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Nan HA gold or karicare HA gold?
which would you choose and why?

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#1 adelaryln

Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:35 PM

i'm not sure which one to get

#2 CallMeFeral

Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:39 PM

I use the Nan HA. But I don't have any reason why! original.gif

#3 Isolabella

Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:46 PM

I have used NAN HA too with all 3 oof mine. It is also what they were given by the hospital (BF and their blood sugar levels went too low)

#4 Steggles

Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:49 PM

My girls are on Karicare Gold - we get it at a much cheaper rate (multiples discount through Karicare). No issues here! original.gif

#5 Leslie Knope

Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:52 PM

Another Karicare Gold fan here.

No reason, it's just the only brand I've used for DD.

Edited by Go the Tahs, 25 June 2010 - 12:53 PM.

#6 Natttmumm

Posted 25 June 2010 - 12:54 PM

We used Nan Ha! That's what the hospital gave.

#7 TurtleTamer

Posted 25 June 2010 - 01:01 PM

I don't use either (use Heinz Nurture), have previously used the Karicare Gold, but I'd go for whatever is cheaper first and if they have difficulty only then try the other one.  This was recommended by our Early Childhood nurse when we needed to change, she said there was very little difference in them.

And I don't recommend using what they have in hospital as in "they use it there, it must be good" thing as that is just whatever they have donated (companies know that if they can get hospitals to use their product then a lot of parents will continue using it once they get home, it's quite lucrative).

#8 Phascogale

Posted 25 June 2010 - 01:15 PM

I'd go with whatever is cheaper and most available in your area.  And if there is a problem with the formula you have chosen, go with the other.  Or just go with the cheapest formula that your child doesn't react to.

All formulas are made to an Australian standard and all are suitable to give to babies.  There's no evidence to suggest gold formulas are better than ordinary formula but if paying extra makes you feel better than go for it.  It would be mandated that all formulas have the gold ingredients if they were that important because you don't want to disadvantage kids if their parents can't afford more expensive formulas.  And the ingredients can often cause problems - not always but sometimes.

And I don't recommend using what they have in hospital as in "they use it there, it must be good" thing as that is just whatever they have donated (companies know that if they can get hospitals to use their product then a lot of parents will continue using it once they get home, it's quite lucrative).
That's exactly right.  The hospital I've just recently spent some time changes their supplier every month because some of the manufacturers were getting upset that other manufacturers were getting longer to spruik their formula than them.  It's all donated too because the formula companies know they will make money from the parents when they go home and decide to go to formula.

#9 adelaryln

Posted 25 June 2010 - 01:20 PM

i was told once that if  you're going to go with a HA formula it has to be straight away because once you've exposed them to the full milk protein you can't go back and start on HA. a dietitian told me that.

#10 Natttmumm

Posted 25 June 2010 - 02:48 PM

Is there any reason why you need a HA formula? I think the doctors don't usually suggest using HA formula.

We did give NAN HA because of a family history of allergies. My baby is now on neocate as the NAN HA eventually did bother her.

#11 Isolabella

Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:10 PM

Just going to add.... I tried the Karicare HA-AR Formula (all my bubs have been reflux bubs and heavy chuckers)... OMG the smell of the formula in powder form sick.gif  and then made up it smelt even worse... no way was I going to feed that to my kids... smelt bad going in I was NOT going to discover how bad it smelt on the way back up.

I have no such issued with the Nan HA formual (even with Karicare Thickener added)... smells fine in powdered/made up and chucked up forms cool.gif .

#12 threeplusone

Posted 25 June 2010 - 07:54 PM

I used Karicare HA just because it has a slightly less iron level in than the Nan and I didn't want DS to become constipated as formulas often do.  Not sure if it made any difference but he was fine with it anyway.

#13 OneAndDone

Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:03 PM

When DD swapped to formula at 5 weeks while in hospital i chose NAN HA as the dietitian said it can be easier on little tummies if they are going to react to the change.

DD continued on the same formula (plus thickener) until she was 6 months when I swapped her to a lactose free formula (plus thickener) then at 12 months to soy milk (plus thickener)

#14 mlto

Posted 25 June 2010 - 08:33 PM

My son started on S26, he became incredibly constipated, I switched him to Nan HA Gold. No more constipation.

#15 domestically~challenged

Posted 26 June 2010 - 11:06 PM

I used NAN HA Gold on my twins and they did explosive green poos during every bottle. I didn't like that it passed through them like that. I also don't think they really liked the taste. I switched and Karicare HA Gold and never had any poo issues ever again and they had no issues drinking it original.gif

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