9 types of infant formula


Nowadays, mixtures are made from anything. But the main types of mixtures that are popular are food based on natural milk, cow or goat. Many believe that both of these types are not different from each other. But this is not so, a goat milk mixture is better.

Baby formula with goat milk


The composition of these two products is almost equivalent, it contains proteins and fats. This is where proteins differ. Cow’s milk contains beta-lactoglobulin, while goat’s milk contains alpha-lactoglobulin. When it enters the baby’s stomach, the milk curdles and only then begins to be processed under the action of gastric juice.

Only goat’s milk has a lower percentage of curdling, and the product in the stomach turns out to be loose and soft, and as a result, it is absorbed much better.

These types of milk also differ in fat content, since goat’s milk product is much fatter than cow’s. The fatty acids contained in the goat’s dairy product saturate the enterocytes (intestinal cells) with energy. As a result, cells regenerate quickly. Due to this property, baby food based on a goat product almost does not cause colic in a child.

This food is less likely to cause regurgitation in children, as the process of digestion is easy.

There are a lot of trace elements in the goat’s dairy product, as in the rest and in the cow’s, but there is one difference. When a newborn is fed with goat’s milk, iron is better absorbed.

Some parents whose children do not digest cow’s milk protein believe that the goat product will be a cure. In some situations, eating goat’s milk can help, but this is rare. If a child has indigestion to cow’s milk, then the likelihood that this will not happen when feeding a mixture with goat’s milk is very small. These mixtures are intended for healthy children and they do not have a healing effect.

Such mixtures are suitable for children who are not gaining weight well, suffer from frequent colic, and constantly spit up after feeding.

If desired, you can transfer the child to a mixture with goat’s milk, but if this is due to some kind of disease, then you should consult a doctor for advice. Only taking into account all the nuances that may occur later, from such a transition, it is possible to introduce food with a goat product into the child’s diet.

Adapted infant formula


The condition of the baby depends on nutrition. For a small person, breastfeeding is the best option. But if the mother does not have enough breast milk, the problem of choosing the right food for the child arises.

Children’s adapted nutrition provides the child with the necessary nutrients. Before you start choosing such a diet, contact your pediatrician.

He will take into account the well-being of the baby and developmental features. The doctor will advise you on the mixture, tell you in detail how to introduce new food into the diet, how to use and cook it correctly. What the doctor tells you is important, as it is calm, and the healthy development of the baby.

They make infant formula in composition close to mother’s milk. The main component in such a product is milk (cow or goat). It comes in excellent quality. All the elements necessary for the baby: fats, carbohydrates, and proteins are in the diet in such an amount that the child needs during this period of temporary development. The regulations of useful components are monitored by experts in children’s nutrition.

Types of mixtures

Nutrition close to mother’s milk from 0 – 6 months is the first step. The next mixture is from 6-12 months. The very last step in this product is a mixture for children from one year old.
There are four types of this product:

  • dry (diluted with warm, boiled water);
  • liquid (sold in boxes and ready to use);
  • sour-milk mixtures, or fresh.

Lactic acid nutrition fermentation of milk with the help of special, beneficial bacteria that are necessary for the functioning of the children’s intestines.

How to introduce a new product into the baby’s diet?
If up to this point the baby has been breastfed, doctors recommend including food of artificial origin in the diet carefully, otherwise the baby may develop diathesis. On the first day of complementary foods, you need to give no more than one scoop. There are thirty grams of the product in a measuring spoon, and this is enough for half the feeding. On the second day, one feeding should be carried out only with the mixture. Feeding should be increased carefully and gradually. After about a certain time, you will finally transfer the child to a fresh product, and addiction will be painless.

Anti-reflux infant formula


A small child spits up formula milk after feeding. This is considered normal if regurgitation is not frequent. From constant regurgitation, doctors advise mothers to transfer the baby to anti-reflux mixtures.

What is this baby food for and what does it consist of?

Anti-reflux is a product of dairy origin, the use of which reduces the number of regurgitation. The consistency of this product is very thick, but besides this, the mixture has the ability to thicken in the baby’s stomach.

The thickener is locust bean gum – a dietary fiber of natural origin. The fiber swells in the acidic environment of the stomach and its contents thicken. Locust bean gum has a laxative effect, and helps to eliminate constipation in the baby. This product is sometimes recommended for persistent spitting up of a child, as a treatment method.

Do not confuse anti-reflux and hypoallergenic mixture. The first contains whey proteins in an unchanged state and casein, and although the ratio of these components is optimal, this product can cause allergies. The lactose content of this product has been reduced to a minimum and some products may contain starch. Gum slows down digestion and absorption of nutrients, for this reason you should not feed your child with this food for more than two months. On the recommendation of pediatricians, feeding this product should be half the daily diet.

What types of antireflux mixtures are:

  • containing locust bean gum
  • containing common starch
  • containing “pregelatinized” starch

Starch contains a natural polysaccharide – amylopectin, it consists of glucose residues. Entering the small intestine, it is subject to cleavage by enzymes located in it. Starch keeps the contents in the stomach much longer, and the baby does not feel hungry for a long time. When using food in which starch has a fixing effect. This product is prescribed for children who suffer from loose stools or frequent diarrhea.

Both of these foods for babies who spit up often and profusely are equally useful. The only difference is that one mixture has a laxative effect, and the other fixes. Remember, you can’t constantly feed the baby with this mixture, two months are enough, then you need to switch to normal food.

Hypoallergenic infant formula


A child who is on artificial feeding often begins to suffer from allergic reactions. Some babies have an intolerance to mother’s milk from a very early age. And here an important factor is the correct selection of the mixture, which will not only saturate the child and give him all the nutrients for growth and development, but also will not cause persistent allergies. Recently, mixtures have appeared that have a hypoallergenic effect. How to start feeding the baby with this product? What are its types? We will try to answer in this article.
Hypoallergenic mixtures and their composition:

  • Based on goat milk
  • Based on soy
  • Based on protein hydrolysates.

These products are not universal. If feeding on goat milk is suitable for one baby, then another may get an allergic reaction, everything is individual.

Goat milk food

This food is specialized for babies who have a cow’s milk reflex or soy intolerance. The proteins and fatty acids that predominate in goat milk can be easily digested. Based on this milk, they create an adaptive diet that does not cause allergies. Mixtures on this basis are suitable for all babies, both those with allergies and those who do not have any health problems.

Soy food


This type of food is assigned to infants who are intolerant of lactose and cow’s protein, and suffer from genetic diseases. There is no lactose in this diet. Before you start feeding your baby with soy formula, check with your pediatrician, as this food can also cause an allergic reaction. The popularity of the soy product for this reason fell, and children began to suffer from allergies to soy proteins.

Nutrition based on protein hydrolysers


This product is intended for babies who have a persistent allergic reaction to all types of mixtures listed above. As a treatment, they are prescribed for children who suffer from stomach diseases, or there is a problem with the absorption of nutrients in the small intestine. A pediatrician can prescribe this food for mild allergies, or for the prevention of the latter.

It is necessary to choose a mixture under the supervision of a doctor. Manifestations of intolerance can be different, for example, a rash, or hives, a change in the baby’s stool, or profuse gas formation.
What kind of hypoallergenic mixtures to feed a child can only be decided by a doctor, who will give advice on how to properly introduce this product into the diet.

Baby formula without palm oil


Palmic acid is found in both palm oil and breast milk. The difference lies in the formula, the acid contained in breast milk is completely absorbed, but not from palm oil.
What is the composition of palm oil
Palm oil is poorly digested, why is this happening?
Consider its composition:

  • Growth vitamin “A”,
  • Vitamin “E”, increases blood clotting and contributes to the enrichment of cells with oxygen,
  • Antioxidant Q10,
  • Palmitic acid similar to breast milk.

The composition is really good, but it is better to buy a mixture that does not contain palm oil. The oil is melted at a high temperature, and for this reason it loses not only most of the nutrients, but also ceases to be absorbed completely.

What is the reason for the addition of palm oil by blend manufacturers?
The shelf life of the product is significantly increased, which plays into the hands of the manufacturer. Thanks to palm oil, porridges and mixtures have a sweet aftertaste, which is very popular with small children, and they eat it with pleasure. This fact increases the sales of this product.

If your child has already started eating cereals, then cook them yourself – this will save your child’s health.
What are the consequences of the presence of palm oil in the diet of a child
Pediatricians are advised to feed the child with food that does not contain palm oil. In their opinion, undigested particles of palmitin react with minerals and trace elements in the baby’s body.
The child has constipation, disorders, metabolism, or excess gas. Palm oil is high in cholesterol, which is associated with overweight and heart disease.

Palm oil interferes with the absorption of calcium in the child’s body, and for this reason the development of bones slows down, they become soft and brittle.
If you do not follow the advice of doctors and feed your baby products containing palm oil, then the consequences are inevitable:

  • heart diseases,
  • obesity,
  • constipation,
  • bone demineralization,
  • constant colic,
  • increased gas production.

When choosing food for a child that contains palm oil, the mother must be aware of all the consequences of using this product. Of course, it is difficult not to get lost in such an assortment of infant formulas that are on store shelves. If in doubt, it is best to consult a pediatrician for advice.

Lactose-free infant formula

Baby drinking from bottle

The benefits of breast milk are undeniable. It contains all the useful trace elements so necessary for a small person for good development and growth. But there are situations that the baby is endowed with a rare disease, which is caused by the absence of a special enzyme that can break down mother’s milk.

As a result of this disease, the baby experiences constant colic after feeding, increased gas formation and foamy, loose stools can be observed. The baby refuses to breastfeed.

This issue can be resolved in two ways. In the first method, the baby is prescribed special drugs that make up for the lack of enzymes. And the baby continues to breastfeed. In the second option, there is a transition to artificial feeding. In this option, mother’s milk is replaced with a lactose-free formula. This means that it does not contain milk sugar, which can cause discomfort to the baby.

The difference between a lactose-free diet and a regular diet


The difference is actually not very significant in terms of enrichment of nutrition with microelements and vitamins. Manufacturers try to bring artificial nutrition as close to natural as possible. Conventional formulas are made with cow’s milk, but lactose-free formulas can be made with goat’s milk or soy protein.

The only significant difference is that the mother can pick up this product on her own. To do this, you need to watch the baby during the first days, how he perceives the new product, how much he likes it. If the state of health of the child is unsatisfactory, then only a doctor is able to choose the right food for him.

It’s not really about the disease and lactose intolerance, it’s just that the baby should receive all the microelements necessary for development and growth, which corresponds to the fact that nutrition should be subject to constant adjustments by a specialist.

How to transfer a child to a lactose-free diet?

  • You need to introduce the product recommended by the doctor in stages, while controlling the reaction of the baby’s body.
  • If it is noticed that the baby does not feel well after feeding, then it is worth stopping feeding this product and choosing another one.
  • Start complementary foods with this mixture, only microdoses.
  • Lactose-free formula may cause an allergic reaction.

Non-GMO baby formula


GMOs are foods that have artificially added genetic material from another species. At the same time, not only the yield of the plant is multiplied, the period for which the plant can fully mature is reduced, but also the cash costs for the production of these products are reduced.

In pursuit of profit, many manufacturers try not only to use modified products in production, but also to hide their presence in the composition. After research, it was found that these products do not benefit the individual, but rather the opposite.

What are the consequences of feeding a child with a mixture containing GMOs?

  • Allergy. The child’s body is very sensitive and when an unfamiliar gene enters it, the baby’s immune system recognizes it as an allergen.
  • Increased risk of developing chronic diseases such as increased bowel function, headaches, skin diseases, and so on.
  • There is a risk of ineffectiveness of treatment with antibiotics of the penicillin series, modified genes are resistant to these antibiotics.
  • These products accumulate much more pesticides.
  • Increases the likelihood of cancer and disorders of the thyroid gland.

Recent studies have shown that GMOs can not only reduce the size of the brain, but also lead to infertility. And it will take more than a dozen years before these consequences are revealed.

After some publications in the media that modified foods were found in baby food, mothers are at a loss as to how to feed their babies. Of course, there is nothing better than breastfeeding, but there are situations when it is impossible.

Of course, you can rely on the fact that the producers who write “non-GMO” on the labels are decent and there really is no this product. But it is better to play it safe and buy baby food only from trusted manufacturers.

There are situations when a healthy child is allergic to the mixture, and the box says that it does not contain GMOs. It is possible that the manufacturer simply cheated by not including this item in the composition.

You also need to remember that the mixture, which is intended for toddlers, should contain only natural products and be thoroughly tested. Only then can you be sure that your baby will receive everything necessary for development.

Gluten Free Infant Formula


New terms that constantly appear are of little surprise to anyone. What is “gluten”? We increasingly see this term on baby food packages. In fact, it is a vegetable protein that is found in cereals, canned food, as well as in sausages and sausage. It is able to give density to bakery products and thanks to it, cereals have stickiness.

And if for an adult organism it is not terrible, then for a child it contains some danger. How can this component affect children’s health? What can happen to the child later? If gluten intolerance is not detected in time? Let’s try to understand this article.

Gluten initiates an allergic reaction in some children, and a drop in absorption of the intestinal tract. This can cause developmental anomalies:

  • dermatitis,
  • anemia,
  • sudden weight loss
  • infertility,
  • fainting
  • osteoporosis,
  • hair loss,
  • caries, bleeding
  • joint pain, disorders
  • growth,
  • epilepsy.

These violations are caused not by the component itself, but by the chains that it creates during transshipment. Celiac disease – the reaction that this product can cause must be diagnosed at an early stage. This is the only way to avoid the consequences that can occur in the body of a small child.

Previously, doctors had not heard of celiac disease, but at the moment, many pediatricians consider this disease to be dangerous. Experiments make it possible to understand – celiac disease is masked before adolescence, showing an erroneous picture.

Many doctors believe that dermatitis is nothing more than the body’s initial reaction to gluten.

If a child is diagnosed with glutin intolerance, then the subject will have to adhere to a strict diet in nutrition all his life. In addition, it is impossible to return to a diet like that of ordinary people, even with an improvement in the condition. In this case, health will be in danger.

There were baby formulas and cereals that lack glutin. It must be remembered that children with this intolerance can only eat corn porridge, rice and buckwheat. Everything else can not be eaten, and you will have to give up bread. Semolina porridge, which children love so much, will have to be abandoned, since it contains this ingredient.

Baby formula without sugar


Mother’s milk for a small child is the most healthy food. Thanks to breast milk, the baby develops strong immunity, it receives the vitamins the body needs. It is good when breastfeeding occurs, but there are situations when it is not possible for various reasons. And then the question arises, what mixture to choose for the baby, so that it meets all the requirements of a growing child’s body.

When artificial feeding begins, it is worth knowing about some of the nuances of baby food, about its content and composition.

It is worth noting that as part of the diet, there may be hidden sugar, which is no less harmful than simple. We may just not be aware of it.

Let’s talk about a mixture that does not contain sugar in its composition. Let’s start with the fact that there is no pure sugar in mother’s milk, it contains milk sugar, which has a beneficial effect on the digestion and development of the baby.
As for the sugar in the diet, for the baby it’s just poison. It can cause a lack of many useful vitamins and important elements for the child. When choosing a food, carefully read the composition on the box. The composition should not include:

  • Sahara,
  • Glucose
  • sucrose,
  • Fructose.

The presence of such ingredients in the child’s diet causes disruptions in insulin metabolism, gas formation and fermentation.
The effect of sugar on the immune system
With an excess of sugar in the baby’s body, the immune system is depressed, and as a result, frequent colds and infectious diseases. The more sugar and its components enter the child’s body, the less the immune system fights infections, which can cause the development of chronic diseases.

When choosing food for a baby, you need to remember that some manufacturers add sugar to it in order to reduce the cost of their products. A mixture with added sugar is always cheaper. But choosing such a product, the mother must understand that it will affect the health of the baby.

As for the mixture that does not contain sugar, it is close to breast milk. Does not cause allergies, fermentation and bloating. In addition, it contains useful trace elements that are so necessary for the baby for the first months of life. Such food is considered hypoallergenic if the child does not have any special deviations in health. For persistent allergic reactions, the pediatrician may prescribe a sugar-free formula to the child as a treatment.

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