Join a discussion about growth and development by Dr. Hands, who presents all that any parent would like to know about any health concern during the first few years of child's life. This video teaches you about formula feeding.
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Learn about Formula Feeding Next alternative to breastfeeding obviously is formula feeding. Formula feeding can be used exclusively. It can be used with breasts, it can be used as a supplement to breasts in people whose children aren’t gaining enough alone on the breastfeeding for whatever reasons they may be. There are other reasons to choose formula. Many of them for personal preference, many of them a lifestyle, some are related to illnesses that needs special formulas. Some are related to supplementation for increased caloric needs such you’ve seen in some very young premis that we use premature formulas. Now I would like to run through the various classes of formulas that are available to make all of you aware that when you’re discussing with your pediatrician, he’s got alternatives to give you based on the medical problem that may exist and dictate that formula. The first of course is the cow’s milk formula which is a 20 calorie per ounce formula that everyone’s familiar with. This usually uses lactose as a sugar source and vegetable oil as the fat source. These are basically no proteins. They use casein in way as their desired protein products. Their iron supplemented and they do make low iron formula but I wanted to point out that no one is in favor of low iron formula. It's the regular high iron formula people are concerned about. However, you can have milk intolerance with bloody stools, vomiting. Diarrhea, G.I. symptoms and we do make this—made a second category of formulas which are made for true protein—cow’s milk protein allergies and also lactose intolerance which is the sugar in the formula. The newest formulas are those with nucleotides and also the long chained fatty acids. The nucleotides seem to enhance immune function and the long chain fatty acids have an effect on brain development and visual acuity. We also have some potential of special formulas that eliminate potential problems. These are hypoallergenic formulas, the lactose free formulas that they use. The casein hydrolysate, the whey hydrolysate and the amino acid formulas are special formulas that are often used for patients who have short vowels, malabsorption syndrome and other highly complicated intestinal problems and they are available. We also have formulas that are used for patients with reflux that have a rice thickening agent added to it in order to prevent reflux or at least to emulate the reflux. And then lastly, there are some formulas for premis which have different calcium phosphorous ratios, different protein amounts and are used and less in different caloric amounts, which you’ll use for low birth weight or premature babies.

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