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Old 12-14-2011, 08:15 AM
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Formula Feeding Question

My first two kids would literally eat anything that got near their mouths (still do ) and the brand/type of formula I gave them made no difference whatsoever. This baby is almost 4 months old and has been a big ol' fussbucket and we can see a HUGE difference in his happiness/behavior on different kinds of formula.

The Magic Potion seems to be Enfamil Premium Newborn. He's happy all day, goes to sleep unassisted most of the time, poops well (sorry if TMI ), the whole nine yards. Second best is Enfamil Premium Infant but it's a definitive second. Any kind of Similac sends him into screaming fits that last for hours and hours.

Enfamil Premium Newborn says "Up to 3 Months" on it. I've compared the can of NB and Infant and they are nutritionally identical with the exception that NB has a bit more Vitamin D. I've been all over the internet trying to find out what the big difference is but I can't find anything.

So, my question is: do you think I can still give him the NB? I'll be visiting the ped at the end of the month so I can ask her, but I'll be making a 6 can purchase tonight and REALLY want to get the NB. It's Happy Juice. We love him on this stuff, but he'll be 4 months on the 28th. DH thinks I'm somehow poisoning him by going the last two weeks on NB .

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Old 12-14-2011, 08:26 AM

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My short & sweet answer: Whatever works for your baby is the right choice.

My not-so-short answer: Before having DD, I was the pregant lady who said constantly "I'll never formula feed, I'm going to breast feed for 12 months or more." "DD will never sleep on her tummy, we will only put her to sleep on her back." Well, guess what? My plans didn't work out the way I had planned. DD was breastfed for 4 months and then we transitioned to formula. She is happy, healthy, and perfect. She started sleeping on her tummy at around 3 months after many sleepless, torturous nights. Again, she is happy, healthy, and perfect. The moral of the story is that if your baby is happy then by all means continue feeding him the same formula. He won't magically stop growing if you continue feeding him "newborn" formula. It's likely a marketing ploy anyway. That was probably a longer answer that you were looking for! Congratulations your new baby boy.
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Old 12-14-2011, 08:58 AM

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IMO if you've checked the label info and that's the only thing different then it's probably ok. Did you google Vitamin D and newborns to see why they need more Vitamin D or if there's a reason not to overload on it after 3 months? I can't remember any of those things but there might be some info on it. ETA - forgot to say also that if he's that different on either formula then there actually must be a difference in them, right? Maybe the NB version is easier to digest? That alone would make me think it's best to keep him on it if he can't handle the other one and it affects his behavior.
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Old 12-14-2011, 03:58 PM

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Thanks, guys My initial thought was that it would be fine, I guess I just wanted to hear it from someone else

I did double check the Vitamin D and there is some cause for concern of overload, but he'd have to be eating more than he is just now so he gets a break for a handful of weeks more with the Happy Juice.
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Old 12-14-2011, 04:29 PM

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My son is about the same age he was born august 1st. I breastfeed. But the Dr gave me enfamil vitamin d drops I'm supposed to give him daily for as long as I breastfeed. There can't be too Much cause for concern over the vitamin d, since they don't know how much vitamin D I consume. Idk if this makes sense or helps any but its what came to my mind
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