We all know that breastfeeding is best for our babies, but sometimes it’s not the best for our situation. There are plenty of situations when formula is a necessity. So what can you do to give your infant the best nutrition when breastfeeding simply is not an option? The information below will help you make the very best choice for your precious little one.
Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding
Many mothers find that they are able to give their baby breastmilk at least part of the time. After they have passed the 6 week point, most infants are able to get along well taking both the breast and a bottle. However, if you cannot breastfeed at all, there are several options available to you in good quality formula.
When considering formula, it is best to choose organic. Nonorganic formula is full of hormones, antibiotics, GMO ingredients and chemicals such as pesticides and herbicides. These ingredients can wreak havoc on a baby’s gut and immune system, causing upset stomach, constipation or diarrhea and allergies. These symptoms may not show up right away, but as baby grows the effects of nonorganic ingredients will rear their ugly heads. Have a look at our Organic formula collections form HiPP and HOLLE.
Cow Milk Formula
Most formulas are cow milk based. Organic cow milk formulas contain a good source of protein and have been formulated to give your baby everything they need to grow up healthy and strong. When choosing an organic formula be sure to look for one that has no corn or rice syrup added, as these can be irritating to your baby’s stomach. Choose a formula that is free of additives and of made from pasture fed milk to maximize the good nutrition you are feeding your baby.
Some companies offer cow milk formulas that have been hydrolyzed, a process which breaks down milk protein to make it easier to digest. These formulas are touted as being better for infants with milk allergies. However, there are no organic hydrolyzed formulas, as the hydrolyzation process usually entails using chemicals that do not meet organic standards.
Goat Milk Formula
Another option, especially if your child has allergies, is organic goat milk formula. Goat milk contains all of the same healthy nutrients that cow milk contains. Unlike cow milk, goat milk is easier to digest due to the naturally small size of the protein it contains. Goat milk has been known to be better tolerated in people who have cow milk allergies. Another advantage of goat’s milk is that it is naturally sweeter tasting. Because of this, goat milk formulas are lower in or free of added sugars.
Have a look at our Organic goat milk formula from HOLLE.
If your infant has a milk allergy, you may have to avoid milk products altogether. There are many soy based products on the market for those who need them. However, keep in mind that many of these products contain GMO ingredients, pesticides and herbicides. As with other formulas a high quality organic product is best. Though generally well tolerated, soy has been found to be irritating to some people’s stomachs, so watch your infant for signs of intestinal distress. Some studies also indicate that phytoestrogens in soy may cause hormonal disruptions in some people.
Whatever you choose, a good quality organic formula will help your baby grow up strong and healthy. For more information please visit the websites below.