Whether or not you plan on being a formula feeding family, figuring it all out can seem overwhelming. We were a combination feeding family by choice the second time but the first time I added formula feeding in extremely reluctantly.
Looking back, I wish I’d been a bit more relaxed, but hindsight is 20/20 right? So now I do my best to share with other moms some of the things I learned through my experience.
This post is sponsored by Mirum, but opinions expressed are my own.
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT FORMULA FEEDING
Let me start with the most important thing about being a mom with a new baby.
YOU GOT THIS, MOM.
It’s true. The first piece of advice I always give my friends when they ask me about new babies and parenting is, “Trust your gut.”
Most of us have the best intentions for our children so trust your instincts, lean on your support system, find what works for your family, and roll with it.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, here are a few things I wish I’d known about formula feeding from the start. I wasn’t planning on using formula so I hadn’t done my research. I think I would have handled it better had I been more knowledgeable. I like to be prepared.
I did everything to make exclusive breastfeeding work with Weston but when he continued to lose weight, something had to be done. When the same thing happened with Carrigan because I don’t produce enough milk, I was much more prepared and I handled it with much more grace.
So, the basic things I think you need to know so you don’t stress over choosing to formula feed or needing to use infant formula are:
Infant formula brands have the same nutrition.
In the beginning, I wondered about whether or not the more affordable store brands matched the nutrition of the name brands.
The FDA has moms covered in this area. All formula must meet the same nutrition requirements.
This means you can focus on finding the brand that works best for your family’s needs.
There may be a little bit of trial and error involved.
When you’re formula feeding your baby be prepared to have to try a few things. It doesn’t mean you’re doing anything wrong. You may have to try a few different formulas to find the one that works best for your baby. You might have to try a few different types of bottles or even just different kinds of nipples.
Will your baby need the bottles warmed or will they take a room temperature bottle? What is the best way for your family to take formula on the go?
Questions like these have to be figured out along with all of the other new baby concerns.
Just breathe deep, know you’re doing the best you can, and know that it will all work out. You’ll get it all figured out!
Using infant formula doesn’t have to break the bank.
When we added infant formula into our feeding routine, one thing I worried about was the cost. I signed up for coupons and got free samples as we found what worked best for our kids.
During the process of figuring out which formula worked best, I discovered that formula feeding doesn’t have to as crazy expensive as I was worried it would be. (Though I will state the obvious and say that I would pay anything to make sure my babies are fed!)
Brands like love & care Infant Formula from Amazon is a perfect example. Store brands have the same nutrition but offer you great savings over the name brand formulas.
With Amazon’s love & care Infant Formula you get:
- a milk-based powder formula with iron that offers complete nutrition tailored for infants.
- NON-GMO, gluten-free, and Certified Kosher by the Orthodox Union
- infant formula inspired by mother’s milk, featuring DHA, choline, and dual prebiotics
love & care Infant Formula is comparable to Enfamil Premium Infant Formula but at a lower price!
Check out the prices on love & care Infant Formula on Amazon.
This infant formula is going to be added to the Amazon Family program, details of that program here: amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=201895020
Formula feeding can be convenient.
If you’re worried about the convenience factor of formula feeding, let me tell you from experience that it doesn’t have to be a big deal.
Bottle washing becomes second nature once you start incorporating it into your usual dishwashing routine. It’s not anything that ever really bothered Justin (who handles the dishes in our house) once he figured out how everything fit in.
If you’re worried about traveling with baby formula, it’s really easy too. Powdered formula travels well in the formula containers. Add a bottle of water to your diaper bag and some empty bottles and you’re ready! My babies always handled room temperature bottles well so it was easy to mix one on the go.
With Amazon, formula feeding your baby is even easier! You can get your baby formula delivered right to your door! If you take advantage of Prime shipping and SUBSCRIBE & SAVE options, you’ll never run out of baby formula!
I wish I’d had this option when my kids were babies to add an extra convenience factor to the mix!