It’s pretty wonderful that today we have such easy access to formula for babies. In earlier times, parents did not have many options if they needed or wanted an alternative to breast milk. Now, the options can almost feel overwhelming! If you are thinking about using formula to nourish your new addition, here are three things that might surprise you.

Not All Brands Are Created Equal

Many new parents are surprised to find that when comparing formula brands, the ingredients can greatly vary. Some parents are concerned when they see “corn syrup” as one of the main ingredients. Corn syrup is commonly used as an artificial sweetener in many foods, but in recent years has been linked to various health conditions including obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. Instead, look for formulas that contain lactose, a natural sugar that the body recognizes and is equipped to metabolize, as the main carbohydrate.

Some trusted formula brands are:

Honest Co.

Earth’s Best Organic

Plum Organics

Many parents choose to order formula online from Europe, as well.

Every Baby Responds Differently

As you prepare for your new arrival, don’t stock up on formula just yet. If your little one is often excessively fussy, spitting up, or gassy, you might need to consider allergies as a cause. While there are many possible explanations for these symptoms, one possibility for a formula fed baby is that something in your specific brand of formula is bothering them. Different babies respond differently to different formulas. You may need to shop around and try a few until you find one that leaves your little feeling just right.

You Can Do Both

Breast milk or formula? How about… both? With all of the ongoing debate between the two sides, it’s easy to forget that you don’t have to do just one. Many moms choose to supplement with formula while they work on building up their own breast milk production supply. This is also a popular choice if you want to breastfeed, but haven’t yet stored up enough pumped milk and want to give your partner a chance to feed baby while you catch a few extra hours of sleep over night. There are also many breast milk donor options for parents who are unable to provide their own breast milk.

No matter what, the most important goals are a fed baby and an attentive parent. Provide nourishment and love in the way that works best for your family, and your little bundle of joy will be sure to thrive.

Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi
Jenna Lombardi currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband, Andrew, and their two children, Aaron and Clare. She loves to travel (even with kids!), find a good bargain, and enjoys an iced chai latte with soy milk every now and then. When she’s not wrangling the kids at the playground or the zoo, she can be found practicing hand lettering, reading about pregnancy and natural childbirth, or testing out a new recipe in the kitchen.