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Choosing an Infant Formula

A blurred image of a supermarket shelf with various types of infant formula. Always choose an infant formula that is iron-fortified. A blurred image of a supermarket shelf with various types of infant formula. Always choose an infant formula that is iron-fortified.

There is no particular brand of infant formula that is best for all babies. Choose an infant formula that is made especially for babies. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates commercial infant formulas which come in liquid and powder form. It is important to choose an iron-fortified infant formula. Most commercial infant formulas sold in the U.S. contain iron.

Other things to remember when choosing an infant formula:

  • The FDA warns against using recipes to make homemade infant formula. Using homemade infant formula can lead to serious health concerns for your baby.
  • Make sure the infant formula you have selected is not expired.
  • The infant formula container should be in good condition. If there are any leaks, puffy ends, or rust spots, do not feed it to your infant.

You can ask your child’s doctor or nurse if you have questions about choosing an infant formula for your baby. If you are thinking of switching infant formula brand or type, talk with your child’s doctor or nurse.

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