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Potentially dumb hospital question

So if we are going to formula feed right away, what kind of formula does the hospital feed baby? Do they offer organic options? If we are specific, do we bring the formula with us?
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Chris & Christy ~ 05.25.07


TTC#1 ~ 2009|MFI/PCOS

Embolization of Vericoceles ~ April 2011

BFP - June 2011

Re: Potentially dumb hospital question

  • Our hospital offered Enfamil. And I am not sure about organic options if I had to guess I'd say no.
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  • My hospital asked what we wanted to feed her, they had a range of options. I chose Enfamil (I can't remember why) cos I had zero of anything coming out of my boobs until about day 4. The Enfamil was Newborn, I think the Similac was the standard one - they also had Soy if you were a vegan family (or history of lactose intolerance). I think that was it? I'd say if you want organic or something specific then you are fine to take it with you, but I'd check the hospital policies first :-)
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  • Put this on your list of questions for your hospital tour.  Also, write out your wishes clearly in a birth plan and bring multiple copies.  We had several special requests and typed them out and the nurses working with us were great at helping us out.  Having it written out made it easier for them to spread to word at shift changes.  We didn't make our birth plan super long, simply had 6 bullet points.
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  • Awesome! Thank you ladies.
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    Chris & Christy ~ 05.25.07


    TTC#1 ~ 2009|MFI/PCOS

    Embolization of Vericoceles ~ April 2011

    BFP - June 2011
  • My hospital asked and I picked enfamil. If I was on WIC they would have given me Good start. They didn't give me all their options but I'm sure they had Similac too.
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  • They gave us Enfamil, but when I was in the nursery watching while M got a bath I saw they had a shelf with all kinds of formula. I'm not certain that they would have Organic though. I would ask when you do the walk through.
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  • We went right to breast but as I flipped out thinking she wasn't getting enough from me the nurse sent us home with similac formula to supplement at night. They never asked if I had a preference but we wanted only breast and told the nurses no pacifiers either. The formula the gave me were in little two oz bottles. We used 2 in a pinch on our first few nights home.
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  • My hospital has Similac and Enfamil that we offer. We also have Similac organic, but don't give it out unless it is requested.
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  • imageracheleo:
    My hospital has Similac and Enfamil that we offer. We also have Similac organic, but don't give it out unless it is requested.


    oh awesome! So we'll probably just have to ask at the walk through
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    Chris & Christy ~ 05.25.07


    TTC#1 ~ 2009|MFI/PCOS

    Embolization of Vericoceles ~ April 2011

    BFP - June 2011
  • I bf, but the hospital gave us a ton of enfamil.
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  • I would ask the hospital what they offer as each place is different. If there is a particular brand that you want, they may not offer it, so you may have to bring your own.

    The hospital I delivered at is a baby friendly hospital, so they actually really push breastfeeding. If that's not your plan, I would make sure that you include it as part of your birth plan as I think more and more hospitals are getting on board with encouraging breastfeeding from the very beginning. I had a friend who delivered at the same hospital as me and she put it in her birth plan that she was not planning on breastfeeding and would be formula feeding from the very beginning - they didn't give her any problem with it, although they did still encourage her to breastfeed for the benefits of baby getting the colustrum in the beginning.

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