARAs 2) No sugar is added 3) Contains whole whey and casein proteins which is comparable to breast milk. FYI: I actually started using the MembersMark Gentlease brand (@ Sams Club) that is created based off of Enfamil to save money. My son doesn't seem bothered by it and I'm still getting a great product-just different name-same ingredients. Hope this helps!

Mary - posted on 01/01/2009

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I am not only a breast feeding- working mother but also a labor and delivery nurse...I saw your post and was curious if you had tried any other options or if you were aware of them, such as Fenugreak suppliments. fenugreak is a galactogen, that means it is an herb that stimulates lactation/milk production. I have used it personaly to increase my milk supply for pumping reasons. There are other galactogens such as milk thistle that I have not tried but have read research that say it works as well. Fenugreak works really well for me, you just have to take enough (usualy alot more than it suggests on bottle) but I notice a huge jump in my supply about 24 hours after taking it.

Casey - posted on 12/30/2008

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I think lots of moms have already answered- but I would say to first ask your pediatrician. S/he may have a brand they prefer...but we started with Enfamil just because that's what they had in the hospital (we did formula and breast milk from the beginning), and it worked great! So the Enfamil in the yellow can has worked well for us, but just give your ped a call to see what they say. You may need to try more than one before finding a good fit.

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Hope - posted on 01/03/2009

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I tried Enfamil, Similac and Nestle Good Start. The Nestle Good Start worked the best. My doctor recommended it. He said it is the easiest for babies to digest and if my son is any indication my doc was right. There are websites for all 3 of these brands where you can register and they will send you coupons.

Tiffany - posted on 01/02/2009

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My suggestion is to use a soy-based formula Isomil by Similac or Prosobee by Enfamil. This would eliminate the change of any issues with digestion or gas. I am a mom of three and never had any problems supplementing this way. I do have friends that went with a milk-based formula first and this caused bad gas and other digestion problems. I wouls especially consider Soy if you or Dad is in any way lactose intolerant.

Ashlea - posted on 01/02/2009

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Our doctor suggested Similac when I was in the same situation. Someone clued us into Member's Mark formula at Sams Club. It's the same as Similac but much cheaper (and a larger quantity).

Scarvia - posted on 01/02/2009

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I live in Aruba, and we import from the States and Europe. I found Nutrilon to be the best, they even have a soya based formula if the regular formula doesn't go well with your baby.
Not sure if you can find it where you are and it is a bit pricy.

Alexandra - posted on 01/01/2009

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Wow Ladies- Thank you so much for all of your advice! I am so excited to hear from all of you. I did however start the Enfimal Gentlease and Kendall is doing so well. I would like to try the herb to increase my supply! My husband and I would like to chat with my Dr. ahead of time! Its so wonderful to feel that I am not the only one out there who is having or has had some trouble with not producing enough. I really enjoy breastfeeding my daughter and I did feel bad for introducing formula but I know it is what is best for her! She is growing and growing and growing! This is so much fun... being a mommy! Thanks again ladies you all were a great big help.

Joanna - posted on 01/01/2009

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Hi, any and all are good you have just got to find one you think will work. I was given SMA by my mum because I had to stop very suddenly. SMA has been just fine for my daughter. Just remember once you pick a brand you have to stay with it and not change. That is when problems may arise.

Nicole - posted on 01/01/2009

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When we changed our daughter to formula we use Good Start (it was recommend by the pediatrician). They recommended it because they noticed the babies seemed to do better on it than other formulas. It's been working fine for us so far.

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I had to supplement with all three of my boys because around 4-5 months my supply would start dimishing greatly. I used Good Start Supreme. It's not too expensive and it was very easy on my boys's tummies. My thoughts are with you as I understand the frustration and heartache that comes with losing your milk supply.

Denielle - posted on 12/30/2008

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If you're baby is really gassy like my little one, I recommend the Enfamil Gentlease. My pediatrician said try not to switch between formula's too much as it's hard on their little system. My daughter is 4 months old and we were told that all the formula's are pretty much the same ingredient wise but the process and how the proteins are broken down is different. The Kirkland brand at Costco is not broken down like the Gentlease so it's harder for their system to digest thus producing more gas. My pediatrician recommended the Gentlease until her system was a little more mature and she could process the less broken down proteins. Little Tummies gas drops also work great along with the formula. I drop a few drops into the bottle when I make the formula this helps reduse the air as well.

McKenna - posted on 12/30/2008

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I supplemented all three of my kids with Target brand formula. It's about half the price of brand-name formulas, but has all the same nutrients in it. I would try the most economical brand first (WalMart or Target) and go from there. You might need to switch around if your baby gets fussy, rashy, etc., but the Target brand has always worked for me. Good luck!

Colleen - posted on 12/30/2008

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Nestle Good Start worked out great for my son and so far has been great for my daughter. It was recommended by our pediatrician. I also highly recommend the Playtex nursers with the drop-ins...old school but have worked way better than Avent bottles.

Alice - posted on 12/29/2008

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I had to do the same thing to supplement with formula for my twins. We did the best with Enfamil Gentlease.

Janel - posted on 12/29/2008

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My daughter did ok on gentlease but was having bad diaper rash. We decided to try Wal-Mart's brand, checked the labels and talked to our Dr. She did sooooo good on it we got the Sam's club one that was twice the size and still economical. We were all very happy.

Audrey - posted on 12/29/2008

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I agree that any formula will work - though your baby may choose one over another. Most doctors will even tell you that one may be "suggested" over another only because of the financial support. My children did fine on Similac - but Enfamil worked for other family members. I would suggest the Doctor Brown bottles, though - especially for fighting gas. I didn't try every bouncer, high chair, or pacifier and therefore can't give much advice there. I did try almost every bottle - and I now give Doc.Brown's at every baby shower.

Allison - posted on 12/29/2008

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I combined breastfeeding and formula for a few months before completely weaning my son about a week ago. He's seven months old. I have used the Enfamil and Similac samples that were sent to me in the mail, and I'm planning on going to the Kirkland brand at Costco. I've read nothing but positive reviews about it, and since formula has specific nutritional standards to meet, there isn't much difference between name brand and generic (except advertising). If your baby is sensitive, we like the Similac soy formula.

Melissa - posted on 12/29/2008

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My sister has the same problem and because she has a gassy baby, she uses Enfamil Gentle-Ease. Seems to be working for them. I couldn't produce enough milk, so my baby has been on formula since the beginning, and we use Gentle-Ease as well. (we started with regular Enfamil Lipil, then transitioned over.) I'd suggest starting with the cheaper formula and then switching (or mixing the two) as needed. Good luck!

Daphne' - posted on 12/28/2008

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When I was unable to produce enough milk, I supplemented with Enfamil LIPIL with DHA. My daughter loved it and the transition went very smooth.

Jennifer - posted on 12/28/2008

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I started with Similac Advance, but my little one's tummy didn't tolerate it at all.... My Ped suggested Gentlease, and it was on the money.... Good luck!

Cara - posted on 12/28/2008

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Honestly, formula of any brand is fine as they are all made pretty much the same. The important thing is to make sure that you are purchasing one with iron (Similac, Enfamil, Good Start, etc). If your child is fussy you may want to use a Gentlease or Sensitive type of formula. You will notice some changes in your child's stools, but after a couple weeks it shouldn't be such a concern (it takes awhile for the babies to adjust to the switch). If you would qualify for WIC (Women, Infant, and Children) Nutrition program in your state you may want to check which formula's they provide before switching. Good luck!!

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