How would you know which formula milk would suit your baby? If your baby has special needs, how will you take care of his/her nourishment? Choosing baby formula can be one of the most challenging decisions because this is directly related to your child’s health. After coming back home from the hospital, the formula being given there might cease to suit and your baby could be in discomfort. Here is a guide to help you choose the best:
1. Formula Fortified With Iron:
You would be surprised to know that most formulas contain cow’s milk because you have read in a pregnancy guide that cow’s milk should never be given to a baby younger than a year. This holds true but the milk contained in formula is altered in its composition to be easier on the delicate digestive system of your baby. Iron is quintessential to the development of your baby and hence almost all kinds of formula milk are fortified with iron so remember to choose one that says so on the label.
2. Predigested Formula:
You might have a preterm baby or one that finds regular fortified formula difficult to digest. Predigested or hydrolysed formula1 is often recommended in such scenarios. This formula is way more expensive and could be a cause of concern for babies with allergies. You will need to consult your paediatrician before switching over to hydrolysed formula milk.
3. Hypoallergenic And Lactose Free Formula:
This kind of formula is also recommended for premature babies who are allergic to cow’s milk, soy milk and some others who have special nutritional needs. This kind of formula is expensive, easy to digest, is hypoallergenic and is lactose free.
4. Formula Fortified With Probiotics:
Prebiotics and probiotics2 are used to prevent and reduce the occurrences of digestive problems in babies. Some brands of formula are being fortified with these to ensure that babies can be kept safe from infections like diarrhoea etc. There is a lot of research to be done in this field to prove its efficacy.
5. Organic Formula:
Organic formula is being pushed by a few top brands and the first thing that you will notice is its price that is two times than that of regular formula. The fact that it is made out of milk products produced without the use of harmful chemicals makes it quite expensive. One factor that is hindering its popularity is the usage of cane sugar to sweeten it that is too sweet for baby teeth. Tooth decays are hence imminent.
Whether you choose to go with regular formula or the organic variety, ensure that the water you use to dissolve the powder is pure and safe for consumption. Your paediatrician would be the best person to guide you in this decision and will also tell you about the possible consequences. Your baby might initially have colic pains, bloating and spit-ups but these are common symptoms in the initial days because his/her digestive system is still developing and is generally not the consequence of what he or she might be consuming.