How do I choose the right formula for my newborn?
Let’s begin with the basics
Protein, carbohydrate, and fat make up 98 percent of infant formula. Protein and carbohydrates have the most impact on your baby’s comfort while digesting, so I always recommend parents choose a formula based on these ingredients. You can literally ignore the front of the formula label.
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 I know if formula isn’t agreeing with baby?
What are the signs of formula intolerance?
- Blood or mucus in your baby’s bowel movements.
- Pulling his or her legs up toward the abdomen because of abdominal pain.
- Colic that makes your baby cry constantly.
- Trouble gaining weight, or weight loss.
Which formula do breastfed babies prefer?
Choose an iron-fortified formula.
For healthy, full term babies who are partially breastfed, the A.A.P. recommends a cow’s milk-based formula that is iron-fortified. (Low-iron formulas raise your baby’s risk of anemia.)
What formula do hospitals use?
Similac is the #1 brand of baby formula chosen by hospitals, so there’s a good chance that if you’re using formula from day one (or even just supplementing), the hospital where you deliver may have some samples to help get you started.
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.
Is it OK to just pump and not breastfeed?
If you believe that breast milk is the best food choice for your child, but you are not able to breastfeed, or you don’t want to, that’s where pumping comes in. It’s absolutely OK to pump your breast milk and give it to your baby in a bottle. … Here’s what you need to know about pumping for your baby.