Baby Formula Reviews:
New mothers have the task of choosing between breastfeeding or feeding their newborn baby formula
. In some instances, it's not even a choice that the mother makes. My wife had incredible trouble breastfeeding our children even with countless trips to the lactation specialists at the hospital. She did pump as much milk as she could to help supplement the formula, but in the end our kids received more formula than breast milk during the first 6 months of their lives. There are countless arguments for women breastfeeding versus just giving baby formula and we will get into those down below. For now, we will focus on which baby formulas
provide the best source of nourishment and nutrients for your baby. The big names in the industry are Similac, Enfamil, Parent's Choice (carried at Wal-Mart), and Nestles Good Start.
How do you choose the right baby formula?
When you leave the hospital with your new baby odds are you were given coupons or discounts to try out the popular brands like Similac
. Those aren't always the best choices for everyone so you need to look into your options. The 3 main types of infant formula are made with either cow's milk, soy-based, or protein hydrolysate. The cow's milk formula is the most common and most babies thrive on this. The formula provides your infant with all the necessary fats, proteins, and carbs. Some babies are allergic to things like proteins found in cow's milk or they are lactose intolerant so soy-based infant formulas
work best for parents and child. If you have milk allergies, then the protein hydrolysate is a good alternative for babies. How do baby formulas get prepared? You can buy them in powder form, concentrated liquid, or in ready to use cans. In terms of price, the powdered formulas are the cheapest. Just scoop out the formula and mix with water (see the container for mixing amounts). The concentrated liquid baby formula is slightly more expensive than the powder formulas, but you still have to need to mix it with some water before feeding it to your infant. The most expensive option is the ready to use disposable bottles. You will not need to mix these with water so they are extremely convenient when traveling or in the car somewhere. Since the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) dictates what type of nutritional value must be supplied with all baby formula sold in the United States, it's hard to distinguish between name brands and generics. The one thing that all experts recommend is that the formula you use should be iron-fortified. Other ingredients to consider are DHA (docosahexaenoic) and ARA (arachidonic acid) - both are omega-3 fatty acids and contribute to things like brain and eyesight development in infants. You will also find "organic baby formula" offered in many grocery stores, as mothers are being bombarded with marketing campaigns to give their newborns the very best. One of the best organic baby formula brands we found was the Nature's One Babys Only product. Check it out online at Naturesone.com. When it comes to reviews from parents and experts on baby formulas, we suggest visiting sites like About.com, Amazon.com, Viewpoints.com, Epinions.com, and Babycenter.com for feedback and comments. Even Yahoo Answers has lots of questions regarding infant formulas and which brands are the best for colic babies, lactose intolerate infants and more. You can browse the top selling baby formula online here
Best Baby Formula:
In all the opinions we read online from actual consumers, it appears that Enfamil is the winner when it comes to baby formulas. Everyone has their own reasons for choosing one brand over another, but Enfamil was the top pick for many reasons. They carry a complete line of formula products so that even those babies with colic or lactose intolerance have a choice when it comes to their infant formulas. Their official website is HERE
with educational information on what each product offers in terms of nutritional benefits. The Enfamil Lipil
comes in ready to use liquid, ready to use cans, concentrated liquid, and powder form. You can get the powdered formula in 12.9 oz or 25.7 oz cans or in single serve packets. You can buy the products right online and get the infant formula sent directly to your house. Their Lipil formula is advertised as helping to improve mental skills and improving the eyesight in babies. If you register on the website they will send you free samples, coupons, and a free diaper bag. The baby formula business is very competitive and it's a huge money maker so they want your business right from the start. RECOMMENDED
- Buying in bulk is the smart thing to do when it comes to baby formula. We suggest the Good Start Infant Formula with Iron
- it's a 6 pack of 26 ounce cans.
Best Value Baby Formula:
You definitely don't want to skimp on your newborns nutritional intake, but when it comes to baby formulas, there is not a lot of difference between the brand names and generic products. Parent's Choice
($12) is perhaps the most recognized store brand from Wal-Mart which is offered in several formulas (Sensitivity, Gentle, Organic, Milk, Soy, and Lactose Free). If you compare prices from the Milk Based Parent's Choice at $12 a can versus the Enfamil Lipil at $26/can, you can save a lot of money over the first year of feedings. The savings calculator on the website HERE
will let you pit name brands head to head against Parent's Choice to see what kind of savings you will get over time. You are talking about $100's of dollars over a year in almost all cases. You can find Parent's Choice at your local Wal-Mart stores. RECOMMENDED
- Organic baby formula has gained a lot of popularity over the last few years and we think that Earth's Best provides excellent value. Give Earth's Best Organic Infant Formula with Iron, 25.75-Ounce Canister
a try and read all the positive reviews left by parents on Amazon.com.
Breastfeeding vs Baby Formula:
As of now, baby formula can not replicate the natural immunities that are passed along from breastfeeding mother to newborn infant. No matter how hard the manufacturers try to replicate their formulas to mother's milk, they still come up short. That being said, baby formula is a great source of nutrients for your newborn child and they will get all the nourishment they need. Doctors and lactation specialists definitely recommend at least trying to breastfeed initially so that you can pass along the resistance to infection. There have been claims that breast feed babies are smarter than formula fed kids but that is not proven. The important point here is that whether you are breastfeeding or formula feeding, make sure you get that close, intimate time with your infant during the feeding process. That closeness will build a bond between mother and child that will never be broken. The one plus with those that go the formula route is that dad can get more involved with feedings and form a bond with the baby at an early age.
Baby Formula Coupons:
Taking care of your newborn baby can get expensive, but having coupons when you buy formula can save you quite a bit. Many of the websites for each unique baby formula seem to offer some kind of free sample or coupon for reduced prices. The Parentschoiceformula.com
(Wal-Marts brand) website lets you fill out a form to get either the Milk-based or Gentle formulas as a sample. Similac.com
, and Verybestbaby.com
(Nestle) let you print out coupons and discount offers redeemable at stores.