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Baby Formulas: A Safe Alternative to Mother's Milk

Having a newborn baby rings joy throughout the household. Nutrition for your newborn is of utmost importance for proper growth and development. Mother's milk, with its colostrum, rich proteins, antibodies and minerals, are recommended by physicians for a newborn baby. Sometimes, breast feeding is not an option for the new mom. This article will discuss baby formulas and what to do when you don't have mother's milk.

Sometimes, a new mother simply cannot breast feed due to schedule complications and prefers to use baby formula. More reasons to use baby formulas include the use of alcohol, drugs or medications, or supplements by the mother after child birth. Although some physicians may contend that the risks are minimal, these substances do enter the mother's milk and some are poorly digested by the newborn. Why take health risks with your new baby? So pay attention which nappies you are using for your baby.

Infant formula is a safe alternative to mother's milk. Baby formulas contain vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates and fats that are essential for a healthy baby. There are a few forms of baby formula on the market. For convenience, baby formulas come in concentrated liquid, ready-to-feed, and powder. Ready-to-feed formula requires no water, but, the concentrated liquid and powder do.

Basically, there are three types of baby formula approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The list includes cow's milk formula, soy-based formula, and protein hydrolysate formula. Cow's milk baby formula is made from cow's milk, with added nutrients and special processing to make digestion easier. Soy formula is made from soy proteins and could be helpful if baby is lactose intolerant. Protein hydrolysate formulas are made from milk proteins or soy proteins and are considered hypoallergenic.

Most parents want the best nutrition for their growing babies. If nursing is not an option, a formula is usually chosen for you by the hospital after delivery. If your baby develops digestive problems or allergies to the product, always consult your pediatrician before switching baby's formula. Choosing baby formulas from grocery shelves can be a guessing game. Enfamil, Similac or Carnation Good Start are all good substitutes for breast milk - only your baby can tell if they are agreeable to their tiny bodies.

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