I have three daughters and have had to bottle feed my last two because of intense pain in my breast while breastfeeding. Prior to bottle feeding my own children, I was not familiar with the various options of formulas that were available. Although breastfeeding is the best option for your baby, if you have to or choose to bottle feed your infant, one important thing to know about infant formula is the various forms it is available in.
If you are a mother like me, you were not familiar with the numerous options available and visiting the formula aisle can feel a little overwhelming at times. Choosing the best formula that provides the right nourishment for your baby is an important decision to make, so familiarizing yourself with what options are available is a good place to start.
Formulas are usually offered three different forms: ready-to-use, liquid concentrate, and powdered form.
Ready-to-use formulas do not require any preparation, just open and serve! This is the most convenient option; however, this convenience comes at a price! The ready-to-use formulas are on average, twenty percent more per ounce than powdered formulas. Ready-to-use formulas also have a significantly shorter lifespan than other options- once it is opened, it must be used within 48 hours.
Liquid concentrate formula requires some simple preparation- mixing half water with half formula. In comparison to ready-to-use formulas, this product is cheaper and requires less space to store. Compared to powdered formula, it is a little bit easier to prepare, but is still more expensive.
Powdered formulas are the product that I would recommend and what I have used with the two of my daughters that I bottle fed. After product quality, cost is the next determining factor in the purchases I make, and powders are by far the most cost efficient and of equal quality to the other formula options. So for other families that are looking to stretch their pennies while not compromising quality, powdered formulas may be your best option! Powdered formulas are also the most environmentally friendly option and take up the least amount of space on the shelf. These formulas are also good for one month after opening, giving them a longer span of use than the liquid concentrate and ready-to-use options. Although powdered formulas take a little bit more effort to prepare, in my opinion, the product’s advantages make it worth it!
For all you breastfeeding beginners, I hope this post helped. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email me at pmoor5(at)hotmails(dot)com!