Here at Once Upon a Lullaby, we always want to encourage families to at least consider the option of breastfeeding, due to the tremendous health benefits and bonding opportunities for both mother and baby. However, we recognize that breastfeeding is not necessarily the right option (or even a possibility) for every family, and we completely respect and support families in whatever feeding method they choose.
Formula is the right choice for many families, and there are numerous formula options available. Your pediatrician is your best resource for choosing a brand and formulation that is suited for your baby’s unique needs. In general, Similac and Enfamil are two of the most popular brands; however, there are many other options available. This article from Babylist provides an excellent overview of the various brands and types of formulas, including specialty formulas that are necessary for babies with food sensitivities.
Remember, a baby’s quality of life is more impacted by the home environment in which s/he lives than by the food s/he eats, and formula is a perfectly viable and healthy option. Fed is ALWAYS best!