Formula Facts & Fiction
It’s important to find the right formula for your baby, especially if breast milk isn’t an option, or you need to supplement with formula. But, with all the choices and information out there, it can be difficult to decipher formula fact from fiction. Luckily, Dr. Deena Blanchard, a full-time mom and pediatrician, is here to help with frequently asked formula questions and straightforward answers.
Fiction: Breastfeeding is all or nothing.
Fact: While breastfeeding is the first choice for infant growth and nutrition, some moms may not be able to exclusively breastfeed. It’s not all or nothing. You can still breastfeed even if your little one is also drinking formula.
Fiction: You should never mix breast milk and formula.
Fact: Mixing breast milk with formula in the same bottle is just fine. In fact, it can be a helpful way for parents who have been breastfeeding to help their babies get used to the taste of formula.
Fiction: You have to introduce at a certain time.
Fact: There is no right or wrong time to introduce formula. As circumstances change, parents may choose to introduce formula at any time. However, babies who have been exclusively breastfed may need time to adjust to the taste difference.
Fiction: There is no real difference between non-organic and organic formula.
Fact: There is absolutely a difference — several, in fact. The biggest differences are that organic formula is free of genetically modified ingredients and is made without prohibited synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, synthetic hormones, additives and antibiotics. While the FDA has strict regulations on all infant formula to meet standard nutritional guidelines, put simply, choosing organic infant formula can limit your baby’s exposure to potentially harmful chemicals and pesticides.
Fiction: You must stick with one type of formula.
Fact: Typically, parents start with a milk protein-based formula. However, if your baby is experiencing gas and fussiness, trying a new type of formula can be a good idea. In these cases, gentle formula, like the new Earth’s Best Organic® Gentle Formula, might be a good option. These formulas, also called partially hydrolyzed formulas, are made with milk proteins that have been partially broken down. This makes them easier for babies to digest.
Fiction: You should feed your newborn 8-10 times per day
Fact: While it’s true that most newborns will feed about 8-10 times in a 24-hour period, it’s best to take feeding cues from your little one and avoid being overly rigid with scheduling. As your baby’s stomach starts to grow and their appetite increases, you can spread out the feedings and do larger, less frequent feedings.
*Dr. Deena Blanchard serves as a pediatric expert for the Earth’s Best® brand.
This is for informational purposes only and should not be treated as medical advice. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always discuss any health and feeding concerns directly with your pediatrician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read above.