You can switch from Similac to Infamil or switch between any formula at any time although it may take some time for some babies to get used to the different formulas. .
To prepare Aptamil for your newborn you mix 1 scoop per 1 fluid ounce of 30 ml of water.
Use the scoop provided and level off the powder and add the 1 scoop per 1 fluid ounce of water in the baby bottle.
Then cap the baby bottle and shake until the powder is dissolved.
The amount of Aptamil you should give a newborn is 1.5 to 3 ounces of Aptamil formula every 2 to 3 hours.
Babies stay on Aptamil First milk from birth to 6 months of age.
Aptamil baby formula is better than Nan formula as Aptamil formula contains better nutrients as well as beta carotene that works as an antioxidant.
The benefits of Aptamil baby formula are.
Easy to digest.
Helps with colic.
Provides antibodies to the baby.
Supports the babies gut associated immune system.
Prevents and discourages harmful bacteria.
Aids in baby weight gain.
Supports the babies gut barrier.
Promotes growth of healthy bacteria.
Aptamil formula is easy to digest and helps with colic and gas.
Aptamil is a safe formula and a healthy formula for babies and has been approved for sale in the US.
Aptamil fully meets the U.S. nutrient requirements.
However Aptamil formula might not be best or suitable for babies who were born premature or had a low birth weight, are at risk of becoming iron deficient because of an illness or had low iron levels at birth.
Aptamil is available in stores across the US although it is made in New Zealand but it has been approved for sale in the US.
Regular Aptamil formula is not Lactose free although Aptamil Lactose Free First Infant Milk is Lactose Free.
Aptamil formula is cow's milk based formula using fresh cow's milk.
Aptamil also adds other essential supplements to the formula to make it into a baby formula that is healthy for babies.
The manufacturer of Aptamil baby formula is Danone who is based in New Zealand.
Aptamil baby formula is made in New Zealand.
The Aptamil baby formula is made by a French Diary Giant known as Danone in New Zealand which is a country that has a lot of cows and is referred to as the Saudi Arabia of the global milk trade.
Aptamil in China sells under the Karicare brand.
The Aptamil that is best for weight gain is Aptamil Stage 1 powder formula.
Aptamil PDF is also good for weight gain.
Aptamil PDF Ready-to-Drink supports regular weight gain and adjusted growth.
The formula that makes babies gain weight are cow milk based formulas.
Due to the cows milk in the formula the babies put on weight much faster.
You can also feed your baby some cow milk or evaporated milk which also helps the baby put on more weight.
The best formula for newborn babies are.
Earth's Best Organic Dairy Infant Formula with Iron.
Similac Pro Advance.
Gerber Good Start GentlePro.
Formula will help your baby gain weight as formula fed babies do gain weight much faster than breastfed babies.
You can also help your baby gain weight by feeding them some whole milk or evaporated milk in between the formula feedings.
The 3 types of milk formula are.
Protein hydrolysate formulas.
Cow milk protein-based formulas.
Most infant formula is made with cow's milk that's been altered to resemble breast milk.
Soy-based formulas can be useful if you want to exclude animal proteins from your child's diet.
Formula fed babies do gain weight faster than breastfed babies do.
While breast milk is healthiest for baby the formula will allow the baby to gain weight much faster and most formula fed babies gain weight faster within 3 months of age.
Whole milk can also help a baby gain weight faster than just formula or breast milk alone.
The best milk for weight gain for baby is whole milk.
If your baby is not gaining enough weight on the formula alone then you should offer the baby some whole milk or Evaporated milk that you mix with some water.
Babies can have whole milk as well as evaporated milk even before age 1 as many babies were raised on whole milk and evaporated milk for years.
I fed my own babies some whole milk and evaporated milk to help them gain weight along with the formula.
The causes of a baby not gaining weight include not getting enough milk, not getting enough calories, nutrition deficiencies, not absorbing the calories or the formula not being mixed properly.
Always ensure you're mixing enough formula powder with the water to ensure it's not diluted as diluted formula won't give the baby enough calories and nutrition.
Some babies may also have health issues that prevent them from absorbing the calories and nutrients so if the baby is not gaining enough weight even when being fed enough formula they should see a doctor.
Some babies may also not gain enough weight as a result of being anemic.
Full-term newborn infants should take in about 1.5 to 2 ounces of breast milk or formula about every 3 hours.
Premature infants need more calories than term babies.
If your baby is not gaining at least 1 lb of weight per month then it can be a cause for concern.
You should worry and be concerned about your baby not gaining weight if your baby does not regain their birth weight within 10 to 14 days after their birth or if your baby up to 3 months old gains less than an ounce a day or your infant between 3 and 6 months gains less than 0.67 ounces a day.
Poor feeding in infants is when an infant or baby shows and has little interest in feeding.
If your infant or baby shows little interest in feeding then that is considered poor feeding in infants.
Poor feeding in infants is also when an infant is not feeding enough to receive the necessary nutrition required for adequate growth.
Poor growth in infants is associated with lack of feeding can lead to a separate condition called failure to thrive.
The best food for a 4 month old baby is banana puree, apple sauce, baby rice cereal, baby brown rice cereal, pear puree, carrot puree and other baby food in jars as well as mashed potatoes.
As long as the rice is fully cooked and soft enough and your baby is eating solids then you can give your baby rice at 4 months.
However some babies are not ready for rice until 5 to 6 months.
Babies do gain some weight when starting solids although there may be a lull with weight gain in babies when starting solids.
However after the baby starts solids they should begin to gain more weight faster than they would on milk.
Some babies do gain weight slower than others which is normal.
Babies should be gaining between 1 to 2 lbs of weight per month.
In some babies weight gain does slow down at 3 months of age.
Especially for breastfed babies they tend to slow down in weight gain between 3 to 4 months of age which is normal.
Healthy and properly nourished babies should gain between 1 to 2 lbs of weight per month.
As long as your baby is gaining at least 1 lb of weight per month then they are okay but if the baby is gaining less than 1 lb of weight per month then they could have some health issues and should see a doctor.
Healthy breastfed infants typically put on weight more slowly than formula fed infants in the first year of life.
Formula fed infants typically gain weight more quickly after about 3 months of age.
Slow weight gain could be a problem if your newborn doesn't regain their birth weight within 10 to 14 days after their birth or your baby up to 3 months old gains less than an ounce a day, your infant between 3 and 6 months gains less than 0.67 ounces a day.