You get a free sample in your care package from the hospital. Your friend gives you an unopened can because their baby started whole milk. If they are not the regular brand you use, is it ok to give your baby different formulas?
When you look at medical concerns, there is no reason why you can't switch between brands of formula. Ounce for ounce, each brand has the same number of calories, types of fat, and nutrition that your little one needs. With its similarities, it is up to you to decide if you want to be loyal to brand or follow the sales ads or coupons.
Keep in mind that your newborn is still developing a sense of taste. If you are trying to find the right brand for your child, this is the time to make the switch to determine what works best for their digestive system. As they age, closer to 6 months, your child may become more selective when it comes to the taste of their formula.
There is an increase in popularity of soy formula, so it is possible for you to switch between milk-based and soy-based formula. The difference of taste between these two types of formula is more noticeable, so your baby may reject the new formula at first. The switch is fine if it is not regarding an intolerance or allergy concern.
If your pediatrician has diagnosed your baby with lactose intolerance, then you should not be so quick to switch back and forth between different types of formula. Your little one's digestive system can only handle so much when it is dealing with intolerance. Most milk-based formulas contain lactose, so those would be the ones to avoid (unless you opt for the lactose-free milk formula).
Soy is a solid choice for lactose intolerance, but some babies are allergic to milk protein. In those cases, they may respond the same way to soy formula as milk-based formula. For that reason, there is elemental formulas such as Nutramigen and Alimentum. With smaller milk proteins, there is less potential for a protein-related allergic reaction. When it comes to the few instances of allergies, switching back and forth between baby formula is not recommended when you find the right formula for your baby's needs.
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