Formula Milk & Feeding Guidelines

Formula Feeding – A Personal Decision

So you are a mother now! Now getting started with it, among the first few responsibilities that you need to take care of is feeding your baby. You have options, so you can choose between breastfeeding or formula feeding.

So whether you decide to breastfeed your baby or formula feed is going to be a very personal decision for you. You know the best way of taking care of your child. . So whatever be your decision, feel happy about it. In order to help you make your decision, you can discuss this with your partner, or your midwife or you can also speak to other mothers.

It is important that all the babies who are less then a year old should be fed either on formula milk or they should be breast fed. Cow's milk is not a good option as the iron content in cow's milk is not enough and also the balance of other nutrients is not right.

Formula Milk

There is no doubt that breast feeding your baby is one of the best options and has many advantages. But you can also consider formula milk to be equally good as it is specially produced by the experts for the benefit of the bottle fed babies. The health care experts for babies specifically produce the ingredient content of this milk and ensure that there is the perfect balance of minerals and vitamins content in it. Thus the formula milk contains all the ingredients that is required for your infant to grow into a strong and healthy child.

Most of the formula milks are derived from the cow's milk. The formula used for it is such that it is specially digestible. Also the nutritional quality and content of the formula milk is as close to the breast milk as it could possibly be. In fact, there are lots of formula milk that you can choose from in the market today. SO, in order to choose the best one for your baby you can take the expert help from you health care provider or your midwife.

Many times there are babies who are allergic to lactose or there is a family history of being allergic to the cows milk. In such cases, you will have to choose an alternate option for regular formula milk.

Types of Formula Milk

Specifically for premature babies, who are sick or have low birth weight, the hospital itself provides the liquid formula milk which are ready-made. This milk is sterilised in the bottle and thus is safe for the baby and there is no risk of infection.

There are some formulas which contain more casein, which is a protein or more of whey. The milk which contains more of whey in it are preferably better for the baby, as the breast milk also contains more whey then casein in the earlier months. The formula milk is available for babies of different age group. It is made for babies who are newborns and under six months old, babies which are between six months to one year and so on and so forth. So when you choose one for your baby, check if it matches your baby's age.

Use of Formula Milks – Guidelines

  • Use the formula that matches your babies age group.
  • Till your baby is three months old, make sure that you use teats and sterilized bottles.
  • Ensure to follow the instruction on the milk packet laid down by the manufacturers and accordingly prepare the milk with the right quantity of water and milk powder.
  • If you do not follow the instructions, the feed may be harmful for your baby.
  • If your baby is still under three months old then always make sure to boil the water first and cool it and then prepare the milk for your baby in it.
  • Feed the baby with the formula milk within an hour of preparing it.
  • Do not reuse any unused formula and dispose it off.
  • Make sure that you never reheat the formula milk that you prepare for the baby as it leads to breeding of bacteria which can be harmful for the baby.

These are some of the basic guidelines which you can follow when using formula milk for your child.