Enfamil or Similac

Three months in and Baby Buck has completely drained my wife’s milk supply. We are now forced to make the tough decision, “What baby formula should we use?” I went to the InterWeb for help. How did we survive before Google?


Don’t know about you, but in my book, the formula that doesn’t convert Baby Buck into the Exorcist should be the clear cut winner. Sadly, after reading a few articles and comments, it looks like a split tape. Some folks swear that Similac works wonders while Enfamil makes their little one vomit. While another half said Enfamil did the job while Similac caused digestion problems.


Looking at the labels, they look practically identical. Nutrients, vitamins, and minerals varied by 1 or 2 milligrams. One comment would say Similac had DHA levels similar to breast milk while the one after that would say Similac’s DHA levels were sub-par. Adding to the on the fence camp, a mother chimed in by saying that all babies are different so you need to find out for yourself. I do have samples of both so we shall see.

Final Thoughts

Enfamil seems to be the bigger named brand, hence, the higher price tag. If all things are equal, I would choose the more economical, generic brand. Adding to this, Baby Buck has already sampled Similac’s ready to drink formulas without any vomiting or spit up. We would love to breastfeed Baby Buck for 6 months or a year, but with both of us working, it just isn’t possible. In the end, it looks like Baby Buck will be supplementing breast milk with Similac Advance. Let’s hope there are no more recalls.

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9 Responses

  1. Money Beagle says:

    You have to try and keep trying and find out what’s best for your baby. There’s no one-size-fits-all. You should also not rule out the generic brands too (Target, WalMart, Costco, etc.) Baby formula is highly regulated so the generic brands have to meet the same nutritional standards as do the big names. Our first baby was easygoing and the Kirkland (Costco) generic brand worked great for him. Our second baby had a lot of problems. We had to try a few different formulas. We ended up landing on the Somewhat Sensitive Target brand.

  2. Arlee Bird says:

    It’s been over 20 years since I’ve had to deal with this issue. I’m pretty sure we used Enfamil and all my kids grew up to be very healthy and we never had problems with the formula. I’d think they would be pretty comparable though.

    A Faraway View

  3. You know I love the internet, but on something like this, I’d trust my doctor over anything else – ask her!

    • Buck Inspire says:

      Great advice Marie! My doctor asked which one I tried and if there were any issues. Baby Buck tried Similac and had no problems that we could see. The doctor advised to stick with it. Thanks!

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