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Twitter Moms Weigh In: How I Chose My Baby's Formula

By melissaejordan |

As I’ve shared in the past, I’m really loving my breastfeeding experience with Arlo, but due to a hectic work schedule and a looming 4-day work trip out of town, my  husband and I are trying to get Arlo to take a bottle of formula every now and then to supplement when needed. We’ve been slowly re-introducing Arlo to formula over the past few weeks (after a bad reaction to soy formula at 6 months old) with a half breast milk/half formula mixture recommended by many of the readers here on Baby’s First Year.

With my firstborn, I chose a formula based off the recommendations of several of my mama friends, and my initial  instinct was to use the same brand again with Arlo, but I decided to do some research to see if there was a brand better suited to his individual needs. My best friend found the best formula brand for her son by trying several different ones and seeing how he responded to them (some caused him to be gassy, others he was reluctant to take) before she settled on a preferred brand.

So this got me thinking — how do most moms choose the brand of formula best suited for their little ones? Do they follow the recommendation of friends or their pediatrician? Do they try several like my best friend did? After the jump, check out what some moms on twitter shared about how they made the decision:

Many moms said that they stuck with the recommended formula provided by the hospital:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For other moms, wanting to use organic formula helped them make a decision:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And several shared their individual reason for choosing the best formula for their child’s needs:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What factors went into finding the right formula for your baby?

~Melissa

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Melissa Jordan wrote for Babble’s Baby’s First Year, where she chronicled the challenges and joys of parenting a toddler and a brand-new baby. More of her work can be found on her blog, Dear Baby, which is Jordan's personal narrative of her experiences with pregnancy and becoming a new mother.

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  2. Taz says:

    my ped told me they’re all the same so it doesn’t matter if you switch it up. i have only used various enfamil and similac kinds, never any other brands. now that i’m reading this of course i’m second guessing if i should go organic and what makes that one kind the ‘best on the market’…

  3. Paula says:

    In the hospital, since I had no collostrum and my baby’s blood sugar was low, we had to give her formula and they gave us a choice of similac advance or enfamil. I chose to give her Similac, and continued to supplement with that as I was only able to make about 1-5 oz of breast milk a day.I was glad I chose Similac Advance Ready to feed because it comes in very convenient screw-cap bottles, not cans like Enfamil. I tried powdered Similac once and she threw it up, so we stayed on Ready To Feed. It’s so convenient, I love it and she has done very well on it.

  4. Fannie says:

    I choose Enfamil because that’s what I was used to giving my patients as samples in clinic. And then I switched to Costco’s generic brand of enfamil because it’s half the price! But really – it doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you mix it correctly!

  5. Anna says:

    I supplemented with Earth’s Best because I wanted to go organic, then when my son turned one I thought we should switch to “toddler” formula, and unable to find an organic brand I went to Similac. Within 48 hours we had the biggest scare! He stopped interacting, would just sit in his car seat and stare into space. It was like someone gave him prozac! I thought for sure we had poisoned him, so we stopped that after just 3 days and went back to Earth’s Best. Within about 36 hours he was back to his normal chatty, busy self, but I and my husband were on pins and needles for a week. I don’t know what was in that stuff but we won’t be switching from organic again!

  6. Talia says:

    When we switched to formula, it was a matter of what was cheapest. My baby didn’t seem to have a preference one way or the other, so we bounced around the different brands. Now, we’ve settled on Enfamil mostly because we usually have coupons, it dissolve well, and the packaging doesn’t leave me to get powder all over my countertop.

  7. Dany says:

    I searched forums for ages and picked the one that seemed to cause the least trouble. It was confirmed by our midwife who said that she’d never heard of anyone with any trouble with it. Then my friend who has had heaps of issues switched to that one as well and stayed on it. I felt very affirmed! The brand is Aptam*l, a Numico brand in the UK and Oz. If I was in the states I’d check out if Numico do a formula and get that one.

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