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Everything you need to know about feeding your baby for the first year. Whether your breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or doing a combination of the two, I have the information to help you.

International Formula Comparison

Due to the formula shortage, the FDA created an expedited approval pathway for international formulas. This means that we are now seeing some formulas from other countries on our shelves.
One major concern with the importation of international formula was that the mixing instructions can be different. Always check your can of formula for the correct mixing instructions. Many of the labels have mixing instructions in ml. For easy conversion, 1 ounce is about 30 ml. 2 ounces is about 60 ml.

Best Formula for Milk Protein Allergy

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Figuring out which formula to choose can be extremely stressful (ignoring the shortage at hand), but choosing a formula for a baby with a milk protein allergy is even more complicated. Balancing out which formula will be best for your baby while also keeping in mind the rising costs of formula as they get more specialized is challenging, to say the least.

Baby Refusing Their Bottle? 11 Tips to Help

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You feel like you’re so ready for a night away, but your baby is refusing their bottle. How can you leave them for any stretch of time if they can’t eat? Are you stuck waiting for them to wean before you get some time alone?
No! There are so many things you can try.

How to Make Breastmilk Fattier

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When your baby is relying on you for nutrition, you definitely feel the pressure. You may be concerned that your milk isn’t “good enough” for your baby, especially if they are on the smaller side. Is it possible to actually make breastmilk fattier to help increase the calories that your baby is getting?
Yes and no. Your milk changes throughout the day, no matter what you do. There are certain factors, like the time since the last feed, that can significantly affect the fat levels of your milk, but there aren’t any magical foods or supplements to take that will change the amount of fat in your breastmilk. The type of diet you eat will change the type of fat in your breastmilk, so having a balanced diet is important.

Goat Milk Infant Formula: Is it right for your baby?

With the recent announcement that import formulas are here to stay, you may be wondering if you should choose a goat milk infant formula. Until recently, these formulas were not available in the US, so you were required to import them yourself. Formula advocates were recommending against using imported formulas previously, but now all of a sudden, there’s been an influx to the market and you may be wondering if goat milk is the right choice for your baby.

Lactose Free Formula: When do you need it?

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One thing you may notice when looking at gentle formulas is that many of them have reduced lactose. Many adults are lactose intolerant, so if your baby is having poop problems, it would make sense to remove something that upsets the stomach of so many. Before you can decided if a lactose free formula is right for your family, you need to understand what lactose is and why it’s in formula in the first place.

Formula Shortage Update: November 2022

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If you are formula feeding your baby right now, odds are you are constantly searching for the newest formula update. There have been changes to processes, new formulas available, and a lot of finger pointing.
Chances are that if you are formula feeding, you also don’t have the time to research all the new updates as they come. It feels like there are new updates every few days! Here are some of the basics so that you can see if a new formula is the right fit for your family.

Best Water for Baby Formula

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You’re walking down the formula aisle and see (overpriced) nursery water and wonder “Is this the best water for my baby’s formula?” As if choosing a formula wasn’t complicated enough, now you must figure out what to mix with it. Formula is already so expensive, does the water need to be too? While the best water for your baby formula depends on a few different factors, most of the time, you don’t need to pay a premium. No matter which water you choose, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend to mix powdered formula with hot water to kill a rare, but deadly bacteria that can be found in powdered formula.

Breastfeeding During the Holidays: 9 Tips for Success

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Whether it’s holiday gatherings, holiday shopping, or children’s holiday productions, the holiday season can be very tricky when you’re breastfeeding. Holidays and breastfeeding can each be stressful on their own, so the combination can be overwhelming. Here are 9 tips to have a successful holiday season while maintaining milk supply.

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