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April 12th, 2012, 06:05 AM
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I am only breast feeding the first few days, so my baby gets the colostrum, and then plan on bottle feeding. The liquid is too expensive for me, and so Im looking for the best powder available. Does anyone know which way I should go? I used Simalac with both of my kids, but read not too long ago about it being a problem. I'm not exactly why, because I didnt have a baby on a bottle at that time, but i know my sister switched to Emphamil for that reason. My kids didnt love enfamil.. Is Good Start a good brand? I want to start stocking up, but don't know what to buy! Any advice on a brand would be great. Thanks!
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April 12th, 2012, 06:34 AM
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Good for you breastfeeding those early days. That is the hardest time and as you know the best for your baby. May I ask why not just continue to bf. You will save $$$$!
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April 12th, 2012, 06:46 AM
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I wish I could recommend a formula for you. I have no idea because it has been so long since I had a baby! I really want to breast feed again this time, but I just don't know 100% if I am going to. I am curious what other Mommies recommend as far as formula is concerned.
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April 12th, 2012, 06:57 AM
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I have no idea, I'm sure someone can help. But as for me, I never used a drop of formula.
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April 12th, 2012, 07:04 AM
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I don't think my body was made to breast feed. I tried with my DD and never had enough milk, so she was ALWAYS hungry and ALL I ever did was sit around and try to feed her. As soon as I gave up and gave her the formula, she was a completely different baby: HAPPY! I bought an expensive breast pump, which was a waste of money, cuz i couldnt make it work, even though my aunt who is an RN in L&D tried to help me.. And then with DS, he just wasnt even interested in trying. HE screamed and didnt want to latch and it totally stressed me out after what I went through with DD. So I'm not going through it again. I'll take the time to boil the water before I give them the formula, if thats what is safest, cuz they are not happy with my boobs. I've realized that hungry babies are not happy babies. So that is why.
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April 12th, 2012, 07:05 AM
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I suggest dont stock up too much as your baby may not like one or another . I gave some formula to DD when she was 1 year old while we travelled cross country . She was very picky and preferred only one kind . I dont even remember which one . Also I read somewhere that soy formula may be good for those who are lactose intolerant but it may have some hormonal effects on babies making them more cranky .
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April 12th, 2012, 07:20 AM
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I had the same problem bf'ing all my kids..never made enough..not by half..with my daughter we tried for months even taking up to 20 pills a day to aid in lactating and still noticed I had no supply..now with being pregnant again not even a yr after she was born Im not even thinking about bf'ing..I am using the enfamil brand now but Ive used similac in the past..Honestly most companies have had recalls even good start..But all formulas have to have certain amts of certain things to be approved for infants..even off brands are just as good as the name brands..Good luck picking one(I actually found parents choice and the meijer brand are similar to similac and way cheaper)
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April 12th, 2012, 08:31 AM
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I used enfamil (exclusively pumped for 8 months then formula fed) and she didn't have any issues...I think as long as they don't have any sensitivities whatever you start them on should be fine.
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April 12th, 2012, 09:05 AM
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I never had success with Kenny and b/f either, the NICU had him on NAN (not sure if it is world wide) but he had a reaction to it so we switched to S26 Gold. He was a very happy baby and no more reactions. A friend of mine swears by Isomil as the best and most gentle soy-formula.

There are so many choices, it is mind boggling.
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April 12th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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Some people just can't breastfeed. Don't let it make you feel bad. It's great that you're doing it the first few days. I have tried my hardest with every single baby I've had and never had a supply. Last time I took herbals, and it helped a little. I made 2 oz in 2 days with a breast pump, and obviously I let baby feed at the breast. He'd get frustrated after a few minutes, and then cry and cry b/c he was still hungry. I tried to get help only to be told that I'm just unable to breastfeed. It was so hard to watch all the mommies doing so well when I spent my whole day with a pump and getting rejected by my baby b/c I had nothing to offer. Some comments people make about formula still bother me. I'm thankful it exists because what else would I have done. Sorry to go off in your thread.

I like Target brand and Similac. All formula is FDA regulated, so whatever brand you choose remember that. The store brand is just as good as the name brand. I wouldn't buy much of it because you never know if your baby will have a milk allergy. Sign up with the different formula companies now and they will send you coupons when you get close to birth. Use those to buy a couple of different choices. I switched to the store brand once I figured out what worked best.
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April 12th, 2012, 11:09 AM
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We breastfeed until about 4-5 months and then formula fed after that. I always liked the similac best, because of the consistency of the powder, I just felt like it mixed so much better. But since we were on WIC, they switched to Enfamil and that is what we had to switch to. I don't have any complaints either way, both were fine.

I agree about signing up on their websites, they send a TON of coupons/vouchers/free product. Before I was on WIC I would always keep both coupons (enfamil & similac) and switch with mom's that used the opposite product of me. They would give me their similac coupons and I would give them my enfamil or vice versa.

I would then stock up on the coupons until I had enough to fully cover the cost of a can of formula and no one EVER told me I could only use one at a time. If I didn't have enough coupons, I would just use as many as I had and usually only ended up paying around $6 or so for a full canister!
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I never had success with Kenny and b/f either, the NICU had him on NAN (not sure if it is world wide) but he had a reaction to it so we switched to S26 Gold. He was a very happy baby and no more reactions. A friend of mine swears by Isomil as the best and most gentle soy-formula.

There are so many choices, it is mind boggling.
Australia uses these kinds also. They are not in the USA. So nice to see something so familiar sounding
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April 12th, 2012, 04:43 PM
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thanks for the help. I'm going to start signing up to get free samples. *hugs*
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April 12th, 2012, 05:25 PM
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My pedi told me that Target and Walmart brands are the same as Enfamil and Similac ingredient wise. We formula fed the first time around, and my daughter is truly healthy (knock on wood). Don't make anyone make you feel guilty.
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April 12th, 2012, 06:07 PM
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I suggest dont stock up too much as your baby may not like one or another . I gave some formula to DD when she was 1 year old while we travelled cross country . She was very picky and preferred only one kind . I dont even remember which one . Also I read somewhere that soy formula may be good for those who are lactose intolerant but it may have some hormonal effects on babies making them more cranky .

I agree. I had DD on regular Similac Advance and she ended up needing the Similac Isomil Advance Soy formula because she had a sensitive tummy.

I plan on breastfeeding during the early days too... but I have so much to learn!! If I do continue to breastfeed, I will just pump into bottle and not give baby the actual breast.
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April 12th, 2012, 11:32 PM
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Australia uses these kinds also. They are not in the USA. So nice to see something so familiar sounding
Yay Sometimes I can't comment on things because I know it wouldn't make sense country wise.
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April 13th, 2012, 06:51 AM
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No suggestions on formula BUT if any of you ladies would like to try breastfeeding again but are worried about supply issues - please please please ask your doctor about domperidone. It's a drug used for anti-nausea if I remember correctly, but as a side effect it increases milk production. It is supposed to work much better than any of the herbal things such as fenugreek, but you need a prescription.
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April 13th, 2012, 11:22 AM
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I really really wanted to bf my son, and could never get him to latch properly. Semi flat nipples and he might have a partial tongue tie and no lactation people within 4 hours drive. I pumped for 2 months and supplemented it into the formula to make up for what I wasn't producing. Than it completely dried up. I tried an sns too, just wouldn't latch.

He had sensitivity issues, colic, and horrible gas. We used enfamil gentlease for 5.5 months, and just switched to the sams club brand simply right gentle. He doing fine on that. I'm going to try breastfeeding again this time. Ill be at a different hospital with lactation specialists this time.
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April 13th, 2012, 11:40 AM
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I also do not produce enough. I will BF as long as I am able, and then we will switch. I used Good Start for DD and started stocking up for this baby too. We LOVE it. I tried Enfamil and Simaliac , both (even sensitive) made her gassy, Good Start was awesome, no problems.
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