Facing a dazzling array of infant milk powder brands in the market and milk powder safety incidents which come out in an unending flow, many parents are dazzled when choosing milk powder. Should we follow the trend and choose imported milk powder or choose milk powder according to its nutritional composition? Choosing a nutritious, safe, and suitable infant formula for babies has become an urgent problem for many parents. So, what are the misunderstandings in choosing infant milk powder? What questions should we pay attention to?
Misunderstanding 1：The cheap milk powders will not have good qualities. The more expensive the milk powder is, the more suitable it is.
When choosing milk powder, it is easy to be deceived by the popular but incorrect shop sign, among which the price is one of the biggest problems.
Many parents lament that milk powder is expensive, but people often say that “the higher the price, the better the quality of what you buy” and “only buy expensive goods but not buy right ones.” Parents always want to give their children the best, such as the best milk powder and the best nutrition. Therefore, some bad milk powder manufacturers will use consumers’ mentality of “The cheap milk powders will not have good qualities” to deliberately promote prices. This also tells us that the price and quality of milk powder are not equated. When choosing milk powder, we should consider the nutritional composition and content ratio of milk powder, not just the price.
Misunderstanding 2：Fresh milk is better than milk powder.
Mothers all know that milk powder has a quality guarantee period. If you have opened a can, you just gulp it down. Otherwise, the nutrition will lose quickly. Therefore, some parents think that fresh milk is better for the baby, and there is no risk of additives.
However, although fresh milk is good, it is not necessarily suitable for babies. Because of the baby’s stomach, intestine, kidney, and other systems are still immature, drinking fresh milk will cause many problems. Minerals in fresh milk can increase the burden of the baby’s organ, and the high phosphorus content will affect the absorption of calcium.
It’s not easy to raise children, and parents need to learn and accumulate slowly through the process of raising children.
Then let’s talk about how to choose suitable infant milk powder.
Method 1: Choose milk powder suitable for baby’s age.
With the growth and development of babies, their digestive capacity and nutritional needs are changing. It is suggested that infant milk powder of appropriate age should be selected, such as stage 1 milk powder (suitable for 0-6 months’ baby) and stage 2 milk powder (suitable for 6-12 months’ babies). It is not that the younger age the milk powder suit, the more nutritious the milk powder is. Different brands have similar segmentation for milk powder suitable for different ages. We should compare the difference according to the brand we choose.
Method 2: Purchase milk powder from large brands and regular channels.
When parents buy milk powder for their babies, they must choose large brands and regular manufacturers which have national quality certification marks and buy it in regular channels, such as shopping malls, supermarkets, monopoly stores and so on. Brand reputation means the recognition of mothers, and also means the guarantee of quality.
Method 3: Observe the baby’s reaction after eating.
Observe the baby’s reaction after eating, if he/she has no symptoms of constipation, diarrhea, bad breath, itchy rash, getting inflamed and so on, his/her weight and height grow normally, and he/she has good sleep and appetite, the milk powder is suitable for the baby.
Method 4: Choose milk powder close to breast milk.
Breast milk is the best food for babies, but when breast milk can’t meet the development needs of babies, mothers can choose the way of mixed feeding under the doctor’s advice, and try to choose milk powder close to breast milk.
As the saying goes, “we can’t lose at the starting line,” so choosing the right milk powder is an essential thing in the process of baby’s growth. It will accompany the baby’s earliest life journey, help the growth of the baby, and give the babies motherly care.