(Closed) Question about formula

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m so sorry breastfeeding isn’t working out for you — but you know what? You’re still a GREAT mother, and you’re looking out for your child.

As for the Target formula, I’m sure it’s fine. Look at the ingredients if you’re unsure, and do a quick Google search to make sure it’s not one of those formulas filled with chemicals from China.

Another important point: make sure the formula, whichever one you go with, is iron fortified! You might also want to supplement with vitamin D, depending on what ratio of formula vs. breastmilk baby is getting (if it’s more breastmilk, supplement; formula already contains vitD).

Post # 4
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I also saw that, and personally am sticking with the brand name formula.  We were sent samples of all kinds of formula and found one that little man eats and doesn’t spit up to well.  I agree with the PP check the ingredients and compare. 


Post # 5
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I had to pump and supplement with formula also. I didn’t mind this at all, but I understand it can be upsetting if your heart was set on breast feeding. I used the SAMs club brand, I took it to my doctor and she said it was fine and the formulas are the same, my son had no problem with it. He is a very healthy kid, 6 1/2 years old, has had the flu once. Lucky me!

Post # 6
553 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

When we started supplementing, I asked my pediatrician if there was any reason to use name brand or if they were all the same. She assured us that there was no reason to use name brand. Just find one that she doesn’t spit up or cause gassiness. 

Post # 7
720 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Iwas I in your shoes with my first.  I tried the Target brand and it had no negative impact on my daughter so we mostly use it now.  WAY cheaper.

Post # 9
927 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sure those formulas are exactly the same. Often generic brands of things are even made in the same factory as the name brand item! Might as well save the money.

Post # 10
630 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I usually use Similac, but there are times when money is tight and out of all the generic brands, Target is my favorite. My son wouldn’t even drink the Walmart brand, and the local grocery brand gave him loose stools, but the Target one had the most similar dry texture and smell once mixed to Similac and Jack didn’t show any reaction to it (tastewise or poopy-wise!) My pediatrician said that there is no difference between store brands and nationwide brands, they all have to pass the same tests, etc. I say, from experiece (we had 2 full formula fed children and our youngest was breast and bottle) that it is definitely okay to save where you can especially if you’re not compromising on quality. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 11
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

@Lolasmomma:  Aww I’m so sorry you’re having trouble! Did you happen to try taking fenugreek? I have heard that it is amazing for helping with milk production.

Otherwise, I don’t really know much about baby formula, though I did find this great recipe for making your own formula if you’re up to that, the thing I like about that option is that then you know for sure what’s in it ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck with whatever you choose! 

Post # 12
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think you’re doing a great job by giving your baby the breastmilk you do produce, along with the formula supplementing.  Way to go, momma!

As far as formula goes, our doctor said the Target “Up and Up” brand is a very similar recipe to Enfamil.  You can try it out for a week or two, and as long as there aren’t any issues, it’s fine to use the store brand formula over the brand name.  If your daughter doesn’t tolerate it, you’lkl probably know pretty quickly because she’ll be spitting up more, more gassy, more fussy, etc…  Good luck!

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