Taking the step from breastfeeding to artificial breastfeeding may not be as easy as you think. Tips to help you choose the most suitable starter milk for your baby.
When to switch to artificial milk?
Also known as starter milk, it is a type of milk with a nutritional composition similar to breast milk. Although, as you can imagine, it is not exactly the same and should not replace breast milk (unless for various circumstances it is strictly necessary).
Although the fundamental medical recommendation is to start breastfeeding immediately after the baby is born, and to maintain it as exclusive feeding during the first six months of life, in some circumstances it may not be possible for the mother to follow it.
For example, it may be the case that certain common problems during breastfeeding, such as pain in the breasts, cracks in the nipples or what is known as mastitis, make the mother not want to continue breastfeeding the baby.
In these cases, the most appropriate from the beginning is to inform both the pediatrician and the midwife, since they will be the ones who help the mother by offering some useful tips and guidelines when it comes to going from breast milk to artificial or initial milk.
In the case of formula feeding during the first 12 months of age, the key is to choose the starter milk instead of the follow-on milk.
What should you look for when buying the first starter milk bottle?
For this reason, the most appropriate thing is to always opt for starter milks, since they will be covering the nutritional needs of both the newborn and the baby throughout their first year of life. And, when choosing it, you can look at the following basic tips:
- Infant milk. Also called or known as starter milk, it is the best option since it is a milk formula that adapts to your age. In other words, it is a milk that is more adapted to the different nutritional needs of the baby, helping it to maintain an adequate rate of development and growth, trying to resemble the nutritional composition of breast milk as closely as possible.
- Nutritional composition similar to breast milk. It is very important to choose infant milk that includes nutrients that we find in breast milk naturally.
- Containing digestive substances. Although not all starter infant milks contain them, it is important that the one you choose contains ingredients that help improve their tolerance, also preventing them from being astringent. This is the case of the combination of lactose with dextrin maltose and ß-palmitate.
Finally, remember that breast milk should become the food par excellence during the first 6 months of the baby’s life. But in the case of having to switch to artificial lactation because you cannot continue with breastfeeding, remember that it is best to opt for infant starter milks.