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Best Feeding Formula for an Infant

Best Feeding Formula for an Infant
No feeding formula contains the immune molecules passed in breast milk from mother to baby, many contain the same types and proportions of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals as breast milk. Review these infant feeding guidelines.
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  • There is an abundance of nutritionally sound options that come close to replicating nature’s perfect recipe. While no feeding formula contains the immune molecules passed in breast milk from mother to baby, many contain the same types and proportions of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals as breast milk:

  • Regular Iron-Fortified Formula
    Cow’s milk is a definite no-no for babies younger than 12 months because it’s hard to digest and doesn’t provide the complete nutrition developing infants need. But most formulas for bottle-feeding are made with cow’s milk that’s been modified for human babies. Proteins are altered to be easily digestible, milk sugar (or lactose) is added to more closely resemble breast milk, and vegetable oil is substituted for butterfat.( Because iron is so essential for infant growth and development majority of pediatricians recommend iron-fortified formula for most babies until at least their first birthday.)

  • Hydrolyzed Formula
    The protein content is broken down into smaller proteins, making it easier for baby to digest (which is why it’s also known as predigested formula). There’s a lot to consider about switching to hydrolyzed formula or even partially hydrolyzed formula (for one, it’s often more pricey) so be sure to talk to your pediatrician about bottle-feeding an allergy-prone baby before you make this choice.

  • Soy-Based Formula
    Made from soybeans supplemented with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. However, because soy formulas differ more from human milk then cow’s milk, they aren’t usually recommended as a drink-of-choice except under certain circumstances (e.g., a cow’s milk allergy, though keep in mind it’s common for infants with a milk allergy to also be sensitive to soy protein). Pediatrics maintains that soy-based formula should only be used in a handful of situations, for example in the rare instance that a baby is intolerant to galactose.

  • Special Formula
    Some babies that are bottle-feeding, such as premature infants or babies allergic to both cow’s milk and soy formulas and babies with metabolic disorders, require special formulation. These infant formula products, which aren’t necessary or recommended unless your pediatrician says so, are often hypoallergenic, lactose-free, or especially easy to digest.

  • Organic Formula
    These come from milk products that are produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, or growth hormones for that reason are considered healthier. However, certain organic infant formulas are sweetened with cane sugar (sucrose), which is significantly sweeter than the sugars commonly used in formula, which, some experts worry, could contribute to problems like tooth decay and excess weight gain. Not all organic formulas use sucrose, however, so check the labels, if you still have questions, ask your pediatrician.

  • Probiotic and Prebiotic Formula
    Some formulas for babies are now fortified with probiotics, bacteria which is supposed to prevent diarrhea in otherwise healthy children. However, probiotics should not be given to chronic or seriously ill babies. Prebiotics are also added to some formulas in order to reduce infections in healthy children, but it is still uncertain whether or not they are effective, either.

  • Follow-up Formula
    These formulas are geared toward bottle-feeding babies older than four months who are also eating solid foods. They are not a good choice for a younger baby and you should always ask your doctor before introducing them to the menu.

    Important Note: The articles presented are provided by third party authors and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of KhanaPakana.com. They should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis. Consult with your physician prior to following any suggestions provided.

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