Confused about which formula you should give bub? Here’s everything you need to know about infant formula.
When it comes to feeding our bubs, we are so lucky to have options. For those of you opting for formula, deciding which one to go with can be overwhelming. Yep, with all the options out there, it’s hard to choose. Should you go with a cow’s milk, goat or soy-based formula? How are they different and how do we find one that our bubs will love? To make it easier for you, we’ve done all the research. Here are the different kinds of formula currently available in Singapore…
Cow’s milk-based formulas
This is the milk that most people are familiar with. With cow’s milk as the base, it has other ingredients that may assist with growth and development, including iron and other important minerals. Since it’s the most popular kind of formula, it’s easy to find in your local supermarket, which makes things a lot easier.
Goat’s milk-based formulas
Looking to go beyond the cow’s milk formula norm? Why not give goat’s milk a try? Unlike other formulas, it doesn’t have any added proteins, which means it’s a more natural, less processed alternative to other types of formula*. Also, research shows that, when compared to cow’s milk proteins, goat’s milk proteins are digested more completely*. Not only that, it uses whole goat milk and has more medium chain fatty acids (the good stuff!) compared to cow’s milk*.
Soy-based formulas are made from soya beans, and not animal proteins. Some mums use soya formula as an alternative to animal-based milks because it doesn’t contain lactose, which can be the source of milk allergies. However, soy formulas are no less allergenic than cow’s milk-based formulas (research suggests that eight to 14 percent of infants with cow’s milk allergy will react to soy). The UK’s NHS suggests only using soy formula if it has been recommended by a doctor. So, if you think your bub could have a milk allergy, consult your healthcare provider to get a proper diagnosis and to discuss options.
Karihome® Goat Milk Formula
Interested in trying out goat’s milk-based formula? Look to Karihome®. Karihome® Goat Milk Formula has been clinically proven to provide the nutrition your child needs. All the good stuff in Karihome® Goat Milk Formulas are packed with essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals, which means you can rest assured your little ones are getting all the nutrients they need. So much yes! The best part? In Singapore, you can find Karihome® Goat Milk Formulas at all leading supermarket chains and grocery delivery services – pretty convenient!
This article is in partnership with Karihome®.
* Pintado and Malcata 2000, Hodgkinson et al. 2012, Bevilacqua et al. 2001; Almaas et al. 2006, and Astwood et al. 1996