Which One is The Right Baby Formula for My Child: Enfamil AR vs Gentlease

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Enfamil AR vs Enfamil Gentlease

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Much like adults, some babies tend to have a sensitive stomach and if your little one is showing symptoms of an upset stomach a little too frequently, it might be the infant formula. However, given the advancement of technology in the food space, Enfamil has been able to come up with formulas exclusively for infants with sensitive stomachs.

Especially if you have just switched to formula feeding or are new to this space, you must most likely be facing difficulties with choosing the right infant formula. Your baby might be spitting more than normal or might even be showing signs of gas, diarrhea, constipation, or fussiness. This is most likely because a baby’s little stomach takes some time to adjust to formulas. However, we understand that terrible feeling of having to see your baby suffer.

Enfamil Gentlease and Enfamil AR to the rescue! Enfamil Gentlease and Enfamil AR are the two top-selling formulas by Enfamil, both of them available at an affordable price and both of them being insanely effective for stomach-related issues in babies. However, if there are two formulas sold as two different names, what is the difference?

Enfamil AR vs Gentlease:

The primary difference between Enfamil AR and Enfamil Gentlease is this-

  • Enfamil AR: Made specifically for babies that spit up more than ideal, owing to a reflux issue
  • Enfamil Gentlease: Made for infants who find it difficult to digest regular formula, resulting in gas and irritability, all due to their delicate and sensitive stomach

Now that we know of the basics, let us discuss these formulas in detail to help you make a more informed decision for your baby.

Enfamil AR vs Gentlease: The Differences:

Point of DifferenceEnfamil AREnfamil Gentlease
ProsThis AR formula (anti-reflux) has been clinically proven to reduce spit-ups in 1 week.Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease Milk Powder is best for easing gas.
It might also help the baby gain weight since they will be able to retain the formula instead of spitting it up.Being milk-based and containing easily digestible proteins, it helps babies who suffer from stomach sensitivity issues like gas and irritability.
It matches the reflux reduction guidelines issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Since Enfamil AR has a thicker consistency compared to other regular formulas, it lessens the number of times a baby spits up by as much as 50 %.
Price$35.99 for a 19.5 oz tub$135.99 for 4 19.5 oz tubs$40.00 for a 27.7 oz can$155.99 for 4 27.7 oz cans
$31.99 for a 19.9 oz can$120.00 for 4 19.9 oz cans
PurposeIt is intended for babies with reflux issues – babies who spit up more than the ideal 5 times in a day.It is intended for babies who have low metabolism and digestive power.
FormulationLiquid + powderLiquid + powder
ConsSome reviews report that AR powder formula tends to become foamy and bubbly when mixed in water due to the thick consistency.Most reviews report that it actually shows results within the magical 24 hours of first consumption.
You always have to mix the powder well to avoid clumping in the nipple of the feeding bottle.No such conditions of mixing.
It is also recommended to use the liquid instead of the powder as the liquid formulation solves the dissolvability and clumping issue. It also is highly recommended by most mothers for supplementing breastfeeding or as a transitional formula when they decide to switch to the formula completely. Most babies, as per reviews, hardly noticed any difference when they were fed a Gentleease as against breast milk.
Reviews4.6/5 Stars with 2461 reviews on the Enfamil website4.8/5 Stars with 4907 reviews on the Enfamil website
4.7/5 Stars with 2599 reviews on Amazon4.8/5 Stars with 3599 reviews on Amazon

Enfamil AR vs Gentlease: The Ingredients List:

ContentsEnfamil AREnfamil Gentlease
PrebioticsPrebiotics for easy digestion (polydextrose and galactooligosaccharides)No prebiotics
IronIron and thickened with rice starchMFGM iron
DHACrypthecodinium Cohnil oil
ARA (Arachidonic Acid)Polydextrose and galactooligosaccharidesMortierella Alpina oil
SolidsNon-fat milk solidsPartially hydrolyzed non-fat milk solids that mimics breastmilk,  Whey protein concentrate solids (soy), Corn syrup solids
Vegetable oilHigh oleic sunflower, soy, coconut, palm olein oils
CalciumCalcium phosphate, Calcium pantothenateCalcium carbonate, Calcium chloride
SulfatesMagnesium sulfate, Cupric sulfate, Sodium citrate, Zinc, sulfate, Ferrous sulfateFerrous sulfate, Zinc sulfate, Manganese sulfate, Cupric sulfate
VitaminsVitamins A, C, D, E, B2, B12, K, B1, B6,Niacin, Folic acid, Pantothenic acid, Biotin, Choline, InositolVitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, D3, B6, B12, K1, E acetate, A PalmitateBiotin, Inositol, Niacin, Folic acid, Pantothenic acid, Choline, Inositol
OthersL-carnitine, Taurine, Thiamine, Choline chloride, Sodium selenite, Maltodextrin, LactoseTaurine, L-carnitine, Sodium citrate, Sodium selenite, Potassium iodide, Potassium chloride, Manganese phosphate

Enfamil Gentlease Versus Enfamil Sensitive

Before we get into the difference between Enfamil Gentlease versus Enfamil Sensitive, let’s explore how they are similar to each other:

  • Both these baby formulas contain DHA that helps in brain development.
  • They are easy-to-digest protein that is a complete nutrition package for babies up to one year old.

Enfamil Gentlease versus Enfamil Sensitive: The Differences

Point of DifferenceEnfamil SensitiveEnfamil Gentlease
ProsThis formula is made for babies who have gas because of lactose sensitivity.Enfamil NeuroPro Gentlease Milk Powder is best for easing gas.
It contains the bare minimum of lactose of 56.6%.Being milk-based and containing easily digestible proteins, it helps babies who suffer from stomach sensitivity issues like gas and irritability.
Price$35.99 for a 19.5 oz tub$40.00 for a 27.7 oz can$155.99 for 4 27.7 oz cans
$135.99 for 4 19.5 oz tubs$31.99 for a 19.9 oz can$120.00 for 4 19.9 oz cans
PurposeIt is designed for lactose-intolerant babies.Gentlease reduces fussiness and crying due to gas.
FormulationPowderLiquid + powder
Allergen informationNon-GMOGluten-free
Reviews4.7/5 stars with 5149 reviews on the Enfamil website4.8/5 Stars with 4907 reviews on the Enfamil website
4.8/5 stars with 994 reviews on Amazon4.8/5 Stars with 3599 reviews on Amazon

Enfamil Gentlease versus Enfamil Sensitive: The Ingredients List

ContentsEnfamil Neuro Pro SensitiveEnfamil Gentlease
MFGM (milk fat globule membrane)Whey protein-lipid concentrateMFGM iron
DHASchizochytrium Sp. oilCrypthecodinium Cohnil oil
ARA (Arachidonic Acid)NoneMortierella Alpina oil
SolidsCorn syrup solids, milk protein isolatePartially hydrolyzed non-fat milk solids that mimics breastmilk,  Whey protein concentrate solids (soy), Corn syrup solids
Vegetable oilHigh oleic sunflower, soy, coconut, palm olein oils
CalciumCalcium Pantothenate, Calcium carbonate, Calcium phosphateCalcium carbonate, Calcium chloride
SulfatesManganese sulfate, Cupric sulfate, Zinc sulfate, Ferrous sulfateFerrous sulfate, Zinc sulfate, Manganese sulfate, Cupric sulfate
VitaminsVitamins A, C, D3, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, A Palmitate, E AcetateNiacin. Folic acid, Pantothenic acid, Biotin, Choline, InositolVitamins A, C, D, E, K, B1, B2, D3, B6, B12, K1, E acetate, A PalmitateBiotin, Inositol, Niacin, Folic acid, Pantothenic acid, Choline, Inositol
LactoseMinimal20% lactose
OthersL-Carnitine, Taurine, Thiamine, Cholie chloride, Soy lecithin, Sodium selenite, Potassium Iodide, Potassium chloride, Magnesium phosphate, Sodium chloride, Potassium citrateTaurine, L-carnitine, Sodium citrate, Sodium selenite, Potassium iodide, Potassium chloride, Manganese phosphate

Takeaway:

Before you go, here are some helpful tips on feeding a baby-

  • Never microwave a formula!
    If you have leftover formula milk and want to use it to feed the baby in their next sitting, it is recommended to use it at room temperature. However, if you are very keen to heat it up, it is advised to use a bottle warmer or to submerge the milk in hot water instead of microwaving it. 
  • Remember to make the baby burp after every three ounces to avoid baby spit-up and gas  due to the trapped air bubbles
  • Always talk to your child’s pediatrician if you feel like your baby is more gassy than usual, cries nonstop, spits up more than normal after burping and feeding: these could be a more serious symptoms known as reflux and requires a diagnosis and treatment from a physician. 

Above all, use the baby feeding time as baby bonding time. You will be spending a lot of your day feeding them and use this time to make a connection with your baby. Choose a calm and relaxed place, sing to them, talk to them, and always – always- look into your baby’s eyes while you feed!

Enfamil AR v/s Gentlease FAQs

1. Is it okay to mix Enfamil AR with Enfamil Gentlease?

Yes, mixing the formulas is usually okay, but it is best to first re-confirm with your pediatrician. Mixing formulas incorrectly may cause an electrolyte imbalance. But again, gassy babies also benefit from a mixed-up formula. So it's best to take advice from a pediatrician,

2. Does Enfamil AR cause gas ?

Enfamil AR has been reviewed by mothers to cause gas only when the powder formula is fed to the baby too soon after mixing. It is recommended to let the formula sit for some time after mixing as it tends to form bubbles due to its thickness. If not, you could even opt for the Enfamil AR premixed liquid formula.

3. How long can I use Enfamil AR or Enfamil Gentlease for my baby ?

If your baby happens to respond positively to the formula and does not show any side effects, these formulas can supply enough nutrition for the baby until they are old enough to switch to solid foods.

4. Is it okay to add rice cereal to thicken a baby formula ?

It is recommended to not add rice cereal to baby formula for thickening purposes as it adds unnecessary, empty calories to the baby’s diet, also depriving them of essential nutrients.

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Reviewed By:

Brandi Nicole, Lactation Consultant

Brandi Nicole, Lactation Consultant

Brandi Nicole is a pediatric nurse, a postpartum doula, and an international board-certified lactation consultant. She is a proud member of the International Lactation Consultant Association, the United States Lactation Consultant Association, and the Bay Area Lactation Associates.

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