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16/10/2014 at 09:18
For those who FF their babies, what Formula do you use? I cant help feeling they are probably all the same, so why is there such a price difference in some of them?
I plan to FF bubbles from birth, I will be getting some of those ready made cartons / bottles but not sure which brand to go for.
My cousin has a Costco Card so she's said she'll come with me to buy some in bulk, but I don't want to get the wrong thing.
Any recommendations? Or should I get a few different brands and see what works for bubbles?
16/10/2014 at 09:25
I went with Cow and Gate for no apparent reason. No issues with it at all. My sister used SMA but J is really constipated (he is 5 weeks old) and she was told to move to Cow and Gate as it contains probiotics. Not sure how true this is but it has sorted him right out.
I think formula is just a personal preference. Most shops sell all brands. Aldi only sells SMA which is why my sister started on it (closest supermarket to her)
Isn't one of them more expensive than the others too? Might be Aptamil.
16/10/2014 at 09:41
It's really personal preference I'm afraid. My sister had a baby a month before I did and she had tried BF in hospital, but changed to formula (she was in a couple of days after a CS). Her hospital had ready made SMA & Cow & Gate and they just gave her the SMA, which she used for a while. She changed to hungry baby milk after a couple of weeks and her HV had advised her that Aptamil was good for the hungry baby version.
When it came to my turn, I'd planned on giving BF a go, but didn't like it, so the minute I got out of hospital (I had told them I was happy BF so they'd let me go!) I asked my sister to pick me up whatever she was using, which was Aptamil (although I got the first milk). My HV since told me that it was the closest to breast milk, but I'm not sure how much truth there is in that. It's £2 more expensive though!
16/10/2014 at 09:42
I used aptamil, only because its the brand most of my friends used and it's meant to be easier on their tummy. I did discover though that aptamil and cow and gate are the same company so wasn't sure their milk can be much different (other than price) but didnt want to swap milk then as he was doing well on aptamil
16/10/2014 at 09:48
We started with SMA because of the little pack we took to hospital in case baby didn't feed. I liked the dinky bottles. We started mix feeding early on (2 weeks) and she didn't have a problem with SMA and so we stuck with it and won't be changing her now (6 months) she'll just stick with the same one. My sister had a grumpy boy twin on C&G and now swears by Aptamil.
16/10/2014 at 09:55
Ok, thanks everyone. I might get a couple of different ones to begin with, see how he goes on them and go from there. Or I might just chose one and stick with that!
16/10/2014 at 10:17
We used SMA (because they were the first ones we saw in the little bottles to take to hospital). We had no problems with it but then switched to Hipp which seemed a lot less greasy than SMA., although it can be harder to find which can be a bit of a pain. We did also try aptimil but it turned S's poos totally liquid and it would spill out of her nappy and go everywhere!! Nobody else seems to have that problem though!
16/10/2014 at 10:19
I would pick one but don't buy loads at first. Try it for a while and then change if it isn't working :-)
16/10/2014 at 10:36
Agree with LP. Just pick one (I don't think there's a huge amount of difference TBH) but only change if you feel it's not working. I think most babies are happy with whatever they're given to start with.
16/10/2014 at 10:38
I think I'll get the Cow and Gate ready made ones for the hospital and go from there. Thanks everyone.
16/10/2014 at 10:51
I used SMA with both of my boys. Why? It was the brand I was most familiar with.
Never had any problems with it, so stuck with it.
16/10/2014 at 10:54
Yea perhaps I just go with whatever. I wonder why aptamil is so much more expensive though!?
16/10/2014 at 11:52
I tried a whole variety of formulas before bfing was established. I used SMA which I will never touch again, then aptimal which was ok but the best was Hipp Organic which I'd use again. Just buy one brand and see how you go.
16/10/2014 at 12:07
I used SMA with both girls, the only reason being I was offered a choice in
Hospital and it was the first one which came to mind. We never had any problems so stuck with it. It's gone up in price by about £3 a tub since we first started using it!
16/10/2014 at 13:08
We used aptamil as I BF until 6 months and I heard it was the closest to breast milk so thought it would make the transition easier. Good idea to start with one and see how bubba gets on and go from there :-)
16/10/2014 at 13:13
Apparently it's BS about aptamil being closer to breast milk. Formula is closely regulated so the ingredients all have to be very similar if not the same. Saying that when we started using formula we did buy aptamil but for no apparent reason, I'd just heard of it! I think any is fine, so long as your LO gets on with it (i.e. doesn't have stomach upsets / colic / reflux)
16/10/2014 at 15:17
It's a myth that Aptamil is closer to breast milk as it's made by the same company as C&G, it's just an advertising ploy. We use Hipp as it seems to suit the boys better, and it's cheaper.
16/10/2014 at 15:30
LLL does the fact the powder can fall down the side of the packet drive you nuts?! Random I know but it annoys me!
16/10/2014 at 15:39
TP, yes! It took me ages to get used to going from SMA to Hipp. It ended up all over the kitchen counters! We ended up steralising a plastic tub and putting the powder into it, much easier!
16/10/2014 at 16:04
Yes! I end up with it on the counter too.
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