References: Owens et al: Infant formulas: the basics. SA Pharmacist's Assistant, Autumn 2012
Breastfeeding is the best support you can offer your baby. The world health organization (WHO) recommend that breastfeeding is exclusive for 6 months and then as a supplement to solids up to two years.
We know that sometimes a mom is simply unable to breastfeed and in this instances it is important to choose the right formula.
First we have to understand the different types of protein.
Breastmilk has predominant Whey protein. Whey protein is easier to digest
Casein allows baby to feel full for longer.
Breastmilk is 60% Whey and 40% Casein.
That is why Whey based formula is better and is less likely to cause tummy upset.
Hydrolysed formula is also less likely to produce colic or allergy. The protein in this milk is broken down and less likely to cause colic or allergy.
Antireflux formula will have an agent in that thicken the milk. This will prevent reflux.
Acidified formula is formula with a lower ph., more acid. these milks protect against gastro. It prevent milk from fermenting in the babies intestine.
Many of the above mentioned formula also has added probiotics that will assist with overall gut wellbeing.
Lastly you have your lactose free formula or soy based formula that assist if the baby is sensitive to lactose. Lactose sensitivity can worsen the symptoms of colic.
Most formulas will have the same calories so baby should be equally satisfied on all of them.
If you are unsure about which formula to use feel free to ask.