Formula for a baby may never have a welcome place in some people’s homes.
Alongside genuine mother’s milk your second best option is formula feeding. It might have it’s place in your baby’s life already!
I am not for it nor against it. Sound strange? It doesn’t scare me much at all and neither does some of the science behind it. It does in fact show us that science wishes it’s very best to duplicate the benefits breast milk gives.
I believe it is not harmful in small amounts. Some people might twist it to say that this is one reason to quit it altogether.
Too much of a single thing may be bad for you!
We have enhanced infant formula which was created to mimic the very same immune benefits of breast milk.
What is Baby Formula?
For those of us that are confused by this subject we firstly need to understand what goes inside a bottle of milk substitute…
Baby formula is usually made from cow’s milk with modified protein, fat and carbohydrates to offer nutritional qualities similar to breast milk. Simply put…
Iron-fortified formula is believed to provide one’s baby with enough protein. There are many kinds:
Cow milk protein-based formula, soy and a protein hyrdrolysate formula!!!
Protein hyrdolysate is just a long word for protein that has been broken down or ‘hydrolysed’… Babies with an allergy to protein will be safely fed on this formula…
You will find one option that suits you best. Formulas range in price:
- Powdered formula is the least expensive
- Concentrated liquid formula is next in the queue and costs a little more
- Ready-to-use formula is the most expensive and does not need to be mixed with water as with the previous two…
How Much Formula Do you Need for Your Baby?
Your baby has a role to play in how much you feed them and when. Mothers instinctively have a large role to play in their baby’s lives too… No-one can separate this fact from a mother and her baby!
Some people disagree and believe that your baby should not decide when he/she actually feeds. Another point suggests that breast milk may be far superior to infant formula.
Science seems to have paved a way through. Some answers provided by this ‘food-science’ seem logical enough…
A newborn typically needs about 60-90ml of formula or 2-3 ounces every three to four hours.
Formula must be prepared according to the manufacturer’s instructions…
Here is a rule you can use:
- For every 453kg or one single pound of your baby’s body weight, you should feed him/her 75ml or 2.5 ounces of formula per day!
Your baby will cry when hungry too. They know what they want, when they want it… It is a part of mother nature.
Are You on The Fence?
Your baby can be fed formula or breast milk. Again they could have an intake of formula and breast milk but just formula for a young one, I don’t think works entirely on it’s own!!! Hey, if you feed them formula and prefer it no-one can stop you…
Every mother feels a basic urge to try breastfeeding and some children have been breastfed for longer periods of time than others.
You may wish to use a method called demand feeding. It is the easiest method available to you. It is also the most natural way forward when it comes to your baby and feeding time. The more natural some would argue, the better…
Provide your baby with a full bottle of formula, breastmilk or both whenever they seem hungry.
You might initiate feeding sessions, for example, if your baby is having trouble gaining weight or is way too young.
How Hungry Is She?
There are quite a few signs you can watch out for as a parent.
Hunger is one thing you have to get right!
Here are some guidelines for when your baby is hungry:
- opening of mouth
- sticking the tongue out
- puckering the lips similar to sucking a nipple
- his/her head will move from side to side
- moving towards something or someone touching either cheek is called the rooting reflex- another sign
- rubbing against mother’s breast
- ‘fingers, hands or fist’ is placed on or in mouth
Are You Convinced?
I don’t think formula should be overlooked… It may even leave your baby fuller for longer. It takes a longer time to digest than normal breast milk would. You can expect to wait longer between feeding times aswell. That’s potentially a good thing, no?
Are these real benefits or not?
When it comes to formula dad can now join in and feed baby… All it takes is a full bottle of formula… What I’m trying to get at is how easy it can be to formula feed your baby.
I would suggest tackling both options. Using both breastfeeding and formula as a way forward. Why? I believe in trying a little bit of everything!
Placing all your eggs in one basket can lead to all kinds of consequences, mainly bad ones as the saying goes…
The little one in your arms might just be perfectly satisifed with formula in a nice, warm bottle.
I hope you make an informed decision based on this article…
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
All the best,