H.J. asks from Chapel Hill, NC on October 31, 2006
Question About Formula Feeding
I am planning on formula feeding our daughter. My question is will the hospital test out formulas on her in the hospital and then tell us what she tolerates so we can buy formula? And does the hospitals typically send you home with a small amount of formula until you can purchase what they recommend?
A.J. answers from Fayetteville on November 01, 2006
I formula fed my daughter as well and the hosptal i was at strted her on Similac Advencd Infant formula and she did fine with it. They also sent us home with a decent amout to last untill we made it to the store.
You may have to ask for as much as you think you need. But don't worry about it too much.
Congragulations and Good Luck
T.E. answers from Charleston on October 31, 2006
Yes they send you home with a little bit normally. They dont try them out they just give them it and then you talk to the ped doctor you have and they will help you choose if you need to change!...
S.M. answers from Los Angeles on November 01, 2006
The hospital I worked in rotated between Enfamil and Similac every six months. Those were the two companies that had contracts with us. That being said, we also had Carnation Good Start and Soy Enfamil and Similac. Spit up is normal at first because fluids from delivery (whether it be c-section or vaginally) sit in the stomach and they need to be expelled. If the spitting up does not get better within the first two days or so, it could be formula related and then the ped can recommend soy or another formula in general. So you have lots of possibilites! The hospital will send you home with whatever formula your baby is on at the time of discharge or with which ever you prefer. We actually went from Enfamil to Kirkland brand (from Costco) because it worked better with her and decreased her gas and it is only about $20 for two 1lb containers! Bottom line I guess is when you find what works best for your baby, (and that is just a trial and error situation) go with it! Good luck to you!
R.C. answers from Spartanburg on October 31, 2006
With my son, they started him on the "hosptail choice" formula, but when he kept spitting up after meals, he was switched to Prosobee. Now, he's 9 months old and is on his 4th different formula, due to the spitting/throwing up issues we've dealt with. We're using Carnation Good Start Supreme (the purple can) and it's doing well for him.
Good luck! The best is right infront of you.
A.S. answers from Raleigh on November 01, 2006
Congratulations first off ! When I was in the hospital the tried a couple of formulas mixed with me breastfeeding and they made my daughter spit up. When I got home I tried Carnation good start and loved it! It is supposed to be the closest thing to breast milk and both of my kids tolerated it well after I had stopped breast feeding. It is definatly your choice but I highly recommend the Good Start. Also I was sent home with a sample bag and some of the premixed stuff they use in the hospital. Good Luck and hope everything goes well!
P.F. answers from Raleigh on October 31, 2006
Hi H.....as the mother of two girls, aged 3 and 1, congratulations to you! You are in for the time of your life!
J.D. answers from Huntsville on October 31, 2006
About the soy issue and babies not EVER having a reaction to soy formula: This is simply not true. I am allergic to soy and that allergy CAN be passed on to an infant just like ANY OTHER allergy. I'd like to see information that states there is NO possibility that ANY infant EVER will have an allergic reaction to soy. I find that extremely difficult to believe.
As for the choice between formulas, if you or the nurses notice some kind of intolerance, then they will begin the process of changing formulas. But it is just that, a process, and it can take several weeks before you are able to tell if that formula change has made a difference (whether positive or negative) for your baby. For instance, with gastric problems, it can take several weeks for any inflammation in the intestines to calm down.
Both of my children have been on multiple formulas each. My son, who just turned one, is on formula that is over $40 for a small can and you can only get it by prescription from a doctor. So there are many different formulas available for many different medical reasons. The only way to know if it is a good formula for your baby is by advice from your doctor and to give each formula enough time to completely get out of the baby's system.
Good luck and congratulations (early)! Like so much of motherhood, this topic is based on advice from your doctor, trial and error, and finally, gut instinct.
B.P. answers from Charlotte on November 01, 2006
Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby. I know you've already received a lot of responses, some with advice and some with admonishments for your choice. So to the others of you reading this response, please remember that it's hard enough being a mom. We don't need to be judging each other.
I read several responses that suggested you try a soy formula. I have been on the soy band-wagon thinking that it was this great, healthy thing for my family. But I've been doing a lot of research on it lately, and I've discovered that it may not be that great for kids. Soy formula can cause a negative zinc balance, which effects growth. It has a high aluminum content, may cause vitamin deficiencies and negatively effect brain development. I'm not saying you shouldn't try soy. I'm just suggesting that before you go for soy thinking that it's the better formula, do some research on soy.
J.S. answers from Richmond on October 31, 2006
Just wanted to let you know that it is not guaranteed that the baby won't be allergic to soy. Most likely won't, but not a guarantee!
I BF'd my son for 7 months, but supplemented formula feedings after the first few months. My ped. did not want me using soy. Not exactly sure why, but they wanted me to stay away from it. Just talk to you ped. and they will help you pick the formula that is right for your baby.
Best of luck and congratulations!
L. answers from Charlotte on November 01, 2006
I formula fed both of my boys, and they were both very healthy infants and still healthy now at 8 and 10 yrs old. (They have had perfect attendance at school the past two years!) The hospital gave us Infamil, so that is what we used and stayed with until they moved to regular milk. We used the concentrate that had to be mixed with water. I highly suggest that you use distilled/bottled water when mixing the formula. ESPECIALLY when you travel. Water in other cities can cause tummy problems, and we found this out the hard way. Good luck and don't let anyone make you feel bad about your choices.
Also, I was induced both time and it went fine. Because I was on pitosin, they gave me the epidural a few hours into it and then we all hung out in my room until it was time to push.