Commercially prepared baby formulas are highly regulated. To maintain safety standards for infant health and to make sure that babies are provided all of the nutrients they need, the Food and Drug Administration monitors all formulas.
Prepared formula comes in three forms: Powders, liquid concentrates and ready-to-use.
The three types of prepared formula have several ingredient options.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that iron-fortified formula be used for all infants who are not breastfed exclusively from birth to one year of age. Iron is an essential mineral for normal human growth, and some infants do not have enough natural reserves of iron to meet their needs.
To choose the right formula for your baby, start by asking your child's pediatrician, your friends and family for recommendations. Also, you can try different types and formulations to find what works best for your baby while maintaining a baseline of proper nutrition because the FDA regulates it. However, if symptoms like extreme fussiness or digestive problems cause you to consider changing formulas, it is extremely important to consult your child's pediatrician first.
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