Any experience with Neocate or similar formula?
April 15, 2010 12:28 PM Subscribe
My 6-week-old daughter was recently switched to Neocate infant formula due to her digestive issues (specifically G.E.R.D.), after trying a bunch of others with no success. If you've been down this road, did you notice that your baby seemed to eat less, at least at first, and how the heck did you pay for it?
posted by um_maverick to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
One of my twins has had significant digestive issues (gastroesophegeal reflux disease), and after trying lots of other options, has been put on Neocate infant formula. She'll be 6 weeks tomorrow, but was born 4 weeks early. While on other formulas, she ate 3-4 ounces, minus a decent amount of spit/drool. With the Neocate, she falls asleep after 2 (her brother takes 4.5 ounces per feeding). It's entirely possible that she's *keeping down* as much food, but this still seems concerning. Also, she seems to be sucking pretty aggressively on the bottle, but not getting as much formula as quickly as she used to. FWIW, she used to resist letting the bottle in, and is already much more willing to let the bottle in/attempt to eat. I know you're not my doctor, and we have already called the pediatrician, but if you've been down this road before, have you had a similar experience? Was it just an adjustment phase, or did you do something actively to help your child?
Also, we're in MA with Medco insurance for prescriptions. Medco has stated that they won't cover Neocate because they classify it as an OTC food, contrary to the FDA who calls it “Exempt Infant Formula” which must be used under medical supervision and is not sold over the counter or at retail level. If you have been down this path, were you able to get insurance to pay for it? The Neocate website has a number of resources (including a sample appeal letter), but any personal stories would be appreciated.