There can be a bunch of reasons why you want your baby to start eating baby formula instead of breast milk such as returning to work, health issues, letting a partner of other family members join in feeding and others. Whatever the reason, baby formula can be a real life-saver and ensure your baby to be healthy and thrive.
The stories of weaning are quite different and every baby’s experience is unique. Some of them are really stressful but with some basic tips it will be easier for both you and your kid to switch from breastfeeding to formula-feeding.
When to switch into baby formula?
This process is extremely personal and your baby can show the readiness by themselves. If not, wait at least to 1 month old until your milk supply is established and you’ll be able to breastfeed and supplement your milk with formula, which might make it easier for a baby to switch to formula. Moreover, it will help your little one to learn and get used to the process of suckling.
However, some newborns need to formula-fed from the very beginning and that’s okay, too. They are usually doing well on formula if it meets all baby’s needs. But, if it’s possible, make a gradual transition to formula feeding.
How to switch into baby formula?
The most important tip is to do it step by step. While changing breast milk into a bottle with formula in one day, it can become a real stress for the baby and you as well. First, fill the bottle with breast milk and give it to your little one. The smell of mother’s milk will remind them of good feelings and will help to get used to the bottle. Next step is to introduce formula milk slowly. Drop one breastfeeding in a few days, substituting it with formula and make it convenient for you. Maybe you want to nurse in the mornings but you don’t have the possibility to do so at bedtime, so make it work for you. Then, create your own schedule and formula feed your baby more often. There is no right or wrong scenario, so it’s totally up to you.
What formula is better to choose?
Make this choice on the basis of your pediatrician’s recommendations and your own observation. You need to find the formula that will be suitable for your little one and perfect for their requirements. Of course, it’s better to use organic formula as it has pure composition and is quite similar to breast milk.
Next step is to choose the type of formula that will be beneficial. These are four main types of them:
- Cow’s milk-based formula
This is the most common one, which is made from proteins in cow’s milk. Babies usually develop timely and grow healthy on this formula as it’s rich in nutrients and can be suitable for different stages of life. Moreover, there is a wide range of these formulas so you can choose one depending on your preferences and budget.
- Soy-based formulas
They are formulas that use soy protein and other components. They are specifically made to substitute human milk or milk of animal origin (cow’s or goat’s). But experts claim that these formulas come with a few risks for babies’ health, so it’s better to have a look at other kinds of formulas.
- Hypoallergenic formulas
Proteins in these formulas are broken down into smaller ones to make it easier for babies to process them. They are great for babies who are prone to allergies and they are widely available. HiPP Combiotic is a great example of this kind of formula and helps many kids to feel full and happy.
- Specialized formulas
There are many of them and they can deal with different health issues such as allergies, milk intolerance, reflux or other digestive problems or conditions. So don’t be afraid if your baby has any kind of issue, as the formula can cope with everything.