With so many different types of baby formulas out there, choosing the right one for your baby can be a bit tricky. But rest assured that all infant formulas are designed with baby’s health and safety in mind
parenthood, comes many important decisions.
One of those decisions is how you
will feed your new bub.
The majority of new mums in Australia plan to
breastfeed and start off breastfeeding, but plans don’t always work out –
especially in parenthood.
Some women find breastfeeding difficult, and some
simply choose not to breastfeed.
If you end up not breastfeeding, or find yourself
needing to stop due to difficulties, you’ll need to choose an infant formula
for your baby.
This can be a daunting task as there is a huge formula market
with tons of various types and brands of infant formula available.
time to learn about your choices, and rest assured that all infant formulas are designed with baby’s health and safety in mind.
Which Brand of Formula
Should I Use?
is quite a selection of different formula brands available.
It can be confusing
to know which brand is best.
A lot of times, we may feel like if something is
more expensive, it must be better.
Really though, there isn’t usually any
notable difference between brands of formula.
All formula sold in Australia must meet strict regulations.
these regulations, all brands of formula sold are safe for babies of the age
that the tins say they are for.
What’s more important to consider than the
brand of formula you choose, is the type of formula you choose.
The Different Types of
you first realize just how many types of formula there are, it can be somewhat
Learning about each type and what it’s for is helpful and makes
choosing a formula for your baby much simpler.
1. Cow’s Milk Based Formula
that is based off of cow’s milk is the most common infant formula.
is suitable for most babies, hence why it is the most common type of formula.
The amounts, as well as the types of
things like protein, carbohydrates, fats, and minerals are changed in the cow’s
This creates an infant-feeding substitute that is more similar to
breastmilk than just regular cow’s milk.
2. Formula with Added
or prebiotics, are healthy bacteria that can help the digestive system.
formulas have added probiotics to help keep
your baby’s digestive tract healthy and balanced.
While the probiotics may
indeed be beneficial, they are not necessary to your baby’s health and development.
3. Gold Formula
brands of formula offer a gold version.
This means that the formula has
long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, or LCPUFAs, added to it.
are naturally occurring in breastmilk, but are not found in regular formulas.
LCPUFAs are beneficial to development,
specifically of the brain.
However, it is unknown if the LCPUFAs added to
formula are able to be absorbed the same way as those found in breastmilk, and
therefore there is no substantial evidence that gold formulas are better than
any other formula.
4. Thickened Formula
known as AR (anti-regurgitation) formula, thickened formulas contain a
The purpose of this is to helpthe baby to keep the formula in
their stomach and prevent them from spitting up as much.
This type of formula
can sometimes be helpful for babies that
suffer from reflux, but it isn’t guaranteed that it will make a difference.
If you suspect your baby has a problem with reflux, talk to your baby’s doctor
before switching formulas.
5. Hypo-Allergenic Formula
or HA, formula is designed specifically for babies that are more likely to suffer from allergies.
in HA formula has been further broken down than in regular formulas.
of formula might be a good choice for a baby that has immediate family members
with allergies to foods, eczema, or even asthma.
If this applies to your baby,
talk to their doctor about whether using a HA formula may be beneficial to your
6. Extensively Hydrolysed
formula that has been extensively hydrolysed, the protein has been thoroughly
broken down, even more so than the protein in HA formula.
This type of formula
is designed for babies that have an
allergy to cow’s milk.
The protein being already broken down greatly lowers
the chance of the baby having an allergic reaction.
7. Lactose-Free Formula
or milk sugar, is naturally occurring in both breastmilk as well as cow’s milk.
In some cases, a baby may not be able to properly break down lactose. If a baby
is unable to break down lactose, they are known as lactose intolerant.
Lactose-free milk is made for those
babies that are lactose intolerant. It’s important to note that being
lactose intolerant is not the same as having a cow’s milk allergy.
8. Soy Based Formula
beans are used to create soy based formula.
If your baby is allergic to cow’s
milk, you may think you need to try a soy based formula.
However, many babies
that have an allergy to cow’s milk, may also be allergic to soy.
Soy based formula
is also free of lactose, but a lactose-free cow’s milk based formula is still
considered to be a better choice for lactose intolerant babies.
9. Goat’s Milk Based Formula
milk based formula is very similar to
cow’s milk based formula.
In fact, the biggest difference between the two
The goat’s milk based formula is typically more expensive, but if you
can afford it and just prefer it, there is no reason that you shouldn’t give it
to your baby over regular cow’s milk based formula.
10. Organic Formula
formula contains the same things that regular formula contains.
is that the ingredients of organic
formula must meet certain qualifications to be considered
Organic. Whether or not you use an organic formula is a completely personal
Do I Have to Switch My Baby
to Stage 2 Formula?
likely that you’ve noticed that formula comes in different stages.
beyond stage 1 formula is unnecessary.
It’s safe to switch to a stage 2 formula at 6 months if you prefer, but any
formula that is for use from birth is good to use until baby is weaned from
formula at 12+ months of age.
Stage 2 formulas usually have additional protein and iron in them,
but your baby can get any additional needed protein and iron from the solid
foods that they should begin consuming around 6 months of age.
Don’t use stage
2 formulas before 6 months of age as they are not appropriate for younger
Formula Feeding Tips
the right formula for your baby is a great first step in formula feeding, but
there are also other important things to learn and consider when using formula
for your baby.
Tip #1: Follow Instructions on the
Tin of Your Formula
should very carefully follow the instructions on your formula’s tin.
mixing your baby’s formula is vital.
Too much water or too much powder can
cause serious health problems for
Pay very careful attention to directions if you switch to a
different formula at any point, as the instructions for different formulas
Only use the scoop that comes with the tin of formula.
Tip #2: Never Use a Microwave to
can be given to babies chilled, at room temperature or warmed, but many babies
tend to prefer their formula warm.
You should never use a microwave to warm
your bub’s formula though.
Warming formula in a microwave can heat it unevenly
and cause hot spots.
This can be very
dangerous and burn your baby’s mouth. Safer ways to warm your baby’s
formula are to put the bottle in hot water, run hot water over the bottle, or
to use a bottle warmer specifically designed to heat formula to a comfortable
Tip #3: Don’t Prop Your Baby’s
your baby’s bottle, especially if they are left unattended, can be very
A propped bottle increases
the risk of your baby choking and can even leave them at a higher risk of
problems like ear infections.
Plus, even if you aren’t breastfeeding, feeding
your baby is a valuable time to bond with and enjoy your baby.
Tip#4: Keep Things Clean
very important to be as sanitary as possible when dealing with your baby’s
You should always wash your
hands before preparing your baby’s formula. You should also make sure that
the bottles you make your baby’s formula in are sanitized properly before using them.
Keeping everything as clean
as possible will help prevent your baby from consuming any dangerous bacteria.
Don’t Stress Yourself Out
important decisions about your baby’s health such as what you’ll feed them can
certainly be stressful.
Luckily, thanks to strict regulations, all infant
formulas sold in Australia are safe for babies to consume.
about the different types of formula available should make choosing the right
one for your baby an easy task. It’s also always a good idea to consult your baby’s doctor about what the
best formula for them is.
Always follow the instructions on your formula’s
tin, and listen to the advice of your baby’s doctor and your baby should be
just fine. As long as you do these things, there’s really no reason to worry.
Just enjoy every moment during this wonderful time in
yours and your bub’s life.
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