Switching Baby Formula

Babies who are formula fed will usually be started on the average iron fortified cow’s milk based formula such as Similac or Enfamil, two popular brands. If your baby shows signs of intolerance the pediatrician may recommend switching baby formula. Signs of intolerance may include colic, diarrhea, constipation, gas and excessive spitting up. In these cases you may be directed to try a different kind of formula such as soy based or hypoallergenic. There are many different types of infant formula available today.

If your baby is diagnosed by his or her pediatrician with an allergy or intolerance to dairy based formula they may recommend soy. Soy formula is not without its share of controversy and is not for all babies, but is ideal for some. Hypoallergenic formulas are more expensive than dairy or soy formulas however they can sometimes provide relief for colicky babies. Colic is a condition that is characterized by hours of inconsolable crying between the approximate ages of three weeks and three months. While the exact cause is unknown most experts think it is a digestive issue.

If your infant is not intolerant or allergic to cow’s milk formula but you want to switch, there shouldn’t be any problems. Sometimes parents will choose to switch from one brand of formula to another because they receive samples or coupons in the mail. Many companies do have mailing lists and send out all kinds of coupons and sample packages. If you find that one brand of formula is cheaper than the kind you currently use your pediatrician should give you the go-ahead to switch.

When switching baby formula always let your pediatrician know and get their approval before feeding your baby the new formula. In some cases there may be a gradual switch, while in other cases formulas can be swapped right away. One thing you should know if you are changing infant formulas due to expense is that the WIC program can help you pay for your baby’s formula if your household qualifies. They also provide various other foods, milk and juice for pregnant women, babies and toddlers. To find out more or apply for this program consult your local health department or Social Services office.

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