Post # 1
So I have came to the realization that my baby will be a formula and breastfed baby. I am not producing enough milk for her 🙁 I am ok with this as long as I still nurse her and pump as often as I can. (Granted I wish it wasn’t this way, but I am doing what I can.) Currently I am supplementing her with Enfamil formula. Last night I saw the Target brand formula that is “compare to Enfamil” which is a fraction of the price. Has anyone used this before? Thoughts? Should I just pay the extra money and continue on the enfamil? Suggestions would be appreciated! Thanks!
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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 # 8
@Jenniphyr: Thank you for the kind words! I am disappointed, but I’m not going to get down on myself for it.
Thank you everyone else for your input! I appreciate it! My husband was comparing the nutrients in each and they were identical. I guess we can try it out and see how it goes. I’d love to save $15+ per can!!!
Post # 9
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
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. 🙂
Post # 11
@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 🙂
Good luck with whatever you choose!
Post # 12
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!