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Of course, if your baby was particularly gassy after using a specific brand of baby formula versus another, then that particular brand should probably be avoided. But if your baby is doing great, then mixing or switching between brands is probably okay to do. Short answer? Yes!

We know it can be nerve-wracking to switch or mix formula brands, but it’s totally safe to mix them as long as you’re following standard mixing instructions. You can mix two brands, or switch to a new brand. Make sure to pay attention to the ingredients in the formulas you’re mixing or switching between; for most milk-based formulas, the ingredients will be more or less the. Likewise, if your baby is on a pediatrician-recommended soy-based, iron-fortified formula, switching to a different brand of soy-based, iron-fortified formula won’t harm her.

But if your baby is on a special type of formula, such as a hydrolysate formula, or you’re considering switching formula types, check with your pediatrician first. You may be worried that switching formulas will upset your baby’s stomach, but. It’s safe to mix and match infant formulas if you are following standard mixing instructions.

Really. Although spitting up or gassiness is usually not due to the protein in formula (cow’s milk versus soy versus hypoallergenic), sometimes changing formula helps new babies. In such case, do not switch between different kinds once you have found one that works. It is even worth bringing your own formula brand and type to day care, to make sure your baby gets what actually works.

For babies with cow’s milk allergy or lactose intolerance, the type of formula should not be switched, obviously. So in conclusion, yes, you can mix formula brands without harming your baby as. Have you wondered if your baby can be fed different brands of formula, or, if you can switch from one formula to another? The answer is that you probably can, as long as you’re switching between the same sort of formula, that is milk-based to milk-based or soy-based to soy-based, and your pediatrician is aware that you are doing so. Each infant was observed during a four-day interval followed by a three-day transitional period when they were fed a different brand of formula or the control formula.

During the transition, caregivers either switched each infant to the new brand or to the control formula and documented tolerance variables, such as burping, gas and crying. It’s always important to consult with baby’s pediatrician when you feel that you need to switch baby’s formula. If an allergy or significant intolerance is suspected, soy formula is often bypassed for a partially hydrolyzed formula or occasionally a different form (concentrate versus powder versus ready-to-feed) or brand. Can I Switch Formula Brands? Switching baby formula is definitely okay if it is something your baby needs.

But if you aren’t sure, then it is probably best to stay with the current formula. Never switch formulas just because you have a free sample or other incentives that have nothing to. Infants who have milk protein allergy have to switch to either a soy formula or an elemental formula such as Nutramigen or Alimentum.

The elemental formulas contain milk proteins that have already been broken down into smaller amino acids, which then do not stimulate an allergic response in the baby.

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If your baby does well with one type and brand of infant formula, stick with it unless your baby’s doctor advises otherwise.

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from American Dietetic Association Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Revised and Updated 4th Edition
by Roberta Larson Duyff
HMH Books, 2012

formula is usually the least expensive of the three types available.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015

No one can determine which formula your baby will prefer, so don’t buy a huge supply of any one kind.

“Your Vegetarian Pregnancy: A Month-by-Month Guide to Health and Nutrition” by Holly Roberts
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by Holly Roberts
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Although there are some minor differences, most infant formulas are similar, regardless of which company produces the formula.

“Porth Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States” by Ruth A. Hannon, Charlotte Pooler, Carol Mattson Porth
from Porth Pathophysiology: Concepts of Altered Health States
by Ruth A. Hannon, Charlotte Pooler, Carol Mattson Porth
Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009

If you’ve decided on formula, your next decision is which one?

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
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Formula does tend to be more convenient, since feedings are required less often on a routine schedule.

“Field Guide to Appropriate Technology” by Barrett Hazeltine, Christopher Bull
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by Barrett Hazeltine, Christopher Bull
Elsevier Science, 2003

You can ask your pediatrician for a recommendation, but he may very well tell you that all formulas are the same and you should choose what’s most convenient for you.

“Your Baby's First Year For Dummies” by James Gaylord, Michelle Hagen
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by James Gaylord, Michelle Hagen
Wiley, 2011

It is not necessary for the mother to stick to one brand, and if she finds that one formula milk does not suit her baby she can try an alternative brand.

“Myles' Textbook for Midwives E-Book” by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
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by Jayne E. Marshall, Maureen D. Raynor
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2020

Second, mothers in these areas often cannot afford to continue buying formula.

“Managing Business Ethics” by Linda K. Trevino, Katherine A. Nelson
from Managing Business Ethics
by Linda K. Trevino, Katherine A. Nelson
John Wiley & Sons, 2010

Powdered formula is the least expensive ofthe three types available.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
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  • Im feeding my daughter with Hipp milk but she’s not gaining proper weight? She’s almost four month old and is 5kg? I’m thinking of switching farmula?

  • Dr. Young how would you recommend switching new formulas when you are supplementing? What ratio of breast milk would be ideal while mixing formulas or would you breast feed first then supplement with the mixed formula after?

  • Hi! I’ve been breastfeeding for 6 months. every once in a while I’ll give her a bottle of enfamil since my wic program it to gave us. She barely goes through half of a can a month. I still plan on breastfeeding until she is 1 but I also want to add in more formula so it’s easier on us when we aren’t home. My problem is that I want to give her a better option instead of the enfamil. Do you have an recommendations? I am not able to pump extra milk. I’m only able to produce enough for her to eat, which is the reason I want to add formula.

  • Thank you!!! My supply has went down substantially since i started working. My son doesn’t take formula at all but this is giving me hope.

  • Hi I hope you can help me, My baby is 1year 14days I change her milk formula and her reaction she became cinstipated after changing her milk… I didn’t know how what kind of milk that I will give to her. What to do.

  • My pediatrician wants me to put my 10-day old on soy. I’ve been reading about it, and not feeling up to it. Since she isn’t sure what’s wrong, and she doesn’t have an allergy that we know of so far. She has been constipated, having hard poop, and not going as much. I’m breastfeeding and supplementing with Enfamil Neuropro, right now I’m trying the Gentlease to see if that helps. But I really don’t want to put her on soy, unless it’s really a necessity. I rather try something else before we go to soy, hopefully, my breastmilk comes in more soon so I can just stop formula altogether.

  • My son was on Gentlease and switch to Alimentum then Elecare then now back to Alimentum. No pediatrician or GI Doctor told me that it will take some time to get used to or baby will have reactions to change. I thought no formula was good for my son because I always switch cold turkey. It has been two days since I switch back to Alimentum, is it too late to slow transition or there is no point on even trying anymore?

  • I really appreciate your videos Dr. Young, SO helpful. My 6 month old baby has been on Earth’s Best Sensitivity(the purple can) for about 4 months or so and has been doing great until about 2 weeks ago when she started developing what looks like eczema. How likely is it that it’s due to the formula considering she’s been on it with no issues for so long?
    Her Dr. Suggested we try similac alimentum since she thought her break out was due to cows milk protein allergy. She did not like that at all lol. So instead, we tried a generic brand that is comparable to gerber start gentle, which she seems to like. I figured if she wouldn’t take the extensively hydrolyzed, the next best thing would be at least partially hydrolyzed. Anywho, it seems as though I have done things backwards, giving her an intact protein pretty much since birth, to now introducing a partially hydrolyzed protein at 6 months? Just trying to make sure I’m not going to mess up her gut or anything lol so sorry for such a long comment. First time mom ��

  • Question, so My baby is allergic to cow’s milk so basically every formula out there he could not drink. He was prescribed EleCare Amino acid formula and did great but now he is 1 year old and all the other dairy free milk don’t have enough fat or protein & I’m not sure about soy If it has hidden lactose in the formula can like the other ones that said hypoallergenic ��if I was to switch to soy milk or a formula of soy would that be OK?Because he is one year old the insurance isn’t covering EleCare �� It is just so expensive (55$ a can) & he’s older now… but the allergy is pretty severe. And Would i need to Substitute for any vitamins If I gave him soy from a carton? (He is 1yr)

  • I just purchase the enfamil prosobee. My dr hates similac due to the weak DHA.. I was also thinking of trying the enfamil sensitive. I’m a first time mom. This is so hard. I haven’t slept in over a week cause my princess stays up for hours straining. She doesn’t poop regularly either. She’ll poop every 2-3 days (sometimes). She’s 2 1/2 months.. my dr also gave me probiotics to ease her discomfort

  • My daughter is 7 months 1 week I’ve Strictly breastfed until now and need to supplement. I used honest company premium and she’s having blow outs after feds. Is this bc she can’t handle the lactose? Should I switch to honest brand sensitive or another brand entirely

  • Can i do this with my newborn? I just want to do it at night since my milk flow is very low and my baby is never satisfied, I still want to breastfeed during the day, but do formula during night that way hubby can help as well, my baby was born on July 4th by the way, hope I can hear from you, thanks for this video.

  • I switched formula cold turkey not realizing I should ease my baby into a new brand. I’ve noticed he has been grunting and seems to be having a hard time passing gas or irritated so doing it. I do primarily breastfeed but need to supplement since I don’t produce enough to keep him full. It’s been about a week and I think the new formula may be the cause. Baby is 5 weeks old, switched from Enfamil gentlease to Similac pure bliss primarily to avoid corn syrup. Small town gal so plum organic etc are not readily available. Help!

  • My baby was diagnosed with Hirschsprung’s disease shortly after birth while he was in NICU and had surgery for it at his 3rd week. He has been hospitalized 3 times after for enterocolitis due to not pooping, now I am irrigating him every at home until he is pooping normal or otherwise instructed by his surgeon. However, I found he couldn’t keep down any of the formulas from most brands except soy and breast milk. I am deciding between Gerber and Similac can you help with a wise choice given his health history

  • We have really been liking the gentlease formula but I realized how much corn syrup is in it and was wondering if you think the inspire would be a good option. We were on gentlease due to lots of gas, spit up and a grumpy premie (who was on breastmilk/ the enfimil for premature babies) since switching we haven’t noticed any difference on the spit up and not sure if the gas was helped by the new formula or the new bottle. baby is now 3 months old.

  • How to properly mix powered infant mix?
    We tried to changed from ready mix similac pro advance to the same brand just the powered version of it seems like we throw away a lot of the ready mix formula and also the cost. We found that it constipated the �� was told we should use a blender to mix up the powered version?
    Any suggestions or advice

  • My husband was fed soy formula 30 years ago, his mom said it was from “constant spit up”. Hes fine but I wonder if he truly had milk issues or maybe a tongue tie…��