Bottle Feeding With Lots of Cuddling

By Marian Law, M.A., RD on March 14, 2007
Infant formula is nutritious and your bottle-fed baby can grow and be healthy.

All products with the words 'infant formula' on the label provide adequate nutrition for your baby.  Infant formulas are made to be as close to breast milk as possible. The most important difference between infant formula and breast milk is that formula does not have the protective factors that breast milk has. Milk, either breast milk or infant formula, is all the food your baby needs for the first six months.

Types of Infant Formula

Read about the 3 types of infant formula

Infant Formulas Come in Three Forms

  • Liquid concentrate
  • Ready-to-feed
  • Powder

It is very important to read the labels on cans of infant formula and to prepare the formula using the correct measures, exactly as described. Instructions are different for mixing each kind of formula.  Formula that is mixed incorrectly or diluted (watered down) can harm your baby.

Once you have chosen a brand of infant formula, changing the form from liquid concentrate to powder or ready-to feed will not affect your baby.

Changing Infant Formula

If you want to change the brand of infant formula you give your baby, discuss it with your baby's doctor first - especially if your baby is younger than four months of age. If you do change formula, do it gradually by mixing some of each kind together for a few days so your baby can get used to it.

How to Prepare Infant Formula

Learn how to prepare your baby's formula including sterilizing the equipment, tips for mixing forumla, storing formula and warming your baby's bottle.

How to Feed Infant Formula to Your Baby

Learn how to feed infant formula to your baby including how much to offer your baby, how to know when you baby is hungry and how to know when your baby has had enough formula.


Content from the Canadian Baby and Child Care Encyclopaedia.


By Marian Law, M.A., RD| March 14, 2007

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