Infant formula is a commercially prepared food designed for babies under 12 months of age who are not breastfed or are partially breastfed. Infant formula provides all the necessary nutrients for a baby’s growth and development.
There are three types of infant formula:
1. Cow’s milk-based formula: This is the most common type of infant formula and is made from cow’s milk that has been modified to resemble breast milk. It contains all the necessary nutrients and is suitable for most infants.
2. Soy-based formula: This type of formula is made from soybeans and is suitable for infants who cannot tolerate cow’s milk-based formula. It is also a good choice for families who choose a vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.
3. Hypoallergenic formula: This type of formula is designed for infants who have allergies or intolerances to cow’s milk or soy. It is made from extensively hydrolyzed protein or free amino acids, which are easier to digest.
Infant formula is available in three forms: powder, liquid concentrate, and ready-to-feed. Powdered formula is the most economical and can be mixed with water to prepare the formula. Liquid concentrate formula requires mixing with water, and ready-to-feed formula requires no mixing.
It is important to follow the instructions on the formula package carefully when preparing the formula, as improper preparation can be harmful to the baby. Additionally, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare provider before making any changes to an infant’s diet