Formula Feeding

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Formula Feeding

There is a lot of info out there about the best way to feed your baby, but at the end of the day only you know what's right for the two of you. If you've made the choice to formula-feed, we can help you with the next step—picking a formula that meets your needs.

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Choosing the right type of baby formula

We know, there are many formula options out there. While all routine formulas provide complete nutrition for your baby’s healthy growth and development, differences in protein types might make one formula type more appropriate than another for your baby. Here is a rundown of the different types of baby formula proteins and their benefits.

Types of baby formula proteins

 

Formula made with 100% whey protein partially hydrolyzed

 

  • Easy to digest.
  • Supports the formation of soft stools, similar to a breastfed baby.

 

Formula made with soy protein

 

  • Soy-based protein formulas* promote normal growth and development.
  • Soy formulas are viable options for parents who prefer their infant follow a vegetarian diet.
  • Soy formulas may be indicated if a baby is diagnosed with a condition called galactosemia, which means they can't metabolize galactose properly.

 

Formula for special conditions

 

  • Extensively hydrolyzed formulas have proteins that are broken down even more than partially hydrolyzed protein formulas. They are designed for babies with cow's milk protein allergy and should be used under the care of a physician.
  • Other formulas are made using free amino acids—the building blocks of proteins. These formulas are for babies with cow's milk protein allergy when an extensively hydrolyzed formula is not effective and for babies with multiple food allergies.

 

Solution formulas

 

  • These formulas often help address common feeding issues such as fussiness and gas as well as excessive crying and colic.

 

 

Baby formulas to choose from

 

Powder baby formula

 

The most popular and the best value, powdered baby formula is a great choice for most infants. However, it is recommended that powdered formulas not be fed to premature babies or those who have immune problems, unless directed by your physician.

 

Concentrate baby formula

 

Concentrate baby formula is easily prepared by mixing equal parts of water and the formula.

 

Ready-to-feed baby formula

 

Great for parents on the go, ready-to-feed formula is the most convenient, as it requires no preparation. It is also sterile and may be recommended for infants with immune system problems.

 

* The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states there are only a few indications, such as a hereditary condition called galactosemia, when soy should replace a cow’s milk formula.

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Formula for your older baby or toddler

Your Toddler is growing and moving quickly, but as their diet begins to include more food and less breastmilk or formula, you may become concerned that your little one isn’t getting all the nutrition they need. Older baby formulas are designed to help support the changing nutritional requirements of babies and toddlers from 9 to 24 months old. They also provide important nutrition if you have a picky eater who isn’t eating a balanced diet.

Formula is still an option.

Feeding a toddler is full of ups and downs. Toddlers are infamous for “food jags,” when they want the same food meal after meal. It's is a way of asserting independence and part of normal development, but it can be very frustrating for parents. Adding a formula for older babies could help them get the nutrients they need.

What's in an older baby formula?

When a formula-fed Toddler is too active to finish meals or picky with their food, older baby formulas are there to supplement iron and fatty acids like DHA. Toddler formulas, similar to infant formulas, are made with different types of proteins and ingredients that are right for your little one's growth right now.

  • Some older baby formulas, like the ones made by Gerber, have gentle proteins that have been broken down to be easy to digest.
  • Calcium to help support growing bones and teeth.
  • DHA and ARA for brain and eye development.
  • 30% of the daily value for Vitamins E, C and Iron in 8 fl. oz.
  • Lactobacillus reuteri (L. reuteri) is a probiotic that has been added to certain infant and toddler formulas for digestive health.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends waiting to introduce cow's milk until your baby is at least one year. When you reach this milestone, ask your pediatrician what would be best for your baby considering their unique growth patterns, eating habits and nutritional needs.

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Newborn Formula

Planning for a positive newborn formula-feeding experience

Snuggle in close; feedings are for nurturing and bonding as well as nourishing your newborn. Creating a feeding plan with your spouse, immediate family and delivery helpers will make it easier for them to support you and your baby. Here's what you should think about and when you should inform others.

You are choosing to nourish your newborn with infant formula. Get as much information as possible about how infant formulas differ and why the first formula you choose may make a difference.

 

Deciding which baby formula to use before the big day will make for a more successful and enjoyable feeding experience.

 

  1. While breastmilk offers your baby the best nutrition, baby formula is the only appropriate alternative to offer complete nutrition during the first year. Baby formula is patterned after breastmilk, but not all formulas are the same. Learn as much as possible about different types of formula.
  2. When packing for your hospital trip, pack for your baby too! First call the hospital beforehand to find out what formula they have in stock as some hospitals may only carry one brand of formula. If they don't have your formula of choice, you can bring a supply of 3 fl. oz. ready
  3. -to-feed infant-formula nursers with you to, so your baby will get the same formula during the hospital stay as you plan to use at home.
  4. Before delivery day, learn how to prepare and store formula. Be sure to have purchased at least a two-week supply of formula to have when you come home. 
  5. Let the nursing staff know you would like to feed immediately after birth. Immediate skin-to-skin contact builds a strong bond with your baby and helps keep his temperature and breathing normal. Even with a C-section, try to feed, skin-to-skin, within two hours.
  6. Have the baby in the same room as you and within hearing range at all times so you can quickly learn and respond to his early feeding cues.
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Did you know?
Do prepare powder or concentrate formula as needed, or store in a refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Once feeding begins, those formula types as well as ready-to-feed formulas should be discarded within 1 hour. Don't save any remaining formula left in the bottle after an hour. Microorganisms are transmitted from your baby’s mouth into the formula and, if allowed to grow, could make your baby sick.
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How much do you know about infant formula? Are they all the same? If not, what’s the difference? And how do you know which one is right for your baby? Take this quick quiz to learn more about infant formula.

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