Experts on babies and kids all agreed that breast milk is the best for babies. However, certain conditions warrant the use of formula milk as a supplement to breastfeeding, like breast sucking problems, not enough breast milk, or tight schedule for working moms.
As babies become toddlers, switching to formula milk full-time sometimes become inevitable. Nonetheless, baby and toddler experts still strongly recommend continuing with breastfeeding. But what about toddlers aged three to four years old who are more active and who are going to school? Often, there’s no other recourse but to rely on formula milk. The question then is, what’s the best formula milk for your kid?
Ask Your Pediatrician
The first step is to ask your pediatrician what formula milk is best for your kid. A lot of things should be considered, like lactose intolerance. Breast milk is suited for all babies and doesn’t have the side effects that some formula milk brands bring. In fact, it is the real food for babies and toddlers almost a year old or slightly past one year. This is why switching to formula milk needs serious adjustments only pediatricians can decide on, of course, with the cooperation of parents.
Some toddlers are lactose intolerant. They cannot digest milk derived from cow’s milk, also called as dairy milk. Undigested lactose or milk remains in their tummies, resulting to gastrointestinal woes. Mostly, premature babies develop this due to lack of lactase, the enzyme for digesting dairy milk.
Some newbie parents sometimes are puzzled over allergic reactions their kids are experiencing, not knowing that it might be because of the formula milk they are using. They think the allergy is from other causes until they bring their kid to the pediatrician. Here are some symptoms of lactose intolerance:
- Frequent farting
- Skin rashes
- Gas pain
- Loose bowel
- Rumbling sounds in the lower belly
- Throwing up
If your kid has frequent episodes of the above, he or she probably suffers from lactose intolerance. It’s time you have him or her checked by a pediatrician.
What pediatricians often recommend is a special baby soya milk formulation. It tastes like any other toddler milk (in fact, sometimes it tastes better than dairy milk) and kids get their daily requirements of calcium and protein even without consuming dairy milk. The only downside to it is that it often cost more than other milk formulation.
However, make sure to buy only soya milk recommended by a pediatrician who has actually examined your kid.
If you can no longer give breast milk to your baby, don’t feel like you’re not giving them your best. Just make sure to ask the pediatrician for guidance on what supplemental milk you can buy instead.