Looking for Some Formula Advice on Similac, Parents Choice, or Gerber

Updated on March 04, 2015
S.S. asks from Lees Summit, MO
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We are switching to formula, baby is 4 weeks old.. I am assuming she has some lactose or milk protein sensitivity because I do, and my son is lactose intollerant, as well as most of my family. I looked at Similac Sensitive, and I learned that it does not have lactose in it, but instead has corn syrup. Similac Total Comfort looks nice, does anyone know if it has lactose, or how has your experience been on it? I've also heard good things about Parents Choice and Gerber. I want to start her on something for milk protein/lactose sensitivity, does anyone have any experience with this formulas, or do you know anything about them and how much lactose they have and if they're broken down or not?

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answers from Oklahoma City on

Just go with a soy or other style formula and avoid the milk ones all together.


Just go with a soy or other style formula and avoid the milk ones all together.

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answers from Portland on

We always used name brand or organic formula because it was what WIC paid for. Both of my kids have milk protein sensitivity and so we used the Similac Alimentum. I have friend who used the Similac Sensitive and was fine with it for lactose issues. These are not the same as I am sure you know. If you want to be super sure that you are safe, then the Alimentum is the way to go. It has no dairy in it at all. But, if you think it might just be lactose, then I would try the sensitive and see what happens. You will need a prescription for the Alimentum if you use WIC or get the insurance company to pay for it. I don't know about the Sensitive, I don't think you do for that one.

Alimentum is about $30 a can, so you will probably want help to pay for it. I guess one way to see if she has the sensitivity is to ask if you eat any dairy and is she ok with your breast milk if you do. I couldn't even eat any while I was pregnant because my kiddos were so sensitive to it. And, when I was no longer pregnant, they were intolerant of my breast milk because I had 1 bite of cheese.

I hope that helps some. Good luck! You might have to play around with it for a while. But, stay away from soy! It mimics estrogen in the body and is playing havoc with kids' hormones. Also, many babies are sensitive to it as well. My son is.

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answers from Chicago on

They're all the same, and federally regulated. So largely, you'll find the contents by style/type almost identical.

Texture seems to be the differentiator - always was with my kids. One type made one constipated, the other made someone spit up, etc....

You'll have to give it trial and error to see which your LO does best with. So grab a small can of one, look at ingredients, and see what works.



answers from Detroit on

I am doubtful anyone on here knows how much lactose is in any brand or type of formula.. formulas are all nutritionally complete.. all have the same nutrients.. ..

you are going to have t spend some time online or at the store looking at labels and comparing them.

my daughter was breastfed.. and the most miserable colicky baby every.. not because she was sensitive to my milk.. because she had an immature GI tract.. and she fussed and spit up.. until her tummy grew up and then she was fine..

just because your baby spits up or is fussy does not mean he is not tolerating the formula.. it can easily mean he is just a tiny baby and they do that... you can try to switch his formula but most likely his fussiness will go away in time..

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