Similac Lactose-Free

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Similac Lactose Free Is the Solution to Our Problems

Aug 23, 2000 (Updated Nov 16, 2003)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:stopped gas problems, easy to use, baby drinks it

Cons:not all stores carry it

The Bottom Line: For babies with fussy tummies, this is a product to try before resorting to soy-based formulas.


With all 3 of my kids, I wanted to breastfeed. My oldest daughter just refused to do it at all. She was put on Isomil, and we had problems with spitting up. I mean, she made The Exorcist look tame - even the dog got spit up on. When daughter #2 was born, I breastfed for about 3 weeks and gave up when she was so colicky that I thought I would go insane. She was on Enfamil which seemed to work out fine except she was a little gassy.

Now I have my son and the breastfeeding has been going pretty good. However, he is hungrier than what I can provide for, and it's nice to get a break from feeling like "Mommy-the-moo-cow" all day long. We had samples of Similac from the hospital so I tried those first. The gas problems cropped up immediately, and severe enough that it would awaken him out of a sound sleep. This would only happen after he'd had the bottle of formula in the late afternoon or early evening.

Since I didn't want to use a soy formula because of the spitting-up problems I had experienced, I tried the Similac Lactose-Free. It's worked perfectly! He hasn't had any more gas problems. Note that Similac Lactose-Free contains iron, so if for any reason your pediatrician has recommended a non-iron fortified formula, Similac Lactose-Free isn't an option.

We get the powder because it's cheaper (about $11 for the container) than the concentrate or the ready to feed, and because you have to use either of those up within 48 hours. Since I am still mostly breastfeeding, I would end up throwing out a good portion of unused formula.

INGREDIENTS: Water, corn syrup solids, sugar (sucrose), soy oil, milk protein isolate, coconut oil, less than 1% of: calcium phosphate tribasic, potassium citrate, potassium chloride, carrageenan, mono- and diglycerides, soy lecithin, sodium citrate, calcium phosphate dibasic, ascorbic acid, magnesium chloride, magnesium phosphate dibasic, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, choline bitartrate, calcium carbonate, taurine, m-inositol, alpha-tocopheryl acetate, zinc sulfate, l-carnitine, niacinamide, calcium pantothenate, cupric sulfate, thiamine chloride hydrochloride, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, phylloquinone, biotin, sodium selenate, vitamin D3, cyanocobalamin and nucleotides (adenosine 5'- monophosphate, cytidine 5'- monophosphate, disodium guanosine 5'- monophosphate, disodium uridine 5'- monophosphate).

NUTRITIONAL INFO: Protein - 2.14g, Fat - 5.40g, Carbohydrate - 10.7g, Linoleic Acid - 1300mg, Calcium - 84mg, Iron - 1.8mg

The above information is per 5 ounces of formula.


© 2000 Patti Aliventi


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