Monday, March 18, 2013

Neo-Gate 2013 - PurAmino

Neocate Infant was a NO - but our wonderful RD pulled another one out of her hat for us, and asked us if we'd like to try another Amino Acid formula called PurAmino.  I'd never heard of it - it's made by Mead Johnson and isn't as common or popular as Neocate or Elecare, but obviously we're willing to try it.

As a product, it's frustrating, because it's a 20 calorie formula.  meaning it comes with an itsy-bitsy scoop and no 30 calorie mixing instructions.  And where Neocate gives a page-long grid of 30 cal instructions (and Elecare at least provides "small", "medium" and "large" batch instructions) - PurAmino gives instructions for a quart or .77 oz.  Thanks.  Helpful.

But I got out my handy dandy notebook and did some (hopefully correct) math and Aidan spent Saturday and Sunday on PurAmino.

My impressions:

  • It mixes really lumpy.  I'm not sure why.  I mix it the same way that I mix the others.  But this one's clumpier.  It hasn't mattered though, and as long as it's not causing pump alarms, I suppose I don't really care.
  • I don't know how it tastes - honestly, we haven't been pushing oral intake with Aidan.  For better or worse, our efforts are focused elsewhere.
  • It doesn't smell half as badly as Elecare. 

The really important thing is how he tolerates it.  So far, no throwing up.  Which is great!  But we're only two days into the trial, with about enough powder for another day and a half - so it's going to be very hard to tell if it's better or worse than Elecare Jr. in terms of his behavior and how he feels overall.  I hesitate to shout WIN from the rooftops, but it's not an abysmal failure like the Neocate Infant was, either.  I'd love to say that time will tell, but we just don't have the luxury of enough sample product.


  1. If there's any way we can help you get product, don't hesitate to ask! We love Aidan and want to make sure he's thriving and happy :) If there's something to sign up for etc. - we'd do it in a heartbeat! Good luck. I'm happy to read that this might *fingers crossed* be a good solution!!

    1. Thanks Cindy :) I appreciate that a lot. The elemental formulas can be hard to get hold of but if I hear of ways you guys can be of help, I'll definitely be reaching out. It means a lot to know you're thinking of us :)