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Formula - Clinton,CT

Hi moms-

I plan to wean my daughter from breastmilk soon. The issue I have is choosing a formula for her. She will be 7 months next week and the plan is to start weaning within the month. I believe I've narrowed it down to Similac or Enfamil. Does anyone prefer one over the other? Is one better than the other?

Thanks in advance!

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You have come this far - why not just keep giving her the liquid gold? Just pump if you have to until you can wean her to cows milk (at 1 year old).

Especially if you read the headlines lately:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/03/scientists-find-...

http://www.ewg.org/reports/bpaformula

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=7242880&page=1

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/19/world/main###-#...

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I would try to get a NON IRON fortified formula. It might be impossible to find. They are starting to discontinue them.

Iron is contributing to a lot of problems with infants. A breastfed baby should have no need for Iron fortification in the diet, especially if solids have started.

Iron feeds bacteria, and causes excessive E- coli growths in the guts of infants who are on iron fortified formulas or are given iron supplements.

30 % of all pediatric death is attributed to IRON supplementation - even while under doctor's supervision.

Soy is another one i'd stay away from- it alters hormones (estrogen levels) and creates thyroid issues later in life.

If you read my history/past posts you will see I've sent some moms more info and links to substantiate these claims.....

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You have come this far - why not just keep giving her the liquid gold? Just pump if you have to until you can wean her to cows milk (at 1 year old).

Especially if you read the headlines lately:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/03/scientists-find-...

http://www.ewg.org/reports/bpaformula

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/story?id=7242880&page=1

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/09/19/world/main###-#...

2 moms found this helpful

I would try to get a NON IRON fortified formula. It might be impossible to find. They are starting to discontinue them.

Iron is contributing to a lot of problems with infants. A breastfed baby should have no need for Iron fortification in the diet, especially if solids have started.

Iron feeds bacteria, and causes excessive E- coli growths in the guts of infants who are on iron fortified formulas or are given iron supplements.

30 % of all pediatric death is attributed to IRON supplementation - even while under doctor's supervision.

Soy is another one i'd stay away from- it alters hormones (estrogen levels) and creates thyroid issues later in life.

If you read my history/past posts you will see I've sent some moms more info and links to substantiate these claims.....

1 mom found this helpful

I did a lot of research when mine were on formula, and I think the best one on the market is Baby's Only Organic Toddler Formula. Don't be discouraged by "Toddler" in the name - I called the company to inquire and they said it is named that because the company's philosophy is that children should be breast fed until one year, but it meets all of the requirements of baby formula. I brought the fact sheet with all of the ingredients/nutrients into my ped's office and he said it was the best one he'd seen! I've only found it locally at Whole Foods, but you can also find it online at diapers.com. On their website, they have a comparison chart to what's in their formula compared to other brands (what I showed the ped.) http://www.naturesone.com

I have triplets, now 15-months-old, who were preemies, so we had to use Similac's Neosure for a while, but when we got the go-ahead I switched. I never breastfed - pumped for a week when they were first born (they were too little to feed from breast or bottle), but it didn't really work for me. As someone else said, do not let anyone make you feel guilty about your decision to go to formula - formula's are wonderful now, and a happy mama is an important key to a happy baby! Mine are all thankfully very healthy, thriving and did very well on formula. I would not use anything but organic dairy - it is appalling what is done to cows and to the milk - all the gross hormones and antibiotics they put into non-organic formula - not to mention the genetic-engineering....wonder why girls are hitting puberty earlier & earlier? But I'll step off my soap-box now!

I think Similac is a decent brand, tried their organic formula for a while. I had received a free case of Enfamil, but one of my son's had a horrible reaction to it - couldn't keep it down. I can only speak from my experience, but switching formula's never had an impact on my children - I think it's important to find one that agrees with your baby - but if you do plan to switch around, give each a couple of weeks.

Good luck!

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We never did formula, only goats milk! Goats milk is what they use in Europe & Asia, not powder or cow"s milk. It is the closest natural animal product to breast milk. If you can stay away from formula it would be better, it is not the healthiest choice. We don't drink cow's milk at all.

:)A.

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sorry, this is neither, but Earth's best is so much better than either of the other ones.

Either one is fine, doesn't matter. Just depends on which she does best with. We used Enfamil for my son. You can also get the store brand versions of the formula to save money (same ingredients, just a different label). Make sure you slowly introduce it. I recommend mixing breastmilk and formula together (replacing the breastmilk ounce by ounce, every couple days). Its the easiest way to do it on their system!

With both our sons, we went back and forth w/ different brands, and neither of them were bothered by it. I will say the enfamil gentle ease, (I believe it is), pink can, is waay too thick and our baby spit it up all the time, but the yellow can was fine. One of my favorites is Costco's Kirkland brand formula...cheap & good!

We used Enfamil DHA/ARA. At the time it was the only one with the Omega3's but now they all probably do. We also preferred Enfamil over Similac because it mixed easier. The Similac was always lumpy.

I agree use your coupons but we wary of constantly switching brands - it can cause stomach upset.

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