As a new parent it can be overwhelming confronting the many different types of formula there are on the market. Most parents are familiar with dairy formula but choosing between the wide range of brands can be overwhelming, and there are actually other options available as well. When looking to buy a product to feed an infant it’s always a good idea to do your homework and find the product that is best for their good health. You’ll want to make sure that you always check the labels to ensure that dairy formula or any other type of product is suitable for your baby.
You will find that dairy formula and other types come in two main forms, powder and liquid. The powdered form will last longer, whilst the liquid form is more convenient, but needs to be used soon after opening.
Here are a few of the main types that you will come across when shopping for your infant.
First milk is a common type of dairy formula that is usually given to newborn babies. This dairy formula contains a couple of protein types – whey and casein. This dairy formula is based on whey protein which is usually considered to be easier for infants to digest than other options. Parents should know that unless their informed otherwise, this is the only type of dairy formula that and infant will need. Infants can remain on it even when solid food is introduced and at about six months of age and they can drink it throughout their whole first year. After your child is older than one year they can start drinking whole cows milk.
Goats’ milk powder
If dairy powder doesn’t agree with your child then you may want to consider goats milk instead. This is also widely available inside pharmacies and stores and have the same standards as dairy formula. It’s worth noting that goat milk powders are not any less likely to cause an allergic reaction than dairy milk.
Dairy formula that uses more casein than whey is called hungry milk as its thought to be more suitable for hungry infants, although there is no real evidence to support this.
Stay down formula
Some types of formula are designed to be thicker and are good for preventing reflux in infants. It’s recommended that you only use this type of product if you have spoken to your GP or pediatrician about it. You should keep in mind that this type of product will have slightly different serving guidelines than normal products as it will need to be used faster or it might get lumpy.
This type of product contains cow’s milk which has been broken down a little bit. It’s much easier to digest and is good for babies suffering from colic and constipation.
Another very popular product is products that have no lactose. These are good for infants who are lactose intolerant and can’t handle milk products. Lactose intolerance is not that common in infants, but if you notice signs like diarrhea, abdominal discomfort or bloating then you may want to speak to your GP.
If you have a baby that is suffering from allergies then your GP may suggest using a hypoallergenic formulation.
Some products are made from soya instead of cow’s milk. This shouldn’t be given to babies under six months older and should only be given after speaking to a GP.
Steer clear of giving your baby milk products like evaporated milk, condensed milk or milk products not intended for infants.