Why is it critical to understand the origin of your baby formula?
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If you were sitting down to eat a meal you would want to know what you are putting in your body, right? The same line of thinking should also go when choosing food for your hungry baby. Our market is full of a variety of different types and brands of baby formula and they are definitely not all the same. Of course, they all meet the highest food safety standards that the Australian government outlines, but the ingredients and production can vary drastically. You need to be careful and make sure you are buying the right formula for your baby.
When it comes to baby formula Australia has very strict regulations regarding what can be sold to consumers. It is more about what the formula is made from that you need to be concerned about. There are three main types of baby formula made from cows’ milk, soy, or hydrolysed. Most babies over one year will drink formula from cows’ milk, but your child may have some special requirements.
We are here to help you get through the information overload, so continue reading and we will explain why you need to know the origin of your baby formula.
Moo-ve over brest milk
If your baby is over one year of age and has no food allergies or intolerances, you will most likely be feeding them formula made from cows’ milk if you are not breastfeeding. You need to be careful of this type of formula if your child is under one year. Cows’ milk is not recommended for children under one. If you are not able to breastfeed when your child is born, you should look for a special formula that is meant for newborns and then follow on milk for children under the age of one.
Hey there, soy ya later!
You may have noticed an abundance of soy-based formulas emerging in recent years. They have actually been available for quite some time but were not utilised to their full potential. If your infant, or baby, has a form of food allergy or intolerance a soy-based formula may be exactly what you need. Soy products can be easier for the baby to digest and won’t contain any cows’ milk if your little one suffers from lactose intolerance. You will want to understand that there are some risks to going full on with soy formula, so it may be pertinent to talk to a health professional before making any decisions.
Hypoallergenic is the new black
Hypoallergenic, or hydrolysed, baby formula is available for those circumstances where your baby has severe allergies to one or more things found in regular formulas. These types of formulas are becoming more popular among the younger generation, due in part to the world taking a more cautious approach to allergies. These can be a better option than soy-based formulas, but it really depends on your individual situation. It is always a good idea to consult your doctor if you have any questions about which type is right for your baby.
All it takes is knowledge
Your most powerful tool when it comes to taking care of your baby is information. Having the proper knowledge of what your baby’s individual needs are can make all the difference when it comes to keeping them healthy and happy. You can’t just go into the store and grab any old baby formula; your baby may suffer because of it. With all of the options available between cows’ milk, hydrolysed, and soy-based formulas, you are bound to find the one that works best for you. Just follow our advice and talk to the proper professionals and your baby will thrive and flourish.