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Depends on situation: Some folks prefer the bovine protein as more human like & there is some question whether the soy lives up to its quality. That said, most kids would never have any appreciable difference in growth/development either way.The exception comes if a kid is intolerant to one. If so, the other product or a specialty formula like alumentum would be less likely to cause GI symptoms. ...Read more
More palateable: Either formula will work, however, there is an issue with palatability of the infant to tolerate the formula. Thus, its a matter of trying out the formula. Historically the soy based formula is more popular and also less expensive and readily available. Rice formula tends to be sold in certains stores. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: If you tolerate cow's milk, then enjoy it. Some folks are allergic and some folks are lactose intolerant. The anti-cow's milk militants tend to be militant vegetarians or animal-rights people, and there's little or no real science to support ordinary folks avoiding it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: Alimentum and nutramigen are the first two that are readily available that come to mind. They are a bit more expensive, but very easy to digest and no soy anything. They don't taste as good, so if the baby scoffs at eating them, can put one drop of vanilla in the entire bottle to flavor. ...Read more
Depends: Formula is not paperclips. There can be minor differences in the ingredients that babies gut may deal with differently.This can result in changes in digestive patterns, cramping,loose stools,constipation etc.while switching back and forth. That said, some kids won't notice any difference and will do well,(or poorly) on one or both. Best find one that works and stick with it. ...Read more
Positioning: What is the age of the child? If older than 3 months and if severe GERD I would consider adding rice cereal 1 tablespoon per 4 oz of the formula to thicken the feed. In a baby less than 2 months I would try positioning in a 45 degree position after feedings for an hr to see if it helps. Fomula switching will not improve GERD if that is the correct diagnosis. ...Read more
See a Specialist: This is a complicated question that cannot be well answered in only 400 characters. The problems with formula may be allergy or lactose intolerance or several other things. You should have the baby tested for soy and milk allergy and you may need to try several formulas before you find one that is well tolerated. Enfamil AR thickens in the stomach so it is less likely to reflux back up the esop ...Read more
Which milk is better for my 2yr old baby: Formula, Normal pasteurized Cow Milk or UHT Long Life Cow Milk?
Not really: Some people feel that they tolerate goats milk better than cows milk. However, if you are lactose intolerant, you will be intolerant to both cow and goat milk. If you are sensitive to the protein in cows milk, causing bloating, constipation, and cramping, you will likely have the same problem with goats milk. Goats milk does not provide better nutrition for humans than cows milk. ...Read more
Not specifically: This is an old myth that is perpetuated year to year. Iron given at therapeutic levels can cause constipation, but studies find no correlation with the level in formula. Infants may process one brand of formula slower or faster than another and any delay in emptying will lead to constipation. ...Read more
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