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What's your favorite formula?

We're planning to EFF our next LO right from the start and I'm wondering what everyone's favorite formula is. We used Enfamil Gentlease with DD#1 because she had some issues with gas but we're sort of hoping our next LO will take to a less expensive formula :) I've heard good things about the Walmart brand and also the Costco brand, I think? Also, if we do end up wanting to try a "gentle" or other special type formula, does anyone have any experience with the store brand specials? I know that we'll need to try them out and see if our LO likes them but I'm wondering about everyone else's experiences. Thanks in advance!
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Re: What's your favorite formula?

  • Right now we are using Target brand "premium" (their version of Enfamil Infant) and it seems to be working great :) FYI, pretty much all generic brands are made by the same company (https://www.perrigonutritionals.com/) and just have a different label on them, so if you are going generic it doesn't really matter where you buy it.

    As a side note, we also just started our LO on a new probiotic we got from Whole Foods called Nature's Way Primadophilus Children. Our LO was always pretty gassy (no matter which formula we used) and only pooped every other day. Since starting on the probiotic she is pooping usually every day and seems to pass her gas easier. We had 1/2 teaspoon of the powder to her last bottle. Just figured I'd mention it since you brought up the gas issues. :)
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  • We started out using Similac Advance but switched to Costco brand. Looking at the packaging, it appears to be closer to Similac than Enfamil, but the difference is very very minimal. I have heard that Costco brand is closer to Similac but Sam's club/Walmart is closer to Enfamil.
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  • g33kyg1rly - just out of curiosity, is it less expensive to buy the regular formula & add the probiotic, or does it end up being the same price as the "gentle" type formulas"? I ask because there aren't any whole foods anywhere near me so I would have to get it online or try to find a natural food store (which is unlikely where I live, it's a very rural area).

    poohbear033 - good to know, thanks!

    snuff9861 - did you start out on the gentlease, or did you start with something else and switch?
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  • I went from enfamil to parents choice (Walmart brand), it costs about half as much and lo likes it just as much.
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    rmbrjry said:
    g33kyg1rly - just out of curiosity, is it less expensive to buy the regular formula & add the probiotic, or does it end up being the same price as the "gentle" type formulas"? I ask because there aren't any whole foods anywhere near me so I would have to get it online or try to find a natural food store (which is unlikely where I live, it's a very rural area).
    The Target "premium" and "gentle" formulas are nearly the same price (they are both $25, but premium has 40oz and gentle has 36oz). The probiotic costs about $12, and at the infant serving size (1/2 teaspoon 1x day) should last about 94 days.

    We originally started LO on the Gerber Gentle formula, since that's what they supplemented her with in the hospital. Around 6-8 weeks she started to get really bad reflux (or maybe colic?), so at pedi's recommendation we switched to Enfamil AR, which helped. Her reflux got a lot better around 12 weeks so we've since phased her onto regular Enfamil and now Target brand.

    We did try her on the Gentle  again at one point since we still had some left, and it actually made her a bit refluxy again.  I think since it's broken down more, it might be a little thinner and, at least in her case, easier to come back up. She seemed to do best on the regular stuff, but I like that with the probiotic she is getting some of the good bacteria she would get from BM, and the fact it helped her gas and pooping was even better :)
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  • @g33kyg1rly‌ I'm definitely going to have to try the probiotic. DD has a lot of gas/constipation issues that her doctors keep brushing off. We just switched formulas (from Similac Neosure, which was so hard on her belly, to Gerber Good Start Gentle), but she could still use a little help.
  • Thanks all! I think I have a pretty good idea of what we'll do now. Thanks again!
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