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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Ready To Feed Formula And Powdered Formula

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Is it ok to switch from ready-to-feed to powdered formula?

Is it ok to switch from ready-to-feed to powdered formula?

Yes: Yes, it is perfectly fine to switch from ready-to-feed to powdered formula since they have the same nutrition. I do have some patients who prefer one more than the other or have problems with spitting up more with one than the other. If you look at the two, you will also see that they look different with the ready feed (enfamil lipil at least) looking darker and thicker than the powder. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants. Thanks :)?

Both are fine. Which: you use is a personal preference. Powdered formula can be easier to take for travel and less expensive, but you need to make sure you have a reliable, safe source of drinking water. Ready-to-feed is more expensive but you don't need to worry about adding safe water, and it's convenient. ...Read more

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Hi, wanted to know which is better - ready to use or powdered formula for feeding infants and why. Thanks :)?

Convenience: I find mom's enjoy the convenience of RTF for travel or if they only need an occasional bottle to supplement breast feeding. For formula feeders, most use powder because it makes sense. Why pay the company to add water, use more storage space and spend the energy to carry all the extra weight home? ...Read more

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Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

Do I have to feed my baby formula when I go back to work?

No: Depending on the situation at work, a breastfeeding mom may be able to have someone bring the baby in for the mom to breastfeed; or more likely, the mom will pump milk at work and bring it home at the end of each workday. ...Read more

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I am switching my 3 month old from breastmilk to powdered formula. What kind of water should I use to prepare it?

I am switching my 3 month old from breastmilk to powdered formula. What kind of water should I use to prepare it?

Generally ...: There is no one type better than others. However, we usually suggest fluorinated water for better dental care. Well water is also safer if sterilized. ...Read more

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Accidentally fed my 9 months old baby formula that was sitting out for 4hours in an air conditioned room. What are the risks?

Accidentally fed my 9 months old baby formula that was sitting out for 4hours in an air conditioned room. What are the risks?

Minimal: Formula that is left at room temperature for that duration after a baby has started feeding, may have a chance of germ build up.This might produce some indigestion and loose stools.This is less likely if it was just left out but not as a feed. ...Read more

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Do I have to feed my baby formula to make sure he is getting the right vitamins?

Do I have to feed my baby formula to make sure he is getting the right vitamins?

Breast or formula: Breast milk is the best, along with vitamin d or infant multivitamin drops. If you wish to give formula instead or as supplement, infant formulas are designed to be used for the entire first year of life, with all the right vitamins and nutrients. Regular cows milk (or any other milk substitutes) do not have the right balance for infants under 1 year. Check with your doctor about the best choice. ...Read more

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3mo baby formula fed 24 oz/ day. Pediatrician indicated no vit D is needed and will reasses @4mo. I'm scared of rickets. Can it be reversed early on?

3mo baby formula fed 24 oz/ day. Pediatrician indicated no vit D is needed and will reasses @4mo. I'm scared of rickets. Can it be reversed early on?

New recommendation: The American Academy of Pediatrics states that "Exclusively and partially breastfed babies should receive 400 IU (units) of vitamin D each day starting in the first few days of life and continuing up until babies are weaned to at least 1 liter or 1 quart of vitamin D fortified formula or milk a day." Read the labeling carefully, some brands have 400 units per drop, vs per dropper-full. ...Read more

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Have a 3 month old baby, formula feed & has had 15 dirty diaper between 2 days. Is that normal?

Have a 3 month old baby, formula feed & has had 15 dirty diaper between 2 days. Is that normal?

I assume: you mean by "dirty diaper" diapers containing stool. 7 or 8 stools per day may not be unusual, but if it is a big change from previously, you should take your baby to her pediatrician. If she is making fewer urine soaked diapers, it could mean she's dehydrated and needs prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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Hello doctor, i bought my new born a similac neo sure powdered formula. Do I mix it with lukewarm water or warm water? Please advise

Hello doctor, i bought my new born a similac neo sure powdered formula. Do I mix it with lukewarm water or warm water? Please advise

Neosure: and if your baby was born at full-term, She/he does not need to take neosure (which is more appropriate for babies born near term). The regular formula is just fine ...Read more

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