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... which formula is best?<br><br>
I have had double mastectomies, so obviously, without any breast tissue, I cannot produce milk. I am 22 weeks pregnant with my second son and am deeply sad that I won't be able to breastfeed him. My experience breastfeeding my first was wonderful (well, it was after struggling through back to back to back mastitis for 10 weeks!) and I felt like i was in such control of his nutrition-- I am vegetarian and ate organic foods the whole time I breastfed.<br><br>
Now that I will be bottle feeding, I'm finding very little information about healthy formula. Can anyone point me in the right direction?
 

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Alimentum, Nutramigen are hypoallergenic and easier on their tummies. The best I feel would be Neocate.
 

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Dr. Sears has the best info I've seen:<br><br><a href="http://www.askdrsears.com/html/0/T000100.asp" target="_blank">http://www.askdrsears.com/html/0/T000100.asp</a>
 

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You also might want to look into homemade formula based on raw milk.<br><br>
Also, if you've had breast reconstruction, you could still feed the baby at the breast with formula in an SNS.
 

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I had to formula feed my first for medication reasons. I would go with organic formula. I don't really think that making your own formula from raw milk is the safest route but that is just my opinion.
 

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I'm sorry you are feeling sad about not bfing. The Neocate is for infants with severe food allergies-- it's nasty tasting and should only be used with a doctor's prescription. Not to mention it's very very expensive. It's full of stuff like corn syrup solids and different oils. Neocate Jr has been amazing for my dd's severe allergies, but she's a special case. If at all possible try to stick close to nature. Organic sounds good.<br><br>
Is there any way you can get some breastmilk from friends in your community? Even for the baby's first couple of weeks, it would really help with the immune system. I have been studying about it in my Bio class-breastmilk is so amazing that even a little bit will set the baby up for lifetime benefits.<br><br>
I'm sure you already plan to, but just to encourage you-- you can bottlenurse your baby on demand skin to skin and make it very much like breastfeeding as far as the bonding goes. You can sleep with the baby next to you and feed through the night the same way. I really enjoyed doing that with my kids. My oldest never tried to hold bottles until like 17 months old because she thought they belonged to me, same as breasts. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> She would come to me for the cuddles and the feeding. It was really sweet.
 

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Moving this thread to Life With a Babe, because it will get more traffic and fits in a bit better. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">, rightonwoman. You sound like *such* a great and loving mama. Your kids are lucky to have you!
 

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If I had to use formula, I'd probably go with a hydrolysed whey protien one like *gulp* Nestle Goodstart. Because the protiens are broken down, they're easier to digest and less likely to cause a reaction.<br><br>
It is also worth noting that Nestle's formulas are not included in the Nestle boycott <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.
 

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I definitely wouldn't use a hypoallergenic formula unless I had to. Using a dome shaped nipple will help your baby get some of the jaw development benefits of the breast. There is a bottle out there made completely from silicone called the "Adiri breastbottle nurser" or something like that. It's shaped just like an actual breast <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">.<br><br>
And <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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A friend of mine uses a homemade formula made from raw goat milk and carrot juice... I think it's a recipe that chiropractors often recommend? I'm sure it'd be easy to find it. The formula her baby was on when she adopted her had corn syrup as the first ingredient. YUCK. She's gotten donor breastmilk and uses the homemade formula as well. Her baby is doing great on this combo. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> that's not an easy choice to make.<br><br>
if it were me, i would be looking for someone (perhaps of the MDC community?) that would be willing to share milk with my babe.<br><br>
if that doesn't work, I would likely look into homemade formula based on raw goats milk.<br><br>
but, i am not you and you'll have to make that choice for yourself.<br><br>
best of everything and may there be light on your path wherever you go. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Nestle Good Start is what we use in a pinch.<br><br>
I'm so sorry that you are having to make this decision. Best of luck!
 

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I have seen other mamas on MDC mention the Weston A. Price foundation web site which believes in homemade formula if you cannot breastfeed. I don't have an opinion either way, on the info provided on the web site (because I've only skimmed the info), but I'll provide you a link to the page with formula info so that you have information from all angles (and thus can make an informed decision). <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org/children/index.html#fd" target="_blank">http://www.westonaprice.org/children/index.html#fd</a><br><br>
And I wish you all the best mama! I second the recommendations of an SNS system (if you can) or bottle nursing and lots of skin to skin contact.
 

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Homemade formula would the last on my list of what formula I would use. I would use a milk based organic one, there are several to choose from now. We use a rx formula to supplement b/c of allergies and I wouldn't use it if I didn't have to. Yucky!
 

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We used parents choice ( yup from walmart) Nathan was a big reflux baby and believe it or not it stayed down as good as any. Just after he was off formula they also came out with a organic variety.<br><br>
Parents choice was originally called SMA formula it is what my mother used for my 38yr old brother and she said it was the "premium" formula then. It wa bought out and the name was changed to parents choice.<br><br>
A big plus was not only did it stay down ( as well as any did) but it was 1/2 the price. I was lazy and used the ready to feed and it was still affordable. According to my Ped all baby forumlas on the US market are approved by the FDA as having the necessary nutrional values.
 

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Just wanted to throw out the link for <a href="http://milkshare.birthingforlife.com/" target="_blank">Milkshare</a> in case you hadn't heard of that yet. You might be able to be matched with someone or multiple people in the area, or you only pay shipping for someone out of your area. I know people who donate here on a volunteer basis, and they all got bloodwork, etc. I don't know if prescription milk banks would be an option or not, but since you aren't medically able to breastfeed, it might be work checking? You might be able to contact La Leche League or a lactation consultant in your area and see just how much breastmilk you might be able to track down. They might also have input on the formula.<br><br>
Congratulations on your baby! And best of luck to you as you do all this challenging research!
 

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The best formula is the that your baby tolerates. I have to supp due to supply probs and we had to try 5 different formulas before we found one that didn't make him scream within minutes of eating it or constipate him. Good Start didn't work for him but Gentlease did.
 
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