Which formula did you use on your baby?

Stefania - posted on 03/20/2010 ( 62 moms have responded )

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Just wondering which formula you gave your baby & why. Was it because of WIC or did your baby just do better with a certain type of formula? My daughter was given Similac at the hospital, which gave her really bad gas so i switched her to Enfamil Premiam only to find out WIC would only let me get Good Start, which she refused to drink. I had to buy her Enfamil & couldn't use WIC to get it because I wasnt Muslim. Just curious on the choices other moms made.

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User - posted on 09/23/2012

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my grandaughter was given to her baby in the hospital gerber which she broke out with a rash and refused to drink it she was switched to similac at the hospital and wic refuses to pay for it

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010

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With my son and my daughter we used simalac. Both did fine with it. Like the other ladies have said ask your doctor to right you a prescription for the formula that works best for you baby and they will have to provide it for you.

Tara - posted on 03/22/2010

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As a member of Sam's Club, I bought their generic brand member's mark to save money and my baby actually did better with that than the name brands. I also saved about 10.00 a can and got twice as much.

Antonia - posted on 03/22/2010

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I had to use Similac cuz of wic. But my daughter had to use Similac Alimentum which WIC needed a "prescription" for. It's for babies with food allergies and colic.

Rona - posted on 03/22/2010

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I faithfully breast fed both my children until they were nearly a year old (or until they began wanting "big boy" cups). But there were a few times that I had to use formula. Not qualifying for WIC I used Enfamil LIPIL, its the closest to mother's milk. I found that Walmart has THEIR version of Enfamil with LIPIL. It's been so long since I've used it, but it was about $10 cheaper and my kids couldn't tell the difference. Hope this helps.

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Chesnie - posted on 03/28/2010

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The hospital provided us with similac advance and we have used it ever since. No problems whatsoever but it is pricey. I have had some help with similac.com strongmoms which send you a sample then $5 off checks every month for a while! Helped save money!

Sharne - posted on 03/28/2010

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I tried to breastfeed but my milk never came in so i started on S26 which is a popular choice in Australia and is also what Wollongong hospital provide however my daughetr was unable to break it down and was constantly constipated after trying 5 other popular brands we worked out that Goat milk formula was easier for them to break down and she also had 2 courses of pro-biotic and now she is good as gold :)

Kayla - posted on 03/26/2010

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I kind of had the same problem. I started using the Enfamil WIC would provide and tried almost all of their products. Memphis ended up being lactose and tolerant so we used the lactose Enfamil until they took it off the shelf’s and came up with a new and improved version of it that was more expensive. So no longer did WIC cover it so I got stuck trying to pay for the lactose Simalc that WIC didn't provide. It sucked, even with a doctor’s note it didn’t help us very much. Have you tried having your doctor right a note to WIC explaining why you need a certain brand of formula for your baby and that they prescribe that you use it? You can give that a shot! Also if you’re on Medicaid you can try to see if you can get taniff witch would give you the money to buy stuff you and the baby need. It depends on how much income you receive whether you can apply for it or not. If you do get it that would help you buy formula and other baby things. I hope that helps a little and that everything gets worked out for you guys!

Rosemary - posted on 03/26/2010

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I live in new york state and our wic program let us get Enfamil w/ iron for one of my kids and Prosobee for the other two and I don;'t come from any ethnic background.

Alicia - posted on 03/25/2010

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I've use Enfamil Gentlease with my daughter since she was about a month old because the premium was giving her really bad gas. I find it odd that WIC won't cover Enfamil for you, thats the only brand that my WIC office covers. But I'm in Missouri, so it might be different from state to state.

Diana - posted on 03/25/2010

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really?? only good start..well where i live WIC only lets u use the Similac brand, i used the orange one.. Similac Sesitive..for gassy n fussiness, because he was always gassy with the reg similac advance..and i tried enfamil and he got super gassy so similac was the best for me..

Amanda - posted on 03/25/2010

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I use Enfamil A+ I find it great and they have different types for gassey babies, lactose babies, or spit up babies. Mine spits up alot and he barley does anymore! It's done wonders!

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since the day my daughter was born she was given enfamil.She took to that very well and sorry to hear you couldn't get enfamil thru WIC cause here in Illinois enfamil is top choice for babies.They provide enfamil in the hospitals as well as thru WIC programs.

Amber - posted on 03/25/2010

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i started my daughter on similac sensitive. and had the dr write a note for wic so they had to let me get it. sometimes if you have the pediatrician wtite a note for wic that will work.

Jacqueline - posted on 03/25/2010

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we had quite the time getting my daughter on the right formula. she ended up on nutramagin for colic and gerd. at 6 months we eased her on to regular enfamil lipil and she is doing wonderful. we are on wic and they covered both formulas. the nutramagin we had to have a script from the doctor

Monique - posted on 03/25/2010

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hello, the hospital put my son on similac as well and he didnt like it just puked it up everytime so i put him on good start which he loved sooooo much but because of the iron he had a bit of a pproblem pooping, so i now have him on the enfamil but he doesnt seem to be eating as much of it as he did with the good start

Lesley - posted on 03/25/2010

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with my son....the hospital had him on enfamil which he hated and it was a fight to get it into him....when I got him I switched him to good start which he loved......my daughter was born allergic to lactose....the hospital had her on enfamil and kept throwing it up I kept complaining and finally three days later did some tests on her and realised what I already knew all along...so she was then put on a special formula....

Jessica - posted on 03/25/2010

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I breastfed him exclusively until 7-8 months and then started supplementing a bit. I tried Enfamil lipil first because honestly, that's what I found the most coupons for and that stuff is freaking expensive! At 9 months now he's almost exclusively on formula and sometimes I wish I'd tried to breastfeed for longer!

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Tried everything.. seriously and then only one that worked like a charm was Alimentum Ready to Feed. Not the powder.... that didnt work .. had to be ready to feed. Good luck!

Laura - posted on 03/24/2010

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I used Enfamil Lipil with both my girls. I like the way Enfamil mixes compaired to Similac. My second girl had really bad problems with just the Lipil so we had to do half Lipil and half Gentlease. I was able to get $5 off coupons for formula from the company for the first year of life. My husband makes to much to get WIC so I never delt with it so I don't know what to say about it.

Jamie - posted on 03/24/2010

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I normally give my baby Similac Advance but she does good with any type of formula really, but Similac Advance is what I use. I'm on WIC and it is so helpful to us! The good thing about not having a preference with formula is you can find the cheapest ones if your WIC runs out for that month or something.

Shudiara - posted on 03/24/2010

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My baby was on enfamil with lipil when she left the hospital, but she got a viral infection at days old and didn't take to well to it anymore. So the doctor switch her to Nutramegen with lipil. It's a brand made by enfamil.

Meghan - posted on 03/24/2010

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My daughter uses Prosobee. WIC covers it and most other formulas babies may need. She is on Prosobee because they thought she had a condition where she can';t have milk but after discovering she is only a carrier we never changed her formula as she does pretty well on it

Caroline - posted on 03/24/2010

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I made my own natural formula out of organic ingredients. It was awesome for the little guy. I also breastfed, but my medication supresses lactation, so sadly, I couldn't breastfeed exclusively. (And no, a doctor will not say that you can make your own formula, but there is a lot they won't say. My husband is a medical student, and he knows a bit about that! It's a money thing.)

Jessica - posted on 03/24/2010

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I did the same thing and you are more than right it does work and it doesnt hurt them in any way. What do you think they did in the old days if a mom didnt have breast milk they put children on cows milk and solids

Jessica - posted on 03/24/2010

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Almost every child I know has had issues with similac and I always used enfamil gentle lease for the gassy bellies and all my kids had to use the gentle lease and I dont know how you feel but I would go to walmart and buy the store brand which is like 15 bucks cheaper and my kids didnt notice the difference and it has the same exact ingredients as enfamil. I also after their 6 or 7th month switched back to the reg. enfamil brand and used the store brand of just the lipil its all the same i mean the store brand and name brand

Amy - posted on 03/24/2010

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I nursed until my daughter was 1 year, but we supplemented w/ Similac cuz that's what the hospital gave us (and the ped gave us all sorts of free cans of it) and she didn't have a problem with it

CHANCE - posted on 03/24/2010

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I was on WIC but was able get Enfamil, this was 4-5 years ago. Plus, docs say not to do it but I swear and all my "down south" in-laws encouraged me to put cereal in their bottles. It worked like a charm! I started out with Rice Cereal and worked up from there. Even if you only use it at their night-time bottle only at first. They sleep great. But then I started added a little to every bottle. My kids were healthy and weren't starving all the time and neither have weight problems now.

Patience - posted on 03/23/2010

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When i had WIC i was able to use Enfamil and i used the Prosobe Soy it is easier on there stomaches and less gas for me both of my kids wouldn't drink anything else i just like it better then anything else out there. I tried the one for frequent spiter uppers and she just spit it right back up even tried to half and half it and she just disliked it and it gaqve her really bad tummy pains

Erika - posted on 03/23/2010

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well in the hospital they gave her enfamil the yellow can one, but that one really gave her soo much gas n constipation so the pediatric changed it to enfamil gentalise the purple can n it really worked for her she got better n shes been drinking that milk since she was 1 moth old now shes 10 months n shes doing perfect....

Leila - posted on 03/23/2010

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For my first child, Vikki, I used Similac because it's what WIC provided. Then with my second, Anna, WIC changed to Enfamil. I think I like Similac better, it smelled better anyways, lol.

Jennell - posted on 03/23/2010

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I breastfed until about 5 months and then mixed breastmilk with Nestle Good start until her tummy could tolerate the formula by itself (approx 2 months) and then I gave her Good Start until a little after she turned 1 year old. (just keep in mind that every baby is different) Good luck!



PS: I have two girls, and each were a little bit different in how they could tolerate formula, but for the most part this is what I did with both)

Miranda - posted on 03/23/2010

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Similac Senvsitive RS or Enfimil AR when not breastfeeding. The answer for all those who think they should add cereal to the bottle, it is thicked with rice starch to reduce spit ups.

Shannon - posted on 03/23/2010

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We tried using the formula WIC provided, but she spit up a lot with it. We switched to Similac, and she still had the same problem. She has been on Similac Sensitive for a few months now, and no longer has spit up problems, or constipation. I just found out that Similac Sensitive is covered with WIC, so I am planning on checking into that.

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2010

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breastmilk and Earth's Best for my son, and breastmilk and Nutramigen for my daughter (twins). Daughter had "colic" for 5 months straight... turns out it was a milk protein allergy, so we tried the GentleEase - NO GOOD!!! We had to go all the way to the fully hydrolized/hypoallergenic Nutramigen.

Cori - posted on 03/23/2010

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I breastfed for a little while and then didn't i had to switch to formula bc breastfeeding didnt work out the hospital set home similac which didnt agree with her then we went to Enfamil for sensitative stomach, and the we went to enfamil lipil. she done fine on the enfamil lipil and we started buying parent choice it was just cheaper and parent choice has the same ingredients as enfamil lipil.

Mari - posted on 03/23/2010

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I used Enfamil. It didn't give him gas or diarriah. I started giving him it at 3 month since I had not enough milk and it was kind of watery, he was loosing wight, so Enfamil helped to boost his weight.

Jessica - posted on 03/23/2010

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WIC only gives that formula to Muslims because of their diet restrictions and that formula meets the diet restrictions. Silly I think. If they offer to one group they should offer to all...but then again I breast fed didn't have that problem. On the two occasssions I had to supplement I used Enfamil...Um...the yellow can one...Chente didn't care for it, (and at one its a chore to get him to drink reg. milk) but he didn't get any side affects like severe gas or anything...

Danielle - posted on 03/23/2010

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I used enfamil because similac gave him bad gas as well...but eventually i switched to parents choice because he liked it better and another plus is that it was cheaper

Jennifer - posted on 03/23/2010

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I use Enfamil Premium. I tried everything else.. This has been the best for her. I just now started adding Similac Go and Grow to this because she is almost 10 mo old and it is cheaper than the Premium. So far so good. I am slowly mixing it in w/ her Enfamil.. WIC was never an issue.. I had coupons for Good Start and Similac, but Enfamil, of course, was best for her...

Grace - posted on 03/22/2010

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I breastfed until my daughter was 6 months... she just suddenly didn't want to nurse anymore. During that time we would give her the occasional bottle of formula. For a while we were using Similac, but that's like $25 a can that barely lasts a week. So I switched to the Target Up and Up brand, which is comparable to Enfamil and is only $12 for a can that lasts like a week and a half. She's 9 months old now and is actually having a lot less constipation and spit up then she did on Similac.

Shannon - posted on 03/22/2010

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I breastfed for a while, and then started using the Similac, but it was just so expensive. So, I went to Costco and got their Kirkland brand. It was comparable to the Similac, and much less expensive.

Alyssa - posted on 03/22/2010

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You could have got your doctor to write something saying thats what she needed and they wouldve had to give it to you. My son drinks Similac Alimentum i think thats how you spell it. It costs 27 dollars a can and WIC lets me get it.

Kendelle - posted on 03/22/2010

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i used good start up intill 6 months and then switched too slimilac go and grow.

Erin - posted on 03/22/2010

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I had to change his formula like 4-5 times until i got him on simalac, alementum he spit up alot and was getting gassy and fussy and cranky from all the others as soon as i put him on Alementum it all changed he was an angel thank god :)

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I breastfed both my kids til about 4 months, then I switched to Good Start. Upgraded to the Follow-up version once they were old enough. I like the liquid cans you just mix with water. A bit more expensive but so worth it - no clumps. They did fine with it so never switched to any other kind. I live in Canada, not sure what WIC is (probably assistance?) not sure if they change any ingredients in the US or Canada products.

Mary - posted on 03/22/2010

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With my first son we had a little more money so I would go on Diapers.com and order their organic Earth's Best formula by the case. I felt much better giving him something without all of the sugar. With my second son I had to get the formula on WIC which was Similac Advance. He seemed to do fine but I would have much rather given him organic as well.

Rene' - posted on 03/22/2010

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All four of my children had digestive issues, so they were all on Enfamil Nutramigen. This formula is 'pre-digested' so it is VERY gentle on their stomachs. The only problem is that it costs twice as much as other formulas. About the cost per month of a car payment!!! But it was all they could handle and even helped with my oldest son's colic!

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2010

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Used Enfamil, that is what they gave my son in the hospital. After a few weeks we switched to Enfamil Gentlease. Then after a few more weeks I started using the Target Up and Up brand similar to Enfamil Gentlease, and he has bee on that ever since. I really like Target brand. If you are concerned about the money, check to see the ones that Target makes to see if it would be similar to what you give your baby now. We save at least $10.00 a can!

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WIC?



After I was done breastfeeding at 6 months we tried numerous different formulas......like ur daughter, Roxanne wouldn't drink the Nestle Good Start so we ended up using Enfamil A+ until she was a year and because of a protein allergy to cow's milk we continued until 15 months with a follow-up formula by Nestle, surprisingly! LOL! I chose the Enfamil A+ because it has the Omega 3 & 6's as well as the DHA for healthy brain development! Nestle also makes a similar product as I'm sure many other companies do! For me, those things are very important in the first 2 years!



I live in Canada and although I was breastfeeding in the hospital I know they offer women the Enfamil A+ as it is recommended along side the Nestle Good Start!

Medic - posted on 03/21/2010

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We are on similac soy due to her being very obviously lacto intolerant. Wic provides this with a script from the dr.

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