(Closed) Baby Formula Support

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I believe Similac’s website has a forum.  I’ve never used it (I just signed up for the free coupons), but that might be a place to start.  🙂

Also, there are a few of us on here who formula-feed, and I think if you posted, we might be able to help out, too, if you are looking for specific questions.  Good luck!

ETA:  Oh, and http://www.justmommies.com has a whole board for formula feeding; it’s not formula-specific, but there’s lots of good advice!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Some children tolerate certain formulas better than others.  Have you chosen a pediatrican yet?  Usually, they will give you some information (pamphlets, etc…) or a recommendation on what formula to try first.  You may have to go through several formulas before you find a fit, though.

We started with Similac Advantage (which is their regular, newborn formula).  Supposedly the Kirkland brand formula is the generic version of Similac, but we tried that 3 times, and Addie projectile vomited it up every single time.  It’s really frothy, and I think all those extra air bubbles upset her tummy.  Addie was having a lot of gas on Similac, and when we asked her doctor about it, he recommended we try Enfamil Soybee for Sensitive Tummies (which is a soy-based formula).  She did really well on it.  We just weaned her off the bottle (except for nights), and onto cow’s milk full-time, and she had an easy transition with no issues of switching between soy-based and milk-based.

The most popular formulas are Enfamil, Similac, and Gerber, and that’s what most hospitals hand out.  Most people only change to a soy-based formula if they are having feeding issues.  Sometimes babies get severe feeding issues like severe allergies or acid reflux and are then put on (very expensive) formula like Similac Alimentum.  Supposedly the Kirkland brand is just like Similac, but like I said, we had issues with the texture/frothiness of that formula.  And the Target brand (Up and Up, I think), is supposed to be the generic of Enfamil cow milk formula.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

@s_h_e_l_b_s: That’s a great link – I’ll make sure to bookmark for when we’re expecting. I’m one of those who has no intention to Boyfriend or Best Friend (my decision, please no haters), and I know life can get a little tough when others find that out.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We’re only formula feeding about 25% of the time but we’ve mostly used Similac.  We started with the regular formula but went to the one for fussy/gassy babies.  We’re trying the regular one again now.  Not sure if one has been better than the other.  And we used Enfamil a little (samples).  Tried soy and the baby barfed it all back up.  Not pleasant.  🙂

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

Remember to try not to switch formulas too often.  It can confuse the picture.  When we tried formula we were using Earth’s Best and that’s what many of my friends used as well.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

oooh good thread Sapphire!  We were just talking about this, as I dont know yet if we will be using soy based, cow milk based, organic, non organic, etc.  I appreciate everyone’s input so far!

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I HAD to use soy for my son (can NOT remember the brand name, but it was made my similac, though).  He was actually horribly ALLERGIC.  Normal formula would go down, then come back up and spew forth.  Soooo, it was soy all the way for him.

My daughter ended up on soy also, but she wasn’t as bad as my son, thankfully.  

BOTH had acid reflux and ended up needing meds for it. (zantex, I belive.)  The acid refulx was NOT related to formula, though.

Both kids are currently healthy and happy.  My son is still in possession of the kick-ass immune system I had, and my daughter has a half-way decent one (she’s more her father’s daughter than mother’s daughter… if that makes sense!)

Not sure if this is helpful, but I figured I’d toss in my own personal experience with formulas.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

If we end up using formula, we were going to start with Enfamil, since they have a stated gluten free policy.  However, I’m now going to check out Earth’s Best, too, as I’ve liked their other products (diapers/purees).

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

@Miss Sapphire:  Good questions.  In my brief research (and we didn’t spend a lot of time on this since we didn’t end up using formula after all), hexane is used in all baby formulas except for Babys Only (which only makes a toddler formula I think).  So you can’t really get away from that one.

Most formulas have a “glucose” in them (in the form of corn syrup)…  I was concerned about GMO corn which is why we were going to err on the side of Earth’s Best.  There is one that uses brown rice syrup, but there’s really not that much difference between one syrup or the other in my opinion.  Others might argue that brown rice syrup keeps a more even glycemic spike and so prefer it.

It’s really tricky when you start looking into formulas deeply, isn’t it?  Keep in mind though, there are less than desirable chemicals in breast milk too (because of what mommas eat)… In other words, you can’t really win in today’s world!

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Diaperswappers has a great board for formula feeding too here! They tend to be a crunchier group of mamas, but I’ve gotten some good help now that we have been supplementing and are transitioning to formula.

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