What is the right baby formula for my child?

  • All infant formulas provide complete nutrition.
  • Understanding the different types of proteins is a big part of choosing the right baby formula for your child.
  • Baby formulas come in powder, concentrate and ready-to-feed.

There are many baby formula options available, so it’s important to make sure you are making an informed decision in choosing the right baby formula that will provide the proper nutrition your baby needs.

Types of baby formula proteins

All routine formulas provide complete nutrition for your baby’s healthy growth and development. The biggest difference among formulas is the type of protein. Here is a rundown of the different types of baby formula proteins and their properties:

Formula made with both casein and whey cow’s milk proteins

  • Many infant formulas contain casein, a cow’s milk protein, which may form curds* in your baby’s tummy.

 Formula made with soy protein

  • Soy-based protein formulas*** promote normal growth and development.
  • Soy formulas are viable options for parents who prefer their infant follow a vegetarian diet.   

Formula for special conditions

  • Extensively hydrolyzed formulas contain proteins that are broken down even more. They’re designed for babies with special digestive needs and should be used under the care of a physician. 
  • Other formulas are made using free amino acids — the building blocks of proteins. These formulas are also for babies with special digestive needs.

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Baby formulas to choose from

Powder baby formula
The most popular and at the best economic value, powdered baby formula is a great choice for most infants. However, it is recommended that powdered formulas shouldn’t be fed to premature babies or those who have immune problems, unless directed by your physician.

Concentrate baby formula
Concentrate baby formula is easily prepared by mixing equal parts of water and the formula.

Ready-to-feed baby formula
Great for parents on the go, ready-to-feed formula is the most convenient, as it requires no preparation.

Watch this helpful video on what to look for when choosing the right baby formula for your child. 

* Curd formation is not related to the body’s ability to absorb and utilize proteins.
*** The American Academy of Pediatrics states there are a few indications, such as a hereditary condition called galactosemia, when soy should replace a cow’s milk formula.

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