A complete list of the best baby formulas for your little one
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Baby formula can ensure your child receives the perfect amounts of the right nutrients if they are unable to drink breast milk. Ensure that you opt fo...
Many mothers choose to replace or supplement breast milk with a formula for a wide number of reasons. If you are planning to do so, choosing the best baby formula for your child is essential. At this early stage, your child is quickly growing bigger and needs all the nutrients they can get for healthy development. This is why it’s very important that you first consult with your pediatrician before choosing a formula. There are a huge variety of baby formulas to choose from, each with their advantages and disadvantages. A few of the baby formulae are for lactose intolerant babies, some are iron-fortified, some are based on cow’s milk and others are soy-based. Also, there are ready-to-use, powdered and liquid concentrate varieties available in the market. Read on to know more about formula milk for babies in India and what each one provides. Also read our blog on How to Prepare Food for Babies Safely and Naturally.Enfamil A+ is available in 3 stages - up to 6 months, 6 to 12 months and 12 to 24 months. In comparing Enfamil with Similac, the difference in composition is marginal though Enfamil has got added probiotics that help improve baby’s defences. This is spray-dried infant formula and has a whey casein ratio of 70:30 while mother’s milk has a ratio of 60:40. The lower casein content makes it easier to digest and because it also contains probiotics, it helps if the baby suffers from colic. Its nutritive content might not be as good as other formula but its strength lies in it’s easier digestion. Also read our blog on Does Syrup to Increase Appetite in Babies Work? Farex Stage 1 has nutrition tailored for babies up to the age of 6 months. The primary ingredients are lactose (more than any other baby formula), whey, partially skimmed milk, edible mineral oils and fortified with minerals and vitamins. This is another one of the more popular baby formula milk available in India. It is fortified with nucleotides and folic acid that helps your baby grow and put on weight. Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids are good for brain development. As your baby grows older you can progress to a stage appropriate formula. Always match the age with the right stage, since the nutrients change for different stages of your baby’s growth.