Pros: Soy Based, Lactose & Milk Free, No Table Sugar, Easy To Find
When my youngest daughter was a mere 8 days old she began suffering from severe diarrhea. At the time she was diagnosed as having a virus. When the diarrhea persisted her pediatrician recommended we try a soy formula. We have since found out that she had neither a gastrointestinal virus or the protein allergy she was later diagnosed with. Much to our shock and dismay she was actually suffering from salmonella. Through the last three months we have tried nearly every formula on the market. We used two soy formulas; Similac Isomil and Enfamil ProSobee.
Enfamil ProSobee comes in several formula forms. We purchased the 1 QT/946 mL ready to feed cans at our local Wal-Mart for $4.77. The 14.3 OZ and 28.5 OZ cans of powder are available as well as the 13 FL OZ concentrated liquid cans. The smaller can of powder runs for about $12.83 while the larger can runs about $22.87. The concentrated cans run for about $3.00 each. Enfamil ProSobee can be found at discount stores such as Wal-Mart, Target and K-Mart as well as grocery stores and drug stores, varying in price. Expect to pay more at grocery and drug stores.
Enfamil ProSobee uses corn syrup solids instead of lactose as its carbohydrate source and uses soy protein instead of milk protein making this an iron fortified formula that is milk and lactose free. Enfamil ProSobee can be beneficial to babies with common feeding problems such as gas, spit up and fussiness. Babies who have a lactose intolerance can benefit from this formula as well. Enfamil ProSobee contains no table sugars.
Enfamil ProSobee has a four oil fat blend and fatty acid profile that was designed to mimic breast milk.
Enfamil color codes each variety of formula to make identifying each easier. Enfamil ProSobee is color coded in light blue. As I mentioned earlier, Enfamil ProSobee is available in ready to feed, powder and concentrated liquid forms.
What Enfamil Has To Say
" Like all of the members of the Enfamil Family of Formulas, ProSobee is nutritionally balanced and complete and it is an appropriate alternative to breast milk for baby's first full year."
Water, Corn Syrup Solids, Vegetable Oil, (Palm Olein, Soy, Coconut and High Oleic Sunflower Oils), Soy Protein Isolate, Less Than 1% Soy Lecithin, Mono - and Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin K1, Thiamin Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6 Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Niacinamide, Folic Acid, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Ascorbate, Choline Chloride, Inositol, Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Phosphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Cupric Sulfate, Sodium Iodide, Sodium Chloride, Potassium Citrate, Potassium Hydroxide, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selente, L-Methionine, Taurine, L-Carnitine
Protein - 2.5g, Fat - 5.3g, Carbohydrate - 10.6g, Water - 134g, Linoleic Acid - 860mg
Vitamin A - 300IU, Vitamin D - 60IU, Vitamin E - 2IU, Vitamin K - 8IU, Vitamin B1 - 80, Vitamin B2 - 90, Vitamin B6 - 60, Vitamin B12 - 0.3, Niacin - 1000, Folic Acid - 16, Pantothenic Acid - 500, Biotin - 3, Vitamin C - 12mg, Choline - 12mg, Inositol - 6mg
Calcium - 105mg, Phosphorus - 83mg, Magnesium - 11mg, Iron - 1.8mg, Zinc - 1.2mg, Manganese - 25, Copper - 75, Iodine - 15, Selenium - 2.8, Sodium - 36mg, Potassium - 120mg, Chloride - 80mg
Since we used the ready to feed version of Enfamil ProSobee there was no mixing necessary on our part. The powder form mixes just like other powdered formulas:
2 OZ water - 1 scoop
4 OZ water - 2 scoops
6 OZ water - 3 scoops
8 OZ water - 4 scoops
The concentrated liquid cans require water and you simply mix equal parts water to equal parts formula.
Once prepared, formula should be used immediately or refrigerated. Use refrigerated formula within 48 hours. The cans of powder should be used within a one month period.
Our daughter actually did okay on soy based formulas. However, she was switched because of the persistent diarrhea. Unfortunately, we as well as our former pediatrician, were clueless as to what was really going on. Had we caught the salmonella in time, the problems may have never occurred.
We were originally using Similac Isomil, but when I sent my husband to the store for more formula he came home with Enfamil ProSobee. How he got the two confused is beyond me! See, that's why they color code the things...now if only I could get him to pay attention!
Enfamil ProSobee is pretty much like other iron fortified formulas in that it's mixed the same, and has the same benefits of iron. However, since it isn't milk based it's gentler on a baby's tummy. I did note that the smell of this formula is much stronger than other iron fortified formulas we have used. The color is also darker. When mixed, Enfamil ProSobee actually has less bubbles, meaning less gas for baby!
We loved the ready to feed variety of Enfamil ProSobee. It was a cinch to prepare, just pour and serve! Despite the strong smell, my daughter didn't balk at the taste.
This was a good formula and one that my daughter was actually able to keep down. Had the diarrhea not persisted, we most likely wouldn't have switched. We noticed less spit up and gas when using Enfamil ProSobee.
I would definitely recommend Enfamil ProSobee. This is an excellent soy based formula for babies with common feeding problems and even lactose intolerance.