Help Center & FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Formula-feeding

Can I alternate between breastfeeding and formula-feeding?

Many women supplement their breastfeeding with formula now and then, or while they're at work. It's best to wait until your milk supply is established and your baby is comfortable with breastfeeding. A good time to start is when your baby is around six weeks old.

Confused about which formula to use? Consider a newborn formula that's tailored to your little one's specific nutritional needs, such as Enfamil® PREMIUM Newborn formula.

Related: Supplementing with Formula Feeding

How do I ensure that my child is getting enough milk?

Some babies do better with breastfeeding than others. An excited or hungry infant might be so eager that he doesn't latch on well. Or your baby might be satisfied by getting just a taste of milk and then stop nursing.

If your baby is a "sipper", try to keep him interested by singing or rubbing his back. Massaging your breast may help with milk flow. For additional breastfeeding questions, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant.

Related: Newborn Formula Feeding Schedule

How do I feed my baby a bottle?

Learning to feed a baby just takes a little time and practice. Start by making yourself calm and comfortable. Hold your baby on your lap with his head resting in the bend of your arm. Keep him in a semi-seated position, with his head slightly higher than his tummy. Tilt the bottle so that the nipple stays full. That way, your baby won't swallow air. Stroke the nipple against his lower lip or cheek. That should make him open his mouth. And remember to give your baby a chance to burp during and right after his feeding.

Related: Bottle-Feeding: 8 Essential Tips for New Moms

How do I know if I should use powder or liquid formula for my baby?

Many of our products are available in different forms to fit individual needs and preferences and most infants and toddlers can use the product forms interchangeably. When prepared according to label directions, all forms (powder or liquid) of the same product will provide the same nutrition to meet a child’s needs. 

We offer our ready-to-use liquid formulas in convenient sizes. Our 2 fluid ounce Nursette® bottles are wonderful for late night feedings, while several of our formulas come in re-sealable 8 fluid ounce Ready-to-Use plastic bottles which are terrific for when running errands or traveling. 

Related: Top Tips for Formula Feeding On the Go

How do I know when my baby is full?

When formula feeding or breastfeeding, your baby may close his mouth, stop sucking or turn his head away when he's trying to tell you he's full.

When feeding your baby solid foods, your baby may also close his mouth and turn his head away when he's had enough to eat. Other indicators of fullness are a slowed eating pace and emphatic gestures, like pushing his food away or shaking his head.

Related: Hungry or Full? How to Tell When Your Baby is Eating Solids

How do I store my baby's formula and what are the steps for feeding time?

Once prepared, Enfamil® powder formulas can be kept in the refrigerator (35-40° F or 2-4° C), covered, for up to 24 hours and Enfamil liquid formulas up to 48 hours. A prepared bottle can be kept at room temperature for up to a total of two hours. If you choose to warm the bottle, warming time should be less than 15 minutes and the bottle should be fed to your baby within one hour. Once your baby begins feeding from the bottle, discard any formula left in the bottle within one hour.

Related: Formula Storage and How Long Formula Is Good For

How much formula should I feed my baby?

In the first few weeks, your baby may drink anywhere from 2-3 fluid ounces of formula about every three hours. In general, your baby will take in what he needs to meet his body's demands. So don't be too concerned about fixed amounts. Instead, feed him when he's hungry. He'll let you know when he's finished. If he drinks a bottle and still acts hungry, he probably is. Offer him an extra ounce. Most babies do fine with 3-4 fluid ounces per feeding during the first couple months. Increase by about 1 ounce a month until he is drinking up to about 6-8 fluid ounces at 6 months of age.

Related: Baby Feeding Timeline

How often should I feed my baby?

Don't set a strict baby feeding schedule, instead breastfeed your baby as often as he wants at least 8-12 times every 24 hours during the first few weeks. You'll know how you're doing by how much weight he's gaining.

Milk Supply

To establish a good milk supply, you need to feed your baby frequently (8-12 times per day) in the first few weeks. Keeping up the frequency of feedings will keep telling your body to produce milk.

Tips: Ask yourself these questions to determine if your milk supply is sufficient:

  • Is my baby gaining weight?
  • Does he gulp and swallow when he feeds?
  • Does he wet his diaper 6+ times and have at least one bowel movement per day?

Some Issues That May Affect Your Baby

Food Sensitivities

The things you eat and drink affect your breast milk and ultimately your baby. Some babies have food sensitivities or allergies that bring on colic-like symptoms like crying, fussing, frequent nursing, and stomach discomfort.

Tip: Lay off the spicy foods or gassy foods like cabbage, garlic, onions, broccoli, and caffeine. If removing the food item doesn't stop the symptoms, talk to your baby's doctor about the possibility of colic.

Nipple Confusion

Bottles and pacifiers feel different to your baby than a breast does. Introducing these things can confuse him and make him not want to nurse.

Tip: Be sure that breastfeeding is well established before offering a pacifier, or bottle-feeding him.

Sucking Difficulties

Some babies do better with breastfeeding than others. An excited or hungry infant might be so eager that he doesn't latch on well. Or your baby might be satisfied by getting just a taste of milk and then stop nursing.

Tips: If your baby is a “sipper,” try to keep him interested by singing or rubbing his back. Massaging your breast may help with milk flow. For additional breastfeeding questions, talk to your doctor or lactation consultant.

Related: Baby Feeding Timeline

How should I warm my baby's formula?

If you want to warm a bottle that has been in the refrigerator, run warm tap water over the bottle or place the bottle in a pan of hot (not boiling) water. Do not submerge the bottle nipple or collar in the water. Shake bottle occasionally while warming. Warming time should be less than 15 minutes. Test the formula temperature before feeding; it should not feel warm or cold when dropped on your wrist - neutral is close to body temperature.

Once a bottle has been warmed, keep it for no more than one hour. Then discard it.

Don't warm Enfamil® formula in a microwave. A microwave can overheat the product or cause hot spots and result in serious burns to your baby. In addition, microwave use may cause your baby's bottles and/or plastic liners to explode or burst during heating or after they are removed from the microwave.

Related: How to Make Baby Formula

I've noticed that prepared Enfamil® powder formula is lighter in color than the ready to use and concentrated liquids. Why?

Liquid products appear darker and thicker than those prepared from powder. These differences may be due to the heat sterilization that the liquids undergo during manufacturing and also the emulsifier ingredients in our liquid products.

Related: 5 Common Formula-Feeding Questions

Is it ok to re-warm prepared formula?

No. Re-warming formula increases the possibility of bacteria growth in the formula as it cools off after heating. Bacteria can be present in powder, in bottles, on your hands, or even introduced in other ways during formula preparation. Follow the safest procedures when feeding your baby.

Related: Formula Storage and How Long Formula Is Good For

Is it okay to give my baby a pacifier?

Bottles and pacifiers feel different to your baby than a breast does. Introducing these things can confuse him and make him not want to nurse.

Be sure that breastfeeding is well established before offering a pacifier, or bottle-feeding him.

Related: How to Avoid Common Breastfeeding Issues

Should I change my diet if my baby is having feeding issues?

The things you eat and drink affect your breast milk and ultimately your baby. Some babies have food sensitivies or allergies that bring on indications of colic - like crying, fussing, frequent nursing, and stomach discomfort.

Lay off the spicy foods or gassy foods like cabbage, garlic, onions, broccoli, and caffeine. If removing the food item doesn't stop the issues, talk to your baby's doctor about the possibility of colic.

Related: Tips for a Healthy Breastfeeding Diet

Should I use Enfagrow® PREMIUM™ Toddler Transitions® as a milk substitute, or in addition to milk?

As older infants move away from infant formula or breast milk as a sole source of nutrition, this product provides complete nutrition as they transition into toddlerhood.

Enfagrow® PREMIUM™ Toddler Transitions® has 30 nutrients for healthy growth, such as calcium and vitamin D. It also has DHA to help support healthy brain development and Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotics® Blend designed to help support digestive health. 

Related: The Basics of Buying and Serving Enfagrow®

What are the benefits of formula-feeding my baby?

Formula not only meets your baby's basic nutrition requirements, it also provides the nutrients your baby needs for his growth and development. Formula-feeding also allows Dad and other family members or friends to feed and bond with your baby, and for Mom to have a little break. And some parents just feel more comfortable with formula-feeding.

Related: Breastfeeding vs Formula-Feeding: 6 Common Myths Every Parent Should Know

What is the most convenient way to travel with my baby's formula?

Enfamil® gives you lots of great feeding options for when you're on the go with your baby: 

  • Enfamil ready to use bottles, known as Nursette® bottles

Just attach a clean, standard-size nipple to a Nursette bottle and you're ready to feed. 

  • Enfamil Single-Serve Powder Packets

The powdered formula is pre-measured, making it especially easy to mix. 

  • Enfamil powder

Simply prefill your bottles with water and carry the powder separately. When you're ready to feed your baby, just combine the powder and water, cap the bottle and shake well. 

Enfamil Nursette® bottles, single-serve powder packets, and all Enfamil formulas are available through our convenient Enfamil® Shop as well as many stores. 

Related: Top Tips for Formula Feeding On the Go

What temperature water should I use to prepare formula from powder or concentrated liquid?

Mix our concentrated liquid or powder formula with cool water (35-75° F); it should feel cool on your wrist. If you prefer, you may mix with warm water but only if you plan to feed or refrigerate the formula immediately. Warm water is about 100° F or body temperature; it should feel neutral (neither warm nor cool) on your wrist.

Related: Formula Storage and How Long Formula Is Good For

What’s the difference between Enfamil PREMIUM® and Enfamil NeuroPro™?

 “NeuroPro™” in our product name means it has a fat-protein blend of MFGM and DHA in amounts supported by clinical research.1,2  

Our Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Infant and Enfamil NeuroPro™ Gentlease® have MFGM. Enfamil PREMIUM® Infant and Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® do not have MFGM added as an ingredient.
 

Also, our Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Infant, Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Gentlease® Powder and Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® Powder are non-GMO* products, while some of the ingredients in our Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® RTU may be from genetically engineered sources.
 

1Timby N, Domellöf E, Hernell O, et al. Neurodevelopment, nutrition, and growth until 12 mo of age in infants fed a low-energy, low-protein formula supplemented with bovine milk fat globule membranes: a randomized controlled trial. Am J Clin Nutr 2014;99:860-868.

2 Colombo J, Carlson SE, Cheatham CL, et al. Long-term effects of LCPUFA supplementation on childhood cognitive outcomes. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98:403-412.
 

*Ingredients not genetically engineered. For more information visit Enfamil.com/nonGMO

When should I start giving my child Enfagrow® products, like Enfagrow® Toddler Transitions™ or Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step®?

Each of our products is designed for children in a specific age range.

Enfagrow® Toddler Transitions® Soy and Enfagrow® Toddler Transitions® Gentlease® are formulated to be introduced at 9 months. Enfagrow® Toddler Next Step® is designed for toddlers 1-3 years of age. This milk drink is a nutritious complement to an older toddler's diet, which now includes more solid foods and varied choices. It has 19 nutrients for growth, such as calcium, vitamin D and zine, to help fill the gaps in your toddler's diet. Like Enfagrow® Toddler Transitions™, Toddler Next Step also has DHA and Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotics® Blend.

Related: Enfagrow® Toddler Products - Which one is right for my toddler?

Why are storage instructions different for your liquid and powder formulas?

Liquid formulas are commercially sterile and, once opened, can be refrigerated at 35-40 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 48 hours. Powdered formulas, however, cannot withstand the high temperatures necessary to make them commercially sterile. In order to maintain high quality, infant formula prepared from powder should be refrigerated and used within 24 hours.

Related: Formula Storage and How Long Formula Is Good For

Why can’t I find Enfamil PREMIUM® in stores anymore?

We began phasing out our Enfamil PREMIUM® Infant in the winter of 2017 due to the launch of Enfamil® NeuroPro™. Enfamil PREMIUM Infant will be available until stock has been depleted. 
 

Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® powder was phased out in February 2018. When we launch Enfamil® NeuroPro™ Gentlease® Ready to Use Liquid in the late summer or fall of 2018, we will no longer have a Ready to Use option for Enfamil® Gentlease® Infant Formula or Enfamil PREMIUM® Gentlease® Infant Formula. Gentlease and Enfamil PREMIUM Gentlease Ready to Use Liquids will be available until stock has been depleted. 

Related: Enfamil PREMIUM just got better.

Will switching from Enfamil PREMIUM® to Enfamil NeuroPro™ cause any issues for my infant?

We would expect your little one to tolerate the Enfamil PREMIUM® and NeuroPro™ versions of the same product equally well. 

Ask the Experts

Email Us

 

Call Us

 
Chat with Us

Chat with Us