Preemies

Formula

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My preemie (6 weeks early born 7/30) is ready to go off the neosure and there are just so many choices of formula! Anyone have any opinions on what is best or know a good site to compare them all? My doctor said enfamil or similac is fine. Our daycare uses Gerber good starts gentle so I would like to use that if it is any good... My son does have reflux and the powder seems to be tough on his stomach. I am wondering if we go to a gentle kind if he will tolerate the powder better.

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Re: Formula

  • We just made the switch from Neosure to Similac Advance. It was a super easy switch. I mixed half and half for a few days, then reduced the amount of Neosure for a few more until it was zero. My boys don't seem to notice any difference at all. I think it smells better, too. I have a friend from the NICU that feeds her twins the Gerber because of daycare and she's had no issue either.
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  • Some babies will do better on one or another, so you'll just have to try them out. If your daycare uses Gerber, then that's a good place to start. We went from Enfacare to Enfamil, since it was the same brand, and then switched to Similac Advance because it made her a little less gassy.

  • It can't hurt to try Gerber since your daycare uses it!  Another option to try is RTF.  It's more expensive than powder per ounce, but sometimes that can be more gentle on a LO's stomach if they have a hard time with powder (trying a gentle or sensitive powder formula is also an option to try).  Also, store brands have to be the same standard as name brands, so you could try one of those as well.  They're usually cheaper, but you don't always get coupons for them.  Sometimes it's just a matter of trial and error to find the formula they like best.
  • After Neosure, we stuck with Similar & used the Advance. Never had a problem. We always bought the ready to feed bottles so I don't have much experience with the powder kind.
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  • We used Similac Sensitive and then switched to Costco's Kirkland brand and she has done just fine.  Plus, it's a lot cheaper.  If daycare uses Gerber you could definitely start there and see how he does.
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  • With both my girls I use/used Gerber Good Start Gentle. With my youngest she was on Neosure and we made the switch to Gerber Good Start Gentle and she hasn't had any issues.
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  • One of mine had to start Nutramigen b/c of milk protein digestion, but the other one is eating Costco's Kirkland and does just fine.  If I were you, I would start with what the DC does to keep it consistent. 
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  • We went from Enfamil Enfacare to Enfamil Newborn to Enfamil Gentlease.  I suspected DS was lactose intolerant since I am and DH was as a child.  Gentlease is milk based but still lactose free.
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