J.F. asks from Downingtown, PA on March 22, 2007
Enfamil Vs. Similac
I was wondering how important it is to keep your baby on the same formula or is it ok to switch. When my baby was born she wasn't able to nurse and my milk hadn't come in, so we supplemented her with Enfamil. Now I am able to provide her expressed breastmilk, but I know it won't last. So here I sit with many, many samples of Enfamil and Similac formula. I hate to give one brand away because it is so expensive so I was wondering if and when the time comes to give her formula, can I just use both?
So What Happened?™
Well after several great responses, I found out that enfamil and similac are basically the same. However, if you really look at the ingredients you'll see that enfamil uses palm olein which decreases the amount of calcium babies absorb. So I think I will finish the rest of my free samples of enfamil and start using similac. Thanks everyone for your help.
M.G. answers from Philadelphia on March 23, 2007
I used Similac, Bright Beginnings, Good Start and Emfamil with my little guy when he was on formula. Basically I used whatever I had a coupon for or was on sale. By the end I was using mostly Bright Beginnings because it came in a larger cannister and there was always a coupon. I would finish one can before switching him to another brand and I never had any problems with doing this. I signed up on all the websites for the free samples and coupons and found I rarely had to pay full price for formula.
When I was supplementing my breast milk and then switching him completely over to formula I tried to stick to one brand but once he made the complete switch I didn't worry about it.
A.R. answers from Philadelphia on March 23, 2007
Hey! I use whatever I have a coupon for, whatever is on sale, whatever is the best price!!! My daughter uses Similac, Enfamil, Kirkland Brand (Costco), and sometimes Good Start, and I have given her Target Brand before too. She seems to be fine with everything and I have never seen any issues with either formula, she must have a stomach like a rock. She is 6 months now and I have been doing this to her since 2 months. I like Enfamil the most though because it dissolves well into the water.
D.Z. answers from Pittsburgh on March 23, 2007
i don't think it would cause any problems other than constipation. i've used about 3 different brands with my son.
K.D. answers from Allentown on March 23, 2007
I have had a lot of experience with nursing and using formulas. My experience with formula has been pretty consistent with all of my six kids. I am a primarily nursing mom but have used supplementing with all of my kids and especially when I had my twins. First thing I learned, not every baby is the same. How your precious little girl reacts to formula may be totally different than how my kids did. For the most part, Similac never really worked for my kids. I always found the same result...and I tried it will all six of them, it gave them too much gas, too many belly aches and they had a hard time moving their bowels. I always found much better success with Enfamil or even Carnation Good Start.
When I had my twins, is when things became very interesting. I had to change pediatricans for insurance purposes...something I will never do again! When my girls were first born, I found that I was trying out all of the free samples I had received of formula. And yes, I would mix them...I would give one brand for a few days, see how they'd react and then try another. I'll never forget when I brought them in for their first wellness check up. One of the doctors of the practice really scolded me for switching back and forth. According to that dr., it was bad for their digestive systems. To me, I would have never thought that it could affect them that way. So for some other reasons, not just that one, I changed back to my previous dr. When I spoke to him about the formula situation his response was totally different. He told me that all the formulas now a days have very similar ingredients and make up. So it doesn't matter what brand I choose and mixing them shouldn't be a problem. I never had another problem with changing out what brand of formula I used. But as I said, my kids would react differently on Similac. Being a new Mom, I know it's difficult to know what to do. For me, it was a lot of trial and error and talking to my pediatrican. I found the whole office was very supportative and definitely very helpful when I had a question or if a problem arose. Hope that helps!
J.E. answers from Allentown on March 23, 2007
I use both of these formulas. My pedi. said it was fine. I even mix the two together sometimes.
E.S. answers from York on March 23, 2007
Basically you need to go with your instincts. Trust what you feel is right and also talk to your pediatrician. When my twin sons were born we had to keep them on a higher caloric formula until they were about 6 or 9 months (I can't remember now - lovely side effect of having twins lol) and then we were able to switch. We received so many different samples and had so many different brands that people bought us and we just tried them all. Once we found ones that worked really good, we would write it down and when we were out of samples we would only buy the ones that worked really well. I didn't get enough milk to breastfeed, so we always had to supplement and so finally it got to be too much so we gave them all different kinds of formula. If they reacted badly to one, we would throw it out and make a note not to use it again. I know a lot of people like the nestle good start stuff because it's really cheap, but my boys didn't do good on it, they also did great with the enfamil and similac in the beginning, but then for some reason they started spitting it up and we would have to use the Giant brand (New beginnings I think is what it was called) and they did great on that. They spit that up a lot less than anything else (including soy). So really every baby is different. Listen to your gut and talk to your doctor (just in case he would recommend something specific for your baby based off of any health concerns) and go from there. Don't throw away your samples though. If you find that one doesn't work for your child and you have leftover unopened samples, keep them for a friends baby shower or donate them. I'm sure you have a local shelter or something that would love to have those donations. Another thing that is great is to get on similac and enfamils websites and enter in as many addresses as you can (of people you obviously know lol) and have them send you coupons because you really do get a lot of good ones and also you get a lot of free samples. It's great! Good luck and please feel free to email me if you have any questions!
J.M. answers from Philadelphia on March 23, 2007
I had the same exact issue with the breast milk and had to supplement with formula. I started with Enfamil but then went to Similac because my sister was able to get it for free. It is perfectly fine to switch formulas if your daughter reacts well to both formulas (they have the same compositional make-up). My advice though is to finish one of the formulas before switching to the other instead of going back and forth between the two because they have slightly different tastes so your child may prefer one over the other. Even so, it doesn't matter because they both are fine formulas.
D.L. answers from Pittsburgh on March 23, 2007
Both of my daughters are adopted from China. When I traveled to China, each family had to bring all provisions for the baby such as diapers, clothes, food and formula. We were told to bring the low-iron enfamil so I brought a few cans of that and when we arrived in China, we also had some cans of Chinese formula waiting for us in our hotel rooms. I used to mix a little of both to use it up and then other people in our travel group had different types of enfamil and similac. I found that whenever I was getting ready to make another change, I just gradually added the new type of formula to the low-iron enfamil and I never did have a problem with either one of them.
Have a great day!
A.L. answers from Philadelphia on March 23, 2007
Are you pumping with a high -quality Hospital grade rental breastpump? Have you spoken with a lactation consultant about medications that you can take to increase your milk supply? There is a medication called Reglan that raises prolactin levels and helps women with low milk supply increase thier output.
Best wishes and I hope that things work out for you.
T.D. answers from Pittsburgh on March 23, 2007
I don't really think it would harm your baby, but it may cause some stomach upset, and there's nothing worse than a baby with an upset tummy! I would choose one or the other and stick with it.