I'm planning on FF from the start and have started to look at the different brands so I can buy a starter kit for my hospital bag and buy our first tin for the cupboard. My sister FF her daughter using SMA Comfort (no issues) and when I asked her why she just said cos the brand has been around for ages. They all seem comparable in price and seem to "do" the same kind of thing ie. help with colic, easy to digest etc. I'm just curious as to what brand you use and why?
Unless you have specific medical needs, like a hypoallergenic one or something to deal with reflux, they really are all the same, despite their marketing attempts to convince you otherwise. Some will suit one baby better than others, but there is no way to know for sure what that will be until you try. I would pick one that you can afford (there is slight variation in price between brands) and that you can easily buy where you normally do your weekly shop and just see how it goes.
We used Cow & Gate. It's exactly the same as Aptamil (same ingredients and same manufacturer), but it's cheaper as it's branded slightly differently. We tried SMA when my daughter was in hospital under a great deal of duress as I was breastfeeding and really wanted BF support, but the midwives were really negative and just wanted us to FF. So that's what we started on and it was just such an awful experience (I mean dealing with the stress of the midwives trying to push us not to BF) that I just couldn't actually use SMA. It's perfectly fine, though can be more constipating than other brands, but I just hated it because I had such a negative experience with it. We also tried Hipp Organic, which is considerably more expensive than the others, because it's supposed to be more 'gentle' but it gave my daughter horrible reflux, projectile vomiting after every feed and screaming in pain. So we tried Cow & Gate and that was great, no more reflux, and no other issues, so that's what we used. Really just pick something and try it. You'll know soon enough if it works for you.
We chose Bebevita as it was the cheapest one at our local market. Our thought process was to try the least expensive first, and only if that didn't work well, to go on and try one of the more expensive brands.
It worked fine. Then around the 4th or 5th week, the midwife who came to visit to look at my c-sec scar and to weigh my son, made a casual suggestion that we try Bebevita's (more expensive) bio version. For no other reason than it being bio. We did, and our son immediately became sick. We returned to the cheap, normal Bebevita, and he was fine again. We continued with that without any issue until he turned one and started drinking real milk.
So yeah, more expensive, bio, etc isn't always better for every baby. And certainly not necessary.
We started with aptimil as that is what the hospital gave to top up until my milk came in. We changed to SMA as my husband works for the company that makes it. They all aeen the same to me! We switched with no impact on her at all x
We used cow and gate to begin with but it made him really constipated and just generally uncomfortable. The hv suggested we switch to sma. C&g is fish based where the sma is mushroom based. Sma still made him constipated but it was so much better. We ended up on sma comfort which has suited him amazingly. The sma has given him green poop but the hv did warn us that it was common on the sma 👍
I use hipp organic it's same price as cow and gate but meant to be more gentle so we tried that. It seems to be fine for my son and he's thriving. In all honesty I don't think there is much difference between them x
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