Baby Formula Differences
There aren’t really any convincing studies that prove that one formula is better than another, so you kind of have to go by what the formula companies say about their ‘recipes’ and see what works for you.
Among the major brands of formula:
Enfamil Lipil is one of the latest formulas from Mead Johnson, which ‘has been dedicated to patterning infant formula after the nutritional composition of breast milk.’ It provides a ‘whey-to-casein ratio of 60:40. Just like breast milk’ and they claim that ‘no other formula is closer to breast milk than Enfamil LIPIL.’
Nestle Good Start Supreme contains 100% whey, partially hydrolyzed ‘comfort proteins’ that are supposed to be easier to digest. It is also supposed to have a faster gastric emptying time, which may help children with reflux, and promote soft stools, which may help infants who are constipated. Instead of creating a formula that is like breastmilk in composition, they seem to be trying to make a formula that behaves like breastmilk.
Similac Advance is made without palm olein oil, which they claim helps their formula promote increased calcium absorption and greater bone mineralization. Similac Advance also contains ‘special breast milk nutrients called nucleotides’ that are supposed ‘to help support the development of a baby’s immune system,’ however, even their website says that ‘whether this development provides immune protection like breast milk has not been shown.’ And all formulas contain nucleotides.
Store Brand Formula, like from Albertsons (Baby Basics), Target (Healthy Baby), and Wal-mart (Parent’s Choice), are made by Wyeth Nutrition and are based on the old SMA formula. They provide a ‘nutritionally complete, sensibly priced formula option’ for parents.