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Are any of you getting a formula to have on-hand just in case your baby does not take to breastfeeding?
If so, what kind?
I hadn't even thought of that - but, I was just called to participate in a study and that question was asked...
With DD I had registered online with Enfamil and Similac. They sent samples. The hospital also had diaper bags filled with goodies. Each style seemed to have a different kind of formula. DH picked it and it had Good Start.
The samples were all that I had on hand. And, honestly, I forgot about them. They expired and I threw them away recently.
The problem with buying formula ahead of time is you never know what KIND of your LO will need. Some have sensitive tummys, others have gas, some can just take whatever and be fine (a billion kinds to pick from). They recommend in my pregnancy book to wait till LO gets here and if you do have problems breastfeeding the nurses/doc at the hospital will assist you in finding the correct formula. I wanted to buy 1-2 cans myself to 'be prepared' but at $13-$20.00 a pop I wasn't going to waste the money in case it was the wrong kind!
We have 2 sample cans of Similac Isomil advanced. We chose that because DD and I both have a long history of Milk allergies, so we decided to skip the hassle this time, and go for soy.
lolagrinnin:I'm not. Baby won't starve in the time it takes to go get a container of formula, and not having it readily available as an option will hopefully give me a bit more impetus to work through rough patches.
No way. I would be more likely to give up if I was having a hard time.
Thanks, Ladies! I got a few free samples that I'll keep on-hand and we do have a 24 hour grocery nearby in an emergency...but, I plan to do everything I can to help him breastfeed...
Before DD1 was born, we got a couple Similac samples in the mail and at the hospital and Enfamil from the pediatrician, and those were all we had on hand. Having them didn't make me want to give up on breastfeeding; I ended up breastfeeding for 18 months but was still glad to have the formula just in case.