Whether you nurse or use formula, feedings with your baby are special times to bond, allowing you both to cuddle and feel close. And bottle-feeding, either with expressed breast milk or formula, gives Dads and other family members a chance to get in the game, help out, and grow close to the new baby.
Formula types and preparations
Baby formulas are designed to meet all your newborn’s nutritional needs. Common types include cow's milk-based formulas, soy formulas, and hydrolyzed formulas. And while all formulas are standard and strictly regulated, they are produced in a variety of preparations, among them pre-made or ready to feed (usually the most expensive), liquid concentrate (which is a bit less expensive), and powdered (typically the most economical).
If mixed and used properly, the less expensive options are just like pre-made formula. Powdered formula just takes a little more time and effort (be sure to read the mixing directions very carefully).
How much formula is best?
Newborn babies have tiny tummies and can only handle about one or two teaspoons of formula (which is 5 to 10 ml) at a time. After the first few days or a week, they’ll be ready to handle more. Two to three ounces (60 to 90 ml) is probably a good amount of formula for your baby at this point, and she’ll likely want to eat every three or four hours.
Keep in mind that every baby is unique and has different needs. Depending on her mood and hunger level, your baby may take in a different amount of formula on certain days. Check with your pediatrician if you have questions about feeding your baby.
What's helpful to know
Keep the following in mind when formula-feeding: