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Great food for tricky tummies!
on September 5, 2013
When my son was born in July, I had every intention of breastfeeding for a full year. I wanted to be "that mom". You know the one: She breastfeeds, makes homemade baby food from veggies from the CSA, bakes the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies, and is wearing her pre-pregnancy clothes before leaving the hospital.
My experience with baby #2 can be summed up in 4 letters. FAIL. By week #6, the little man was screaming 12 hours a day. I visited the pediatrician and received a diagnosis of allergic colitis. He recommended an elimination diet along with some medication to clear things up. After speaking with a dietician four weeks after eliminating dairy from my diet, I quickly realized I could not eliminate all the foods necessary to do a true elimination diet and stay sane. With my tail between my legs, I gave Similac Total Comfort a try.
While making my first bottle, I felt like the worst mother in the world... until he drank it. It was immediate. No more high pitched screams over a 1 hour feeding. He took 4 oz., burped, and fell asleep - for 3 hours! I wasn't convinced. But day after day after day he continued to eat, poop, sleep and eat again. I'm no longer scared when he wakes up from his naps. We have not experienced any constipation, however we are using a probiotic as recommended by the pediatrician.
This is a partially hydrolyzed protein formula with a corn maltodextrin base. I don't want this review to be a forum for a corn fight, so make this decision on your own. Gerber's base is whey, not corn, so if this is your bag, Similac is not the product for you.
Not all formula works for all babies, so this might not be the one that addresses your child's issues - but it's worth a shot. Breastfeeding is best, but if you can't live on a diet of rice and carrots, this product might work for you. My cookies are still lousy, the weight is not all gone and I couldn't breastfeed the way I wanted to, but my baby is happy and growing strong. In the end, that's the only thing that matters!