Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
When selecting formula milk for your child, first and foremost consider your child’s nutritional needs, then the form it comes in, the dominant protein and type of carbohydrates it uses, and the other ingredients and nutrients that it provides. Always consult your healthcare professional before deciding to use formula milk, or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.
Other considerations to take note of:
Follow the instructions from your healthcare professional on the type of formula milk(eg. Hydrolysed milks, lactose-free milks, etc.)
Select established and reliable brands
Select age-appropriate formula milks
Carefully review expiration date, storage conditions, as well as instructions on accurate dosage
Ensure that formula milk chosen is suitable for children (e.g. Allergies, taste, etc.)