Knowing what I know now, for our next baby I am going to try and breastfeed longer. Formula is SO expensive, and breast milk is so much better for the baby.
I wanted to give a breakdown of my experience with formula so far:
- Similac - $25 for 23 oz. Camdyn was a little gassy with this, but overall she liked it.
- Enfamil - $24 for 23 oz. This is our favorite. No fussiness, no gas. She takes this very well and has only had a positive reaction to this. I discovered a second hand store that sells 23 oz for $15, brand new of course. GREAT deal.
- Parents Choice - $14 for 23 oz. I tried this before finding my discounted Enfamil. It said it was comparable to Similac, so I figured I'd give it a try to see if she liked it. She did NOT. It gave her horrible cramps and gas. She would eat it (I've come to the realization that she'll eat anything), but would cry for a long time afterwards in pain. Needless to say, after a few bottles I threw it out.
- Simply Right - $16 for 48 oz. Yup, that's right. This is half the price of the discounted Enfamil for double the amount. It's the Sam's Club brand of Enfamil, essentially. I compared ingredients and vitamins, and it looks exactly the same as Enfamil. I haven't tried this yet - but will definitely provide an update after a few days of her eating this. To me, it was worth the investment. If she loves it and reacts well to it, than I'm looking at hundreds of dollars being saved. If not? I'll take the loss and go back to Enfamil. No big deal.
Any moms out there have a favorite brand of formula? Please share your thoughts in the comments below! Would love to hear from you!