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Question about formula... mrsbmorgan 2 kids; Euharlee, GA, United States 697 posts
29th Jul '13

I used similac sensitive when my daughter was born, I'm planning to fully or most of the time breast feed this baby but want to have formula on hand.. What formula do you guys recommend to start her on?

user banned (boy); 2 kids; Fucking, Austria 36337 posts
29th Jul '13

If you really want to breastfeed don't get any at all.

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
29th Jul '13

Most hospitals carry Similac Advance because it's supposed to be the closest to natural breastmilk, so I'd try that at first and if it's too harsh on baby's belly you just gotta switch it up until you find what suits him/her. I started DD on Similac Advance and it works fine for her.

~The Lunar Flower~ 2 kids; Alabama 6748 posts
29th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Raising Sonshines:</b>" If you really want to breastfeed don't get any at all."</blockquote>



This:!: If you are planning to breastfeed then formula isn't needed at all. Supplementing is one of the main causes of problems while breastfeeding because you aren't feeding on demand so your supply isn't enough when using formula.

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
29th Jul '13

Not all women can breastfeed and not all women want to EBF, she may find that it's just not for her, so I think having a can of formula on hand in case she can't or just chooses not to is smart.

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
29th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Most hospitals carry Similac Advance because it's supposed to be the closest to natural breastmilk, so ... [snip!] ... belly you just gotta switch it up until you find what suits him/her. I started DD on Similac Advance and it works fine for her."</blockquote>




Who said that?




I wouldn't have any on hand. We use organic formula because it does seem to be closest in flavor and consistency

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
29th Jul '13
Quoting I Stab People:" <blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Most hospitals carry Similac Advance because it's ... [snip!] ... said that? I wouldn't have any on hand. We use organic formula because it does seem to be closest in flavor and consistency"


Who said what..? That it's closest to natural breastmilk..? That's what I was told in the hospital, I assumed that's why most hospitals carry that kind, and it says it on the Similac Advance cans, sooo I figured it was true..? I haven't run any tests to figure it out myself, though. :lol:

lunch lady 2 kids; Tennessee 2123 posts
29th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Not all women can breastfeed and not all women want to EBF, she may find that it's just not for her, so I think having a can of formula on hand in case she can't or just chooses not to is smart."</blockquote>



I agree. It doesn't hurt to have some on hand in case of emergency. I tried very hard to bf and all of a sudden absolutely nothing would come out. I pumped for 30 minutes and got about a tsp.

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
29th Jul '13
Quoting lunch lady:" <blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Not all women can breastfeed and not all women want ... [snip!] ... I tried very hard to bf and all of a sudden absolutely nothing would come out. I pumped for 30 minutes and got about a tsp."


I pump and my supply has seriously been drying out. I tried eating oatmeal every day and I took two Fenugreek pills three times a day for quite some time and it didn't do anything.. I was actually making less that what I'd normally make. Last night I pumped at the same time I always pump and I couldn't even get an ounce (and DD drink at least four ounces during each feeding) when normally I can get at least three. Some women (like my SIL) just can't breastfeed.. something with her ducts, I'm not sure why exactly she can't breastfeed but it's just physically impossible, nothing comes out.



If OP didn't BF her first child, for all she knows she might not be able to breastfeed (although I hope that's not the case since she wants to BF). She might just find that it's not for her. Not all women enjoy breastfeeding and some just choose not to do it.

mrsbmorgan 2 kids; Euharlee, GA, United States 697 posts
29th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Not all women can breastfeed and not all women want to EBF, she may find that it's just not for her, so I think having a can of formula on hand in case she can't or just chooses not to is smart."</blockquote>



This! Because I had a very difficult time with my daughter

Isabel Leigh's Mommy 17 kids; Scott, Louisiana 138 posts
29th Jul '13

Not all women can breastfeed. It is smart to have some formula on hand just in case. Just hold onto your receipt and if you don't use it, you can return it. I wanted to EBF but due to certain circumstances I wasn't able too. My DD was put on enfamil newborn in the hospital. Thankfully she doesn't have a sensitive tummy, so it worked just fine for her.

LayLu (girl); 17 kids; Virginia 4007 posts
29th Jul '13
Quoting Isabel Leigh's Mommy:" Not all women can breastfeed. It is smart to have some formula on hand just in case. Just hold onto your ... [snip!] ... DD was put on enfamil newborn in the hospital. Thankfully she doesn't have a sensitive tummy, so it worked just fine for her. "


Most places have a no-return policy for formula, but if you're part of a mom group on FB or a trash and treasure page, someone might buy it back on there.

lunch lady 2 kids; Tennessee 2123 posts
29th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" I pump and my supply has seriously been drying out. I tried eating oatmeal every day and I took two ... [snip!] ... wants to BF). She might just find that it's not for her. Not all women enjoy breastfeeding and some just choose not to do it."</blockquote>



I had to quit the night we came home from the hospital. I had surgery to remove some tumors so I'm guessing the ducts were damaged :/

Isabel Leigh's Mommy 17 kids; Scott, Louisiana 138 posts
29th Jul '13

I have successfully returned formula to Wal-mart and Target WITH a receipt. They will NOT take it without a receipt. I am sure every store has their on policies but these two major retailers will accept returns with receipts.

I Stab People 3 kids; Zambia 6604 posts
29th Jul '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting LayLu:</b>" Who said what..? That it's closest to natural breastmilk..? That's what I was told in the hospital, ... [snip!] ... it on the Similac Advance cans, sooo I figured it was true..? I haven't run any tests to figure it out myself, though. :lol:"</blockquote>




That's not true at all. Hospitals get kick backs from the formula companies. All formulas are created equal, it just depends what your kiddos stomach agrees with, breast milk is the gentlest on stomachs. No brand is better than the other.