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XP from breastfeeding: BFs that supplement formula - what brand do you use?

I posted this question on the breastfeeding board but also curious to get other MoMs opinions:

If you supplement breastfeeding with formula - what brand of formula are you using and how is it going?  A couple of the different brands claim they are the closest to breastmilk so I'm curious what other breastfeeders have chosen.

TIA!

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Re: XP from breastfeeding: BFs that supplement formula - what brand do you use?

  • Our twins were born at 35weeks 1day and we have been supplementing since the beginning.  We are using Similac Neosure because our pedi reccomended it.  She said it was specially formulated for premature babies and had a higher calorie count (24 vs. 20) per ounce to help with weight gain.  They seem to be doing quite well with it. 
  • We supplemented with Enfamil because that is what the hospital recommended.
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  • 75% breast milk, 25% enfamil (that's what they were started on in the hospital)
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  • Similac Neosure to start, then switched to Similac Advance Early Shield at a few weeks old.
  • We did not have to suplement until 6/7 months. I used Similac Sensitive after discovering that my boys are lactose intolerant. We switched once more to the Target brand of lactose free formula. It went fine. They moved easily between the two. They had a lot of trouble with redi prepared canned formula.
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  • We're about 75EBM and 25% Similac Neosure. They were on neosure in the hospital and we're supposed to keep them on it until the dr. says otherwise. They do fine with it, but do a little bit better on the RTF than the powdered. But I do think they drink the EBM better and don't seem to spit up as much on it.
  • We use Enfamil Enfacare because it's what they were started on in the NICU.  They get 1/2 a tsp. of powder added to every 3 oz. of breast milk to increase the calorie count.  I also started giving them one full bottle of formula per day to help me keep up with them.  Seems to be going fine.
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  • image woodyone:
    Our twins were born at 35weeks 1day and we have been supplementing since the beginning.  We are using Similac Neosure because our pedi reccomended it.  She said it was specially formulated for premature babies and had a higher calorie count (24 vs. 20) per ounce to help with weight gain.  They seem to be doing quite well with it. 

     This. Our girls were supplemented with NeoSure in the hospital.  We tried a couple different formulas out, but they do best on the NeoSure, and weight gain is one of our objectives.

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  • Thank you MoMs - I just started today with needing to supplement a little bit and we had Similac Advance samples in the mail and received some from the hospital as well.  My cousin had also given me some that she didn't use and isn't expired so that's what we'll probably stick with if the boys do good on it.  I may try out the Similac Sensitive as we do already have some gas issues on BM.
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  • We do 50/50 and use Similac neosure since our pedi recommended it.
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