Milk formulas are made from cow or goat milk. Nature, of course, did not invent both of these products for human cubs, but for small hoofed animals. However, modern technology is able to make animal milk as suitable as possible for children to eat. For this, in particular, the protein contained in the milk of the animal is broken down. Therefore, when choosing a mixture, pay attention to this indicator: the lower the protein level per 100 milliliters of the finished mixture, the better the mixture will be absorbed. Excessive protein intake by artificially children can provoke weight gain and a high burden on the baby’s kidneys.
What components, in addition to milk, can be in the mixture?
Now the mixture is enriched with vitamins and minerals necessary for the normal growth and development of the baby. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to the mixture, which contribute to the proper functioning of the intestines: the former are responsible for the health of the digestive system, and the latter help create an environment for the growth of “good” bacteria. Studies say that having pro- and prebiotics in a mixture helps lower the risk of food allergies, eczema, and even asthma.
In some mixtures (powders with the so-called “golden” composition), long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are, inter alia, found in breast milk, are additionally added. However, there is no reliable data on how well they are absorbed from the mixture and whether they work just as well (they play an important role in the development of the brain and organs of vision).
What should I do if the child does not take the mixture that I have chosen?
In this case, you need to see a doctor and talk about how the intolerance of the mixture manifests itself, so that it is easier for the physician to choose a new one. In addition, it is important to understand that intolerance may be a symptom of any digestive disorder or disease. In this case, the child may be prescribed a special mixture. Antireflux (against regurgitation), amino acid, partially or completely hydrolyzed (for allergy sufferers), soy, lactose-free or sour-milk mixtures can be distinguished. None of them should become the product of the first choice if your child is completely healthy and if the pediatrician has not prescribed a special mixture for your child.
How to choose the right mixture according to the age of the baby?
There are mixtures on sale for different ages. Usually these are powders for children from birth to 6 months, from 6 to 12 months and from 12 to 18 months. According to experts, in fact, an artificial person can eat the so-called initial mixture (from 0 to 6 months) from birth to 12 months and receive all the necessary nutrients in full. After a year, the child no longer needs the mixture as food: all that he needs for growth and development, he can and should receive with complementary foods.
Why then do we need the following mixtures and “baby milk”?
The medical community says these products are a marketing ploy to sell large volumes of the mixture. In addition, “baby milk” helps some manufacturers of breast milk substitutes to circumvent restrictions on advertising mixes in force in many countries.