Anyone Who Has Used or Is Using Enfamil Next Step Formula??? What Do You Think?

Updated on November 16, 2009
D.J. asks from Summerville, SC
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Hello, my daughter Presley is almost 9 months old and for the last 6 months or so we have been using Similac Isomil Soy Formula. Recently a good friend of mine was reading a book that showed studies link the use of soy formula to allergies (peanut, seasonal), eczema, asthma, and a variety of other ailments. Needless to say, I became freaked out and called my doctor immediately and said that I wanted her off of soy formula. Her pediatrician has suggested her to go on Enfamil Next Step and I don't know anyone who has used it before to see what they think of it. Any info would be greatly appreciated!!

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answers from Atlanta on

I gave my daughter soy formula until 9 months. I found out she was alergic to milk accidentally, after I stopped breastfeeding at 7 months, and bought some soy formula. Then at 10 months I slowly introduced milk formula back and she is doing great, no spitting up and problems. I have also introduced whole milk once a day. If your baby is getting enough nutrition from other foods, you can even introduce whole milk. Whole milk is recommended after one year only because it does not have other nutrients than calcium and vit D. I would say try Next Step formula, but I don't like all the corn syrup in the formula, and if your daughter is getting enough nutrients from solids, try even whole milk.



answers from Augusta on

I wouldn't switch off of the soy.

I think the reason why there is a so called "link" is because most kids that are on soy formula are on it because they are allergic to milk in the first place. And most kids that have one allergy end up with another along the way. I was highly allergic to milk as a baby so much so I had to have goats milk , no soy and I have HORRIBLE seasonal allergies. Both of my kids have seasonal allergies but no food allergies. I have a cousin who has a peanut allergy and she was Breastfed.

I'd have to know more about the study to pass judgment, like how was the test group done? Did they include those that had allergies w/o the soy formula? Did they include family history? etc


answers from Atlanta on

I read that same book and agree she should be off soy IF she is not allergic to milk. Your pediatrician should have told you from the beginning that soy should only be used if other formulas have not worked and your child is really one of the 5-10% of children truly allergic to milk. Of course I know lots of healthy babies that were raised on soy and unhealthy ones who got cow's mil or breast milk so no one formula fits all. Don't worry too much about having given her soy but try something else if you can. Don't know much about Enfamil next step other than my pediatrician told me it was just a marketing gimmick and that regular cow's milk formula (or soy if allergic) was fine until a year and then switch them to whole cow's milk. Good luck!


answers from Columbia on


My pediatrician also put my son on soy when he couldn't handle the Enfamil at the hospital. However, when we came home the soy formula made him even more sick. I put him on Enfamil AR two days after we got home from the hospital since I had used it for my daughter, it was more gentle on the stomach and she did great with it. He did the same. At two months I decided to see if he could handle the regular Enfamil Lipil and he actually took it better. My husband is the only one working in our household so money is tight and I decided to research store brand formulas. I then switched my son at 2 1/2 months from Enfamil Lipil to the Walmart Parent's Choice brand. It has the exact same ingredients, and he takes now at 3 months four 8oz bottles a day and does great with it. I will keep him on the Parent's Choice until I switch him to whole milk when he's one-year-old. I know your daughter is older than my son but I'd seen the Enfamil Next Step when I had my daughter, who is now 2 1/2, and I just never jumped on that bandwagon. I kept her on Enfamil AR until she started drinking whole milk at one-year-old. I think some of those things are just little gimmicks so that the companies can charge you just that much more for a name that sounds fancier. Hope this helps :)



answers from Atlanta on

All formula's are rather nasty and yes Soy formula has the Estrogen equivalent of giving your kid 6 birth control pills aday, not to mention Soy inhibits the body from absorbing nutrients, so anything else that the child is consuming is also negated.

The only safe and healthy formula I reccommend to my friends and clients is the weston a price formula, baby's thrive on it.

Oh yes and if you are feeding your child with bottles that are not Biosphenal/Phylate Free they are being exposed to additional harmful hormone replacers.

When it comes to your child you MUST Question everything even your doctors...

One more thing please do not be misled by these uninformed but good intentioned mothers, most kids are NOT allergic to milk and dairy they are allergic to the pasteurized garbage from confinement dairies called Milk, that is not milk that is a chemical conconction the world has been fooled into believing is a healthy drink, real milk only comes from grassfed cows on pasture it is non homoginized and non pasteurized and is one of the best and healthiest drinks you ever had.

Go to real milk for more info:

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answers from Atlanta on

I am not sure about the formula, but if you would like to try something not formulated, you can make a formula with all the right stuff using goats milk. probably has the receipe. Hope you get some good info on the Emfamil.

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