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What brand did you use? Good Start What did you like and dislike about it? Both my kids loved it, and it is affordable. I don't have any dislikes. Did you try any other brands? Similac because that's what the hospital had, but we switched as soon as we got home. What did you like and dislike about them? n/a Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? At home I prefer the liquid concentrate, but the powder is extremely convenient when you're on the go. Ready to use is too spendy for me!
What brand did you use? Now i prefer powder. With mikaela she had to have the can liquid Similac on WIC and i thought i like it best, but now Dylan is on powder formula and i really like it. Much more portable and easier to me.
What brand did you use? Enfamil Lipil with Iron
What did you like and dislike about it? he had htis at the hospital and seemed to really tolerate it so I stuck with it. It really seemed to fill him up
Did you try any other brands? Costco's version of Enfamil
What did you like and dislike about them? HATED IT!!! I bought the powdered version and it was like I was giving him water. It didn't fill him up, he always seemed to want more and he cried constantly for food.
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? I used all versions. When he was younger I could not give him the powdered version for the same reason as the costco brand. The consistancy was different, he never seemed to be full and he would drink more than he would, then get a tummy ache. As he started solids, I went the powdered route and he did much better with it. I used the liquid concentrate and the ready-to-use and I really liked both. When I used the readty-to-use it was because both sets of Grandparents bought it. My husband and I bought the concentrate. Both did the job, he was used to it, and never had an issue like the powder.
What brand did you use? similac advance
What did you like and dislike about it? matthew spit up a bit with it. I really wanted to bf, but it didn't work out this time . so basically, i disliked using formula in general
Did you try any other brands? no
What did you like and dislike about them? n/a
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? i love concentrate..so easy...ready to use was easy but smelled odd, to me. and powder is so freaking messy. :S
What brand did you use? I am still ffing so I use Member's Mark.. the Sam's Club brand
What did you like and dislike about it? Keira loves it and will drink it so it's great and it's $20 for a huge container of it.. it's the 50 something oz container of powder as opposed to the 25 oz which is the large one for the other brands.
Did you try any other brands? Walgreens, Similac, Good Start, Enfamil, Parent's Choice
What did you like and dislike about them? Walgreens didn't mix well and she didn't like it, Good Start she didn't like and the others are so expensive and just the store brands are just as good.
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? I prefer the powder cause this way I make it as we need it and it lasts much longer.
What brand did you use? Enfamil A. R.
What did you like and dislike about it? It was rather costly, but it really minimized her spit-up (she had reflux)
Did you try any other brands? Yes, I tried Similac
What did you like and dislike about them? Similac made her very gassy
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? Powder
What brand did you use? good start
What did you like and dislike about it? nothing Dakota loves it
Did you try any other brands? Yes, I tried Similac
What did you like and dislike about them? it made her gassy and she spit up alot
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? Powder! its way easier
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What brand did you use? Similac Alimentum
What did you like and dislike about it? It's really expensive but it has been the only formula he's been able to use.
Did you try any other brands? Yes .. we tried Enfamil when he was first born.
What did you like and dislike about them? He seemed to like it but then he caused him to have bloody stools.
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? powder
I'm FF my 8-week old Good Start, but I'll answer the questions based on my 3.5 yo.
What brand did you use? Target's version of Gentlease was the one we used last and the longest
What did you like and dislike about it? I liked the price and the fact that it stayed down! Nothing I didn't like about it
Did you try any other brands? Enfamil: Lipil, Lipil Low Iron, ProSobee, Nutramigen, Gentlease
What did you like and dislike about them? We didn't like anything abotu the first four brands because the first two came right back at us (Sam was a projectiler), ProSobee bound him up severely, Nutramigen was grossly overpriced, smelled horribly and didn't fix the issue. We liked the Gentlease because it settled in Sam's stomach well, he kept it down and gained weight. I'll say I didn't like the price because the Target version was cheaper.
Did you prefer powder, liquid concentrate, or ready-to-use? I've only used powder aside from the little bottles they give you in the hospital.
Please share your tips and experiences!
1. don't give up....even the same "type" of formula iwth a different brand can affect a baby
2. an allergy to milk is not the same as lactose intolerant, don't let a pedi bully you into Nutramigen/Alimentum without a confirmed milk allergy diagnosis
3. try the low lactose or lactose free formulas before the hypoallergenic stuff
4. prep bottles ahead of time if you can. I remember doing pitchers with Sam, now I make 6 4-oz bottles at a time and it's so nice I only have to warm them up
5. even if you have to burp the baby yourself (which I do, Henry won't burp for dh), have someone else feed them. it's 15-20 minutes that you can go pee, brush your teeth, comb your hair, get dressed or spend time with any other children you may have (or you can catch up on JM)
6. don't go out and buy 15 of one kind of bottle only to find your child hates them. buy a couple of each brands, try them and see what your child likes. better yet, find other new moms in your area (buy new nips) and exchange.
7. if you do the drop-ins.....you could do what I do.....have 15 nips, but only 5 "bottles". you really only have to wash the nips and it will save time, money and cupboard space. I rinse my bottles and nip collars in hot soapy water every 24-36 hours, so they get used 2-3 times. I take time to check for formula around the collar of both and wash if necessary, though.