Have you wondered if your baby can be fed different brands of formula, or, if you can switch from one formula to another?
The answer is that you probably can, as long as you’re switching between the same sort of formula, that is milk-based to milk-based or soy-based to soy-based, and your pediatrician is aware that you are doing so.
The reasons for the switch from one formula to another may be many – allergy, reactions or constipation, which is one of the most common reasons for a switch.
Can I Give My Baby Different Brands of Formula? Answer: Carefully with your doctor’s advice.
Even if all is well with the formula, some parents do it because they believe that the one they’re using is making the child colicky, which is reason enough to switch. The word ‘colic’ is such a formidable one for parents’ of newborns, that the mere memory of it can send shivers down their spine. If you’ve tried in vain to console your infant while he has cried uncontrollably in colic pain, then you know that there is nothing a parent would not do to stop the wailing.
The truth, however, is that there could be any number of reasons for colic in a baby. Formula may or may not be one of them. What could be true is that if the milk-based one is causing the baby to have gas, then a soy-based one could be tried. Ask your pediatrician about this.
Look Before You Switch
Most of the leading different brands of formula are pretty much the same in terms of nutrition. Most are fortified with all the good stuff your baby needs, especially iron.
But if you think you need to try another one, or have to for any reason, you must keep a few things in mind before you head out to the store. First, and the most obvious one, is allergies. Check the ingredients in different types of formula and make sure your baby is not allergic to any of them. But apart from this, it is usually recommended that you switch to the same type of formula.
If the earlier formula was milk-based, then the other one should be the same. This will not only make it easier for your baby to digest the difference, but it may also be a relatively painless transition, since there’d be little difference in taste and, hopefully, your baby will not notice it.
However, if you’re switching because your baby may have reacted to the milk-based formula and you need to try a soy-based one, then check with your pediatrician first. It would probably be okay to do this one time, as long as you don’t go back and forth between the two.
If your baby develops an allergy to either kind of formula and you need to change to the other one, it is not certain that this new one will suit your baby too. Many pediatricians will tell you that if a baby reacts to the milk-protein in a formula and you switch to the soy-based one, there’s a good chance that they will be allergic to this one too. You then have to look for the special formula that your doctor recommends. In some cases you may have to find a formula that does not contain that protein.
Pick One and Stick With It
So, once you’ve decided and tried a formula and there have been no reactions, you should stay with it. This is best for your baby, in terms of digestion as well as taste. The last thing you want is that they stop feeding well. You should definitely not be switching rapidly between different brands of formula.
You’ve probably been lectured about the merits of breast-feeding, or you’ve read about it by now. It may not be possible for everyone, but if you can it’s the best thing you can do for your baby. It’s not that you have to only breast-feed, but if you can do it as many times as possible, it’s going to benefit your baby. And this is one milk you don’t have to worry about the side effects of, or about giving it along with formula.
If you can’t keep it up, try to breastfeed till your baby gets the colostrum, or what’s called the first milk, which has immunity building properties and it’s the best thing, over any fortified different brands of formula, that you can give you newborn.