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What Mothers Should Know About Baby Formula

Jun 8, 2008
Baby formula is what mothers should look for when they are unable to perform breast-feeding for any reason. Baby formula supplies the baby with all the nutrients that he or she would be supplied with from breast milk in order to develop. This is all done without the mother being forced to feed the baby from her own body.

There are three main forms that baby formula can be found in. These are powdered formula, concentrated formula, and ready to feed formula. Each of these options will fulfill a baby's feeding needs and each has its perks to help a new mother decide which is best for her and her newborn.

Powdered formula is the desired form when price is a real issue. Powdered formula takes the most effort to prepare, but is much cheaper than the other two options. In order to prepare this type of formula you simply boil water, thoroughly mix the powder with the water and allow cooling before feeding. Sterile water can be purchased in order to avoid boiling, but the sterile water should be warmed, and is an unnecessary expense to those who are trying to save money.

Concentrated formula, a thick liquid concentrate, is a little easier to prepare than powdered formula. You must still mix the concentrate with boiled or sterile water but it mixes must easier and quicker than with powder. This method could even be done on the run if using sterile water, which can be purchased in jugs. You simply mix the two in a baby bottle, shake it up, and you are ready to feed the infant.

Easily the most convenient version of formula is ready to feed formula. As can be judged by the name all a person would have to do to prepare this formula is buy it. After that it can be fed to the infant, although if the infant is very young it should still be warmed.

There are other versions of baby formula that could be recommended by a baby's doctor if the baby is not able to digest standard formulas. If something like this occurs do not worry too much because it is very common. It simply means that a baby has a sensitive stomach and can not handle a certain type of formula.

No one should attempt to make baby formula at home. A baby's system is very sensitive and if a mistake were to occur the infant could be greatly hurt. That is why making baby formula is best left up to professionals.

Any sort of sweetener such as sugar, or honey should not be added to a baby's formula under any conditions. Goat or cow milk should never be used to replace baby formula. These milks could make the baby very sick and should wait until later in development. The only form of milk that is acceptable for an infant to drink is human breast-milk, all others are not sufficient.
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