How to Choose a Brand of Baby Formula

Choosing a brand of baby formula today can be quite intimidating just when looking at the number of options to choose from. Combine that with lifestyle choice and you have now compounded the complexity of choosing to the point of complete confusion.

We as adults and parents have made dietary choices specific to not only how we were raised, but as we gain our independence with age we modify our dietary lifestyle choices. It can be defined by simple likes and dislikes in how we choose to sustain ourselves. These beliefs, likes and dislikes will certainly affect the quality, consideration, and influence the choices we now make in how to choose a brand of baby formula for our little bundles of love.

Parents with a basic conventional meat and potatoes type of diet can aid in simplifying your choices as opposed to parents who may observe a strict raw or vegan lifestyle. This type of lifestyle greatly limits choice and increases significantly a focused interest and awareness on the origin, quality, ingredients and packaging of food products, which will translate proportionally to the baby formula choices parents will make on behalf of their infant.

If you have concerns about post packaging contamination such as are associated with plastics and plastic containers which commonly leak toxins like Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Phthalate and Bisphenol A (BPA), you will of course eliminate any choices that are packaged in plastic containers and limit your choices to glass containers only.

If you have a strict policy regarding the avoidance of any genetically modified organisms (GMO) that make up and are part of the ingredients that are used in specific brands of baby formula you again have reduced the field considerably for your available options.

If you prefer and strictly adhere to 100% organic ingredients than you have probably also limited yourself to baby formulas that are packaged in glass containers. However simply confining yourself to glass container choices only does not guarantee that the baby formula complies with your non GMO, 100% organic criteria.

Now combine container, ingredients and classification of ingredients with a specific infants health considerations and your choices again compound themselves. If an infant is lactose intolerant for example you will be directed by your pediatrician to specific formulas that use non-dairy ingredients. Various examples of types of baby formulas are cow’s milk based, lactose free, Soy based, extensively hydrolyzed, formula for premature and low birth weight babies, and metabolic formula. This is still only are partial list of options. Other considerations include ready to use formula, liquid concentrate formula, and powdered formula.

In summary, how you choose a baby formula is a delicate mix between your lifestyle, infant health and wellness, and pediatrician consultation. For some the decisions are easy. Many adults today live with little to no concern for the quality or content of the foods they consume and therefore will apply the same level of concern to the choices they make for their baby. For those who define themselves and their diet more specifically you will find options that will meet your criteria, it’s just a matter of how little or how much time you will invest to narrow your options.