Picking a Baby Formula Picking a Baby Formula
2/17/2003 5:25 AM
"If you want to feed your baby formula instead of breast milk, there are some things you need to consider to make sure your bundle of joy is getting what they need. With newborn twin boys, Kim Dirnbeck, 32, has her hands full. So when it comes to feeding Gabriel and Cole, she has no apprehensions about using formula. "With nursing, it's difficult because you have to feed more often and having two infants to feed it would be very time consuming and mentally draining on me, ,” Kim said.
But with all the options out there, how do you know which formula is right for your baby?
"Since probably around 1970, there's been a plentiful number of safe formulas that are covered under federal regulation that include all of the things that a baby needs to grow and develop normally,” said Dr. Leo Heitlinger. They include the traditional cow's milk and soy formula, as well as formulas for babies with special health needs, such as allergies. But as far as brands go, Dr. Heitlinger says they're all pretty much the same." [This article sets up a breastfeeding failure (twins, who could possibly breastfeed twins) and then goes on to provide misinformation about formula (Dr. says soy, others are all the same) and concludes without any warnings even about being careful to mix properly, use clean water, sterilize, etc. Sheesh. - JC]