|I am going to feed my baby formula. But I am overwhelmed by
the choices available. How do I go about choosing the formula
that is right for my baby?
It is reassuring to know that enormous amounts of research
have been poured into making baby formula as close to breast
milk as possible. Your baby won’t get the immunity
that breast milk imparts, but will get excellent nutrition.
Although formula is based on cow’s milk, it has been
adapted to make it both richer and more digestible than
cow’s milk. Babies should not be exposed to ordinary
cow’s milk until after the twelve-month mark, as it
is hard for them to digest before then. An iron-enriched
formula is recommended. The best way to start selecting
the right formula for you is to consult your doctor or the
nurse at your local clinic. If you start formula from day
one, then the nursing staff at your hospital will be very
well equipped to advise you.
Once you start with a formula, watch your baby closely
to see if it is agreeing with baby. There are a very small
number of babies who do better on soya formula for various
reasons. Be prepared to take advice and go through some
trial and error, because finding the right solution for
your baby is vital. Don’t be put off if other moms
seem to be having an easier time than you. You will find
the right answer for your baby!
As the baby grows it may be necessary to change the formula
to meet his growing needs. By that time you will have a
doctor or health worker whose advice you value, and with
whom you can discuss this issue.
Bottle feeding - Advantages
Bottle feeding - Choice of teat
Bottle feeding - Combining with breastfeeding
Bottle feeding - Drawbacks
Bottle feeding - Intolerance/Allergy to Cow's Milk
Bottle feeding - Physical contact and Propping
Bottle feeding - Practical guidelines
Bottle feeding - Pros and cons
Bottle feeding - Quantity
Bottle feeding - Reducing mother's milk supply
Bottle feeding - Switching from breastfeeding
Bottle feeding - Travelling