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Melmel821
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formula feeding #2

I haven't decided if I'm going to try nursing again or just go straight to formula. With baby #1, when we went to formula we kept her on RTF Enfamil sensitive which she did well with. As she got older we switched to powder. Anyone have any experience going straight to powder formula for newborns? Money is tight and this is why I'm even entertaining the idea of attempting to nurse again. It was a very stressful period for me.

Posted 4/28/17 5:57 PM
 
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formula feeding #2

I went straight to powder. I had to switch around to find the right one and if I had #2 the only thing I would do is go right to target brand rather than spend the money on name brand.

Posted 4/28/17 6:02 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

I'm thinking of going to the sensitive version right away.

Posted 4/28/17 6:04 PM
 

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formula feeding #2

I had hard time getting DD to breast feed and after a month we went to powder formula. We use Similac and we didn't use sensitive. No issues

Posted 4/28/17 7:36 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

We went straight to target powder after we ran out of nursettes. No issues.

Posted 4/28/17 8:06 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

For DD I pumped for 6 weeks then went to enfamil powder. After 6 months I switched to target brand.


DS ended up needing special formula which was n,y came in powder if he didn't I would have done the same thing I did for Dd

Posted 4/28/17 8:47 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by phoenix913

We went straight to target powder after we ran out of nursettes. No issues.



Same exactly.
I took tons of the nursettes from the hospital and when those ran out we did BJs generic formula but she soon needed an AR for spit up and Target sells their own generic AR.
It was great and saved us soooooo much money. Seriously half the price of the name brand

Posted 4/28/17 11:19 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Aside from the small liquid RTF samples the hospital gave, I started with powdered new similac pro advance that the hospital is putting infants on. My DC is doing great on it (3 mths now). My other child had difficult with the old similac and had to use sensitive as well. We don't have that issue this time. Formula container costs $30 btw.

Posted 4/29/17 1:01 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by Melmel821

I'm thinking of going to the sensitive version right away.



no!! Why would you? Don't start that if you don't need it. The new similiac is awesome.

Posted 4/29/17 1:02 AM
 

Melmel821
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Re: formula feeding #2

There's so much new stuff since I've had DD! New gadgets, gizmos, gear and formula! Thank you everyone for the feedback. Still not sure if I will go right to formula yet but everyone gave me helpful advice to keep costs down.

Posted 4/29/17 9:40 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by Melmel821

There's so much new stuff since I've had DD! New gadgets, gizmos, gear and formula! Thank you everyone for the feedback. Still not sure if I will go right to formula yet but everyone gave me helpful advice to keep costs down.



Definitely do generic if you are looking to keep costs down.
By law it has to be EXACTLY the same as name brand and it's about half the price

Posted 4/29/17 11:21 AM
 

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formula feeding #2

I have twins so I had to supplement. I pumped as much as I could for the first 5 weeks and stopped because I was a mental basket case trying to feed change and pump and take care of them all on my own. Something had to give. we used powder and I had no issues. I have a ton of similac coupons I can mail you if you want. My one son was switched to a prescription only formula at 3 weeks because even breast milk made him sick. My other was on regular similac by 7 weeks after I used all my frozen supply.

Posted 4/29/17 7:03 PM
 

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formula feeding #2

DD was on powder from day 1... eventually ended up on alimentum for a milk allergy, but always did powder

Posted 4/29/17 7:52 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Some insurances might cover formulas, sometimes it depends on the type of formula, sometimes it also depends on the "medical need" like for example if the baby has an intolerance or allergy to the protein in milk. A lot of the times u won't know this for sure til a few weeks after the baby is born. If u wanna try to save money, I'd def try to bfeed again, don't even bother pumping (unless u must need to do it) because sometimes it can be stressful and discouraging especially if u're already having a hard time bfeeding. Just an FYI, I had a difficult time bfeeding my first one too and ended up using formula after a month of pumping but with my second one, I tried to get as much info as possible about bfeeding, even went to LL meetings while pregnant for the second time to get help from other moms who had successfully bfed, and I gotta be honest, the second time was much easier for me to bfeed. I pumped a few times after the first month but soon realized that it was a whole hassle to put all the pieces together, sit there til I had pumped enough, then I'd have to make sure to freeze the milk well and wash all the pieces...several times a day, I just didn't have time to do all that when I had so many other things to do, so I decided to just feed 'straight from the tap' and I'm grateful I was able to do it for 15 months.

Posted by NervousNell

By law it has to be EXACTLY the same as name brand and it's about half the price



Actually not exactly but closely similar with very few differences. If u must formula feed, I'd focus on what their sources for protein and carbohydrates are.

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Posted 4/30/17 12:31 AM
 

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formula feeding #2

Yes. I used the target brand of enfamil gentlease right off the bat. No issues

Posted 4/30/17 7:22 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by soontobemommyof2

Some insurances might cover formulas, sometimes it depends on the type of formula, sometimes it also depends on the "medical need" like for example if the baby has an intolerance or allergy to the protein in milk. A lot of the times u won't know this for sure til a few weeks after the baby is born. If u wanna try to save money, I'd def try to bfeed again, don't even bother pumping (unless u must need to do it) because sometimes it can be stressful and discouraging especially if u're already having a hard time bfeeding. Just an FYI, I had a difficult time bfeeding my first one too and ended up using formula after a month of pumping but with my second one, I tried to get as much info as possible about bfeeding, even went to LL meetings while pregnant for the second time to get help from other moms who had successfully bfed, and I gotta be honest, the second time was much easier for me to bfeed. I pumped a few times after the first month but soon realized that it was a whole hassle to put all the pieces together, sit there til I had pumped enough, then I'd have to make sure to freeze the milk well and wash all the pieces...several times a day, I just didn't have time to do all that when I had so many other things to do, so I decided to just feed 'straight from the tap' and I'm grateful I was able to do it for 15 months.

Posted by NervousNell

By law it has to be EXACTLY the same as name brand and it's about half the price



Actually not exactly but closely similar with very few differences. If u must formula feed, I'd focus on what their sources for protein and carbohydrates are.



The nutritional value has to be the same.
I now have a 6 year old who us the healthiest child I know ...who was exclusively fed generic formula. Healthier even than many of her breastfed relatives and friends! Chat Icon
And I didn't have to formula feed. It wasn't a "MUST" situation. I wanted to. Go figure. Some people have no desire to breastfeed. Amazing.

Message edited 4/30/2017 9:11:51 AM.

Posted 4/30/17 9:05 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by NervousNell

The nutritional value has to be the same.
I now have a 6 year old who us the healthiest child I know ...who was exclusively fed generic formula. Healthier even than many of her breastfed relatives and friends! Chat Icon
And I didn't have to formula feed. It wasn't a "MUST" situation. I wanted to. Go figure. Some people have no desire to breastfeed. Amazing.



Lol at ur sarcastic remark, no need for it though (I was coming from a friendly place) but thanks for the giggles. U initially didn't say u were referring to the nutritional value, so yes, that part has to meet the same exact standards. In regards to their sources for macronutrients, they vary. For some ppl that's relevant, for others it's not.

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Posted 4/30/17 10:28 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

I agree about breastfeeding helping you save a ton of money (since you mentioned it), so I'm just going to say I had a VERY different experience trying to BF #2 than #1.... it didn't work out with #1 so I pumped full time (which sucked.. pun intended)... and then #2 (and #3) have been excellent BFers & it hasn't been stressful. So if it's something you're interested in, it may be worth it to give it a shot again, if it's something you're even thinking about.

That being said, I give him a bottle of formula here and there (to fill him up better or if dh wants to feed him) & since the day he came home, I've been using Target brand powder. As others have said, I find it to be great & so much less pricey than brand name formula!

Posted 5/1/17 12:34 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

I nursed DC1 for a few weeks but I wasn't producing enough, he wasn't gaining weight, I was in a ton of pain, and I just didn't want to do it. So we switched to formula. He eventually needed Nutramigen, which was expensive.

With DC2, I tried nursing for a hot minute, but with 2 babies at home, I just didn't have it in me. It made DS super jealous and DD wasn't interested in eating as it was, so I was just overall miserable. DD was able to use the regular formula, which was much less expensive than the Nutramigen. Just b/c your first needs a special formula doesn't mean your second will.

Good luck with whatever decision you make!

Posted 5/1/17 8:41 AM
 

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formula feeding #2

I also had a much tougher time bfing ds 1 than ds 2. Every baby is different, just throwing that out there if you want to try nursing again. I swithed ds 1 at 10 months and he was on Similac advance rtf and powder. No issues at the time but he was also an older baby. The only issues with the nursettes is I find the nipple to flow way too fast for newborns. Made my friends baby super gassy. She use to pour the rtf into dr. Brown.

Posted 5/1/17 8:43 AM
 

NervousNell
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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by soontobemommyof2

Posted by NervousNell

The nutritional value has to be the same.
I now have a 6 year old who us the healthiest child I know ...who was exclusively fed generic formula. Healthier even than many of her breastfed relatives and friends! Chat Icon
And I didn't have to formula feed. It wasn't a "MUST" situation. I wanted to. Go figure. Some people have no desire to breastfeed. Amazing.



Lol at ur sarcastic remark, no need for it though (I was coming from a friendly place) but thanks for the giggles. U initially didn't say u were referring to the nutritional value, so yes, that part has to meet the same exact standards. In regards to their sources for macronutrients, they vary. For some ppl that's relevant, for others it's not.



It was just the "If you MUST formula feed" comment that rubbed me the wrong way.
This society is so pro breastfeeding and anti formula that I can see how someone would feel badly about their choice to formula feed.
They act as if you are poisoning your child if you dare give them formula
A comment like that on a thread where a mom struggled with BFing and is considering an easier route for herself and her baby this time around just rubbed me the wrong way.
"If you MUST."
How about, if you WANT to formula feed it is 100% fine.

Message edited 5/1/2017 11:20:18 AM.

Posted 5/1/17 11:19 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by NervousNell

It was just the "If you MUST formula feed" comment that rubbed me the wrong way.
This society is so pro breastfeeding and anti formula that I can see how someone would feel badly about their choice to formula feed.
They act as if you are poisoning your child if you dare give them formula
A comment like that on a thread where a mom struggled with BFing and is considering an easier route for herself and her baby this time around just rubbed me the wrong way.
"If you MUST."
How about, if you WANT to formula feed it is 100% fine.



I completely agree. The "if you must formula feed" is very condescending...and I'm not overly sensitive bc I actually did nurse dd2 until 19 months.

Posted 5/1/17 11:49 AM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by soontobemommyof2

Posted by NervousNell

The nutritional value has to be the same.
I now have a 6 year old who us the healthiest child I know ...who was exclusively fed generic formula. Healthier even than many of her breastfed relatives and friends! Chat Icon
And I didn't have to formula feed. It wasn't a "MUST" situation. I wanted to. Go figure. Some people have no desire to breastfeed. Amazing.



Lol at ur sarcastic remark, no need for it though (I was coming from a friendly place) but thanks for the giggles. U initially didn't say u were referring to the nutritional value, so yes, that part has to meet the same exact standards. In regards to their sources for macronutrients, they vary. For some ppl that's relevant, for others it's not.



It was just the "If you MUST formula feed" comment that rubbed me the wrong way.
This society is so pro breastfeeding and anti formula that I can see how someone would feel badly about their choice to formula feed.
They act as if you are poisoning your child if you dare give them formula
A comment like that on a thread where a mom struggled with BFing and is considering an easier route for herself and her baby this time around just rubbed me the wrong way.
"If you MUST."
How about, if you WANT to formula feed it is 100% fine.



Chat Icon

Posted 5/1/17 12:52 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by NervousNell

Posted by soontobemommyof2

Posted by NervousNell

The nutritional value has to be the same.
I now have a 6 year old who us the healthiest child I know ...who was exclusively fed generic formula. Healthier even than many of her breastfed relatives and friends! Chat Icon
And I didn't have to formula feed. It wasn't a "MUST" situation. I wanted to. Go figure. Some people have no desire to breastfeed. Amazing.



Lol at ur sarcastic remark, no need for it though (I was coming from a friendly place) but thanks for the giggles. U initially didn't say u were referring to the nutritional value, so yes, that part has to meet the same exact standards. In regards to their sources for macronutrients, they vary. For some ppl that's relevant, for others it's not.



It was just the "If you MUST formula feed" comment that rubbed me the wrong way.
This society is so pro breastfeeding and anti formula that I can see how someone would feel badly about their choice to formula feed.
They act as if you are poisoning your child if you dare give them formula
A comment like that on a thread where a mom struggled with BFing and is considering an easier route for herself and her baby this time around just rubbed me the wrong way.
"If you MUST."
How about, if you WANT to formula feed it is 100% fine.



I gotta say, it actually surprised me reading ur sarcastic comment towards me because I didn't get that sense from u...through ur posts and brief/few interactions we've had in this forum, so I was actually taken back.

From someone who have tried formula and bfeeding...trust me when I tell u this is so not a pro bfeeding society, yes there have been big movements to 'normalize' bfeeding but they haven't caused the type of effect that would change a society's mentality as whole regarding the way we feed our kids.

I do understand though that sometimes there are ppl that tend to put moms down whether conscious or unconsciously for choosing formula feeding and I do not condone that, at all. I do feel though that sharing personal experiences can only do good as long as it's done in a respectful way and also being mindful of boundaries. I can def tell u that when I was struggling to bfeed ds1, I found those comments much more helpful than the "why are u making ur life hard, just feed him formula" ones. When I used the word "must" I never intended to make the op feel bad or guilty, at all! I used that word in the context of her opting for formula with the purpose of saving money (nothing wrong with that) because as far as the reason being a 'want' and not a 'need' it's not stated (nothing wrong with that either).

And for the "it's very condescending" comment, I've noticed how certain ppl take every opportunity to Chat Icon so I'm not even gonna entertain it.

Posted 5/1/17 4:04 PM
 

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Re: formula feeding #2

Posted by ANewDayHasCome

Posted by NervousNell

It was just the "If you MUST formula feed" comment that rubbed me the wrong way.
This society is so pro breastfeeding and anti formula that I can see how someone would feel badly about their choice to formula feed.
They act as if you are poisoning your child if you dare give them formula
A comment like that on a thread where a mom struggled with BFing and is considering an easier route for herself and her baby this time around just rubbed me the wrong way.
"If you MUST."
How about, if you WANT to formula feed it is 100% fine.



I completely agree. The "if you must formula feed" is very condescending...and I'm not overly sensitive bc I actually did nurse dd2 until 19 months.



I agree. I tried really hard with my son, but at his first doctors apt after coming home from the hospital, he was actually in starvation mode and I had no idea. So that's when I started "supplementing" aka giving him actual nourishment with formula and then giving him probably 1/100th of an ounce of breast milk since I wasn't producing jack sh*t. Comments like this rub me the wrong way. Just because BFing works for some or is a desire for some, doesn't mean it's for everyone. Its a very personal subject and the phrase "if you must" is like a slap in the face or basically being called a failure/giving your baby second best if you FF.

Posted 5/1/17 4:30 PM
 
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