The birth of a baby is the greatest happiness for parents. Naturally, they want to give their little one the best. And it’s not just about toys or other things, but, first and foremost, about food. All moms understand that only mothers’ milk can give their babies all they need. But there are situations when you have to switch to formula feeding. Here are a few reasons to give up breastfeeding:
- absence or insufficient amount of milk;
- mom has to take medications;
- a baby has metabolic issues.
Of course, these are not all the reasons why moms refuse to breastfeed. The list can go on and on but these are the most common.
Remember that you should consult your pediatrician before switching to formula feeding. They’ll give recommendations based on such factors as:
- your child’s age;
- the dynamics of weight gain;
- your baby’s appetite;
- infant’s Intestinal microflora;
- digestive disorders (if there are any);
- allergic reactions.
Rules for choosing formula
- Follow the age recommendations;
- Check the list of ingredients. Paying special attention to ingredients is very important. For example, HiPP formula Stage 2 includes starch while HiPP Dutch Stage 1 doesn’t;
- Try not to buy large packages (some formula spoils quickly);
- Pay attention to the expiration date of the product.
The signs you chose the wrong formula
Sometimes it’s possible to find the right formula on the first try. But more often you have to try several different brands of baby food until you find the right one. If within 3 days of taking the formula for the first time your baby develops symptoms like:
- Itching, rashes, redness;
- Gastrointestinal issues (diarrhea, constipation, vomiting);
- Gas or colic.
The formula you picked might not be good for them.
The formula is okay if your baby tolerates it well. If they eat it with pleasure and don’t have any digestive issues, you’ve made the right choice.