Choosing a Baby FormulaIf your baby is doing well, without any symptoms, such as excessive gas, fussiness, or diarrhea, then you may just want to choose between brands of baby formula. When choosing a baby formula, remember that all baby and infant formula brands that are sold in the United States must meet the minimum nutritional requirements of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the 'Infant Formula Act') and FDA regulations.
That doesn't mean that all infant formula brands are the same, but any of the major brands, such as Enfamil, Similac, or Nestle Good Start, and store brands from Wal-Mart, Target, or Kroger, etc., should meet your baby's basic nutritional needs.
Formula ProblemsIf your baby is having a real problem with her formula, then choosing another baby formula is more important. Simply changing brands, unless you also change formula types, doesn't usually help though.
Keep in mind that there are several basic formula types, including:
- cow's milk-based formula
- "gentle" formula with less lactose than regular milk based formula
- lactose-free formula
- added rice starch formula for reflux
- soy formula
- elemental formula
Signs of a formula intolerance might include unexplained fussiness, excessive gas, diarrhea (which may be bloody), spitting up, vomiting, and poor weight gain.