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Infant Formula - suggestions

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Jul 13, 2017
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Infant Formula - suggestions

Hello, I am first time mom and expecting my first baby in October. I am planning to stock some formula and presidential choice's "Omega+ Formula, With Iron, Stage 1" or Kirkland baby formula. I have heard great reviews about both PC/ Kirkland formula for infants as compared to other big brands formula. We already received samples from Nestle.

If any one of you can please share their experiences about these products or comparison with other products to guide me better. :)

Thanks
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Nov 13, 2016
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My wife and I were discussing the same. We asked our doctor the difference between Enfamil and Parents Choice. Enfamil is twice the price of Parents Choice. When you look at the ingredients they are exactly the same. The doctor advised there are no quality differences between the two brands (when comparing the same product line). For some reason, I feel guilty buying Parents Choice and not Enfamil as if I am not buying the best formula for my baby, even though they are the same. Does higher price really equal to higher quality?
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We used Holle. Expensive, but after lots of research it was the one we were happy with
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We used Kirkland because it was reasonably priced, but we were lucky with our son because any of the ones we tried were fine with him (as we did the rounds and got all the various samples). At first we used Enfamil just because it's what the hospital used but we switch to Kirkland after doing some research into it and finding out it would be perfectly fine in comparison to other formulas.
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Whatever route you decide to go.... go with a concentrate over powder at least for the first 6 months.

we were advised this by many doctors / nurses at the NICU at credit valley hospital.
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This is probably the single best formula out there - https://www.vitacost.com/natures-one-ba ... -12-7-oz-2
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We started off with Similac concentrate, which was the first type introduced at the hospital and then switched to Nestle as a recommendation from the Pediatrician; after the 1st year.
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Thank you all for your great advices.
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you are so right about this perception that higher prices means higher quality.
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why waste $$$ on infant formula? there's free stuff call breast milk..
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yep..just in case I am not able to BF.
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We used enfamil only because she was given that in the hospital and we being first time parents wanted to stick with it.
A lot of other moms I know switched to kirkland with no issues at all.
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Just do the breastfeeding. My wife also had difficulty but the lactation consultant helped her in everything and took like 10 mins total. They're always in the hospital on weekdays.
Ask your nurse to help you with that when you're there.

We got samples from Similac and Enfamil (registered on their website). But not using it much cuz breastmilk is the best and that's what the baby likes.
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First - if you're going to formula feed, get used to a lot of judgement from people. Everyone likes to tell you to breastfeed. There are many reasons a baby is formula fed and it is no ones business, but people feel the need to make it their business. FED is best, regardless of how that baby is fed. There is SO much pressure to bf and it's important to do what is best for YOU and your baby.

I fed my first daughter Simulac for the first 6 months, then I moved to Kirkland. I preferred kirkland, and she liked it as well. I found with Simulac her poop was very 'grainy' and it just looked better with the kirkland. I just had my second in March and started her on Kirkland as soon as I got from the hospital. A lot of formula gets dumped when they are newborn..a lot. It's hard to watch very expensive formula go down the drain.

I wouldn't recommend stocking up on one particular brand or type...each baby is different and you may end up with a lot of formula you can't or won't use. The big brands all offer samples and the hospitals provide Simulac (at least where I am they do), sign up for everything and it you don't end up using it, the food banks will take it.

Congrats!
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thank you for your suggestions. How did you sterilize bottles? Did you use sterilizer or traditional boiling method?

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