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Don’t waste your money on follow-up formulas and their ilk

March 9, 2018

The Pediatric Insider © 2017 Roy Benaroch, MD Leave it to marketers to find as many ways as possible for parents to waste their money. A growing market is developing for what’s variously called “follow up formulas,” “toddler drink”, or “toddler milk.” Short version for those of you in a hurry: don’t bother buying these. […]

Bottle and formula feeding questions and answers

February 2, 2015

The Pediatric Insider © 2015 Roy Benaroch, MD   What’s the best way to warm up the bottle? Cool formula can be warmed up safely by dunking the bottle in warm water. This method isn’t quick, but it works and it’s safe. There are also “bottle warmers” you can buy that surround the bottle with […]

Homemade infant formula is not a good idea

September 15, 2014

The Pediatric Insider © 2014 Roy Benaroch, MD Miranda wrote in with a topic suggestion—she wanted to know about homemade infant formula. She had noticed a lot of people suggesting it. What’s the deal? Speaking about nutrition and human babies, it makes sense to start with this: human breast milk, from mom, is the best […]

The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 5. The Final Recommendations

September 12, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Choices for bottle feeding are truly overwhelming. There are at least 20 different formulas out there—and I’m not even counting the special medical formulas for specific medical indications. Which one is the best for your baby? The best “formula”, of course, is human milk. It’s cheap, it’s […]

The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 4. Gerber and the Generics

September 4, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Abbot’s Similac and Mead Johnson’s Enfamil are the big players, but they’re not the only formula choices out there. What used to be called “Nestle Good Start” is now part of the Gerber Good Start line of formulas, which are often priced just a little less than […]

The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 3. Enfamil products

August 30, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD There certainly are a lot of choices when it comes to infant formula, aren’t there? Last time we saw all of the colorful ones offered by Abbot. Let’s see what else it out there. The other big manufacturer of infant formulas is Mead-Johnson, with their Enfamil line. […]

The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 2. The Similac choices

August 26, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD Last time, in Part 1, we talked about the ingredients in infant formulas. Despite the advertising, they’re all much more similar to each other than you’d think. This time I’ll go through the products from the major companies. Infant formulas have complicated and overlapping names—what’s really the […]

The Guide to Infant Formulas: Part 1. What’s in formula, anyway?

August 23, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD There used to be only a handful of infant formulas. The ordinary kind, made from cow’s milk; plus ones made from soy protein. There have also been extensively hydrolysed products with broken-down proteins available for babies with protein allergies. That was it. Three choices for bottle-feeding. Not […]

Can a wee drop ‘o formula help breastfeeding?

June 20, 2013

The Pediatric Insider © 2013 Roy Benaroch, MD It’s a tiny little study, a simple one, but could it really be? Could offering newborns just a little bit of formula actually help support breastfeeding in the long run? Researchers in California reported this month a study of 40 newborns, all of whom were recruited from […]

Generic baby formula

July 1, 2009

Sylvia wants to know: “Can I use generic baby formula?  I use generics for myself all the time, but get nervous about the idea with my baby.  (He only eats one thing – I want it to be good for him!)  Are generic formulas ok?  Do I just need to make sure it has the […]