There are many reasons a mother may decide formula feeding is the best option for her child. The important thing is that the formula satisfies the basic nutrition requirements needed for proper growth and development. Read on for a summary of recommended baby formula criteria, and more information about choosing to formula feed.
When choosing a formula, here's what to look for:
- Key nutrients for brain development, such as DHA, ARA, MFGM and choline.
- It has brain-building nutrition inspired by breastmilk.
- It satisfies basic nutrition requirements and balanced nutrition needs, such as calcium.
Nine out of ten mothers use formula.
According to a recent study, most new mothers (9 out of 10, actually) use formula at some point during their baby's first year. So you're not alone, not by a long shot.
Women are choosing formula feeding for many reasons.
- Either mom or baby has physical or medical issues.
- She can't pump or breastfeed after returning to work.
- She wants Dad and other family members to be a part of feeding.
There are many formula options for your baby.
You can feel good knowing that there are some excellent formula options out there. Look for the ones that are specially formulated to nourish your baby's brain and eye development and immune health.
An excellent formula option is Enfamil NeuroPro. Its formula has a brain-building fat-protein blend of MFGM and DHA previously only available in breast milk*, so you can nourish your baby's brain.
What to look for in an infant formula:
- Different brands of formulas have different amounts of DHA, MFGM, ARA and choline, key nutrients found in breast milk. Look for a formula that has these important building blocks for your baby's brain.
- Most babies thrive on a formula with intact proteins. Breast milk has intact proteins in it, and you want your formula to be as close to breast milk as possible.
- Your formula should satisfy your baby's basic nutrition requirements and provide the balanced nutrition your baby needs, such as calcium.
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*Average level of DHA in worldwide breast milk is 0.32% +/- 0.22% (mean +/- standard deviation of total fatty acids) based on an analysis of 65 studies of 2,474 women.
‡Based on a study comparing a different formula with MFGM added as an ingredient to a similar formula without it.