If you have recently decided to formula-feed your little one, you may feel uncertain about which type of formula to pick. When you’re making your decision, liquid formula vs. powder formula is an important factor to take into consideration. Luckily, Enfamil® offers a variety of options to accommodate your individual needs and preferences, including powder formula, liquid concentrate formula, and ready-to-use liquid formula. Explore the information below to learn about how liquid and powder formula differ, along with what similarities they share.

Liquid Formula vs. Powder Formula: Formula Types

Before you begin your formula-feeding journey, it’s helpful to know that both liquid formula and powder formula can offer numerous nutritional benefits to your child. From supporting brain growth and development to helping with feeding issues, benefits of formula-feeding span far and wide. However, there are slight differences between liquid and powder formula that you should be aware of. See the chart below to familiarize yourself with the three formula types and always refer to the product label for full prep and use instructions:


Formula Type Powder Formula Liquid Concentrate Formula Ready-to-Use Liquid Formula
Formula Details

Loose Powder to be mixed with water

Liquid concentrate to be mixed with water Pre-prepared, ready to serve
  1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing formula.

  2. Pour desired amount of water into the bottle. Add powder.

  3. Cap bottle and shake well.

  1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing formula.

  2. Clean can lid, shake can well, and open.

  3. Pour desired amount of water into the bottle. Add an equal amount of concentrated liquid. Shake or stir well.


  1. Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before preparing bottle for feeding.
  2. Shake bottle well and remove cap.
  3. Attach nipple unit and serve.
Container Can, small tub or single-serve packets Can

Individual bottles

Price Point $ $ $$
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*Note: Preparation and storage instructions vary depending on the formula, so be sure to read the label thoroughly before you begin.


Liquid Formula vs. Powder Formula: Key Considerations

  • Ready-to-Use is the quickest and most convenient since it requires no clean-up.
  • Powder and liquid concentrate come at a lower price point.
  • Powder is not sterile and should not be fed to premature infants or infants with immune system issues.
  • Proper hygiene is important for all three formulas types.

There is no wrong option when it comes to choosing a formula. At the end of the day, it all comes down to you and your little one’s specific needs. To learn more about liquid vs. powder formulas and different formula options, visit our product page.

If you have concerns, please speak with your child’s doctor about which product form may be best for you and your little one.