Formula 101: What it is, what's in it, when to use it, how to mix it
Bringing home a new family member is cause for celebration, but it also comes with its fair share of stress. When it comes to feeding time, knowing what to feed and how much and at what times can be difficult to navigate. For parents using formula, the process can even feel overwhelming at times. There are a number of reasons a baby may be formula fed. For some mothers, breast feeding is not an option and in other cases, formula is used alongside breastmilk to keep a baby well-nourished.
The Three Main Types
There are three major types of FDA-approved infant formula on the market, each coming with their own list of ingredients.
Cow milk protein-based
This is the most common formula parents will find on the market. This infant formula is made from cow’s milk that has been altered to resemble breast milk more closely. For many babies, this formula is easier to digest and provides the right balance of nutrients; however, some babies have an allergy to the protein found in cow’s milk and thus will not be able to digest this type of formula properly.
For infants that are allergic to cow’s milk or are unable to drink it due to religious or cultural reasons, soy-based formulas are an alternative. Unfortunately for parents, if a child is allergic to the protein in cow’s milk there is a chance they will be allergic to soy milk as well.
Protein hydrolysate formulas
For littles ones that can’t have cow’s milk or soy-based formulas, there is protein hydrolysate. This type of formula contains protein that has been broken down into smaller sizes compared to the other types, allowing infants to digest the formula without a reaction to the protein.
Newborns starting formula should begin slowly. During the first week, your little one will take in around one to three ounces at each feeding every three to four hours. You can gradually increase the amount of formula fed during each meal but be careful not to push formula on your infant. If you are concerned about how much or how little your baby is eating, always consult with your pediatrician.
When it’s time to start preparing the formula, be sure to wash your hands with warm water and soap. Depending on your baby bottles, mixing formula is fairly straight forward. Follow the directions on the formula and remember to always double check the expiry date. Once the formula is mixed, be sure to wash the bottle thoroughly and disinfect the bottle and equipment used to mix the formula.
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