What's the best formula to choose for my baby?
Real Mom Problem
“I tried numerous formulas, just to find that each one I tried made my baby terribly constipated and gave him issues with excessive spit-up.”
- 1. Try a few brands before deciding on one formula
- 2. Watch how your baby reacts and adjust to low-iron or lactose-free formulas if necessary
- 3. Always discuss your formula choices with your baby's doctor
Real Mom Solutions
Choosing the "right" formula can be stressful, but these moms have been there. See what they have to say about the formulas that were best for them and their babies, and go from there.
Figure out What's Best for Your Baby
There is no best formula. You should try a few kinds/brands to see what your baby can tolerate. Some babies may need a soy-based formula, babies that have reflux may need a thicker formula, and premature babies may need a formula to help with weight gain and immune problems. Talk to your baby's doctor so he/she can give you the best advice depending on your baby's health needs.
There is no "Best" formula. Similac Sensitive works well for my son, while a store brand or Enfamil Genlease may work well for your baby if they have fussiness/gas issues. You just need to pay attention to your baby to see which formula they prefer. If your child has special dietary needs, you will most likely need to follow your pediatrician's recommendation. Also, pay attention to any formula recalls.
Finding the right formula will depend on many factors. Can your baby's stomach tolerate the milk in regular infant formulas? Does your baby have spit up or colic issues? Do you prefer to feed your baby an organic formula? Was your baby a preemie? All of these factors and more will determine the best formula for your baby.
Watch How Your Baby Reacts
Most moms start off with a milk based formula and there are many brands out there. My advice is to try one and see how your baby reacts. Our baby demonstrated symptoms of a milk-based allergy, so we switched him to a soy-based formula. Over time babies can develop sensitivities or allergies to ingredients which is natural over the course of babyhood.
I was told by my pediatrician that Similac has the highest iron content, which can cause that constipation. So If your baby gets constipated easily, switch to Enfamil, which has a much lower iron content.
Similac Sensitive is the best for most babies. My son is on special formula, SImilac PM 60/40, due to his iron sensitivity.
Try These Moms' Preferred Brands
I have always used Enfamil formulas. I have used Gentlease, Soy and the basic infant formula. All my kids are happy and healthy.
We went through many before figuring out my son needed soy. The Parents Choice Soy is the best for him.
Simply Right. You get it at Sam's Club. My pediatrician told me all formulas are the same, they all have to follow the same guidelines, so you might as well use the cheap one. So I did!
Similac Alimentum is what my son has used since he was a month old. He loves it.
Use whatever YOUR baby does well with. My first had Enfamil Premium, my second had Similac Advance, my third Similac Neosure, my nephew had Nestle Good Start, my friend's baby is on Similac Sensitive... all of them have done just fine.