formula

Erin - posted on 12/29/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My son was born on the 17 and I have recently been told that I don't make enough breast milk and need to supplement. I was wondering what brands people were using and what you've found that works.

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The same thing happened to me...I am still having problems, my daughter is just over 4 months now.I still can't get more than a tsp. when I pump. I used Enfamil A+, which is what my midwife recommended, but I recently switched her to organic goat's milk, with added baby vitamins, because I really didn't like the ingredients in the formula. I also have been using a homemade supplementer, which is just a bottle with a feeding tube put through the nipple. If you use it, and just slip the tube into their mouth while they nurse, you will still be getting the stimulation to make more milk. Have you checked out Dr. Jack Newman's website? There's lots of helpful info there. Good luck!

Victoria - posted on 01/20/2009

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my son was born on the 8 september and i was breastfeeding him and there told me that i wasn't producing enough milk for him as he was lossing weight instead of gaining so i used to top him up with aptimal and he started putting it back on. i find it pretty good aptimal .

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Do you have a lactating consultant in your town? Perhaps employed at the hospital you gave birth? They are so helpful! My supply didn't come in until almost 1 week after my baby was born. My lactation consultant had me start on herbs to increase my supply. She wanted me to use fenugreek (http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksuppl...) and start pumping for that 'extra' stimulation. I went to our local organic store and asked an associate and she referred me to an 'all-in-one' pill that a lot of women in my city swear by. It has a few other herbs that help to increase supply and also to keep baby's tummy soothed. I tried it, and it immediately doubled my production. If you have exhausted all breastfeeding options and it's just not going to work for you...it honestly doesn't matter what formula you use they are all very similar you just need to find the one that your son processes the best whether it be cow's milk based, soy, lactose free...etc. I signed up for similac, enfamil, and nestle good start's new mom programs in order to receive coupons as they swear they are going to send by signing up. The only 2 I've received coupons from are Enfamil and Nestle. Enfamil sent a $5 off and Nestle sent an $11 off and a $5 off. I've used Similac and Enfamil and Target brand all before having to switch to hypoallergenic formula.

A few more websites to check out:

http://www.kellymom.com/herbal/milksuppl...

http://www.llli.org

Cristina - posted on 01/01/2009

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I use Enfamil AR Lipil, the AR stands for Added Rice starch. My son has reflux and breastmilk has a natural antacid in it, but once we switched to formula, he spit up all the time. The AR formula helps it stay down because it's 10 times thicker than regular formula.

Crystal - posted on 12/31/2008

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I had twin girls on the 7th and was breastfeeding but after two months I just could not produce enough milk for both of them. I have two other children and was finding it hard to take care of them, feed, pump and so forth. I found the best formula to be Baby's Only Organic Formula. If you research into how some of the other formulas are made you will be alarmed. Baby's Only says toddler on the can but that is because they believe that for the first year of life the baby should be breastfed if at all possible. Which I also agree with. Circumstances sometimes change what we want to do and what we can do though. My girls are sleeping 11 hours at night and thriving. They love this formula. I get mine at Whole Foods and buy a case at a time. If you buy a case at a time you get 10% off. So a can is only a little over $9.00 a can. The difference in price to the other formulas is slight. I get about 8 oz's less.

Cara - posted on 12/31/2008

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My girl was born on Sept 17/08 as well!! I have to pump, but when I do get behind, she will get the odd bottle of formula. I use Similac as well. She doesnt seem to like as much as the breast milk, but maybe you could try to pump as much as you can and maybe try half and half!

Jilene - posted on 12/31/2008

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I agree with Katarina. I would try increase my milk supply before supplementing as supplementing may actually decrease your supply further.

Here is a link you can try that has a lot of helpful information on increasing your supply.
http://www.kellymom.com/bf/supply/low-su...

I personally am against formula (against formula itself, not the moms that use it, but the companies that make it - please don't anyone take it personally) because of the ingredients they use. If you aren't able to increase your supply, I've heard of recipes that you can use to make your own. This would avoid having to use some of the nasty ingredients in formula such as corn syrup, maltodextrin and whatever else the formula companies are trying to fill our babies with.

Good luck!

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You can try and increase your milk supply too. I found by feeding from the same breast twice really worked and then do the same for the other one. It should take two days.

Emily - posted on 12/29/2008

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We use the Walmart brand of baby formula...same as Similac or Enfamil, but much cheaper! Our little guy went through a few until we found one that worked well for him...ended on the can that says "Sensitive". Easiest for him to digest...helped with his gassiness and constipation. Very easy on the belly.

Courtney - posted on 12/29/2008

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I really like Similac formula, both regular and soy. I also LOVE their new container design- keeps the formula sterile!

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