What happens if I give my baby a different formula?
1 Switching between formula brands is not a problem, even though many parents wonder if doing so may cause fussiness or stool changes in their baby. In fact, you can even mix different brands of the same type of formula together if you feel that your baby responds better to a mixture of one brand with another.
Can switching formula hurt my baby?
In most cases, switching formulas doesn’t harm your baby. You can switch from brand name to generic brands, or change formula types, like going from dairy-based to lactose-free formula, without worry.
Does it matter what formula I give my baby?
Not necessarily. Your body makes breastmilk on a supply-and-demand basis, so your baby gets what they need, every time they feed. Worrying about the amount of milk their baby needs is one of the most common reasons parents decide to stop breastfeeding, or give their babies formula milk as well as breastmilk.
How do you know if your baby is drinking the wrong formula?
Some of the signs that your baby is allergic to the type of formula you’re feeding him or her are: Excessive crying or fussiness after a feeding. Extra gas. Very loose, watery stools.
What are the side effects of switching formula?
Your baby could be allergic to the new formula, something you won’t know until you make the switch.
Is it Harmful to a Baby to Keep Changing Formulas?
- abdominal pain.
- blood in stools.
- according to KidsHealth.org.
Can you switch baby formula to cold turkey?
When to Switch Formula Cold Turkey
In most situations, gradually changing formulas is the best approach. However, there are some exceptions. For example, you may need to switch to a new formula right away if your baby’s current formula is causing: Severe digestive issues.
How long should you try a formula before changing?
Make sure you give your baby enough time to try the new formula, usually 3 to 5 days. Some babies will adjust right away. Others may have slight changes in stool pattern, gas, and/or spit-ting up until they become accustomed to the new formula. If you have questions or concerns, check with your baby’s doctor.
Can I change my baby formula without doctor?
In most cases, it’s fine to change formulas provided you stick with the same type. For instance, the ingredients in all cows’ milk-based, iron-fortified infant formulas (recommend for most babies) are essentially the same.
Why is mixed feeding not recommended?
Regular mixed feeding might make it more difficult to keep breastfeeding because it can interfere with keeping up a good supply of breastmilk. So if you’re thinking about supplementing with formula, it’s important to talk about it first with your midwife, child and family health nurse, lactation consultant or GP.
Do formula fed babies get sick more often?
Compared with breast-fed infants, formula-fed infants are more likely to develop an infection in the first year of life. This increased risk of infectious morbidity and mortality is explained, in part, by specific and innate immune factors present in human milk.