Switching formulas

As your baby grows and develops there may come a time where, for formula fed babies, their current formula does not seem to work for them anymore. Here are some things to consider when switching formulas.

Switching formulas

As your baby grows and develops there may come a time where, for formula fed babies, their current formula does not seem to work for them anymore. Every baby is different and unsettledness, gas and spilling after feeds can be a normal part of your baby’s development. Your baby may be going through a growth spurt, developmental stage, teething, etc and so we recommend that if you feel that their formula is not agreeing with them anymore, you seek advice from your health care professional before changing. Your healthcare professional will be able to discuss the best product for your baby.

If your healthcare professional does recommend changing to another product, it is important to slowly transition your baby onto the new product. This will help wean your baby from the original formula. By combining formulas gradually and increasing the amount of new formula, your baby will be less likely to notice any change in taste and also will be gentler on their stomach. You can do the transition one of two ways. You can either substitute a bottle of the new formula for a bottle of the original formula by one bottle per day, starting with your baby’s first morning bottle; or by following the chart below and mix the two formulas in the same bottle together:

 

Current Brand

New Formula

Day 1

100%

0%

Day 2

75%

25%

Day 3

75%

25%

Day 4

50%

50%

Day 5

50%

50%

Day 6

25%

75%

Day 7

25%

75%

Day 8

0%

100%

We only recommend to follow the table above if both formulas have the same scoop to water ratio. Once you have successfully completed the transition to a new infant formula it may take a number of days before you notice changes in your baby’s behaviour.

 

 

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