If you’ve decided on formula as the choice for feeding your baby, you
might be a bit confused about all the choices. There are lots of options
to help you find the type that will best suit your baby’s needs and your
When you are in the hospital, if your baby is getting formula, it will
likely be pre-mixed in one serving disposable bottles, and will be a name
brand, milk based formula. This is likely to be what your pediatrician
recommends and will work well for most babies. You may be able to use this
for the whole first year, with no issues.
If your baby has trouble with this formula, he may have a milk allergy,
and may need soy, or other special type of formula. If your baby is having
trouble tolerating his formula, he may cry significantly after eating,
indicating that he has a stomach ache or he may throw up or have diarrhea.
If you notice what you think might be intolerance to the formula, contact
your pediatrician right away. You might have to experiment with a few before
you find the right one, but don’t lose hope. There is a formula out there
that will work well for your baby.
Your next consideration is whether you want pre-mixed, liquid concentrate
or powdered formula. Pre-mixed means you just pour and serve. Liquid concentrates
need to have water added, as does powdered. Pre-mixed is the most expensive,
powdered is the least. But, of course, pre-mixed is also the most convenient.
Pre-mixed and liquid concentrates also spoil more quickly. Powdered formulas
do have a shelf life, but are generally good for about two weeks. Your
decision will generally be decided by your budget and lifestyle, as babies
tolerate all three types equally well. You might want to mix and match,
using powdered formula when you’re at home, and pre-mixed when you travel.
Follow the directions on your formula package carefully.
When you’re bottle feeding, you must also be diligent about sterilizing
your bottles. Keeping the feeding equipment sterile is critical to protecting
your baby’s health, especially in the early days. If you want to minimize
the equipment that needs to be sterile, try using the bottles that hold
disposable milk bags. These are good at keeping air out of the baby’s tummy,
and require that only the nipple be sterilized. The down side is that you
have to buy the sterile disposable bags, and each bag can be used only
once. You might want to spend some time shopping around to decide what
kind of bottle your want to try. Whatever type you choose, just be sure
to read the sterilization instructions, and follow them closely.
At first, bottle feeding may seem like a lot of work, but give it some
time. Once you get the hang of sterilizing bottles and preparing formula,
it will be a breeze.
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