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Q&A: Picking a baby formula?

What kind of formula should I use?

Re: What kind of formula should I use?

The Bump Expert

Pick the cheapest cow's-milk based brand you can find, unless your doctor suggests soy-based, lactose-free, or another alternative. Avoid low-iron (under 4 mg per liter) formulas, which the American Academy of Pediatrics says are nutritionally inadequate. (Forget the misconception that iron causes constipation.) The government mandates nutrient levels in formula, so generic choices are fine. And, go for powder over liquid- there's no difference in nutrients or digestibility, and it's cheaper, portable and doesn't need refrigeration.

Whether you choose powdered, concentrated liquid or ready-made formula, always check the expiration date. Be safe about storage: Once you've opened, prepared or refrigerated the formula, use it within 48 hours, and don't leave prepared formula out of the fridge for more than two hours. Toss any formula left in the bottle after a feeding, because germs from baby's saliva will multiply in it. (Gross.)

Paula Kashtan

re: Q: Picking a formula?

My husband and i read that powdered formulas are not good b/c they are unable to sterilize it as well as the liquid. i realize that she is not in a sterile environment anymore, but why take that chance? Secondly, you have to purchase that bottled nursery/distilled H2O and personally, i don't have the time to be dissolving the powdered formula in water. I will stick with the liquid, it works just fine!

Mrsk1020 |

re: Q: Picking a formula?

We find the powdered stuff so easy to work with! We microwave water in advance to boil it and sterilize it, then just pour water into bottles. When it's time to mix a bottle, all you have to do is add the powder, shake, and serve! Super easy to do when we're on the road, and since we take baby with us all over the place, that's important...

formossissima |

Q&A: Picking a baby formula?

We originally used powder (free cans you get when you first sign up with formula companies). But due to some digestive issues (that he has thankfully outgrown) we could only feed him Similac Ready to Feed (liquid) Soy. We still have some bottles of it left (I bought a bunch of cases at a time) so he'll get about 1-2 bottles a day of it, but we're back to using powdered formula. Since we started baby foods he can now tolerate powdered formula again :) To mix our powdered we either use bottled water - which we keep in his diaper bag - if we're out & about, or just use our tap water if we're home. We live in a rural area - the water is rural water (not well water) & it doesn't have all the added chemicals & fluoride that city water has. Our doc said we were safe to use is (as long as we only use cold - don't want to take the chance of lead contamination from water that was sitting in a water heater). We use Dr. Brown bottles & I have found that it is easier to mix a bunch up ahead of time & pour into the bottles - since they are not the easiest to mix formula in (but not impossible if necessary).

ashliem06 |

Q&A: Picking a baby formula?

We tried the samples we received in the mail and went with the one our baby hated the least. This ended up being enfamil newborn. However, when we ran out and used the enfamil infant, he started having some serious problems so we automatically went to the gentalese (for gassy babies) and saw drastic improvement. However, now we still deal with spit up nearly every time he eats. Has anyone tried the enfamil AR for spit up? It sounds just like adding cereal to formula to me but I'm thinking about trying it

klcuneo |

Q&A: Picking a baby formula?

Also had massive spit up issue with gentlease, none with the regular formula but had more gas going to ask ped about using regular formula with gas drops instead. spit up amounts are harder to deal with then the gas!!

navarrdv |