So what formula is best? This question is on the minds of parents around the world. When it’s decision time to feed a term infant, experts agree that mother’s milk is a preferable source of nutrition. So should mothers choose breastfeeding or should parents bottle-feed in the case of formula fed babies? And if so, which baby formula is best?
This article is designed to answer these questions up front in the order they are presented with supporting rationale below:
- What formula is best? There is no “best baby formula” only the one that makes the most sense to you and your pediatrician and is well tolerated by baby.
- Should mothers choose breastfeeding? Yes, if you can breastfeed you should for as long as possible. Then supplement with infant formula until you can transition your baby to a toddler formula.
- Should parents bottle-feed in the case of formula fed babies? Yes, infant formula is the only other feeding option recommended by healthcare professionals around the world.
Since we’re dealing with what Mother Nature intended, babies instinctively know how to breastfeed. This doesn’t mean that all mothers are capable of exclusively breastfeeding babies. In the event you have difficulty with breastfeeding and you and your physician decide on supplementing breast milk with formula or formula feeding exclusively, rest assured your baby will receive what he or she needs to thrive.
Federal guidelines mandate that infant formula be designed as a “sole source” of nutrition. In other words, it has to contain essential fats, sugar, protein, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals in a range of levels similar to breast milk. Doesn’t it make sense? The government wouldn’t allow an inferior product on the market for those parents who choose to feed babies formula and not breast milk. Just think of parents of multiples – more often than not, moms cannot produce enough breast milk for twins or triplets and need to rely on formula. Exclusively.
This gets us back to our fundamental question: what formula is best? All infant formulas sold in the United States must meet the same FDA standards. This means that more expensive formulas – i.e. name brands like Enfamil, Similac, and Gerber – are not better than store brand baby formulas. Oftentimes people refer to these store brands as “generic baby formulas.” Guess what: there is nothing “generic” about them. Even the packaging of store brand infant formula is just as good if not better than national brands. Learn more by visiting the store brand formula site at http://www.storebrandformula.com/baby-formula-tubs.aspx.