Health Tip: Choosing a Baby Formula

(HealthDay News) -- If you're a new mother who decides not to breast feed, you'll need to select a baby formula.

Which one should you choose? Here are options to discuss with your doctor, courtesy of the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Does your baby need an iron-fortified formula, or one that doesn't contain extra iron?
  • Cow's milk and soy-based formulas are both options. But your baby could be allergic to either one. Most family doctors recommend cow's milk-based formulas, the academy says.
  • Baby formulas are sold in three forms: ready-to-use (no mixing required), concentrated liquid (mixed with water), or powder. Again, discuss these options with your doctor.

-- Diana Kohnle

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