Choosing the right type of milk formula for your child is not the easiest decision. There are many choices on the shelves at the supermarket that look similar, and it’s hard to know which is absolutely best for your little one.
Of course, it’s a good idea to have a chat with your doctor or child health nurse to see what advice they can give you. The health of your baby and your home lifestyle can have an impact on what the best choice is going to be when it comes to choosing the best milk formula.
The following will take a look at some information about the different kinds of milk formula available to you.
There are two primary forms of milk formula. They are ready-to-use and powdered.
Ready-to-use means that no measuring or mixing is needed, it’s ready to be opened and served to your baby right away. This makes it highly convenient and is often what hospitals will end up giving to babies that can’t have breastfeeding, for whatever reason. It’s very clean and is the best if you are unsure if you have access to clean water to mix with.
However, the convenience of this type of milk formula means that it’s going to cost more money for you. As a long term investment, ready-to-use can be quite costly, and it also tends to take up a lot of space because of how it’s packaged.
And the containers it comes in can be a bad addition to landfills if you don’t try to recycle them.
This type of milk formula has a lifespan that is very short after it is opened – meaning it needs to all be used within 2 days of opening. Many mothers agree that it is more likely to stain clothes if and when it spills since it is darker in colour than powdered varieties.
On the other hand, powdered baby milk formula is the most economical option and also the friendliest to the environment. Rather than coming in individual packs, powder comes in a single tub that makes it take up less space for the number of servings you get.
Of course, powdered is going to take more time since it needs to be measured and mixed. It will last for a month or so after it has been opened up. It also allows you to be specific with the amount of milk formula you want to give your baby.
Most of the time, it’s best to keep using the same type of milk formula and avoid switching even if it seems like your child is not having an easy time digesting it. Changing it if and when they have minor rashes or are unsettled in some way won’t help too much.
Problems like colic, wind, and posseting are not because of what the baby is eating but result from the immature stomach it has. It’s best to speak with your doctor if you think there is something seriously wrong that the milk formula is responsible for.
Babies may need some time to adjust to a new product if you decide to switch, and this is most often evident in their waste.
Ultimately, there is a lot to think about when it comes to baby milk formula that we can’t possibly cover entirely in this article. The main thing to remember is that the brands you find on the shelf will be safe and adequate for most children and that micromanaging their nutrient intake isn’t necessary for them to grow in a healthy way.