During infancy, the pediatrician will recommend exclusive breastfeeding as the best option for feeding the baby. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Circumstances or in some cases medical conditions could prevent you from fulfilling this requirement. Luckily, there is an alternative in the name of the dairy formula.
As the name suggests, this is an alternative feeding option for babies. It is a food supplement for breastfeeding babies. If you find yourself in need of this kind of alternative feeding for your bay, you will want to do everything right and by reading this, you are on to a good start. We hope to address the most common concerns when it comes to selecting dairy formula for your infant.
What to consider
- Baby’s condition
- The type of baby formula
- The composition of the formula
- Mode of preparation
- Cost of the formula
When we talk of the baby’s condition, we are referring to its allergic reactions. As a routine procedure, get a physician’s approval to introduce formula to the baby. This way, you will be sure to only introduce the right type of formula to your baby. For instance, if the infant is lactose intolerant, this means that it will react to dairy formula. Hence the need to consider a non-dairy formula. We cannot emphasize enough the need to get a physician’s OK before introducing formula to the baby.
Type of formula
Three types of formulas exist. These are:
- Dairy formula
- Soy formula and
- Hydrolyzed protein formula
The types of the formula above are self-explanatory. Dairy formula means it is made from cow’s milk. Preparation involves modifying cow’s milk for easy consumption by the infant. This type of formula is not ideal for babies with lactose intolerance. For such infants, it is recommended to use soy formula. Unlike milk formula, soy formula does not contain animal proteins. For babies that are allergic to both dairy and soy formula, it is recommended for them to use the third option, which is hydrolyzed protein formula. It is the type that comprises broken-down proteins.
Composition of the formula
Before you settle for a particular formula for your infant, be sure to check the extra contents. More often than not, manufacturers include enhancers to boost the formula. These include things like acids and iron. You can be sure that these additions have been duly approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). But, even then, it is still important that you get clearance from the pediatrician before feeding your baby with fortified formula.
Mode of preparation
Baby formula comes in two main forms, namely powder, and liquid. Whereas the powder form requires mixing with water during preparation, the liquid one may or may not require water. It is worth noting that the liquid formula comes either as concentrated or ready to use. For the concentrated one, you will have to mix it with water before serving the baby. This is not the case with the one that comes ready to serve.
Cost of the formula
Just like any other purchase, the cost of formula is something you might want to take into consideration. Well, in some cases, actually most cases, the cost will not be a problem but, this doesn’t mean it is a nonfactor. Especially considering the price differences that exist between the types of formula out there. Please take note that the highly-priced formula is not necessarily much better or more effective than the less expensive one. It all comes down to convenience. The costly one could be offering more convenience in terms of preparation than the less expensive one.
In conclusion, while dairy milk is a great supplemental or alternative feeding option for your baby, it will save you a great deal of trouble just knowing what to get before you go for the actual purchase. We hope that this article has been or will be helpful to you in your endeavor to choose the best dairy formula out there for your infant.