confused about formula!

Deena - posted on 09/28/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )




Hi ladies..

I recently switched my son from Similac Sensitive RS (yes, b.c of the recall) to Enfamil AR for spit up! How do I know if this formula is really agreeing with him.. lately he seems to be quite fussy and just today he has had diarreha 3 times. My son is 9 1/2 months and was breast fed till 5 1/2 months then weaned onto the Similac RS/spitup formula.. then now 9 1/2 months switched to Enfamil AR.. please help!


Amanda - posted on 10/01/2010




The recall was only for the powered formula. If you want to stay with similac try the pre mixed "ready to feed" Similac Sensitive. I switched my daughter for Enfimil to Similac Sensitive when she was 3 months due to fussiness, gas, and spit up. She seems to do great on Similac since then and she will be 10 months old tomorrow. Good luck and I hope this helps!


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Belinda - posted on 10/11/2010




I have found that goat milk formula or fresh goats milk to be a real winner. I had no issue with it unlike other mommies and their formuals, it is very gentle on the stomach and is very rich and help put on weight. It is totally safe and has all the right goodies in it. At about 10 months you can add barley green or some grass mineral which you get from a health shop for the iron supplimentation. My little girl is 10 months and went onto parttime formual at about 6 weeks and we have never looked back. People say this and that but the proof is in the pudding. I only wish I had known this with my 1st born 11 years ago, the poor little guy went through such hell as he was so allergic to the formulas and no one identified that it was only when he was 16months that some Dr picked it up and managed to ease it but it was too late, bad sleeping patterns had set in and a refusel to eat as well.

Kim - posted on 10/09/2010




I had issues with both of my boys with formula. They are both on Similac Alimentum, which was not part of the recall. If I were you, I would have just switched to liquid form of the same formula instead of changing brands. The liquid was not part of the recall. My guys tried Enfamil Gentlease and Nutramigen and didn't like either of them.

Ashley - posted on 10/08/2010




You might want to try the Emfamil Gentlelease. My son has reflux and the AR did not help it seemed to make it harder on his tummy. The Gentlelese seems to be easier on him.

Kaara - posted on 10/07/2010




you have to relize that it will take a couple of days for his body to accept the change, its like you going from never eating cheese to getting 6 times a day there will be a period of time that your body just doesn't feel right. give it 10 days from the change over if things are still funky talk to the pharamist they really do know what they are talking about at least half the time.

Krista - posted on 10/06/2010




I don't know if you know this yet, but you can go to and search to see if the can of Similac Sensitive RS you buy is recalled, I just bought 7 cans of the Similac Sensitive, and I have found out that none of them were recalled. All you have to do is go to the website and enter the lot number that is on the bottom of the can and it will tell you if it is or not; if it is they will pay shipping and everything for you to send it to them, then they will send you new formula that hasn't been recalled.

Janine - posted on 10/05/2010




my son was having really bad reflux I couldn't feed his with out him having trouble but I put him on S26 Gold and gave him a tonic called infants friend and now he is having no problems with reflux and it only took a couple of days on the infants friend.

Katie - posted on 10/05/2010




if you are going to stick with the enfamil you might want to try the ready to feed in the son has been on enfamil ar since he was 2 weeks old and the pre-maid stuff is great but he has never done well with the powder version of it

Belinda - posted on 09/30/2010




If you have had trouble with an anti reflux formula and he has reflux then maybe allergies are the problem which could explain why the sensitive formula was ok for him as the sensitive has partially hydrolised milk proteins. I dont know where you are but I would stick to the same kind of formula AR is thickened to try and keep it in the tummy so you have really gone from one extreme to the other and from his reaction to it I would say and intolerance to dairy. Karicare do a HA formula which is partially hydrolised also and so do Nestle cant remember the name though. You should speak to a paediatrician though in our case we were told to do a fast diet to determine if that was the problem. No dairy food and Neocate formula which is based on amino acids no dairy or soy at all. ( Our bub also reacted to soy formula) Another they may like to try is Pepti Junior which is fully hydroslied but still based on the cows milk protein. Ether way here in NZ you can only get these formulas on prescription so you would need to see someone. Do it though your instincts obviously tell you there is something not right and i'l bet anything your right.

Cecily - posted on 09/29/2010




i used gentle ease, but he refused
formula when he turned 9 months. we had
alot of reflux issues and the gentleease worked for us! good luck!

Lenesha - posted on 09/28/2010




They say it takes 1-2wks for the baby to adjust to the formula when switching. If you switch again too soon you may make his symptoms worse. I don't know how long he's been on the new formula, but if it's more than 2wks, you should probably ask his pediatrician for his recommendation.

My daughter was started on enfamil iron and was constipated, gassy and fussy. I switched her to enfamil gentlease with no progress. Then she got switched to enfamil prosobee (soy). She's lactose intolerant like her daddy.

The diarrhea could be from something else. Does he eat solids or drink juice? Juice will give babies diarrhea sometimes.

Pears/pear juice gives my baby diarrhea.

Candice - posted on 09/28/2010




I noticed with my son when a formula didn't agree things like constipation, reflux, crying, and just generally unsettled. I guess it's different for all but that was my experience. Rashes can develop too. I am unsure of the formula you are talking about though at I'm in Australia and we don't have that formula (well I think enfamil might be a prescription one)

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