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Help with formula ::1st:: Time Mommy 1 child; Sumner, Washington 255 posts
7th Jun '13

My son is on Nutramigen. the formula that is aprox 28$ for a 12.7 oz can.... Each can makes about 87 fl oz and i go through 1 can every 2 days (open one monday am and a new one on wednesday am) DS is 6 mo on tuesday. am I cant get him to eat solids. we try 3 times a day. its a fight he will only eat them here or there. hes teething so i have boiled yams that are cubed and frozen that I put in the teething binkie and I give him that through out the day (at least its some solids and helps with his teeth) but I dont know if this is to much or to little.... every one seems so shocked i go thorugh aprox 15 cans a month. This month the ammount of formula i get from WIC goes down because they start giving him solids so now I will be spending aprox 224$ out of pocket a month on his formula. I dont know what to do anymore.

M walls 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7267 posts
7th Jun '13

Is there a genetic version you can buy?

We are 3♥ Due January 10; 1 child; Texas 1782 posts
status 7th Jun '13

He doesn't need to be on solids just because he's 6 months, and I think he's eating the right amount of formula, my similac cans wouldn't last more than 3 days, and you can elso buy the cheap brand formulas.

Jennybananna 2 kids; Gilbert, AZ, United States 25079 posts
7th Jun '13

Every kid is ready for solids at different points. Offer them but don't push it. Is there a generic formula you can buy? Start collecting enfamil coupons. At the end if the day there isnt much you can do other than buy the formula he needs. Solids are just in addition to his formula not replacing anything he takes in.

I'm His Amy He's My Rory 2 kids; Caldwell, Idaho 49254 posts
7th Jun '13

Unfortunately you're going to have to. You can't replace his nutrition from his formula with solids, and never force them.

3.24.10☀9.10.11☀12.12.14 Due December 12 (girl); 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Oregon 3483 posts
status 7th Jun '13

Definitely sign up for coupons! My DD was on the Similac version of Nutramigen for her milk protein allergy, and really does get quite expensive. We went through about 10 cans a month I believe, and that was with her being on a high calorie diet. We had to add extra formula per ounce of water.



You can also ask your son's Pediatrician if they have some sample cans they'd be willing to give you. Mine gave me a few because she knew how expensive it is.



Also, because of her allergies we waited til she was around 8 months to start solids, and only did a little. She needed the nutrients from her formula.

BunnyGirl19 Due December 13; 3 kids; 10 angel babies; Oregon 16715 posts
status 7th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting ::1st:: Time Mommy:</b>" My son is on Nutramigen. the formula that is aprox 28$ for a 12.7 oz can.... Each can makes about 87 ... [snip!] ... giving him solids so now I will be spending aprox 224$ out of pocket a month on his formula. I dont know what to do anymore."</blockquote>




That comes out to just under 44 oz of formula a day which is actually a lot of formula considering the range for age is 24-36 oz. But.........you can't just cut out his formula to replace with food instead and if he's not ready to eat it you can't force him.

twingals 2 kids; Ontario 600 posts
7th Jun '13
Quoting ::1st:: Time Mommy:" My son is on Nutramigen. the formula that is aprox 28$ for a 12.7 oz can.... Each can makes about 87 ... [snip!] ... giving him solids so now I will be spending aprox 224$ out of pocket a month on his formula. I dont know what to do anymore."

I hear ya... I have twins on it! It is friggin expensive. We use two cans a day!

mamaofarunner 1 child; Kansas City, Kansas 1671 posts
status 7th Jun '13

You could get parents choice from walmart,.

::1st:: Time Mommy 1 child; Sumner, Washington 255 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting mamaofacrawla:" You could get parents choice from walmart,. "

Nearest walmart is 45 min and they dont have a generic Nutramigen i looked made me sad... i would made that trip 1 a month and spent all my money on it if i could have

::1st:: Time Mommy 1 child; Sumner, Washington 255 posts
8th Jun '13
Quoting mamaofacrawla:" You could get parents choice from walmart,. "

Nearest walmart is 45 min and they dont have a generic Nutramigen i looked made me sad... i would made that trip 1 a month and spent all my money on it if i could have

Pinky Pie ♥ 2 kids; Kingston, ON, Canada 4058 posts
status 8th Jun '13

from what I read, Nutramigen, is a formula that is partially broken down so it`s easier for baby to digest and it`s also for babies with a cows milk protein allergy.



You could try the parents choice Sensitivity, it`s a lactose free formula. Or the Parents choice Tender cause it has 100$ broken down whey protein. If neither of them work for your baby, then I don`t think there could be an alternative.

M walls 4 kids; Keenesburg, Colorado 7267 posts
8th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Katie {S+S+Z= ♥}:</b>" from what I read, Nutramigen, is a formula that is partially broken down so it`s easier for baby to digest ... [snip!] ... it has 100$ broken down whey protein. If neither of them work for your baby, then I don`t think there could be an alternative. "</blockquote>



The walmart here has a formula chart that shows which formulas are the same. I'm not finding any generic ones & the similac is more expensive than enfameil here. Do you get food stamps, if you do you can buy formula with them

::1st:: Time Mommy 1 child; Sumner, Washington 255 posts
9th Jun '13
Quoting M walls:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Katie {S+S+Z= ♥}:</b>" from what I read, Nutramigen, is ... [snip!] ... ones & the similac is more expensive than enfameil here. Do you get food stamps, if you do you can buy formula with them"


I do. I spend 160$ of my 370$ on his formula. Its just hard because the Pedi is getting mad hes eating so much formula. the nurse said there may be a texture issues of why hes not wanting to eat solids and chokes on most of them. :/ we have a well child on Friday. so we may be getting a referal.