What’s Actually in Baby Formula?
There’s a common misconception that all formulas are created equal—we’re here to set the record straight. Yes, there are federal requirements that all brands in the US need to meet, but there are still a handful of key differences to be aware of. Every parent should be equipped with basic formula knowledge since your plan for feeding baby may not go according to, well, plan.
The breakdown: Breast milk is nutrient-rich and contains vital protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, digestive enzymes and hormones. By design, baby formula is meant to mimic the nutritional composition of breast milk. There are three classes of infant formula: cow milk–based formula, soy-based formula and specialized formula. Each varies in taste, nutrition facts and cost.
Scroll through the key nutrients below to learn more about the basics of formula and how they support your little one’s growth and development.
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