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November 8th, 2010, 08:25 AM
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Hi i am getting ready to start supplementing before I go back to work full time but I have no idea what formula to use. I've been told that they are all the same but I am just wondering if thats true or if any of you have any preferences.
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November 8th, 2010, 07:06 PM
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Our pedi told us she used to only recommend the name brands, similac and enfamil. But now she says that the store brands are the same as the name brands. We are using the target up & up brand. It says compare to enfamil advanced on it. My son has no problems with it

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November 10th, 2010, 12:03 PM
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Hi! My first pedi said the same, that nutritionally there is no difference between store brand and name brand formula. That said, I tried to switch him to Target brand formula when he was young (after I had stopped breastfeeding him altogether) and it made him terribly constipated. He ended up being on brand name formula only after that but I still would not hesitate to try store brand again with this baby if we were using a lot of it.
If your baby doesn't have any special needs that you're aware of (milk allergies, reflux, etc) then you'd probably be okay to start with any of the basic formulas. All the advice I've been given is that it takes about 2 weeks to really know if a formula will work for your baby but you'll want to ask your pedi about that. It took a few tries to find the right formula for us but both of my boys have done best on Enfamil Gentlease but it was trial and error to find that out! I hope it's a short and easy road for you!

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November 18th, 2010, 04:08 PM
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I know a lot of people say the cheaper brands are just as good but I have not found that to be the case with both of my sons. I personally like Similac the best... I think the ready-made kind is ideal but it's very expensive. My babies just loved the ready-made similac but I ended up going with a cheaper brand of powdered formula because I could not afford the good stuff. If price is not a concern for you try the similac liquid formula. Otherwise you will probably do some trial and error until you find a formula you can afford that your baby will tolerate well.
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