Is Ensure OK in a pinch?

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Is Ensure OK in a pinch?
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Wed, 06-01-2011 - 8:31am

Would it be OK to feed a baby Ensure temporarily if you ran out of Enfamil? Would it matter how old the baby is? What are the differences between adult nutrition and infant nutrition? How about the new toddler formulas that are being developed?

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:29am

In an emergency situation where there was nothing else available but Ensure or toddler formula? It would be better than starvation.

For one bottle till you got to the store to buy more formula? Unless the salts or something else was extrememly high in Ensure, I doubt it would make a whole lot of difference. Babies have survived on much less.

To try to save money, assuming the Ensure or toddler formula was cheaper? Bad idea - it doesn't have the same balance of nutrients and calories, etc.

Community Leader
Registered: 10-01-2010
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 9:41am

Ensure Nutritional Content:

Nutrition Facts - Serv. Size 1 bottle - (8 fl oz)

Calories 250

Total Fat 6g,

Cholesterol 5mg,

Sodium 200mg,

Potassium 370mg,

Total Carb. 40g,

Sugars 23g,

Protein 9g

Vitamins and Minerals [–] Vitamin A 25% • Vitamin C 50% • Calcium 30% • Iron 25% • Vitamin D 25% • Vitamin E 25% • Vitamin K 25% • Thiamin 25% • Riboflavin 25% • Niacin 25% • Vitamin B6 25% • Folate 25% • Vitamin B12 25% • Biotin 25% • Pantothenic Acid 25% • Phosphorus 25% • Iodine 25% • Magnesium 25% • Zinc 25% • Selenium 25% • Copper 25% • Manganese 60% • Chromium 25% • Molybdenum 50% • Chloride 8% • Choline 15%

I am not sure how much makes a bottle?

Similac Nutritional Content: Per 100 mL - Per 100 Cal- Per 100 g

Calories - 68 - 100 - 526

PROTEIN (g) - 1.4 - 2.1 - 10.9

FAT (g) - 3.7 - 5.4 - 28.9

CARBOHYDRATE (g) - 7.1 - 10.4- 55.5

More: http://similac.ca/local/files/en/products/similac_step1_regular/en-SimilacReg-ProdInfo.pdf

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2008
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 12:23pm

Here are some of the numbers calculated out.

Ensure: 250 calories per 8oz.
Similac: 160.86 calories per 8oz.

Ensure: 6g fat per 8oz.
Similac: 8.75g fat per 8oz.

Ensure: 9g protein per 8oz.

Similac: 3.31g protein per 8 oz.

That in and of itself is a major difference.

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 06-01-2011 - 4:40pm

http://www.nutriciame-clinicalnutrition.com/pedens.htm

Infant formulas designed for infants under 1 year of age but may be modified in concentration for use by young toddlers. A major difference in infant formulas and adult formulas is the caloric content. Most infant formulas contain .67 kcal/cc whereas adult formulas range from 1 to 2 kcal/cc. The proportion of macronutrients also differs. Infant formulas contain 8-14% of calories as protein and 36-48% of calories as fat whereas most adult formulas have a significantly higher renal solute load and lower fat content providing 14-18% of calories as protein and 2.3-32% as fat.

The low protein infant formula (1.77 grams protein per 100 kcal) examined in this study had a protein levels near that of infant formulas manufactured in the United States (2.1 grams protein per 100 kcal).