Formula is the next best thing for your baby after breast milk because it’s designed to be as much like breast milk as possible. There are many varieties of formula on the market today, most of which are cow-milk based with added nutrients. There are also alternative forms, such as soy-based formulas, for those babies who have allergies to or just can’t tolerate standard formula. Your healthcare team will recommend a formula that’s appropriate for your baby.
Whatever formula you choose, be sure it’s iron fortified to prevent iron deficiency anemia. The amount of iron in iron-fortified formula is too small to make your baby constipated or cause diarrhea. Don’t put your baby on a low-iron formula or stop formula feeding without checking with your provider first.