The most preferred method for providing one’s newborn is breastfeeding. This is one way of ensuring that all the nutrients required for a strong immune system is provided to the baby. You will only achieve the benefits in the fullest magnitude through mother’s milk. This is why breastfeeding is the best way to feed your little one. There is a large population however for whom this doesn’t work well, due to the baby or mother or both. In such cases, the baby formulas come to the rescue of newborn and mothers. These are formulas, carefully developed using state of the art technology for babies.Sometimes new parents avoid using baby formulas made using cow’s milk, due to the possible difficulties attached to it. However most of the infant formulas are perfectly safe packed with nutrition, like Bellamy’s infant formula, which is often referred as white gold. It is true that for babies below 12 months, cow’s milk is not the best choice, as it lacks the fats, proteins, carbohydrates and various other nutrients that are present in breast milk of a mother. Also nowadays, a small number of toddlers are intolerant to lactose.
However one needs to understand that toddler milk formula based on cow’s milk is not the regular dairy produce, with the high price tag attached to it. These formulas are cautiously prepared, by altering the proteins and fats of a cow’s milk to imitate that of a mother’s milk to high degree. Even for those toddlers who find digestion of cow’s milk based baby formula very difficult, there are various other good substitutes. Like formula based on Soy Milk, specially developed for toddler who lack enzymes for braking down of lactose, which is natural sugar present in cow’s milk. Again parents should look for soy based milk formula for their babies’ not soy milk.
One more option is called as protein hydrolysate, this for those babies, who are allergic to milk. This formula is developed in such a way that proteins are already broken-down, so that those few unfortunate toddlers having family history involving any kind of milk allergy can be fed properly. For many babies it is a lifesaver.
All these formulas mostly have the same kind of ingredients but they vary based on convenience and price. The most cost effective is powdered formula; it should be mixed in careful measurements with water when being fed to the baby. Same is the case with concentrated liquid baby formulas. The correct ratio eases the digestion and makes the baby grow healthy. Instant formulas are also available in the market, which are pre mixed and can be fed both worm and cool, immediately to the baby. But this is of high price. Some baby formulas also come with DHA and ARA, these fatty acids called as omega 3 present in mother’s milk. But the ongoing research on them is divided about their view regarding its benefits.
One should consider all the above point when selecting baby formula, and they should try to go at the baby’s pace, not forcing these on it. Based on the preference of the kid, correct amount at desired times, should be given to the baby.