I need to know what formula you would suggest. Gerber good start or Similac?

Lillibeth - posted on 06/07/2010 ( 52 moms have responded )

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I want to know your thoughts on Gerber good start vs. Similac... comparing prices, benefits for baby etc.

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Katie - posted on 06/21/2010

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Both my baby and I love Good Start. We started with Similac Advanced in the hospital, whihc worked well for about 3 weeks and then made my son so gassy. He would cry, whimper, and be inconsolable! We tried dif versions of similac and enfamil and then a friend recommended Good Start. I have my baby back! No more stomach issues at all. He started sleeping through the night almost immeadiately, plus Good Start is a little cheaper too. I like the look and smell better than Similac and Enfamil as well and the powder form mixes w/o bubbles which both Similac and Emfamil have. I would recommend Good Start to anyone.

Julia - posted on 09/06/2013

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everyone is entitled to their own opinions and of course their feelings BUT I must say that calves don't drink human milk so why give cow milk to a human baby. It is very true that God has blessed you with so many kids but He has also blessed you with breasts so you can feed your babies the way that you were meant to, and it is proven all over the world 'BREAST IS BEST' you cant buy it in a store, it is priceless, why waste it

Rachelw - posted on 06/03/2013

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Ok after giving birth I breast fed for 2 weeks then I switch to similac ready to use which the hospital gave us to use gave my daughter gas and spit up problems then I switch her to similac sensitive Booz of the spit up n gas I stick with it till she is 2 months and a week old I reach the end of my rope with the excessive crying and gas especially at around 9pm and mind you have her on a routine everyday with massaging when she wakes up and after bath before going to bed I finally called my pediatrician and ask what he recommends he said to try Gerber good start soothe so I start with one scope of the old milk then one scoop of Gerber first stool was green which is normal for switching milk but OMG she is a different baby she sleeps more less crying this is heavens made formula she sleeps like what u would expect like 3 to 4 hours sleeping which similac only an hour then cry at night is worse it would take her 4 hours 2 hours of it are all crying! I would recommend this formula to anybody especially to those who have Babies that is gassy n spit ups, this formula also doesn't create that much bubbles like similac and enfamil it's close to nothing for bubbles only thing is that u need to dissolve it well use a spoon in a measuring cup to dissolve the milk but other than that I love it!

Amanda - posted on 06/16/2010

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I used many different brands of formula with my girls. I signed up with many websites for coupons to help with the cost b/c I have twins. Iv tried Enfamil, Similac and the Target Brand. In the end we ended up regularly buying the Target brand to save money and our pediatrician didn't have a problem with that. It was just was good as the name brands for half of the cost (even with coupons).

Chantelle - posted on 06/15/2010

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Good start from nestle is the best formula for babies

Natural cultures are part of what gives breast milk its naturally protective qualities. Of the natural cultures found in breast-fed babies, Bifidobacteria is the most prevalent (accounting for up to 90% of the “good bacteria” commonly found in healthy, breast-fed babies)11.

That’s why Good Start® Natural Cultures™ has added Bifidobacteria, which we call bifidus BL (or B. lactis). There are only two places your newborn can get natural cultures. The first is you. The other is from Good Start® Natural Cultures™.

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Shawnn - posted on 07/23/2014

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Julia Gill, your posts regarding BF being the ONLY way to feed your child are BS.

YOU were fortunate that you were able to do so, but YOU need to NOT come onto threads asking for formula advice and post that they should be BF. IT IS NOT YOUR CALL. You do not know why any particular person chooses to formula feed. If you do not have constructive input on formula, why would you even comment and judge the rest who are not BF???

Understand that we all KNOW that BF is preferable to formula. For some people IT IS AN IMPOSSIBILITY. The reasons are none of your business.

Amber - posted on 07/23/2014

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To remark on a previous comment....some people have issues producing breast milk and end up with no other choice than to feed their baby formula. I felt guilty about it and still do, but I wasn't producing enough to feed him or nourish him, because of complications I was having. I am very interested in this though. So far I have had him on Similac sensitive which is suppose to help with gas, but it doesn't that I have noticed. I am having to use gas drops to keep him okay and even then he is still cranky after eating. I was wondering about going to Gerber but was told that once you get a baby on the formula you need to stick with it. I don't want to change and it be worse.

Tammi - posted on 06/23/2014

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I am not able to breastfeed, so for the first 2 months, we fed my infant Similac organic. He became more and more colicky, gassy, and in extreme pain. It was horrible to watch him suffer. We switched to Gerber Good Start Soothing four days ago, and immediately noticed a drastic improvement.

Kimberly - posted on 04/29/2014

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I adopted so I didn't have the choice to breastfeed! Shame on that person for judging someone b/c they don't breastfeed! If I could I would and I should add....I did try to produce but it didn't work! :-/ I just got Carnation Good Start "Gentle" and hoping it'll work for my LO she has been spitting up a lot more lately so hoping this will help her. She was on Earth's Best Organic and I also tried Baby's Only Organic, but that made her super constipated and miserable! :(

Monica - posted on 04/26/2014

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I am a nursing mother--that is a choice I made. I just read the "breast is best" post, and although that lines up with my opinions I still find it shocking. Each of us have different circumstances and shame on anyone judging another mother. What if a child is adopted, what if milk supply just didn't happen, what if there was a different medical condition preventing breastfeeding? You never know, so don't rush to conclusions.

That said, although I am a nursing mom my milk supply has gone down since I started back to work. I used Simialc Soy with my first son when the same thing happened and was happy with it. He had a lactose intolerance and did well with that. My second son is currently receiving a few ounces of Similarly Sensitive for Fussiness and Gas and seems to be doing well. I am considering trying the Good Start just to see what my little one prefers.

UPDATE: so the Similac for Fussiness and Gas, although a better taste for my LO, made him super constipated and ironically made him fussy and have gas!! Yesterday we started Good start Gentle. My LO likes the taste, still waiting to see how his BMs are. We started slow with only a few ounces yesterday so it shouldn't be a huge shock to the system.

Madison - posted on 03/12/2014

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Not all women are lucky enough to breast feed. You may not produce enough, or your baby may not latch. I would have loved to have that bond with my baby.. But In my case not only could I not produce enough or get my son to latch, but he was born with extremely low blood sugar so they gave him formula the minute he was born. He preferred the formula. I tried supplementing for weeks, but it just came down to me not producing enough. I'm not going to let my baby go hungry cause "breast is best." When it comes down to it some of us just aren't as blessed in that area..

Christine - posted on 12/16/2013

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I agree, but sometimes it isn't possible to produce enough, the most important thing is to feed your baby in then end!!!! I have exclusively breastfed for 12 weeks and have overcome a nipple shield (which brought down my supply) due to an undetected tongue tie and upper lip tie. I am currently pumping after every feed and nursing every 90mins to 2hours (there has been a few weeks where I haven't even step foot outside) and still do not have a enough not to mention I am taking lactating herbes and lactating teas and eating every type of breast milk enhancing food I can get my hands on :( I have now started to supplement with formula (Nestle Good Start) but hoping it will be only for a short time. My baby won't even except it until she is crying in pain because she is sooo hungry. Bottom line for ALL MOMMIES JUST MAKE SURE YOU FEED YOUR BABY, it should be enjoyable and there are a lot of important things not just breastfeeding but playing and stimulating your baby as well :)

Lori - posted on 11/18/2013

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I mostly Breastfeed my baby but I do supplement at times. I'm lucky enough with him that he takes anything. He does not care as long as it's food! He's a month old. I guess just use what u feel is best for ur baby n what agrees with his/her system. The hospital gave my baby enfamil newborn cuz he lost so much weight n he wasn't latching well. That's what I continue to use on occasion n he seems really gassy farting all the time. I gave him a ready to use bottle of similac when we were out n he was screaming n he took it fine. I do have a can of good start I got in an insulated gift bag from the dr. I may use that to see if it helps with the gassiness.

Victoria - posted on 11/14/2013

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ciara you should definitely be able to get gerber on wic i just went for my appointment today and im currently breast-feeding but trying to ween him onto formula and ive been trying similac and he's been pushing the bottle away and just completely refusing the bottle so when i went in for my appointment they suggested that i use the Gerber Good Start and my coupons are for that...not sure if it differs in different states though..im in IL

Ashley - posted on 09/11/2013

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I understand my breast milk dried up after only 2 weeks which I was truly saddened cause I wanted my lo to get the best so I started using gerber really any of the formulas work they have to have the same main ingredients under the FDA to be sold so no matter what you buy they will basically be the same the only difference is price hope this helps

Lillian - posted on 09/06/2013

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I gust have to say I have eight kids 4 boys and 4 girls I'm 32 years old me and my husbend have been together for 11 years and married for 5 I gave natural birth to all my childeren and for some rezen I find barest feeding to be disgusting I gust could not do it and I can't event look and a women Brest feeding sometimes I wonder if that's a bad thing for me to think and feel this way and I've been bless so much that god has behest me with eight childeren. All healthy what is ur thoughts about Brest feeding ????

Lillian - posted on 09/06/2013

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Hello I'm a mom of eight kids my oldest is 16 youngest is 7 mounths back then when I had my oldest kids it was similac that was popular now the best one today is good start
And the good start 2 :)

Julia - posted on 09/05/2013

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congratulation, was beginning to think that breastfeeding was illegal, am totally BF my LO until she is 2

Swetlana - posted on 09/02/2013

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I started my little girl out on similac advanced which gave her a tummy ache, we then switched over to similac sensitive, she has been loving it for 3 months. She slept through the night, had bowel movements and she was very content. We recently switched back to similac advanced, since it is cow milk based, because I didn't want my little one to be lactose intolerant. Her tummy now can digest it and her bowel movements soft and she has no problems so far. Id def suggest to pay the extra buck and get similac.

Amber - posted on 09/02/2013

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I had great results with gerber goodstart. I wasn't sure if my baby was eating enough and the nurses gave me similac at the hospital to supplement breast feeding. So I bought more when I went home. However, my baby was very colicky and cried a lot. She also wasn't passing bowel movements that often. I then unfortunately couldn't breast feed anymore :( and went completely to formula. I researched and switched to gerber goodstart. She started doing much better! And also passed bowel movements pretty much every day, a couple times a day. you will notice it is usually green, but all the moms say the same thing about the color because the gerber formula. I've been using it for a year now. My baby loves her milk. I would recommend gerber! :)
Now I'm introducing goat milk because she turned a year, but still using Gerber too.

Ciara - posted on 06/17/2013

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Rachelw I have had nearly the exact same results switching my 6 week old from similac to Gerber... now I just wish i could get the gerber on my wic :(

Erin - posted on 12/27/2011

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There really is no need to get so defensive. The research I have done with Nestle shows that they outsource the infant formula part of the company and only actually produce the Gerber food. Similac and Enfamil actually have formulas that have been researched and specifically designated for certain problems, such as reflux and preemies. It doesn't matter your education level or job title, you should follow your intution. : )

Emily - posted on 12/26/2011

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I'm not a fan of artificial milk. I nursed my daughter until she was a year old.

Brittany - posted on 12/19/2011

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I used enfamil lipil plus iron..my son didnt take to similac, so we switch to powdered enfamil

Lexy - posted on 12/13/2011

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Good Start is not the Basic Grade formula, Gerber is owned by nestle, the largest food and nutrition company in the world. Henry nestle invented infant formula in the evaporated milk, which is why Good Start used to be Carnation Good Start. The problem is that Abbott and Mead are larger pharma companies that used to pay hospitals to provide formula to moms, and Nestle did not. Gerber Good Start is the number one used formula in EVERY country accept the US because of it's clinical benefits. I'm a registered dietitian and it all comes down to whey content and protein size. Just read the expert opinions of american academy of pediatrics, they say to use a partially hydrolyzed formula if mom can't breastfeed.

Tamara - posted on 12/12/2011

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I never used Gerber because I think Abbott Labs (the manufacturer of Similac) is a more reputable company for formula. Gerber makes great stuff, but I feel that Abbott Labs is an expert on formula whereas Gerber may be an expert in other baby-related topics.

Erin - posted on 12/10/2011

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Good Start is the basic grade formula. Similiac is a better grade formula. Enfamil is the best formula out there. I have a 9 month old that was in and out of the hospital (digestion problems) and went through all kinds of formula. Enfamil is the best on the market, they have the best variety for types of digestion problems. They also have great customer service!

Tamara - posted on 12/08/2011

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I use Similac Advance, in the blue bottle. My son can't seem to tell the difference between it and my milk, as he drinks both during the day.

Alexandra - posted on 08/10/2011

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Honestly all formula has to have the same ingrediants (quantity and quality) in order to be sold in the US. That means that good start, similac, enfamil, store brand, and etc. are all the same. Some add a little more sugar or flavoring to taste better. Most babies dont care about taste. Yes one brand could be better for one baby while another works best for baby #2. Its all in the extras. I actually had my babies doctors tell me that DHA and ARA are not proven to help with brain development like they claim!! I couldnt believe it lol. Anywho the wic program used to give enfamil but the contract wa sthen given to good start because goodstart offered more money. The hospitals in my area use enfamil still. Of course though my baby was severly allergic to most formulas available. He has lactose allergy, even the hypoallergenic have lactose in them . He was switched to Neocate. which was a god send. Then Rice milk because he wont go near soy or dairy. Now hes on Neocate junior. He's only 15 months old too.

Lexy - posted on 07/29/2011

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I used Gerber Good start sinc emy little girl was born, and what I've found out is that Gerber Good start is the first infant formula to be approved for a FDA health claim in reducing youe childs risk of excema which is HUGE since my son has the worst allergies from similac. Simical and Enfamil and the other stor ebrands all contain CASEIN, casein is the DEVIL for babies. your baby is not suppose to have cows milek casein untikl their 1 year of age. the casein in moms milk is very functionally different than formula with casein. 100% whey protein formula is the way to go, I mean I only drink protein shakes with 100% whey protein, why would i feed my baby cow casein?

Tracy And Luis - posted on 07/08/2010

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We used Nestle's Good Start and loved it...lots of benefits for baby and our doctor said it was great, too.

Julie - posted on 06/21/2010

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All babies are different. See what your doc recommends. Most importantly, see how YOUR baby does. It does not help your baby if 99% of the babies in your country do well on brand X while he/she thrives on brand Y.

Blaine - posted on 06/19/2010

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WIth my first child I tried all of the major brands and finally ended up having the best luck with the Kirkland Formula at Costco. It is a great deal and we had less issues with spitting up, etc.

Heather - posted on 06/17/2010

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We had started on Similac in the hospital and after about two weeks our daughter developed several gas so we switched to Good Start and it was like a different child, less fuss more smiles thought what appeared in her diaper was a strange and interesting color! I would try a couple of different things to see what works and makes your baby happy and healthy.

Christene - posted on 06/15/2010

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Gerber is a reputable name in the industry of baby food, and as soon as my daughter will be old enough for solids she will be eating their food. However, as far as formula is concerned, I found Enfamil to be the best. I don't know if you are familiar with it, but I just thought I should mention it.

Lisa - posted on 06/15/2010

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I started my Daughter on Good Start and then discovered that the Costco Kirkland brand had the EXACT same ingredients and you got twice the amount for 17.99 as opposed to the $30 for Good Start! Doc said it was fine. My daughter had a hard time with Enfilac and others with gas but both Good Start and Kirkland brand...no problem!

Kristen - posted on 06/11/2010

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I used Good Start because that is what my dr recommended. We never had any problems with it and I found it to be cheaper than the rest.

Jessica - posted on 06/11/2010

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When it comes to formula, it's FDA regulated and all the same. Buy what is cheapest. We used Sam's Club brand in bulk!! Once I stopped breastfeeding, that's what we used. My cousin's triplets were in the NICU for a long time and the pediatrician at the NICU who took care of the worlds 1st surviving set of Octuplets told them it's all the same and FDA regulated.

Khadijah - posted on 06/11/2010

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I breast fed my girls for the first 6 months but was forced to start mixing in formula because one of my girls had severe Reflux. If your child has reflux, colic, etc. then I would select a formula based on that. If not then whatever you select should be fine.
I've never tried Good Start but I can't say I've heard anything bad about it. I started mixing with Enfimil. I went through what seems like every kind but it just didn't work for my girls, not even Nutramigen (which cost A LOT!!). I was later told that if your child has any allergies or certain conditions (such as reflux) Enfimil is not the formula they should be on. Our Pedi switched them to Similac Sensitive and it did the trick. My girls liked it, less refluxing, less gas, etc.

Marguerite - posted on 06/10/2010

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I switch back and forth between breast milk and similac sensitive formula. My son tried enfamil but that was making him too gassy. Pediatrition said they are pretty much all similar. although I am finding that similac is kind of sugary.

Lesley - posted on 06/10/2010

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I had my daughter on similac and she loved it it was a great switch from breast milk to formula.. She is now 6 months and I put her on good start... They say The carnation Good Start is hard on the baby tummy when they are really young..

Cassie - posted on 06/09/2010

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I loved Enfamil and then I found out that Target's brand of formula is the off brand of Enfamil and Similac, my son switched with no problems and it saved me so much money!! He did really really good on it :O) Good luck :O)

Engie - posted on 06/09/2010

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Every baby is different just like every Formula is different. See what works best for your baby. I started with the regular Enfamil and had to change to Enfamil GentleEase b/c my son was very gassy his first month.

Sheila - posted on 06/08/2010

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We gave our son Similac, which costs a fortune, even with coupons (checks). We gave our daughter Costco's brand and had no problems and saved a ton of money. I wouldn't spend too much money on the brand names unless your child has a special diet (lactose free, etc). Always check with your pediatrician before changing formulas.

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I have only ever given Good Start and my son was doing great on it. my step-sons had Similac for a while and ended up with colics so were switched to Good Start. Every baby is different so you might have some trial and error to do...

Keli - posted on 06/07/2010

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btw, if u register for baby clubs,etc goodstart will send you coupons just about every month ranging from $3-8 off. similac does it too, but not nearly as often

Keli - posted on 06/07/2010

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i say goodstart. i actually had both and when he was on similac he was very gassy and fussy,

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we use similac at our hospital, so I am not too familiar with Good Start. They are all about the same as far as quality I think. Similac uses probiotics now, so that is a plus. Some babies don't tolerate a certain kind and need to be switched. Talk to your pediatrician and see what he recommends.

Karen - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter LOVED the Good Start, the Similac tasted nasty to me (yes, i tasted all types of formula to see why my daughter didn't like them) The Good Start was quite good though. :-)

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