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The Best Formula to Supplement a Breastfed Baby

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For most mamas, the goal with feeding is to successfully breastfeed your baby without having to supplement with formula. Sometimes, though, there is no other option.

Whether you are returning to work, your supply is low, or you are simply choosing to supplement for other reasons, you want to find the best formula available!

There are various bases used in formulas and some don’t sit well in some babies’ digestive tracts. Cow milk, soy milk, and goat milk are the three very popular bases used in formulas but there are also other bases used to create formulas for sensitive health situations such as premature babies, reflux, colic, and allergies.

If you’re able to wait until your little one is 3 to 5 weeks old before introducing a bottle, do that! Do your best to solely breastfeed until that point, when nursing is natural for both of you. Bottle feeding requires a different suck (babies “suck” a bottle and “suckle” a breast, requiring different muscle movements) and you do not want to confuse your brand new baby.

Before hopping on the crazy train of best-formula-searching, you should ask yourself these questions:

  • How old is your baby?
  • What form do you want the formula?
    • There are 3 forms of formula: powder, premixed, and concentrated. Powder is where you will get the best bang for your buck; premixed is the quickest and simplest; concentrated is more work than powdered and less work than premixed.
  • How well does baby digest it?
    • Most babies have a hard time digesting formula, especially at first; it is a lot more difficult to process than breast milk. Watch your little one for the first three days of supplementing with formula. Your main sign will be: is your baby more gassy and fussy than before adding in this specific formula?
Similac and Enfamil are some of Best Formula to Supplement a Breastfed Baby

source: www.slate.com

Two of the most popular formulas on the market are Enfamil and Similac; hospitals use these in premixed bottles when necessary. These two brands of formula offer a wide array of options for sensitive tummies, fussiness, cow’s milk allergies, and spit up. Something to keep in mind, however, is that both of these brands’ first or second ingredient is some form of corn syrup!

Corn syrup is not a natural or normal part of a baby’s diet!

So the big question remains: what is the very best formula to supplement a breastfed baby? The answer is: there is no one best formula to supplement with your breast milk. The problem with stating that one single formula is the best completely negates the reality that every baby is different with different needs, allergies, digestive systems, etc.

What we recommend is choosing an organic formula that is patterned after breast milk, making it much easier for your little one to digest and still providing the essential nutrients and minerals your baby needs in order to continue growing.

What is the best formula to supplement a breastfed baby? Depending on your baby and his or her needs, start with Honestly Organic’s Organic Premium Formula (you can also purchase it HERE on Amazon) and see how your little one handles it!

 

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Sources:
www.incredibleinfant.com
www.jet.com
www.honest.com
www.livestrong.com

Featured image source: www.webmd.com

 

Natalie

Writer and Photographer at Natalie Brenner Writes
Natalie is a freelance writer and professional photographer who is up for just about any crazy adventure. She guzzles iced coffee while changing diapers and singing songs in silly voices to her two sweet boys who are almost 5 months apart and both under 1. When not bouncing babies or reading books in the rocking chair, her husband works with at-risk children. Their boys joined their family via birth and adoption and they hope to continue expanding their family via adoption and possibly foster care. Connect further with her through her blog, Natalie Brenner Writes, Instagram, or her community Facebook Page.
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