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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: If your water source is safe to drink, it is perfectly ok to switch - and alot cheaper for you too. If breast feeding just hasn't worked out for you and you use formula, just make sure you mix according to directions. You don't want to cheat your baby out of the nutients she needs for optimal growth by mixing wrong. And remember not to shake hard before feeding - you will end up with gas! ...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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I had birth on may 5/2014, and till now i didn't have my menstrual cycle, and i'm feeding my baby formula milk not from my breast, so is this normal?

I had birth on may 5/2014, and till now i didn't have my menstrual cycle, and i'm feeding my baby formula milk not from my breast, so is this normal?

Not normal: Usually periods resume within 8 weeks of having a baby if you never breastfed. I I would do a pregnancy test and see your doctor for further evaluation. If you took Clomid (clomiphene) in order to get pregnant, youre probably not ovulating and therefore not getting periods. If this is the case , then you should be on hormonal medication to regulate cycles when nor trying to get pregnant. ...Read more

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Is it okay to mix baby formula with coconut water?

Is it okay to mix baby formula with coconut water?

No, Coconut: Water has chunks of coconut floating in it. This would not work. ...Read more

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Should I give my baby formula after breastfeeding?

Should I give my baby formula after breastfeeding?

No: After a baby has learned to be a good breastfeeder, it is ok to supplement breastfeeding with formula. However, supplementation is not needed unless the baby is very hungry after breastfeeding and cannot wait until the next breastfeeding; or unless the baby is not gaining weight properly. ...Read more

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Can i change baby formula?

Can i change baby formula?

Yes: You can certainly switch baby formulas from one standard formula to another standard formula. ...Read more

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How do I pick a baby formula?

How do I pick a baby formula?

Keep it simple: First, seriously consider nursing. If not possible, and your baby has no allergies or problems, use a milk based formula. If baby has health problems ask your doc for help. There are lots of gimmicks from formula companies right now touting their formula as best. In reality, formula is very closely regulated by the fda and not much difference between the brands unless your infant has special needs. ...Read more

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Should baby formula be warmed?

Should baby formula be warmed?

Not necessary: This practice is unnecessary. Some infants prefer it warm or cold or room temperature. You can train baby to take it in any fashion. It was common practice in the past, believing baby might loose energy warming up the feed, but the energy loss in not significant. In the microwave era, many babies actually suffer significant mouth burns when the feed is too hot. ...Read more

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Is it okay to reheat baby formula?

Is it okay to reheat baby formula?

I suppose,but: I never encourage heating it to begin with. Heating bottles are a old time practice that makes little sense & does little for baby.After microwaves came along it resulted in many mouth burns due to overheating. Babies get use to it at room temperature or right out of the fridge. ...Read more