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A Guide To Choosing The Best Newborn Formula In 2019

A Guide To Choosing The Best Newborn Formula In 2019

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Giving your newborn the best nutrition is essential for their proper growth and development. While breastfeeding is the standard way of providing for your child’s nutrition in its early stages of life, there are many times when formula feeding your baby becomes necessary.

When it comes to newborn formula, the market is saturated with options of differing characteristics and quality. Knowing how to sort through the details while taking your baby’s needs into account can be challenging for new mothers, or anyone unfamiliar with contemporary newborn formulas.

To this end, let’s take a look at how to choose the best newborn formula in 2019.

Familiarise Yourself With Formula Types

Formulas for newborns tend to come in three standard preparations. These are ready-to-use, liquid concentrate, and powdered. Knowing how each of these formula variants differs as well as the pros and cons of each can help you make an informed decision when purchasing for your child.

Ready-to-use formulas are great for their convenience. If you are busy with your daily tasks outside of taking care of your baby. you will find that the ability to simply pop open a container of this formula and feed it to your child makes your life easier. However, ready-to-use formulas are generally more expensive than other formats.

Liquid concentrate formulas require a little extra preparation though this is not extensive. With these types of formulas, you simply must mix water into the preparation until you reach a suitable level of consistency to suit your child’s needs. These variants are usually more affordable and, due to their concentrated nature, take up less storage space in your kitchen. 

Powdered formulas for newborns are great for reducing the waste that other formula variants create. It is far more convenient for those looking to balance their eco-friendly lifestyle with ensuring that their child is cared for properly. The disadvantage of powdered formulas lies in their more elaborate preparation. Finding the right balance of formula powder and water to reach an optimal level of nutrition can be difficult at first but if you follow the directions on the package you will be able to figure out the right mix over time.

Formulas From Different Sources

Newborn formulas are derived from different sources which can be good or bad for your infant’s nutritional needs. Cow’s milk formulas, for example, make up the majority of formulas on the market today. This is easy to digest for most newborns, although if your child is lactose intolerant or has digestive issues you may need to look for alternatives. More synthetic variants and dairy-free formulas are also available for children with specific digestive conditions.

Soy-based formulas are great for parents who want to raise their infant with a vegan lifestyle. However, caution should be used with these variants for newborns below a certain weight. An additional concern arises from the fact that excessive soy consumption can create similar effects to the hormone estrogen in the body. This may create unwanted or potentially harmful side effects for your baby.

Use Caution And Common-Sense

Choosing a newborn formula can be a challenge given the abundance of options available on the market today. By informing yourself of the different types of formula and their benefits or disadvantages, you can make an educated decision to give your child the nutrition it needs. 

Always consult with your family physician before making serious changes to your newborn’s diet. The fact that you are taking the time to read more about your newborn’s nutrition is a great sign that you will be a fantastic and caring parent.

Disclosure – this is a collaborative post.