The Scoop On Paced Bottle Feeding (And Why You Should Try It)
Most experts agree that breastfeeding your baby is very important — a mother’s breast milk has a lot of great benefits, including the fact that it contains a lot of nutrients that you just can’t get anywhere else.
Of course, baby formula has its place, too: it’s great for supplementing breast milk or for weening your baby off of breast milk entirely. Needless to say, choosing good, quality baby formula can be a challenge.
When it comes down to it, choosing
I would recommend talking to your baby’s pediatrician to get a good idea about what types of baby formula are available, and which might be best for your child.
There are many different types and brands of baby formula available, and this guide will hopefully help you understand and make an educated decision in purchasing the optimal baby formula for your child.
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You may be wondering why you should feed baby formula to your baby rather than less expensive regular cow’s milk.
There are a few reasons for this. According to the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics, cow’s milk is not appropriate for children under 1 year of age. First of all, regular cow’s milk does not have much iron, which can lead to iron deficiency.
Second of all, because of the way cow’s milk is processed, it can lead to potential intestinal blood loss in infants. On top of this, the levels of sodium and protein in regular cow’s milk are much higher than recommended for children.
Finally, cow’s milk is simply harder for infants to digest.
For all of these reasons, it’s highly recommended that you breast feed or feed iron-fortified baby formula to your infant until they are at least one year old.
Baby formula comes in several different forms. While there is no best form, you’ll have to consider the pros and cons of each and then decide which you prefer.
Powdered baby formula is probably the most convenient type of formula. It comes in a canister, and you simply scoop it into a container, add water, and then shake it up.
Concentrated baby formula is similar to powdered baby formula but comes in a concentrated liquid form that you can easily pour. Concentrated baby formula must be diluted with water, too.
Ready-to-Feed Baby Formula is the most convenient type of baby formula, ready-to-feed baby formula comes in individually-packaged servings that are ready to feed to your baby without any additional preparation.
On top of the different forms baby formula comes in, there are also many different types of baby formula, too. Again, there is really no best type of baby formula, but here is an overview of each so that you can decide which is best for you.
Here are some of the terms you might come across when shopping for baby formula.
If your baby has problems with his or her formula, including allergies or lactose intolerance, it’s very important to choose a formula that will work well with their digestive systems.
You might want to talk to your baby’s pediatrician before changing formulas, as it’s possible your child has undiagnosed allergies.
Telltale signs of a formula intolerance or allergy include excessive fussiness or crying and obvious discomfort. Your baby might seem excessively gassy or “colicky.” Other signs of intolerance include diarrhea or excessively hard stools, spitting up, vomiting, poor weight gain.
You might consider talking to you and your partner’s parents to see if either of you had any specific intolerance or allergies to specific types of baby formula.
If your baby is showing any signs of an allergic reaction, be sure to consult with your pediatrician for advice.
As mentioned previously, the best baby formula for your little one will depend on his or her needs and age. While most babies will be fine with cow’s milk-based powder, if your child starts to show any signs that they may be allergic or intolerant, you’ll have to try other non dairy-based formulas.
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