|If you are formula-feeding your baby you will want to follow these important tips. First, make sure he is eating about every three hours in the beginning. He will eat two to three fluid ounces of formula during each feeding which will take about 20 to 30 minutes. Be sure to watch for his cues. When he is full he may turn his head or fall asleep. By six months of age, he should be eating about six to eight fluid ounces for a total of four or five feedings a day.Make sure the formula is flowing from the nipple at the right speed. If he is gulping or choking, the formula may be coming out to fast. On the other hand, if he is sucking very hard or acts fussy, it may be coming out too slow. To test the flow, turn the bottle upside down and you should see a few drops come out of the nipple. Babies will swallow air during a feeding so make sure you are burping.
The best way to feed your baby is to find a comfortable spot for yourself. Be sure to support his head and cradle his body in the crook of your arm. Be sure to keep his head higher than his tummy to avoid liquid draining into his ear and decrease his risk of choking. Never prop the bottle.
At first, your baby’s stomach is small and will only hold a small amount of formula. As your baby grows so does his stomach which in turn will result in longer periods between feedings. Soon his sleep and eating patterns will adjust and become more regular.
If your baby’s height and weight is increasing steadily then he is getting enough to eat. Your Pediatrician will be able to help you with this. If your baby is happy between feedings, having six or more wet diapers a day and has frequent stools, chances are he is getting enough to eat. Remember, the more you get to know your baby the more you will know his feeding habits.
Below you will find some information about Pediatric Formulas commonly prescribed to best meet your baby’s needs.
Abbott Nutrition (www.abbottnutrition.com)
Similac® Advance EarlyShield™: Supports brain, eye and bone development and the maturing immune system. Exclusive EarlyShield™ blend of prebiotics, nucletides and antioxidants nutrients naturally found in breast milk.
Similac® Organic™: Made with the wholesomeness of organic milk.
Similac® Sensitive™: An easy-to-digest blend of carbohydrates to reduce fussiness and gas due to lactose sentivity. Previously known as Similac® Lactose Free.
Similac® Sensitive R.S.™: Lactose-free milk-based formula with added rice starch, which is designed to reduce the frequency of spit-up.
Similac® Isomil® Advance®: Soy-based formula for fussiness, gas and spit-up.
Similac® Alimentum®: For food allergies or colic symptoms due to protein sensitivity.
Similac® Neosure: A special nutrient-enriched 22Cal/oz iron-fortified formula for conditions such as prematurity. Designed to be used preterm and itsupports excellent catch-up growth.
Elecare®: Amino-acid based, hypoallergenic formula to help support growth. Indicated for infants and children with multiple food-protein allergies. Suitable for milk-allergic infants and children who cannot tolerate soy or protein hydrolysate formulas.
Pediasure® Peptide: Designed for children ages 1-13 with malabsorption, maldigestion or other GI conditions when hydrolyzed protein is indicated. Flavors include strawberry and vanilla. Appropriate for oral and tube feeding.
Pediasure®: For children with failure to thrive, growth concerns, nutrient deficiencies and/or loss of appetite. Lactose free, gluten free, and kosher. Not for children with galactosemia.
Pediasure® 1.5 Cal: For children who are at risk for malnutrition, require higher caloric density or have fluid restrictions. Lactose free, gluten free, and kosher. Not for children with galactosemia.
Gerber Good Start® Protect™: Contains the probiotic Bifidobacterium lactis to help support a healthy immune system. Designed to help bring the balance of flora in formula-fed infants closer to that of breastfed infants. Made with 100% whey, partially hydrolyzed, and with DHA & ARA.
Gerber Good Start® Gentle®: Milk-based routine formula with DHA & ARA to support visual and cognitive development. 100% whey protein, partially hydrolyzed to reduce the potential for developing allergy. For infants from birth to 12 months of age.
Gerber Good Start® Soy®: Soy-based, lactose-free routine formula with DHA & ARA. Partially hydrolyzed soy protein for easy digestion. For infants from birth to 12 months of age.
Gerber Good Start® Soothe: contains probiotic L. reuteri to help reduce crying time by 50% in colicky infants. Special carbohydrate blend with 30% lactose. Contains DHA and ARA for bsbies birth to 12 months of age.
Nutren® 1.5: a complete high calorie medical food with a balanced nutritional profile containing 16% protein, 45% carbohydrate, and 39% fat. Medium-chain triglycerides constitute 50% of the fat. Vanilla flavored for oral or tube feeding use.
Nutren® Junior®: A complete medical food specially designed for children ages 1-10. Protein source is 50% whey to facilitate gastric emptying. Vanilla flavored for oral or tube feeding use.
Peptamen® with Prebio™: A 100% whey, enzymatically hydrolyzed, complete elemental medical food with a unique blend of FOS and inulin. Designed for GI-compromised patients. Vanilla flavored for oral or tube feeding use.
Peptamen Junior® with Fiber: A 100% whey, enzymatically hydrolyzed, complete peptide-based elemental medical food for GI-compromised children ages 1-10. Supplies 3.5 g/L of PREBIO and 3.8 g/L of insoluble fiber to aid in bowel management. Not for individuals with galactosemia.
Peptamen Junior® 1.5 is the first calorically dense peptide-based pediatric product with added fish oil designed to help modulate the inflammatory response.
Vivonex® Pediatric: Elemental (100% free amino acids) diet designed specifically for children ages 1-10. Can be used as a tube feeding or consumed orally and flavored with Vivonex flavor packets.
Benecalorie®: A medical food supplement to enhance foods with calories and protein.
Compleat Pediatric: Only blenderized tube feeding formula containing real food available for children ages 1-10. Designed to improve tolerance and is made from traditional foods including chicken, fruit, vegetables, and cranberry juice. Also rich in calcium to help grow strong bones.
BOOST® KID ESSENTIALS (1.0 formula) comes in child-friendly packaging and is specially designed for children ages 1-13. It is rich in calcium to help build strong bones. May be consumed orally or used as a tube feeding.
BOOST® KID ESSENTIALS 1.5 is the first calorically-dense pediatric formula and delivers critical whole-protein nutrition in fewer servings. May be consumed orally or used as a tube feeding.
Mead Johnson (www.meadjohnson.com)
Nutramigen® with Enflora™ LGG®: It is an iron-fortified formula, lactose-free, galactose-free, sucrose-free, hypoallergenic infant formula for term infants who are allergic to intact proteins in cow’s milk and soy formulas.
Nutramigen® AA™: It is formula that is hypoallergenic, amino acid-based formula for infants and toddlers with severe cow’s milk protein allergy and/or multiple food protein allergies. Includes LIPIL, a blend of DHA and ARA, nutrients also found in breast milk, that promote brain and eye development.
Pregestimil® LIPIL®: For infants with fat malabsorption related to: Cystic fibrosis, intractable diarrhea, Short gut syndrome and severe protein calorie malnutrition.
Enfamil® LIPIL®: A blend of DHA and ARA, important nutrients found naturally in breast milk.
Enfamil® LactoFree LIPIL®: Scientifically developed, milk-based, lactose-free formula for babies when lactose is a concern.
Enfamil® A.R. LIPIL®: Easy-to-digest rice starch designed to thicken in the stomach and help keep formula down gently and effectively.
Enfamil® EnfaCare®: Formula used for infants from approximately 1800 grams in weight, premature infants or with low birth weight. Recommended until 9 to 12 months of age.
Enfamil® ProSobee®: For infants with sensitive tummies, it is a soy based formula.
Nutricia North America (www.nutricia-na.com)
Neocate® Infant: Infant formula that is hypoallergenic, amino acid-based, nutritionally complete infant formula for the dietary management of cow milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance and allergy-related gastrointestinal issues.
Neocate® Infant DHA and ARA: Infant formula that is hypoallergenic, amino acid-based, nutritionally complete infant formula for the dietary management of cow milk allergy, multiple food protein intolerance and allergy-related gastrointestinal issues. It has added DHA and ARA fatty acids.
Neocate® Nutra: It is a semi-solid medical food that is hypoallergenic, amino acid-based for children and infants over 6 months of age with cow’s milk allergy, multiple medical food protein intolerance or gastrointestinal conditions. When the product is mixed with water it provides a smooth, spoonable consistency.
EO 28 Splash: Formulated to provide complete or supplemental nutritional support for children with severe impairment of the gastrointestinal tract.
Duocal®: It is a high calorie, protein-free nutritional supplement that can be added to foods or beverages when additional calories are required.
Neocate® Jr.: Amino-acid based, hypoallergenic formula to help support growth. Indicated for infants and children with multiple food-protein allergies. Suitable for milk-allergic infants and children who cannot tolerate soy or protein hydrolysate formulas.
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