The most popular type of infant formula is the powdered variety. Powder baby formula has many advantages. First of all, it is economical when compared to the liquid and ready-to-feed varieties. Also, it is covered under the WIC program, which helps needy moms buy formula for their babies. In addition, it lasts a long time and can be stored in a cool, dry place for an extended period even after being opened. It does not require refrigeration and is easily thrown in a diaper bag for travel.
Powdered formula is available in milk based and soy based varieties. The majority of healthy full-term babies can thrive on cows’ milk formulas. These formulas are iron enriched and often contain components like ARA and DHA for proper brain development. Soy based powder formula may also contain these components, the difference is the protein in the formula comes from soybeans instead of milk. There is also special hypoallergenic formula for babies who cannot digest intact proteins. Top brands that manufacture powdered formulas include Similac, Enfamil and Carnation. There are also generic store brands to choose from also.
When preparing baby formula, the first step is to make sure the bottle is clean and sterile. When you first purchase a baby bottle it must be sterilized in boiling water to kill any germs. You may also want to sterilize the water to be used by boiling it. Or, ask your doctor about using bottled purified water. In some areas the pediatrician will advise parents to use tap water rather than purified or boiled water. The powder is mixed with a certain amount of water as directed on package instructions. Then the bottle is warmed by placing it in a pan of hot water until the desired temperature is reached.
Powder baby formula can be purchased at supermarkets, drugstores, discount stores and baby supply stores. It ranges in price from around $10 to $30 per can. Generic brands can save you money, so can buying in bulk. You are sure to appreciate the convenience and ease of buying, storing and using powdered formula. Your pediatrician can tell you more about the right formula for your baby and the best way to feed. Following all doctor’s instructions and package instructions will ensure safe formula feeding for your baby.