Breast feeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of your child. However, if breast feeding is not possible/sufficient, milk powder can be used as part of a diversified diet. There are many considerations when making this important decision. It can be overwhelming with so many options, from the different types of milk powder to the various brands available.
Always consult your healthcare professional if you have difficulty breastfeeding, or before deciding on a type of milk powder. Follow the instructions from your healthcare professional on the type of formula milk suitable for your child.
Other considerations to take note of when choosing between formula milk brands are your child’s nutritional needs, the form it comes in, the dominant protein and type of carbohydrates it contains, along with the other ingredients and nutrients that it provides.
Select established and reliable formula milk brands. You can read about certified and trusted brands online. Nutritional standards that a product complies with are also indicated on the packaging.
Select age-appropriate products. The recommended age is usually displayed prominently on the front of the product’s packaging. It might also be noted in the nutritional information column on the packaging.
Carefully review expiration date, storage conditions and instructions on accurate dosage, preparation and use.
Ensure that the product chosen is suitable for your child. Every child is unique and might have particular needs or taste preferences that will rule out certain types of formula milk.
Formula milk can support your child’s healthy growth and development. We hope these tips will help you select the appropriate formula milk for your child.