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greenmylife's picture
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Formula

There has been a lot of "mentions" of formula. So I thought Id start a thread. I know only a few of us are using formula, but maybe someone will have some good info....

I have looked it up and found cow based, goat based, soy based, some with sugar, some organic - enfamil, similac, gerber, nestle, etc.......Anyone have suggestions on formula? Why? (Especially looking for solution to gassy baby.)

Im breastfeeding and then supplementing with with formula.

nea458's picture
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I have always used Similac w/ Iron for my two girls with no issues. I'm sorry I don't have any more info to give. However, I am interested to see other comments!

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I'm supplementing about 40% of the time with Sam at this point (STILL waiting for the Domperidone to amp up my supply so that I can go to EP, but we'll see...). We use the Target brand of Similac Advanced (the regular one). With DS1, when we switched to formula solely after my supply was super low, we had him on the Enfamil Gentlease. My ped said that in all honesty, the Target, Walmart, etc. brands are just as good as the mainstream, but way cheaper. So we had him on the Target brand of the Enfamil Gentlease (for gassy, fussy babies) a while until I saw one of the first ingredients was corn syrup. Ugh! I checked the Target brand of the Similac Advanced and there is no sugar listed as the first several ingredients (I didn't read the entire list, so I'm sure it's in there somewhere). So that's what we switched to from there on out, and have gotten for DS2 when we supplement.

If you're really intense about ingredients, my Chiro gave me a "recipe" for raw milk formula, if you're interested. Wink

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I've been asking for advice from family members, my dad said they supplemented me with Gerber when I was young, my MIL used Similac w/out iron and she said that one of her daycare parents uses Good Carnation because it's the closest to breastmilk. I don't have any personal experience though.

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My first two were mainly formula fed. With my oldest she was on the Sam's brand with Iron for a little and then we switched her to Soy. She did much better (not as gassy, not much spit up). When I had my 2nd we got a few free samples but couldn't use Similac (everyone on my husband's side couldn't handle Similac, weird). We ended up putting her on Sam's brand with iron and she did fine. We chose Sam's brand because you got like double the can for about the same amount as an Enfamil one from the grocery store. I know Sam's also has a Gentlease one like Enfamil (can't remember if theirs is also Gentlease or another name for it). I usually did an off brand to save money because IMO they had the same effect. Once they hit a year though we went to whole milk, whereas I know some parents do the Step 2 formula.

MY son is BF so I dunno if formula has changed much in the past 2-3 years, but that was my experience with it from up to almost 7 years ago Smile

IMO if you can find a formula that works I would stick with that one because if you keep switching their formula too often it may hurt their tummies. Hope this helps! Smile

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I don't have much formula experience (DS1 was supplemented a bit with it over 4 years ago) But I think they all have different ingredients and it might be worth experimenting to see if there is one that agrees with the baby. DS1 spat up almost all the times he had formula as it was hard on his tummy.

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"JDBabyHopes" wrote:

I'm supplementing about 40% of the time with Sam at this point (STILL waiting for the Domperidone to amp up my supply so that I can go to EP, but we'll see...). We use the Target brand of Similac Advanced (the regular one). With DS1, when we switched to formula solely after my supply was super low, we had him on the Enfamil Gentlease. My ped said that in all honesty, the Target, Walmart, etc. brands are just as good as the mainstream, but way cheaper. So we had him on the Target brand of the Enfamil Gentlease (for gassy, fussy babies) a while until I saw one of the first ingredients was corn syrup. Ugh! I checked the Target brand of the Similac Advanced and there is no sugar listed as the first several ingredients (I didn't read the entire list, so I'm sure it's in there somewhere). So that's what we switched to from there on out, and have gotten for DS2 when we supplement.

If you're really intense about ingredients, my Chiro gave me a "recipe" for raw milk formula, if you're interested. Wink

i tried off brands, and had no sucess. i use similac sensitive, i switched to that and changed his bottles to playtex nursing. truly works.....works well, still is gassy but not painful anymore . i know similac sensitive probably isn't the best but for jayden though it's helping him catch up weight wise. (hes up to 9lbs 9ozs as of today.) but did a little reading on this yesterday and came across these sites....the first http://www.coliccalm.com/gripe-water.htm describes a gripe water by collic calm. all natural products that fight both collic and gas. it had very good reviews on it so i could be sold on this possibly. as for the second site http://www.coliccalm.com/baby_infant_newborn_articles/gas_problems_treatment.htm goes a little more into detail of gassiness and collic. causes and treatment.

it says gripe water by collic calm can be bought at almost any cvs pharmacies. i imagine it would save you the hassle of expiermenting diferent formulas. and possibly alleviate the fussiness. hope this is helpul Smile

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We liked Earth's Best for the toddler formula and Similac Advanced with ds1. I would have (will if needed) tried the infant formula for Earth's Best.

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"shroutbabymama85" wrote:

i tried off brands, and had no sucess. i use similac sensitive, i switched to that and changed his bottles to playtex nursing. truly works.....works well, still is gassy but not painful anymore . i know similac sensitive probably isn't the best but for jayden though it's helping him catch up weight wise. (hes up to 9lbs 9ozs as of today.) but did a little reading on this yesterday and came across these sites....the first http://www.coliccalm.com/gripe-water.htm describes a gripe water by collic calm. all natural products that fight both collic and gas. it had very good reviews on it so i could be sold on this possibly. as for the second site http://www.coliccalm.com/baby_infant_newborn_articles/gas_problems_treatment.htm goes a little more into detail of gassiness and collic. causes and treatment.

it says gripe water by collic calm can be bought at almost any cvs pharmacies. i imagine it would save you the hassle of expiermenting diferent formulas. and possibly alleviate the fussiness. hope this is helpul Smile

Thanks for the info, but we don't actually have a fussy baby! Wink We used the Gentlease solely with DS1 moreso because it was just a bit easier on the stomach, plus we'd had the samples so we just stuck with it. And we actually never had (or have, so far) problems with gas and fussiness. I've never had to use gripe water, but I've heard it can work wonders!

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Thanks for all the responses!

I tried Similac last week. But now she wont poop!!!! Almost 48 hour of nothing....Im almost ready to take her to the doc or ER, but trying not to be hysterical since she is still eating and peeing. As its the weekend she is getting almost all breast milk so hopefully that will push it through.

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Formula babies don't poop nearly as often as breast fed babies. Lucas pooped daily when he was getting breast milk now that he's exclusively on formula he poops every other day or so, sometimes going an extra day.

As for formula.. ugh. Lucas is on Similac Neosure, which is a higher calorie formula for premature babies and it is so hard on him. I am going to take him off it this week, no matter what his doctor says. He's gaining well but this stuff is SO hard on his belly. He gets so fussy because his belly always hurts him and he has such a hard time pooping. I'm probably going to switch him to the regular Similac Advanced, which is what DD was on.