When it comes to formula feeding your baby, many misconceptions abound. But we’ve got the information you need to separate fact from fiction regarding these five common myths.
- Switching formula is the answer
- Transitioning to specialty formula
- Going back to regular formula
- Set number of bowel movements
- Milk allergy now, dairy-free for life
1. Switching formula brands solves feeding problems.
Although many parents think swapping baby formula brands can solve feeding issues, the answer isn’t that simple. If your baby is having trouble with her formula, chances are she needs a different type of formula, not just a new brand. Your pediatrician can help identify the best formula type and brand to suit your baby’s needs.
2. You can’t make a straight switch from regular formula to specialty formula.
There’s no need to gradually mix in a new formula with your baby’s current formula for a successful transition! Both regular and specialty formulas have the nutrients babies need to support their growth and development. But it may take 2 to 3 weeks to find out if the new formula is helping. Talk to your pediatrician if you have any concerns, or call our Live Help line for advice.
3. If your baby is using a specialty formula, she’ll eventually need to switch back to regular formula.
Your doctor may recommend a specialty formula to address a feeding issue, but there’s no need to switch back once your baby’s issue is resolved. Specialty formulas provide all the nourishment your baby needs (just like regular formulas do).
4. My baby should have a set number of bowel movements
Babies’ bowel habits vary greatly. Some breastfed newborns may have up to 10 stools daily, while others may have only one stool every other day. By 3 to 6 weeks of age, some babies may have only one stool a week. And if your baby is formula fed, she may have one stool per day. All of this is normal, but if you have concerns about your baby’s bowel habits, speak with your pediatrician.
5. If my baby has a cow's milk protein allergy, she’ll need to be dairy-free for life.
Good news: Cow's milk protein allergy is usually temporary and outgrown by age 5. Once your child reaches 1 year of age, your doctor may even supervise the reintroduction of cow's milk and dairy foods.