Babies generally get all the nutrition they need with formula.
If your baby is breastfed, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends giving her a vitamin D supplement, as breast milk typically has very low levels of this nutrient. What's more, infants don't get sun exposure like adults do, to produce vitamin D naturally.
Your breastfed baby may also need an iron supplement, if your baby is born premature, or with low birth weight, or has low iron stores at birth.
As your baby becomes a toddler (and a picky eater), you may want to ask your doctor about vitamin supplements to be sure she's getting all the nutrition she needs.
Since premature babies missed some weeks of building up important nutrients, they are usually born with low birth weight and reduced levels of some nutrients. After they are born, these babies need to make up for that lost time. While in the hospital, they also tend to have more digestive problems than full-term babies, and often need to eat more frequently. Usually, doctors will recommend a commercially prepared breast milk fortifier to give your baby the extra protein, vitamins, calcium and other nutrients she needs at this early stage.
If you can't pump or breastfeed, or choose not to, you can feel confident about the specially designed formulas available for infants born prematurely that provide the appropriate amount of these vital nutrients.
Iron is an important nutrient, no matter how old you are. Iron is an essential part of hemoglobin, which is the primary transporter of oxygen in the red blood cell. Iron is important for psychomotor and mental development in infants and children.
Fussiness and/or excess gas can be caused by something you ate if you're nursing, or by a sensitivity to lactose in your baby's formula. Try these tips to prevent baby fussiness and gas.
If you're breastfeeding, lay off the spicy or gassy foods like cabbage, garlic, onions, broccoli and caffeine.
If you're formula-feeding, ask your doctor about formulas with partially broken-down proteins and reduced lactose that can help with fussiness or relieve gassy baby.
Prebiotics are a type of carbohydrate that helps promote gastrointestinal health. They can stimulate the growth and/or activity of good bacteria in the digestive system, helping to support your toddler's digestive health. All Enfagrow® products have our Natural Defense® Dual Prebiotic® blend that promotes soft stools and is designed to help support digestive health.
Believe it or not, your toddler's brain is more than 60% fat. The polyunsaturated fats from the foods he eats can provide his body with fatty acids like DHA and ARA, which are building blocks of his brain.