How many times have you entered a supermarket, went to the baby formula aisle, and wished that you could have your baby sample taste all formulas before investing in one?
Finding the right baby formula for your infant is a difficult task since all babies have varied requirements. While some babies do better on regular formula, some need special attention with spit-up specific or sensitive stomach specific formulas. Even if you luckily find a brand that works well, that’s still only half the battle because most brands further have different types of formulas under one brand name.
The most popular baby formula brands: Enfamil and Similac also have at least 5 different types of formulas each. We totally understand what a pain finding the right baby formula could be and on that note, we have taken the responsibility of finding you the best baby formula on us.
In this blog ahead, on the basis of our exhaustive research, we have compared 6 similar versions of both brands, Enfamil and Similac. We attempt to offer you all the information you’d need to make an informed decision for your baby.
Enfamil vs Similac
1. Enfamil Gentlease Infant Formula vs Similac Sensitive Infant Formula
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil Gentlease Infant Formula||Similac Sensitive Non-GMO Infant Formula|
|Purpose||Both of these formulas are made specifically for babies with a sensitive stomach and those who show some vulnerability to gas and fussiness. While they are different on some parameters, the goal of both these formulas remains to “reduce gas, crying, and fussiness.”|
|Similarities between formulas|
● Similar levels of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and water.
● Both formulas use corn syrup solids that help a baby digest cow milk easier.
● Both formulas are available in non-GMO versions.
|Differences between formulas||Uses partially hydrolyzed nonfat milk and whey protein concentrate solids from soy that aid a baby’s sensitive stomach to seamlessly digest cow milk.|
● Contains Linoleic Acid and contains added 2′ -FL HMO sugars, that serve as a powerful prebiotic as regular sugar can be very hard for a baby to digest.
● It also has milk protein isolate, which, though is an easy to digest ingredient, can potentially cause allergies and indigestion in a baby.
Our verdict: Enfamil Gentlease stands as a clear winner here owing to the fact that their ingredients are much more gentle for a baby who suffers from gas. They also do not use any added sugars and do not contain the milk protein isolate which, ironically, can cause indigestion in a baby.
However, if you already have tried Gentlease and your baby does not seem to like it, Similac’s Sensitive formula could be the next best alternative.
2. Enfamil A.R. Infant Formula vs Similac Spit-Up Infant Formula
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil A.R|
A thick formula quipped with prebiotics that enhances digestion.
Similac does not go into detail about their formula, and all we know is that it is meant to reduce spit-up.
|Purpose||Both of these formulas specifically cater to babies who struggle with a spit up problem. While 5 spit-ups per day are considered normal, some babies tend to spit up more than that due to their generally sensitive stomach.|
|Similarities between formulas|
● Both use rice starch to thicken the formula.
● Both are loaded with sugars to help fussy tummies settle; Similac uses two different sources of sugar while Enfamil uses one.
● Both have closely similar mixtures of vitamins and minerals.
|Differences between formulas|
● Enfamil, as their main ingredient, uses nonfat milk, vegetable oils, rice starch, lactose, and maltodextrin.
● Enfamil AR contains 2 prebiotics
● Similac, as their main ingredient, uses corn syrup, modified rice starch, milk protein isolate, vegetable oils, and a prebiotic.
● Their mixture does not contain enough milk sources helpful for spit-up.
|Our verdict: None of these two formulas are perfectly ideal. However, owing to the fact that Enfamil contains less sugar and more prebiotics as against Similac, they are a winner again.|
3. Enfamil Nutramigen with Enflora LGG Infant Formula vs Similac Expert Care Alimentum Hypoallergenic Infant Formula
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil Nutramigen||Similac Alimentum|
|Purpose||● Both of these formulas target babies that are allergic to cow milk and tend to show colicky symptoms as a result thereof. It should be noted that cow’s milk has proteins more difficult to digest than human breast milk, yet, while most babies do not show any side-effects, some cannot tolerate cow’s milk at all.|
|Similarities between formulas||● Both contain casein hydrolysate (milk), which are easy-to-digest proteins derived from cow’s milk proteins. ● Both use sugars to aid digestion. ● Enfamil uses corn syrup, while Similac uses corn maltodextrin; both of which are glucose but break down differently than lactose.|
|Differences between formulas||● Clinically proven to reduce colic and future incidences of cow’s milk allergies while still providing overall health for your infant. ● Nutramigen is considered hypoallergenic is easy to digest and as a remedy to milk protein allergies. ● Enfamil uses modified corn starch to thicken the formula which does increase the digestibility of the formula but might not be tolerated well by babies as it is ‘modified’ in nature.||● Similac’s Alimentum is claimed to reduce colic symptoms in as little as one day because of its easy-to-digest formula while promoting a baby’s overall health. ● The formula is also labeled as lactose-free, which is not completely true as it is still milk-based with dairy products, however, sans lactose. ● Similac uses corn maltodextrin instead of cornstarch and adds sugar on top of the corn maltodextrin.|
|Our verdict: Enfamil’s Nutramigen wins again since it is not only easier to digest but also helps babies tolerate milk better as they grow up. Another winning point is the fact that they do not add sugars after cornstarch as Similac does.|
4. Enfamil Infant Milk-based Baby Formula vs Similac Advance Complete Nutrition Infant Formula
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil Infant Milk-based||Similac Advance Complete Nutrition|
|Purpose||Both of these formulas intend to provide the basic nourishment required by a baby in their initial years of life. Both of these products are basic baby formula models.|
|Similarities between formulas||● Both are milk-based formula options, including nonfat milk, lactose, whey protein, and a mixture of high oleic safflower oil, soy oil, coconut oil. ● Neither contains any added extra sugars. ● Both offer DHA (a fatty acid), Choline (a nutrient grouped with vitamin B), and Vitamin K as their key ingredients. ● Both contain a prebiotic.|
|Differences between formulas||● Enfamil formula, apart from the aforementioned, also has Palm Olein oil. Palm Olein oil is a fatty acid similar to breast milk and can be difficult on sensitive baby tummies.||● Similac, apart from the aforementioned, also contains Lutein that helps enhance a baby’s vision.|
|Our verdict: Similac Advance Formula is a clear winner over Enfamil’s Infant Formula not only because it contains Lutein but also for the lack of potentially problematic Palm Olein Oil.|
5. Enfamil NeuroPro vs Similac 2′ -FL HMO Pro Advance
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil NutramigeNeuroPro||Similac 2′ -FL HMO|
|Purpose||Both formulas intend to mimic breast milk with their formula by attempting to supply as many nutrients as available in breastmilk, albeit in powder-milk.|
|Similarities between formulas||● Both are DHA boosted, easy-to-digest formulas. ● Both offer similar levels of fat (about 5 grams per serving), protein, carbohydrates, and water. ● Both offer the same vitamins and minerals. ● Neither contains added or artificial sugars. ● Both use nonfat milk, lactose (which helps absorb calcium), a mixture of high oleic safflower oil, soy oil, and coconut oil to create the base of their formulas.|
|Differences between formulas||● Enfamil NeuroPro supports brain development. ● Enfamil is the only brand to introduce MFGM. ● Good to know: MFGM stands for Milk Fat Globule Membrane, a fat-protein coupled with DHA, which was previously only found in breastmilk and known to support cognitive development. Basically, this ingredient surrounds fat droplets in breastmilk and helps brain structure enhance in infants. Breast Milk contains 55% fat; fat being a necessary nutrient for the growth of an infant’s brain as well as to provide the overall energy and support growth. ● Contains Palm Olein, which, as mentioned in the last point, is a fatty acid similar to breast milk and can be difficult on sensitive baby tummies.||● Similac Pro Advanced supports immunity. ● Similac contains 2′ -FL Human Milk Oligosaccharide or HMO. ● Good to know: 2′ -FL Human Milk Oligosaccharide also supports brain development and it is essentially an immune-boosting prebiotic, earlier found only in breastmilk. Prebiotics help nourish healthy bacteria, allowing them to thrive in the GI tract. ● Contains significantly high amounts of omega fatty acids in the form of Linoleic Acid. ● Claim to reduce colic symptoms in just one feeding. Also claimed to avoid artificial growth hormones and GMOs in the formula. ● Contains Lutein that helps enhance baby vision.|
|Our verdict: Both of these formulas are excellent in what they do. While Enfamil NutramigeNeuroPro effectively helps support the development of the brain, given the ingredients; Similac 2′ -FL HMO helps boost the immunity. You should pick between these formulas on the basis of the requirements of the baby. For example, if the baby is weaker than other babies of the age, try Similac 2′ -FL HMO Pro Advance. If you do not have any problems with the baby’s immunity and if your baby is as healthy as they should ideally be, Enfamil’s Neuro-Pro could be a wise choice.|
6. Enfamil ProSobee vs. Similac Soy Isomil
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil ProSobee||Similac Soy Isomil|
|Purpose||Both Enfamil and Similac offer a complete milk-free formula for those babies who cannot digest cow’s milk proteins. Soy-based formulas are a natural and gentle alternative for lactose intolerant babies.|
|Similarities between formulas||● Both use corn syrup as the first ingredient. ● Both use soy protein isolate. ● Both do not contain any form of milk-based products. ● Both offer the nutrition necessary for a baby to flourish, including vitamins, proteins, fats, carbohydrates, and water.|
|Differences between formulas||● Enfamil has soy protein as the third ingredient; after corn syrup and vegetable oils.||● Similac uses soy protein as the second ingredient followed by oils. ● Similac’s formula contains added sugar to their soy formula. ● It also has a higher Linoleic Acid level.|
|Our verdict: Only since Enfamil’s ProSobee recipe uses fewer sugars, it is a better option in our opinion.|
FAQs: Best Baby Formula
1. How do I know when a baby formula does not suit my baby ?
2. Can I add my one ingredients to a store-bought baby formula ?
3. Can I DIY baby formula ?
4. Can babies drink two different formulas ?
5. What is the best baby formula offered by Enfamil and Similac ?
|Point of comparison/ Formula name||Enfamil NeuroPro Infant Formula||Similac Pro-Advance Non-GMO Infant Formula|
|Contents||●Contains DHA and AHA for neural, brain, and eye development ● Also has partially hydrolyzed nonfat milk to make digestion easy||● Contains Lutein and avoids GMOs ●However, does have a potentially allergenic milk protein isolate and much more sugars than Enfamil for a tastier formula|