What is the best baby formula?

There are many baby formulas in pharmacies and supermarkets. We parents are sometimes confused. Which formula should I buy? Of course, we all want the best for our little ones. The World Health Organization (WHO) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) both agree that breast milk during the first 6 months of your baby’s life is the best thing that you can give him /her. Yet, not all of us could exclusively breastfeed, and choosing the right formula for our babies seems difficult. First of all, let’s agree that there is no best baby formula but there is the right formula for my baby. As you heard, the best baby formula doesn’t exist as no baby formula is 100% identical to breast milk. However all baby formulas include the basic nutrients that your baby needs (the basic nutrients are decided by the WHO and local health authorities). To know the right formula for your baby, you first need to know the 4 different types of baby formulas available in the market:
 Cow’s milk formula: This is the most common baby formula in the market. The cow protein is treated so that babies can easily digest it.
 Anti-reflux formula: More than 70% of babies have colic and reflux, yet if your baby’s colic/reflux is exaggerated you can give him/her an anti-reflux formula. This formula is similar to cow’s milk formula but it also has rice in it to decrease baby’s reflux.
 Soy formula: If you have tried the cow’s milk formula with your baby and you have figured out that your baby is allergic to cow‘s milk or that he/she is lactose intolerant, then soy formula is exactly what your baby needs.
 Specialized formula: If your baby is premature (born before the end of the 37th week of pregnancy) then he/she needs more nutrients than other babies to stay in good health. Specialized formulas is the right choice for premature babies.

While choosing a baby formula for your little one, take your doctor’s advice first. It doesn’t matter which brand you get for your baby. The most important thing is to make sure that your baby is healthy and feeling well when drinking his/her milk.

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Dr. Reem Khalaf Bachelor of Pharmacy and Biotechnology (German University in Cairo) instagram account : babychef_eg
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