Please remember that breast milk is still the best for babies as evidenced by innumerable scientific investigations. However, there are cases when doctors do not advise breastfeeding. Examples of these instances are when the:
- Baby has galactosemia, a metabolic disorder that makes it difficult for them to digest galactose sugar.
- Mother has certain conditions such as HIV infection or Ebola virus disease.
- Mother uses illicit drugs.
There are also cases when mommies only need to stop breastfeeding temporarily and scenarios where they can’t breastfeed but can feed their baby expressed milk. The doctor will of course determine these conditions.
What is Infant Formula?
Before we delve into the discussion on how to properly choose the best formula milk for baby, let’s briefly define an “infant formula.”
Infant formula is a special milk preparation with a calculated carbohydrate, fat, and protein content that aims to resemble breastmilk. Additionally, to encourage your baby’s optimal growth and development, most formula milk is fortified with other nutrients like vitamins and iron.
Please note that infant formula is the only accepted breastmilk substitute for babies. Parents should refrain from using plain cow, sheep, goat, or rice milk when feeding their infant as they do not have the correct balance of nutrients that are suited for the baby’s needs. Doctors are also against the use of toddler milk as well as the homemade formula.
According to the World Health Organization, the recommendation for the best formula milk for baby should be based on their medical needs. Hence, consulting a pediatrician is an important step.
What are the Available Formula Milk Preparations?
Filipino parents are highly aware of the powdered formula preparation. In this preparation, you need to measure the powder by the scoop and mix it with water. By far, this is the least expensive option.
However, did you know that there are other available preparations? They are: