How to Switch Baby Formulas with Ease
Many parents who switch to an organic formula express concern over their baby’s well-being…will baby be ok if the switch to a different formula is made? In most cases, if you’re switching to a similar type of formula, your baby shouldn’t experience any issues. For example: if you switch from a conventional cow milk based formula to an organic cow milk based formula, your baby should be fine.
Initially, your baby may be put off by a slightly different taste or smell, but their health should not be affected in any negative ways. However, if you’re using a specialty formula like one made with a hydrolyzed protein, it’s best to speak with your child’s doctor before making the switch to another formula.
Will a New Formula Upset My Baby’s Stomach?
One of the biggest concerns parents express when making the switch to an organic infant formula is whether or not it will upset their baby’s stomach. If you’re switching to a similar type of formula, most experts agree it’s pretty rare for a baby to have a negative reaction.
You may notice more gas, but gas in itself is not cause for concern.
Some of the signs of a true sensitivity or reaction, include vomiting, diarrhea, blood in stool or blood in vomit. If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, call your child’s doctor immediately.
If your little one is constipated, don’t be tempted to make the switch to a reduced iron formula. Several studies have shown that iron isn’t the cause of constipation or other stomach issues. To learn what’s causing your baby’s constipation, take him to his doctor as soon as possible.
Should I switch to a soy based formula?
Parents of little ones who experience excessive gas or bowel changes often make the switch to soy based formulas right away, but it’s important to remember, it’s extremely rare for a child to have a true milk allergy. Oftentimes, the cause of excessive gas or changes in bowel movements are linked to other ingredients or foods.
It’s important to keep in mind: soy is a source of phytoestrogens, which can be detrimental to a child’s health when exposed to high amounts of it on a regular basis. Before making the decision to switch to a soy based formula, it’s best to discuss all of the pros and cons with your child’s doctor.
How to Ease the Transition
When switching formulas, the taste, smell, and texture of a new formula may be off putting to your baby. Just like when you try a new food, it may take a few times for your baby’s taste buds to adjust. If your baby seems hesitant to take a new formula, try introducing it slowly. Replace one feeding a day with the new formula until they are taking it at every feeding. This may take a week or so, but eventually, your baby should adjust.
If you have any concerns about making the switch to a new formula, it’s best to speak to your child’s pediatrician.