Most Common Problems for Babies Milk Transition

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Most mums find it rather difficult to change from one milk to another due to fears that their little one will react badly. These fears are mostly brought about by different stories and testimonies from other mums or from different reviews about the product. However, know that babies react to formulas differently. That one baby doesn't like a formula does not mean that it is not good for another baby.

That said, mums should also know how to introduce a new formula to their baby as this will not only be helpful in getting the baby to take it, it will also allow the baby's system to adjust.

Here are a few tips that may help your baby adjust to a new formula smoothly and easily.

Do not do away with the previous formula. Make sure you have enough of your baby's previous formula on hand if possible, approximately 1 weeks’ worth, before you do the transition so that you can make the change to the new formula gradually.

Introduce the new formula gradually to your baby. Avoid changing completely to a new formula within just one day. It can help to offer one bottle of the new formula on the first day of changeover, and then use your baby's previous formula for the remaining feeds.

On the second day, offer two bottles of the new formula and then use the previous formula for the remaining feeds. Keep using this method until your baby has made the full transition to the new formula. Most times, thidcould take up to a week or more.

An alternative method you can use is to mix the two formulas together for several days before introducing the new formula only. It is always after to prepare a separate bottle of each formula (old and new) and then mix the two formulas into another bottle.

Ensure each formula is prepared according to the manufacturers’ instructions on the can.

You should also imbibe the following hygiene habits so as to protect your little one from illnesses like diarrhoea and the likes.

*Always wash your hands you prepare the formula and also wash and rinse cup and all other utensils thoroughly. *Sterilise all the utensils by submerging teats and bottles in water and then boil for five minutes.

*Boil safe drinking water to prepare the formula and then allow it to cool until lukewarm.

Also, ensure that the formula you choose is a suitable and is age appropriate choice for your baby.

For instance, if your baby is under six months old, choose a Stage 1 Infant formula suitable from birth as these tend to be dominantly whey.

For babies six months or older, you may choose either a Stage 2 Follow-on formula suitable from six months or Stage 1 Infant formula suitable from birth. These two choices are appropriate depending on your individual baby.

However, if you become concerned about any aspect of your baby’s health, make sure you contact your baby’s health professional for advice.