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June 12th, 2009, 09:34 PM
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***Update: More Questions in Post #11... Thanks!!


I have been BFing and supplementing since Topher was born and he's just over 4 months now. Today at his 4 month pedi appt. we realized he's a bit on the scrawny side (he's in the 8th percentile in weight! Yikes!) so I want to use formula more often now to try to increase his calorie intake.

We've been using Enfamil which has been great, but it's VERY expensive and I was thinking about maybe switching to Walmart's Parents Choice, it's way cheaper.
Any advice? Opinions??
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June 12th, 2009, 10:27 PM
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I have only used Enfamil, but I am on WIC so that's what they give me...

I say it's worth a shot to save the $$!!! You can always switch back.
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June 12th, 2009, 11:47 PM
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At around 3-4 months we switched from Enfamil Gentlease to Sam's Club Gentle Formula...The enfamil was like 30bucks for 26or so oz and the Sam's was 26 for like 48oz! So for us it was way worth it becuse she did great with it and it saves a bunch!
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June 15th, 2009, 05:43 PM
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I actually just tried the Parent's Choice with my son and he is doing great with it!
He was on Enfamil Lipil but I think I'm going to switch him all over once I finish the rest of the Enfamil that I have in the closet. I'm also going to try the kinds from Sam's Club. I've heard it's the exact same thing as the Parent's Choice.
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June 16th, 2009, 07:45 AM
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I've used Sam's Club, and right now we're using Parents Choice. I have honestly never been able to tell the difference between name brand and off brand formula, except that the off brand is about half the price. We've also used Publix's brand and Target brand formula, with no issues whatsoever from either kid - no issues they didn't have with the more expensive name brand formula though.

The only formula I see a difference with is the Alimentum, but that's special formula anyways, and doesn't have a generic equivalent.
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June 16th, 2009, 09:12 PM
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I'd go for it. My son switched from 100% breast milk to Parent's choice and did fine.
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June 18th, 2009, 12:06 PM
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My first son was on Parents Choice Soy pretty much from birth and he was in the 90th percentile until he started walking at 8 months. All formula has to meet the same standards… Plus Parents Choice is waaaaay cheaper!!!
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June 25th, 2009, 10:52 PM
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I just saw this post and saw that it was YOU Ash!! How are you? I can't believe that Topher is 4 months now. And that Nathan is 6 weeks! It's good to see you
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July 16th, 2009, 08:35 PM
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I say go for it... DD #1 was on Similac and we spent WELL over $100/ month on formula. DD#2 has been on Parent's choice since Day 1(other than in the hospital) I see no difference between the two except that PC is half the price if not even cheaper than that.
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we switched to the Sam's club version of Gentlease and have had no problems
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July 17th, 2009, 09:21 PM
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Thanks girls!

Another question: Did you 100% switch? Like, should I mix the 2 kinds for awhile? For example, if I'm making 4 oz, use 1 scoop enfamil and 1 scoop PC? Or maybe do 1 whole bottle enfamil and then the next bottle PC and switch off and on for awhile? Or just completely stop enfamil and start PC right off the bat?

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P.S. Hi Lisa! It's been forever! I'm good, and I also can't believe how fast our LOs are growing!!
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July 17th, 2009, 10:34 PM
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I would try slowly adding one bottle of PC a day. Do one the first day, two the second, etc. until you are making all PC bottles.

I think their tummies handle it better that way....

Plus, then you can get rid of any open Enfamil you have... rather than just trashing it. LOL
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Plus, then you can get rid of any open Enfamil you have... rather than just trashing it. LOL
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July 18th, 2009, 07:53 AM
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Slower is probably better, though I doubt Topher will have any issues with it. (I can answer this now since I've had my baby and have experience with this, lol) Joel has been on Parent's Choice from birth because I didn't get my WIC for him until just yesterday, and he's been completely fine on it. It seems to be every bit as good as the Similac they compare it to. Hope Topher transitions easily!
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when we transitioned Sam from Enfamil Gentlease to Target's brand, we did 1:3, 2:2, then 3:1, then just Target. It was easier to transition him slowly.

This time was different. When we went from FL to MI WIC, we went from Good Start Supreme to Gentlease and did it cold turkey and Henry was fine. The nutritionist told us that the gentle formulas are the easiest to transition between.
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July 26th, 2009, 01:49 PM
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We switched from Enfamil Premium Lipil to Parents Choice and Chloe has done great with it so far. She's been on it for about a week and a half.
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