Unless you aced Chemistry in high school, there is a good chance that all of the formula’s available to your baby might have baffled your brain, like they did mine. Once you get past the initial disappointment (for some) of not being able to breast feed – see “Boob’s Ahoy” one of my past posts – you quickly find that learning about baby formula takes you into a world of its’ own. Formula has obviously changed a lot over the years. Mom frequently reminds me of this whenever she sees my stockpile of formula. Yes, boobs are cheaper – but if you’re stuck like me with a lactose sensitive baby who hates breasts (shame) then you do the best you can do to find a healthy, affordable and safe formula.
Enter Similac. For us, it was expensive, small in quantity and the only formula the hospital had for our baby, as a supplement when he was hospitalized. We were new to formula and knew nothing about the brands available as I had not intended to use it.
Once we were out of the hospital, we kept purchasing that brand as it was the only one we knew. Slowly we noticed bad signs with our baby involving lactose sensitivity. Too much to post here – you can trust me when I say it was bad. So week after week we purchased the expensive formula. Soon it was becoming scary. Could we afford to do this? Was there anything better? Why is my son so miserable?
So I went online and did the most logical thing I could do. Research formulas – ALL of them. I had vitamins coming out of my ears by the time I was able to put together some logical thought. What worked for one parent, was horrible for another. Good review, great review, HORRIBLE REVIEW. Sigh. I didn’t think I would ever be able to make the right decision.
Until I found Costco. They have two infant formulas. One is for sensitive tummies (lactose free) and the other for normal tummies. Needless to say, we chose the sensitive formula and haven’t looked back! It is two times the quantity of other formulas at 2/3rds of the cost. Not to mention, it goes on sale. Normally it is $23.99 (in the GTA of Ontario). However every few months it goes for five dollars off. SCORE. I stock up like a crazy lady.
It works for my sensitive tummy baby and it has corrected 100% of his problems.
Read the reviews of the formula you choose with a grain of salt. The glorious thing about humans is we are all different, babies especially. You won’t know if it works until you try it.
Unless you are fortunate enough to not worry about finances, do your research and do not be afraid to try something new.
My son is growing healthy and most of all he is happy. Signs that “I” made the right decision.