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Old 11-08-2006, 07:11 PM   #1
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Formula question

There is an upcoming time in our lives when I will be unable to breastfeed for about a week. I've no longer been able to pump (yes, Ive tried everything) so all I have is about 6oz. of frozen breastmilk to use.

My hubby and I decided to use formula that week until I can start back breastfeeding again. But, I have a question.

My daughter knows the difference between my milk and formula. The Doc recommended one kind to us, but it tastes AWEFUL! It's very metallic, or iron tasting. She gets one drop on her tongue and gags. Terrible! Its Similac Lipid Support (or something like that).

For those of you that use formula, do you know of any brand that tastes more mild, or not as metallic? A type that maybe tastes more similar to actual milk?

Thanks in advance for whatever suggestions you have.

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Old 11-08-2006, 07:16 PM   #2
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I have no formula help. But my first thought is maybe you can get donated BM if you're comfortable with that. GL mama
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:22 PM   #3
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None of them taste good IMO. I can't bf unfortunatley so I at first had my DD on Carnation Good Start and now she is on Similac Advance (because we're on WIC) and personally they both taste horrible. But I think Carnation tasted a bit sweeter
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:26 PM   #4
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do you know if your dd has any dairy sensitivitys, because any formula you try could be worthless if she reacts. we used similac lactose free on ds at one point (for one feeding)
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:24 PM   #5
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Jackson's on Good Start withOUT DHA & ARA because it really irritates his tummy. No idea on the taste, lol, I'm not that brave.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:27 PM   #6
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Re: Formula question

The carnation is supposed to be most like breast milk and when mixed it is much thinner than other formulas. Being a fostermom, I have used most of the different formulas available. The one I am most pleased with the the enfamil gentle ease, it's protiens are easier on tummys, it is milk based so if she has any milk problems, then go with soy or lacto free. IMO, the more you go from the milk the worst the formula tastes/smells-there are a few that make me gag when I mix them! I might have a can of the carnation version of the gentle ease that I got from WIC but wouldn't use b/c the fosterbaby needed gentle ease so I just bought it and never got around to taking the can they gave me to try, not sure how much to ship, it might be cheaper to buy it cuz it was only like $6.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:28 PM   #7
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It sounds like your dd is on Similac Alimentum. It is man made for babies with protein sensitivity. If your doctor recommended it, there would be a reason she needs it. You could try the Enfamil Nutrimenium (sp) it's for the protein sensitivity but may taste better. If your dc is on regular formula Similac adds the most table sugar so it has the sweetest taste.
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Old 11-08-2006, 08:35 PM   #8
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Well I wasn't able to BF for a couple weeks due to a severe infection when DS was just a couple weeks old & I has a staph, strep & pseudomonus or something like that... anyway, we tried Similac Advance & he couldn't take that, then Similac Lactose Free & he couldn't take that & the only thing he would take was Similac Alimentum & IMHO it tasted the worst out of the 3 (I thing it tastes the closest to vomit to anything I've ever smelled/tasted to be quite honest). Anyway, he really doesn't BF anymore at 10 mos now b/c my seizure meds were upped through the roof & he started really reacting to the dose so I just thought it best to go back wean & this is all in the past few days... well, this again is only thing he will take... so that's the only formula that I can, with any confidence, recommend.

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Re: Formula question

I know you can also make your own with goats milk.....have you considered that? Do you have a plan of some sort in terms of keeping your supply up? Not trying to be nosy, just wanting to offer suggestions if needed
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Re: Formula question

I had problems with pumping too. Meanwhile my sister could have supplied an orphanage with what she produced.

What we did with DD was I gave her one ounce a day, every day for about a month. Babies are "supposed" to reject new flavors upto 15-30 times as a self preservation way to protect themselves against poisions. One day we were out, and I was in 9 thousand layers (so it was hard to get to the breast) and she was hungry and she took four ounces! I am not sure the CVS had ever seen a woman jump up and down because a baby took formula.

DD was sensitive to dairy so she needed soy. She would NOT take similac, only enfamil. Who knows. I have a girlfriend who is a ped and she says that she has seen lots of babies who prefer a certain brand. Just keep trying until you find one that works.

Just make sure you have your pump with you when you travel. I forgot mine one afternoon. Ouch!

Good luck!
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