All formulas are pretty much the same IMO. They are all cows milk with vitamins added and the cows milk probably changed to suit a baby's tummy. I have always thought of the hree main ones (Aptimil, C&G and SMA) as runny, medium and creamy respectively (if that makes sense!).
SMA seems to make babies constipated. I would try Aptimil or C&G personally. Or if you are bothered about organic, try the HIPP one.
As for bottles, my lo got on very well with the MAM anti-colic ones. Breastflow is a brand that aparantly mimic BF but my lo didn't get on with them at all. Its a bit of trial and error. do you have any friends who could lend you a bottle so you can try different types before you buy? You could end up with a cupboard full of bottles that your lo has rejected!
The advice is to sterilise til they are 1 and wash in hot soapy water beforehand. That's my plan but each to there own, I know some people stop sterilising earlier. You can sterilise the MAM bottles individually in the microwave, so no need for a steriliser.
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I would recommend the dr browns bottles. We tried a few different bottles before falling in love with the dr browns. They reduce his gas and he seems to not fuss through feeding nearly as much as he did with other bottles. As far as formula its a try, wait, and pray thing. We tried 4 different formulas before finding the right one for his tummy. We ended up on enfamil gentlease/similac sensitive or any generic form of the two. I would talk to his doc and see what they recommend as far as formula and advice on switching from breast milk to formula.
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