If your baby was almost exclusively breast fed and you’ve recently switched to baby formula, you’ve probably noticed a few changes in baby. Although formula is designed to closely mimic breast milk, it still can’t compare to mom’s complete food. Sometimes, your baby’s young digestive system reacts to changes in a formula’s composition. Here’s some surprising facts about how baby formula may affect your child:
When breastfed, your little one was eating every 2 hours. But, when bottle fed, he only eats every few hours or so. Should you be concerned?
Most formulas contain more casein than whey, which is harder for your baby’s digestive system to break down. Breast milk is whey protein based, which breaks down faster than casein. Simply put, it takes your baby longer to break down formula than breast milk. So, if your baby is feeding a little less while on formula, there’s no reason to panic.
As mentioned above, your child’s digestive system has to adapt to changes in dietary sources. When adapting to formula, your baby’s poop may also change. Changes in color, consistency, amount, and smell are common. You may have noticed your little one’s bowel movements are smellier, darker in color, and thicker than when he was breast fed. According to medical experts, this is just baby’s digestive system reacting to different foods.
Although most babies adapt to formula with no problem, some can develop a sensitivity to the milk proteins found in infant formula. If your baby is irritable after a feeding or you’ve noticed blood or mucus in his stool, it’s possible your little one is not reacting well to milk proteins. Other signs of a milk protein sensitivity or allergy include, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes or excessive fussiness.
If you believe your baby is allergic to milk proteins, your child’s pediatrician may have you switch to a hydrolyzed protein formula, which is an easier to digest form of protein. In rare cases, a soy based formula may be recommended.
Although all formulas may seem the same, they’re not. Store bought formulas aren’t really all that different from one brand to the next – they must all meet the same FDA requirements for formulas. However, when comparing a conventional brand of formula to an organic, European made formula, you’ll find a lot of differences. Organic formulas made in Europe like HIPP and Lebenswert are made according to European Union (EU) standards, which are higher than FDA standards. European made formulas do not contain added sugars, artificial preservatives, hormone ridden milk, growth hormones or genetically modified ingredients.
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