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Hello all you fabulous all knowing mommies My name is Sonia and I am the very proud mommy of a busy sweet little boy named Maxx! He's almost 9 months and has been exclusively breast fed. I do work full time and for some reason my supply is slowly decreasing. I breast feed him whenever I can when I am home but am afraid that I will have to supplement with formula when he's at daycare. So my question....I'm not sure which kind of formula I should go with. Do any of you have any recommendations or were in a simular situation and can say which formula was easy on your LO's stomach. There are just sooo many out there from name brand to off brand and it's a little overwhelming!
Iv'e had to supplement with formula, at first i tried enfamil but that made her constipated so i switched to gerber good start and we haven't had any problems so far at all! They even have a gentle formula (the orange one i believe)! however I do know of a lot of people who use enfamil and have no problems so that might work for you too, i guess you just never know until you try! I know how you feel though it is sooo overwhelming! Hope you find a brand that works really well for you really fast, good luck!
First, there are tons of things you can do to try to boost your supply. Check out the Breastfeeding forum here for some tips. Another of our mama's here just posted about a similar situation yesterday and got some great advice over there!
Next, I had to supplement my first DD because I just wasn't able to pump. Between a broken pump (which I didn't figure out until after DD2 was born!) and working in fast-paced retail, I just couldn't do it. We used the Sam's Club brand. Ounce for ounce it was cheaper than anything else and she never had any problems on it at all. If we couldn't get there we either used Target (Up and Up) or our grocery store brand. Luckily we never had any problems at all changing things up on her
GL! And stick around and post more! This is a great group!
We normally use Similac Sensitive for spit up but that was only after trying the normal similac. And unless I have a really good coupon - I use the Wal-Mart parent's choice sensitivity because it is exactly the same! And a lot cheaper!
My nine month old was EBF until a few weeks ago when we put him on Gerber Goodstart and all has been well with that. I think I stood in the formula aisle for an hour, just comparing all of the ingredients. It was ridiculous. GL!
We were using Similac until they had that big recall and there was no Similac to be found. We were forced to try something else so we started on Parent's Choice ( Walmart Brand) Gentle formula and she does totally fine with it! And its almost $10 cheaper per can!
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Personally I'd try boosting supply by extra pumping sessions or eating old fashioned oatmeal to see if that works before trying formula. I'm too cheap this time for formula especially so close to the 12 month mark! But, I used the Sam's Club brand formula with my first when she refused to nurse and I couldn't pump at work. She had no problems tolerating it.
Well let me tell you, Maxx had no problem what so ever switching to formula. Which is great and also a little sad I went with Similac Sensitive and I nurse him when I can, he doesn't seem to be having a hard time going back and forth between the two so that's great!
Thank you ladies again for all your suggestions and welcoming! You're a great group of gals!!!
When my supply decreased I first started her on similac advanced and she horrible gas so then we put her on similac sensitive R.S. (rice starch) and did wonderful. I then switched her to Enfamil after the recall of Similac as I was just so grossed out I couldn't handle the thought of feeding her similac anymore. She's done really well on that ever since.
I'd just say start somewhere and do trial and error, you'll know if it isn't right.
I put Zepp on similac advance when my supply dropped and he lost interest and he has done really well on that, when they had the big recall the Dr told me I could try enfamil because it's basically the same but he spit up so bad I just stayed with similac and I even tried the go and grow formula and he was spitting up bad it just depends on the baby