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If you’re like most parents, that stress out about everything your baby needs to stay healthy and safe. Choosing the right formula can be another daunting task. You might be thinking, “What if I make the wrong choice?” I’ve been through it all and put this guide together to help ease your fears and guide you through the basics of baby formula.
While doctors prefer breastfeeding, using formula as a supplement or substitute is common and sometimes necessary. In fact, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that over 37% of babies’ diets are supplemented with formula. If you find that you can’t breastfeed either temporarily or at all, it’s time to determine which formula is best for your baby.
Your pediatric doctor will likely recommend the best formula for baby feeding depending on your little one’s needs and allergies. The most common choices include:
- Cow’s milk-based: The majority of formulas recommended by doctors and readily available are made from cow’s milk.
- Soy-based: Soy-based formulas may be suggested if your baby is allergic to dairy.
- Hydrolyzed formulas: These formulas contain broken-down proteins for easy digestion.
Unless your doctor says otherwise, any formula you choose should be fortified with iron. All babies need iron for the first year to prevent anemia, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics.
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