Here’s How Moms Can Pick the Best Baby Formula

9 months ago
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Whether you don’t breastfeed your child, wish to supplement breast-feeding or simply want to wean your child off by the age of 1, you will have to start your baby on formula. The problem is that when you do enter the formula aisle, you will find yourself considerably overwhelmed.

Obviously, you wish to opt for the best nourishment for your baby and this can be a very tough decision to make considering the numerous choices you find at your disposal, which include hipp organic formula. Luckily, there are some simple ways you can categorize the formula options in order to get the best baby formula for your child.

When it comes to choosing formula, you have to think of the form it comes in as well as the different types available in the market. Typically, baby formulas are available in three forms, which are:

Ready-to-use formula

The most convenient of them all is ready-to-use formula because there is no measuring or mixing required here. All you have to do is open and serve it to your kid. This kind of formula is often used by hospitals for feeding newborns and is quite hygienic and helpful, particularly when you are not sure about the safety of the water. However, the convenience they offer does come with a price as they are the most expensive formulas you will find. In addition, they have a short life-span and should be used within 48 hours.

Liquid concentrate formula

As the name indicates, this kind of formula requires mixing with a liquid, which is usually water. You need to take equal parts of both. As opposed to ready-to-use formula, this kind is more reasonably priced and doesn’t take up a lot of storage space. It is also easy to prepare and doesn’t take you longer than a minute or two.

Powdered formula

The most environmental friendly and economical option available to mothers is powdered formula for their babies. They take the least amount of space in your pantry or trash for that matter. But, the downside is that you have to spend more time in their preparation as compared to others. Their shelf life is about one month and you need to follow the exact directions provided to prepare it properly.

Apart from the various forms, you also need to be aware of the different kinds of formula in order to find one that meets your baby’s needs. Read on to know more:

Cow’s-milk-based formula

Cow milk is the primary ingredient in most formulas available today and this is mostly because the milk can provide babies with the right balance of carbohydrate, protein and fat they need for development. The protein formula is altered significantly to make it easier to digest.

Soy-based formula

In these formulas as well, the plant protein has to be altered by the manufactures to ensure easy digestion by the baby. These formulas are mostly recommended for kids of vegan families or if the child is finding it difficult to digest formula based on cow milk.

Lactose-free formula

Lactose is a sugar that’s naturally found in milk and in rare cases, the baby may be lactose intolerant or may find it difficult to digest. In this situation, mothers should opt for lactose-free formula in which a different sugar is used in place of lactose.

Metabolic formula

This formula is designed for babies who are sick or ill and have specific nutritional needs. A doctor will recommend that parents use metabolic formula in this situation.

Extensively and partially hydrolyzed formula

These are the formulas in which protein is broken down into small or even smaller parts (partially or extensively hydrolyzed) and this makes it easy for the baby to digest the protein molecules. If the baby suffers from a milk protein allergy, they may require a hydrolyzed formula or when they are unable to absorb nutrients. These formulas are also recommended for babies suffering from skin conditions such as eczema.

Human milk fortifier

The purpose of this product is to provide additional nutrients to breastfed babies with special needs. Some are to be fed alternatively with breast milk while others are to be mixed.

Knowing this information can help you opt for the best baby formula for your child. Read more helpful information on Formuland Secondary.

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