Which Is The Best Formula Option For Your Newborn Baby?

Baby formula for newborns is normally made from cow’s milk which has been tailored to ensure it is appropriate for babies. There are several brands in the market that conform to the necessary legal requirements. Two types of protein are included in a baby formula that uses cow’s milk as a base: casein and whey.

Types Of Formula For Newborns

Newborns’ formula form comes in two varieties:

  • Powdered form which, unfortunately, is normally not sterile
  • Ready-to-use liquid form which is sterile and sold in cartons

First Infant Formula

Is normally characterized as good for newborns and is based on cow’s milk whey. It is supposed to be easier for babies to digest as compared to other infant formulas and thus it is supposed to be the first formula your baby should be exposed to. Unless otherwise suggested by a midwife, general practitioner or your health visitor, it’s the only formula required by your baby. When you begin introducing solid foods to your baby at around 6 months your baby can keep using this formula even all through the first year. It is advisable to try other formula brands if one disagrees with the baby. Once your baby reaches 1 year, they can begin drinking whole cow’s milk.

Casein-based Formula

This type of formula is considered to take longer for the baby to digest as compared to a formula that’s whey-based and this is why it is not recommended for babies who are a lot younger, not to mention the difference between casein-based and first infant formula is minor especially nutritionally. Even though it is described more often as acceptable for ‘hungrier babies’ the proof that babies settle down or sleep for a longer time when given this type of formula is not there.

Follow-On Formula

This type also happens to be casein-based but it should not under any circumstances be given to babies under 6 months of age because studies have shown no clear advantages from its use.

Other Formulas

Soya-based infant formula which is made from soya beans was developed originally for use by babies who are unable to take cows’-milk based infant formula for reasons such as lactose intolerance or an allergy to milk. It is recommended by General Practitioners in cases where you want your baby to get a vegan diet or if you are not breastfeeding your child, or if your baby will not or cannot drink other formula types.

There are follow-on formulae that are described as ‘night-time feed’ for infants because they have been added cereal to them which are completely unnecessary seeing as there is no proof that they sleep better when they are given this. It mustn’t be given to babies under 6 months of age.

You will be prescribed a formula with fully hydrolyzed proteins by your GP if your newborn has a cow’s milk allergy.

You can also use goats’ milk-based formula which is advisable for newborns with an allergy to the protein in cow’s milk with advice from a health professional.