Choosing what formula to feed your young children is probably one of the most important decisions you have to make. The quality of nutrition that people receive as an infant can determine their health, physical skills, and mental prowess for years to come.
The best available food for infants is still breastmilk, as it contains many nutrients and good bacteria which are yet to be replicated perfectly by baby formulas. However, it may be hard to obtain breastmilk for your baby, whether due to the mother not producing enough of it or not having the time to pump breastmilk. For these scenarios, baby formulas can be very beneficial.
Most commercially available baby formulas usually present themselves as the best for babies. However, common sense dictates that not every formula will give the results you want. What is the best formula for newborns, you may ask? That answer will depend on your baby as much as the formula itself. This article will discuss several major types of formula used for babies, as well as the pros and cons of using each.
Cow’s Milk Formula
This baby formula uses cow’s milk as the base, with several other ingredients added to create a solution that more closely resembles breastmilk.
This type of formula is readily available, is one of the cheapest, and is one of the most recommended by experts, so this might be the best formula for newborns if your child does not have any special food needs. However, pay attention to how you need to prepare the formula, as some varieties might have higher amounts of casein than whey. These two proteins naturally occur in milk, but newborns will have a harder time digesting the former than the latter. Make sure that the formula is based on whey so that your child does not encounter any digestive problems.
Also, check first if your baby is lactose-intolerant or is otherwise allergic to cow’s milk. Both are contraindications for using cow’s milk formula. As such, babies will have an anaphylactic shock when fed with any dairy product. It is a severe allergic reaction that requires hospital intervention and can be lethal. To be on the safe side, consult a doctor first to determine any allergies present.
Goat’s Milk Formula
Some would say this formula is sometimes the safer alternative to a cow’s milk-derived formula for babies allergic to dairy products. Unfortunately, this is not true, as the proteins found in goat’s milk are similar enough to proteins in cow’s milk that they will still elicit an allergic reaction from both. It also isn’t true that goat’s milk has a superior nutritional profile than cow’s milk; goat’s milk may have fewer nutrients than cow’s milk. Hence, this may not be the best formula for newborns unless your child has a particular taste preference for goat’s milk.
This formula came from plant sources. So, this might be the best formula for newborns who are on a vegan diet or those whose families follow certain cultural or religious practices that ban the use of animal products.
However, it is crucial to get the approval of a doctor first. This formula is usually only recommended for babies aged six months and up. In addition, many babies who are allergic to cow’s milk will also be allergic to soy-derived formulas. Hence, this is still not a viable alternative for babies with allergies.
Soy-based formulas also have significant levels of naturally occurring phytoestrogens that can damage the reproductive system, although the evidence is still mixed. Finally, soy-based formulas are typically sweet due to the glucose syrup. They lack lactose, and the glucose can cause accelerated tooth decay if oral hygiene is insufficient.
For babies that are allergic to dairy products, a hypoallergenic formula may be the best formula for newborns like them. Milk proteins in hypoallergenic formulas have undergone hydrolysis, which breaks them down into smaller molecules. Many hypoallergenic formulas are also lactose-free. Because of these, sensitive newborns can safely consume these formulas without risk of any allergic reactions occurring.
Be warned though that some formulas are only partially hydrolyzed. These formulas claim to make digestion easier. They break down some of the proteins found in the milk, but no scientific evidence supports this claim so far. Also, they still contain enough whole milk proteins to cause a dangerous allergic reaction. Make sure to buy only fully hydrolyzed, hypoallergenic formulas if you have a baby who is sensitive to dairy products.
So What Is The Best Formula For Newborns?
Again, this will depend on the particular needs of your newborn baby. Their needs and preferences will largely dictate the formulas that are suitable for them. Whatever formula you choose, make sure to consult a doctor first to be able to minimize any risks. Finally, consider feeding your baby breastmilk as much as possible, as breastmilk will always be superior to baby formulas anytime.DISCLAIMER (IMPORTANT): This information (including all text, images, audio, or other formats on FamilyHype.com) is not intended to be a substitute for informed professional advice, diagnosis, endorsement or treatment. You should not take any action or avoid taking action without consulting a qualified professional. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions about medical conditions. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking advice or treatment because of something you have read here a FamilyHype.com.