How Much Formula Should I Feed my Baby?
Babies may need more or less formula depending on their individual needs...
If your baby is not breastfed, formula feeding is the only safe alternative to support your baby’s normal growth and development in the first 12 months of life.
There are many types and brands of formula available in Australia. They all comply with Australian regulations to ensure they contain enough nutrients for your baby’s growth and development. However, there are differences between the types and amounts of ingredients used.
A cow’s milk-based formula is recommended for most infants, unless your baby cannot tolerate cow’s milk for medical, cultural or religious reasons and is preferred over formulas made from soybeans, goat’s milk or modified lactose formula.
The National Health and Medical Research Council also recommends using an infant formula with lower protein levels as a higher protein content is associated with higher weight in the first two years of life. Infant formulas available in Australia have a protein content within the range of 1.3-2.0 grams per 100 mL, so choosing a formula at the lower end of this range is preferable.
The Australia Infant Guidelines also notes that if a hospital uses a particular formula, it doesn’t mean it’s the ‘best’ one.
It’s best to consult your baby’s doctor or maternal and child health nurse before introducing a formula. They can also help you choose an appropriate formula for your baby.
You can also talk to one of our infant nutrition specialists if you have any questions about Diamond pro+ Premium Infant Formula or Follow-on Formula.