When it comes to baby formula, the most common and popular types are ‘follow-on’ and ‘first formula’. First infant formulas are intended for newborns up to the age of 6 months. The composition of this type of baby formula supports the physiological needs, digestion, and metabolism in the initial 6 months of a child’s life. Follow-on formula is designed for infants over the age of 6 months, and shouldn’t be consumed by a baby under 6 months old.
There are baby formulas that are marked from 0 – 12 months that can be used throughout the entire first year of a baby’s life. These are a bit less popular due to the wide range of the first infant and follow-on formulas out there. There are several other factors that determine the choice of formula you go for, other than the age of your baby.
Children who are prone to or have a high risk of allergies should be prescribed a hypoallergenic formula. In these types of formulas, the cow’s milk proteins are broken down into smaller fragments, making them easier for an infant to digest.
Babies that have an intolerance to lactose should be prescribed low or lactose-free formulas. In these formulas, the lactose is removed or is significantly reduced.
Infants suffering from regurgitation are commonly prescribed anti-reflux formulas, as they contain special cow’s milk with thickeners that aid in reducing the chance of reflux.
With so many choices available it can be very helpful and crucial to understand how to choose the right formula for your child. Here are some points to think about when choosing the best type of formula for your baby’s needs.
Ask a healthcare professional
Consulting with a dedicated healthcare professional is extremely important and useful for all parents, regardless of the health of your baby. A specialist can provide you with all the information that is needed in order for you to choose the right formula for your baby. Particularly, which ingredients are key for the health and well-being of your infant.
Pay attention to the ingredients
The main ingredient you should keep your eye out for in baby formula is fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6. These ingredients have several great health benefits when it comes to the growth and development of your young baby. They are essential for the healthy growth of tissues and cells in a young baby. They are also very important for healthy brain development.
Observe your baby’s reaction to the formula
Once you have made a decision and chosen a type of formula for your baby, observe how your baby reacts to it for the first time. If your baby seems happily satisfied with no fuss afterward, then you have made the right choice. However, if you notice an immediate allergic reaction or other serious symptoms, then consult with a doctor who will determine the cause of these symptoms and advise on the correct nutrition for your baby going forward.