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Choosing Infant Formula

You’ve packed your bag for the hospital and you’ve been dreaming about your baby non-stop. You’re probably experiencing a million different emotions, from excitement to apprehension, and everything in between. Being prepared with a formula choice now, in case you need it, can go a long way to help ensure you’re ready for those first few days and months with baby.

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Introducing Formula to Baby

Breast milk is best for your baby but you may decide to supplement breast milk with formula or to switch completely to formula-feeding. Whether it's to accommodate back-to-work schedules or share the feeding responsibilities with other family members, find out about supplementing breast milk with formula.

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Iron Needs for Infants & Iron-Fortified Formula

Healthy full term infants are born with iron stores, which meet their needs until about 6 months of age, when these initial reserves may start to run out. Since no one can predict exactly when these iron stores will be depleted, an iron-rich diet will help ensure that these stores stay topped up. For moms who decide to breastfeed, breast milk will provide your baby with adequate iron until about 6 months, which is when you should begin to introduce iron-rich foods. Should you choose to supplement or exclusively formula feed, choose an iron-fortified formula. Canadian health experts recommend iron-fortified formulas from birth because they provide the assurance that your baby will get the right amount of iron from the start1.

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How to Prepare Baby Formula

To ensure that you are giving your baby the right amount of nutrition, and to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination, it is essential to prepare and refrigerate formula properly.

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Storing Infant Formula

While preparing and filling bottles in advance may seem like a good idea, preparing and then storing formula is not recommended. Following the manufacturer's label instructions is important for the health of your baby. If you are looking for ways to save time, bottles can be sterilized and filled with the appropriate amount of boiled, sterilized water ahead of time to decrease the preparation process during feeding time.

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Switching Your Baby’s Infant Formula

No one needs to tell you that your little baby is growing and changing every day; that’s easy enough to see with your own two eyes! What you can’t see is that on the inside, baby’s digestive system is also growing and maturing day-by-day. Every baby is unique, and fussiness, gas, and spit up are all a normal part of your baby’s development. Your baby’s tummy may just take a little more time to mature.

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Transitioning to Second Stage Formula

Once your baby reaches the 6 month mark, you may consider transitioning her from a stage 1 to a stage 2 formula. NESTLÉ® GOOD START® Stage 2 infant formulas are designed to complement the expanding diet of older babies and contain added calcium and iron, so your baby always gets the right nutrition at the right time, especially during this rapid stage of her growth and development. At about 6 months your baby’s maternal iron stores (iron she received from you while in the womb) may become depleted. So she now needs iron added to her diet whether it be from solid foods or formula.

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