Which Formula is best?

Carrie - posted on 07/07/2010 ( 39 moms have responded )

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I am currently breastfeeding my 3 month old son. Its going good, but sadly he spits up EVERYTHING. I dont know if my milk is too rich or what. He seems to do fine with the Similac Isomil Formula ... but we want whats best. If you have any suggestions on how to reduce the spit-up please share. OR if you have any suggestions on formula.

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Amy - posted on 07/17/2010

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If you are committed to breastfeeding, nothing should stop you from doing it at this point--- not because of spit ups! If your baby is peeing and pooing as he should and gaining weight, then the spitting up is more of a laundry problem than a feeding problem! What's best for him is breastmilk- it digests faster than any formula. I believe Goodstart, of the formulas, digests the fastest. I am a pediatric dietitian (and a mom) but it has been a few yrs since I worked with babies and formulas!

Just to comment on some of the other posts I skimmed--- removing lactose will not fix a lactose-intolerance problem- breast milk ALWAYS has lactose-- it is the sugar of mammal's milk, no matter what you eat. If he was intolerant, he would be doing more than spitting up anyway. If the problem is a protein intolerance ie: cow's milk, then isomil could help (it's soy) but you can also remove cow's milk proteins from your diet to fix the problem. Often, with allergies/ intolerances, there are signs other than spitting up.

Your little guy may just have a touch of reflux which will resolve as he grows. If you want to exclusively breastfeed and you add formula, you may compromise your milk supply so I'd encourage you to stick with it and see if the spit up problem is really a problem!

Best of luck to you!

Krista - posted on 07/16/2010

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Babies spit up. That what they do. As long as they continue to gain weight there isn't a problem. Breatmilk is the best possible food you could ever give your baby, spit up or not. Try to monitor if your intake of dairy or spicy foods effects the level of spit up.

Elaine - posted on 07/11/2010

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My son is a serious spitter too, however since he is gaining weight and actually quite a chub, I won't switch to formula. There is no substitute for breastmilk. I believe my problem is a laundry problem, that drives me practically insane, but I have a healthy boy and that's all that matters. I've read that it can take 6 mths to a year for their digestive tracts to fully mature, so if he is gaining weight it is most likely not an allergy problem. One thing that seems to reduce his spitting up is to limit the irritating foods in my diet, i.e. milk, coffee, chocolate, citrus and also making sure he empties one breast before switching to the other to make sure he gets plenty of hindmilk - which is heavier and stays down better. Try the 3 hour method - only feed from one side for 3 hours then switch to the other for 3 hours and keep rotating - this will make sure he completely empties and isn't only getting foremilk. Good luck! I may start my guy on rice cereal a little early to see if that helps him keep it all down...

Jessica - posted on 07/18/2010

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We had this problem too. my son was born 5 weeks early and with severe reflux. We also found out around the second month that he was allergic to my breast milk, or something in it. Have you tried eliminating spicy food and dairy products? IT didn't work for us, but the doctor said it works for a lot of moms.
Has he been tested for reflux with an upper GI x-ray? Reflux causes a lot of spitting up, back arching, etc.
They have medicines that can keep the acid in the stomach under control and make your LO much more comfy. I was opposed to meds at first, but harrison couldn't keep anything down with out them.
We went through several formulas and settled on Gentlease. The proteins are partially broken down so it is easier to digest.

Cara - posted on 07/14/2010

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Hi Carrie! My little man is 16 weeks and exclusively breastfed. Way to go for sticking with breastfeeding for this long. I know it's not always easy! I've been through quite a bit with Joshua too...extra fussiness, excess spit up, gas problems, upset tummy...but alas I kept playing with my diet and we've figured it out! He's sensitive to dairy and soy. This is fairly common as dairy proteins are hard for our bodies to digest. As we get older our bodies get used to it. (Most babies outgrow this sensitivity by or around 6 months) A soy protein is similar to dairy proteins. Anyway - I'd suggest cutting these from your diet and see what happens. It takes about 2 weeks for all dairy to pass through, so don't give up right away. I have to echo what Elaine said - there is no substitute for breastmilk. The things you're giving your baby now as his brain and body devolope are invaluable. Definitely worth the sacrifice during this short period of time!

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Kayla - posted on 08/04/2010

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I have the same problem with breastfeeding my son, he spews up everything i give him so i give him two bottles of NAN HA gold. Its easy to digest and my clinic nurse reccomends it.

Angela - posted on 08/04/2010

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My son does alright with Simulac, and Enfamil. but still gets lots of gas. We started trying Lactose Sensitive formula's and it has reduced the gas and spit up. Switching bottles to the Ventaire also grately reduced both.

Ellisa - posted on 07/20/2010

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I personally do not believe in those formulas because it has cow's milk in it and they give cows so much hormones. If your son has been spitting up try feeding for 10 minutes on each breast and burp in between each breast. Do not over feed because then he will spit up a lot.

Rachel - posted on 07/18/2010

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You could try what i use, which is the Similac isomil advanced soy long name great formula. It really helps. Similac is the best thing i have found and i tried like 10 formulas after i was no longer able to breastfeed. This was the only one my son could tolerate. Hope this helps

Em - posted on 07/17/2010

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Breastfeeding is the best so try and stick with it if you can. Probiotics are good and can reduce spit up, we also took ours to an osteopath who specialises in babies and that helped as well. My son is now 4 1/2 months and still spits up after every feed but it is a lot less than it was when he was born. It just takes them a while to grow out of it. Good luck!!

Meaghan - posted on 07/17/2010

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try to keep breastfeeding:) No formula can compare. Its normal for babies to spit up sometimes, it will pass.

Cindy - posted on 07/17/2010

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My daughter was on breastmilk until she was 3 months old. Then when we switched her to formula, she had a rough time on Enfamil Lipil. She was fussy all the time. We switched her to Enfamil Gentlease and she is 100 percent better. She is back to my "happy" baby again. :)

Tiffany - posted on 07/15/2010

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I gave my son breastmilk...and still give him what I still can produce. He never spit up until I started giving him enfamil. He would literally spit up the entire bottle and it was scary. We started giving him similac and he would still spit up but I guess the amount was normal. Finally, I saw the Gerber Good Start Gentle PLUS. He never spits up like he did and I'm keeping him on that. Sadly...if I give him a full bottle of breastmilk...he spits it all up now.

Marilyn - posted on 07/15/2010

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My daughter will be 16 weeks 2moro. She was breastfed 100% until about 3 weeks ago. Due to her severe reflux her G.I. Dr had us start her on Enfamil A.R. it has rice cereal mixed in it so it sits heavier on their bellys. I was pumping my milk and adding a thicking gel to it. F.Y.I your not suppose to add cereal to breastmilk, breast milk will digest the cereal...

User - posted on 07/15/2010

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Before you do any formula try to change what your eating first because whatever you´re eating it goes straight to your baby try cutting down on some of your dairy and see if that helps and if you eat spicy-greasy folod cut back on those too if that doesnt work than usze the formula that everyone is recommending to you good luck

Katie - posted on 07/15/2010

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We started using Similac with my son at about 3 months old. He spit up for a while so we tried the kind for fussiness and gas but it didn't seem to help. Our doctor said as long as he is gaining weight then he is fine.

Kira - posted on 07/15/2010

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I breastfed my son for the first month and he had nothing but tummy aches so there were a lot of sleepless nights for us. My milk production was affected by the lack of sleep. We decided to try formula. Went similac and he got a rash all over so we switched to Good Start with Natural Cultures and his has done fantastic on it. Nice on the tummy, and he has great diapers.

Inkosinathi Jere - posted on 07/15/2010

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your baby does not spit formula because you measure of how much your baby take but breast milk you dont know how much he takes you over feed him try to burp him after every feed he will improve

Inkosinathi Jere - posted on 07/15/2010

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my son is on isomil he started when he was 2months old its the best formula ever

Shruti - posted on 07/15/2010

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my baby used to spit up all the time but the doc said its fine as long as she gains weight normally and seems happy and alert and the spitting up is not causing her pain (u will know if your baby cried when spitting up). some babies have more reflux than others...a small handful babies are diagnosed with acid reflux which needs treatment (but most spitters are just normal babies who spit up a lot). even your baby does have acid reflux, from what i have read, it seems like you should be able to breastfeed once you put him on the right meds.

Jessica - posted on 07/14/2010

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I talked to our pediatrician, as our son spits up just about everything. We were put on zantac for reflux, but not just because he was spitting up, but because he was also extremely inconsolable and fussy as well, and it has helped.

He told us, though, that it is normal for children to spit up a lot. He also said that it may seem like they are spitting up EVERYTHING but in actuality they are not spitting up everything, just a lot... it may even be that he is eating a lot really fast and is spitting up what his stomach cannot handle.

With our oldest, isomil is what we used when we began supplementing with formula and he began spitting up and getting extremely gassy.

Hope this helps.

Jenn - posted on 07/13/2010

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may not be formula....try a few brands, give him time to adjust. adjustment is necessary for his little tummy to settle with a particular brand. (just think about how our tummys feel when eating something we havent had before) if that doesnt work..speak to dr about possible allergies, or a reflux issue.
good luck!

Barbara - posted on 07/12/2010

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use shat works, if the Isomil works than stick with that. There is no sense in changing to something else if you already know what works for your baby. Isomil is good for your baby...I had my oldest son on it when he was a baby and he did just fine.

Lindsey - posted on 07/12/2010

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you might also check into probiotics. i have been on Prevacid for years for acid reflux, but as i learn more about the danger of synthetic pharmaceuticals I am switching to natural remedies. i have been taking probiotics now for 5 months with little to no acid reflux problems. it took about 2 weeks to build up the flora and notice a difference. just food for thought!

Melissa - posted on 07/11/2010

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Gentlease rocks. I had problems with every formula I tried before I was informed by my cousin to use Gentlease. I was scared because it was powder but it is better for her and it keeps better then ready to feed. I even tried the Similac sensitive but she still had colic and spitting up with it. Her bm's were gross with it too. Now she is doing great. Good Luck to you and congrats.

Kelly - posted on 07/10/2010

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We have had a lot of the same probs. My son has reflux, and was BF until 3 weeks, then we were on enfamil enfacare, then enfamil gentlease or similac sensitive, we recently tried isomil, & are now on alimentum. It is working great so far but it is pricey.. if isomil is working i would stick with it.

Bevin - posted on 07/09/2010

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i tried the nestle good start and it did not fill her i was feeding her 2 bottles full bottles and she would still want more,
but every baby is differnt my little ladys 16 weeks tomorrow and shes been getting some soilds already

Sarah - posted on 07/09/2010

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My baby used to spit up all the time, then I switched to similac alimentum, it did wonders, but kinda expensive =p

Aliza - posted on 07/09/2010

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my babe started on enfamil, but she spit up alot, so i switched to nestle good start. its all whey protine, no dairy so its easier on there tummy

Carina - posted on 07/09/2010

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If it works, stick with it... but a little known secret is that if you buy off brands that say "compare to Similac Isomil" it's actually the SAME product made in the same factories... save your money and buy the off brand, it's not just as good... it's the same!

Bevin - posted on 07/09/2010

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my little lady's 16 weeks 17 weeks tomorrow, and shes been formula fed since she was 2 weeks, i feed her Similac advanced with diguest ease, and her spit up has went down alot, she has a very senistive tummy, and a bowel problem and i have tried many formulas with her, and similac advanced not only makes her poop easier but settles her tummy and alot less spit up

Melissa - posted on 07/09/2010

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My son had to be supplemented right off the bat because he was jaundice and also had a hematoma from the vaccuum. He is breastfed and supplemented. the hospital started with Enfamil A+ but after a few weeks of fussiness and a lot of spit up we switched him to Enfamil Soy. He still spits up but his fussiness has gone away.

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My first son had a lactose problem that started like that and changing my diet helped (We switched to lactaid instead of regular milk and lactose free cheeses anything with lactose basically we cut out or changed) but we also gave him lactose free formula we used Enfamil lactose free I believe it was called. Which worked great and he is a healthy three year old now. My second little guy it 3 months right now as well and we give him Enfamil ProSobee b/c I couldn't breastfeed and soy is one of the alternatives plus it is for sensitive tummies. He is doing great also but I would ask your doctor at your next check up they know what is best for each childs needs good luck!

Allie - posted on 07/08/2010

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If he starts spitting up again i would say Similac Sensitive RS also. My son is on that and it works! But he also has reflux so he spits up more than normal. He is on Zantac, but the are switching him to Prevacid. Good Luck!

Amy - posted on 07/07/2010

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Is he gaining weight, or are the drs concerned. My son used to spit up not all the time but when he did it was a lot, but he was always gaining weight so the drs never were concerned and told us it was completely normal and not to worry. If you're really concerned I would talk to your dr. I've just switched my daughter over to formula for the most part because I started back to work this week and we have her on Similac, once my husband uses up what I've pumped for the day.

Courtney - posted on 07/07/2010

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My son was spitting up my breastmilk in the hospital and they put him on Similac Sensitive. It has worked fine...no issues. The doctor also suggested Similac Sensitive RS if he was to start spitting it up again. I believe Enfamil Gentlease is good for sensitive tummies also.

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