By Steven Rinberg, Healthday Reporter
SUNDAY, November 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) – A multitude of children’s formulas cover the market’s shelves, but how do you pick the right one?
In fact, the option may be easier than it is. This is because all formulas follow standard guidelines of the US Food and Drug Administration.
“This means that they have a proper balance of protein, carbohydrate, fat and other ingredients to get the baby, proper carbohydrates.”
Parents are considering whether to feed the baby from the bottle, or for the breast to remember that there are significant differences between formula and mother’s milk.
For one, breast milk is easier for babies to digest. Breastfeeding helps protect children from pneumonia, ear infections, eczema and even Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), Shedlock said, and it reduces their risk for diabetes and obesity later in life is.
But some mothers may not produce enough breast milk or may choose to use the formula instead. Approximately 80% of formulas sold in the United States use cow’s milk as the main ingredient.
“It is well tolerated by most infants, and is the most economical option,” said Nancy McDaniel, a lactation consultant at the hospital.
15% of children cannot tolerate a formula based on cow’s milk. For these infants, experts suggest a hydrolyzed formula, which breaks down cow’s milk protein into smaller, more easily digested particles. These formulas may be more expensive. Another option is soy-based formulas, which are rarely recommended.
Some sources report that there are additives such as prebiotics and probiotics, but “research has not yet determined whether they are beneficial for infants,” Shadlock said in a Penn State news release.
Experts urge parents to stay away from foreign sources, as they do not follow FDA guidelines. And homemade formula is not always one.
Some children have trouble digesting the formula. To help, follow the mixing directions on the container. “Resist the urge to make the formula more thick or thin,” McDaniel said.
Do not use spring water. And never use a microwave to heat a baby bottle.
A new and popular feeding technique – called kids bottle feeding – can reduce baby’s gas and agility. This involves placing the bottle horizontally on the child.
“Traditional bottle feeding, along with keeping the bottle upright, forces a baby to swallow faster and harder, which brings in a lot of air,” McDaniel said in the release. He told that the baby is allowed to swallow less air, which makes him feel less air.
For more baby formula, See American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Source: Penn State Health, news release, October 28, 2020
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