You might have read our guide on the difference between Similac and Enfamil. In that guide, we mostly skimmed over the special sensitive stomach formulations and how they differ.
If you’re curious who will win the fight, keep reading our Similac Total Comfort vs Enfamil Gentlease throwdown below.
There is some, but not much difference in the micro and macro nutrient break-down between formulas. The only really significant difference we see is the three times lower Manganese level in Similac Total Comfort vs Enfamil Gentlease.
Three times lower may sound like a lot, but Manganese deficiency is not close to being a common problem in infants and there is even some speculation than infants may receive too much Manganese. In either case, the amounts are not effectively different.
This information follows the trend in our other article on infant formula; Infant formulas differ namely in ingredient content, not nutrient content.
Galactooligosaccharides and Whey Protein Hydrolysate.
Galactooligosaccharides are a form of pre-biotic that are found in a large portion of Similac’s infant formulas. These saccharides act as food for your baby’s gut bacteria, stimulating the growth of helpful bacteria which improve digestion, lower inflammation and effect a surprisingly long list of other health markers.
Whey protein hydrolysate is made from one of the two primary milk proteins (Whey and Casein). The whey protein is put through a chemical process that “hydrolyzes” it.
After undergoing this process the whey protein is broken down into individual amino acids– effectively pre-digesting the protein— this allows a baby’s stomach to perform the digestion with greater ease.
Similac Total Comfort has both whey protein hydrolysate and prebiotics in the form of Galactooligosaccharides.
Meanwhile the Enfamil Gentlease features partial whey protein hydrolysate and partial non hydrolyzed protein and no prebiotics.
Both formulas make use of reduced lactose.
Gerber Good Start Soothe.
We felt a special mention was needed for the Gerber Good Start Soothe formula.
It’s the only formula we’ve seen so far with L. Reuteri probiotic bacteria in it. These beneficial bacteria have been shown in multiple clinical trials to reduce colic and improve digestive health in infants.
Along with Omega 3 DHA, and fully hydrolyzed protein, Gerber Soothe may actually be the better option.
So, which is better?
Well, let’s start off by saying that any of these three formulas will provide adequate nutrition for your child, and all of them will be gentler on her stomach.
That being said, if you want the best bang for your buck, we would go with the Gerber Good Start Soothe for utilizing probiotics for the first time in infant formula.
Similac is our runner up having all the advantages of Gentlease but with the added benefit of pre-biotics and fully hydrolyzed protein.
Enfamil Gentlease does have a leg up on the competition in one area, however, with double the Omega 3 DHA than it’s competitors.