Enfamil v. Parent's Choice

Jamie - posted on 04/22/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )




My month old daughter recently stopped breastfeeding and now only wants a bottle. I started her on Enfamil Premium LIPIL because that was what I got free samples from in the hospital. She hasn't had a reaction to it but it is so expensive. I noticed that the Parent's Choice brand at Walmart is $15 cheaper and has the exact same ingredients and vitimins and minerals in it. Is it ok to switch her ? Does anyone else use this formula?


Brean - posted on 04/22/2010




i only know what my pediatrician told me, and thats if you have already started on one formula and she has had no negative reaction to it, do NOT switch. Try getting coupons or free samples of your brand. She can have a negative reaction from the switch, i.e. constipation, diarrhea.


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Sara - posted on 05/04/2014




I find the Enfamil is a finer powder however my boys had no issues with parents choice when they ran out of WICS enfamil

Jamie - posted on 04/23/2010




Thanks everyone for the great feedback. Oh, my daughter is 5 months almost 6.

Jess - posted on 04/22/2010




i use parents choice when i run out of good start (its what i get on wic) and as long as i get the gentle formula, my son has no problems with it. actually, neither did either of my oldest sons. its a great formula and my ped actually recommended it to me for when i run out of wic formula. i say go for it.

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I switched my son from Enfamil to the generic formula without any problems. It will save you a lot of money. My pediatrician said it was fine, there was no difference but the cost.

Rachel - posted on 04/22/2010




YES. You can change it. We spent 600+ on alimentum /neosure.. After our preemie baby was able to handel reg formula around 7 months we def changed.. I have 4 children and have switched to cheaper after using samples. Unless YOUR PEDS tells you otherwise, I say dont listen to anyone who says no ;)

Cindy - posted on 04/22/2010




I'm sure she will be perfectly fine if you switch it. The Parents Choice is the same thing just like you mentioned. What Walmart does is they use the same formula and then package into a different package with a different brand name on it thus making the SAME formula cheaper.

By the way, how old is your baby girl?

We use the parents choice too! It is the cheapest! lol

Brandy - posted on 04/22/2010




I used it after I weaned my daughter at 9 months and it's exactly the same so don't even worry about it. And me and my friends who used it, our babies had less problems with gas and constipation then the ones who used the more expensive brands.

Andrea - posted on 04/22/2010




My daughter was on a special formula that was made only by enfimil or simalic but she had NO problem going back and forth from the two brands... I think that as long as it is the same type of formula it should be okay... I would buy it and give it to her once a day and the twice a day and so forth and see if their is any reaction to the new formula... it there isn't then she should be find!!!

Corinne - posted on 04/22/2010




my daughter wouldnt touch the enfamil stuff! you should look into getting wic! we used it and they gave us similac. she likes that sooooooo much better!

April - posted on 04/22/2010




I know that you can use other brands of formula as long as it's the same type. Iron, Soy, etc. I received a coupon for a free can of Parent's choice, so I used it. I wasn't as happy with this formula because it didn't seem to satisfy my child. I only used one can and could tell a difference. If you join any of the formula websites, they will send you coupons. We did well with Nestly Good Start formula. They sent us $12.00 coupons. Get your mom, sister, cousin or whoever else to join it too and they can get coupons for you as well. The other formula websites will usually send you $1 to $5.00 coupons. Hope this helps.

Rebecca - posted on 04/22/2010




If you have compared labels and everything is the same then i say switch. It is very expensive so if you are able to find one that will be ok for her then no harm:)

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