Essential Milk Formula Types For Babies Post-6 Months

Essential Milk Formula Types For Babies Post-6 Months

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The choice of baby milk formula is a critical issue for parents who, for one reason or another, feed their baby exclusively with formula or prefer mixed feeding. At first glance, it seems to be nothing to worry about, as milk formula is a nutritionally balanced food for babies and toddlers.

The importance of solving this issue lies in selecting a suitable formula for a particular infant, as each baby’s nutritional needs and health status are completely different.

After all, how exactly do you choose the best product for your baby’s nutrition after 6 months?

The importance of a balanced and age-appropriate formula choice

The baby’s diet changes slightly at the age of 5-6 months with the introduction of new foods. But it is important to remember that up to 6 months, the infant’s gut microbiota and enzyme system are still forming and maturing. Therefore, if breastfeeding is not possible, the formula remains the baby’s main food for up to 12 months and is the recommended dairy product for up to 3 years old.

Parents should keep in mind the types of milk formulas depending on the baby’s age:

  • Formula 1 – from birth to 6 months;
  • Formula 2 – from 6 to 12 months;
  • Formula No. 3 (toddler milk) – from 12 months. 

While using the infant formula, it is essential to consider the baby’s nutritional needs and follow your pediatrician’s recommendations. The ideal nutrition for a baby is still breast milk, and the WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for up to 6 months. But if parents are forced to introduce formula feeding, milk formulas are perfect for this purpose. 

Key points on the main types of milk formulas for babies 6+ months old

Formula based on cow’s milk protein

Most infant formulas are made from cow’s milk, which is processed more like breast milk. As a result, the formula has the right balance of nutrients and is more easily digested. Most babies tolerate cow’s milk formulas well. However, some babies, such as those with an allergy to cow’s milk proteins, need other types of infant formula.

Formula based on goat milk protein

Goat milk used in baby formula production is the most popular alternative to cow’s milk-based formulas. Goat’s milk formula is designed to be similar to breast milk in its protein structure and nutritional value. Consequently, goat’s milk formulas can be well tolerated by both healthy babies and infants with functional gastrointestinal disorders or a risk of allergies.

For example, goat milk formula from Nannycare is a great way to supplement your baby’s healthy and varied diet during weaning, helping to provide critical nutrients, including a source of vitamin D and vitamins A and C, which support the normal functioning of the immune system.

Dairy-free formula based on soy

Soy-based formulas can be helpful if you want to eliminate animal proteins from your baby’s diet. Soy-based infant formula can also be an option for babies who are intolerant or allergic to cow’s milk or lactose. However, babies allergic to cow’s milk may also be allergic to soy milk.

Protein hydrolysate formula

These formulas contain protein that has been broken down, extensively or partially, into smaller particles than soy and cow’s milk formulas. Protein hydrolyzate formulas are intended for infants who do not tolerate cow’s milk or soy-based formulas. Formulas with strong hydrolysis are more suitable for infants who suffer from protein allergies.

Specialized or therapeutic formula

Pediatricians usually prescribe this type of baby formula for premature babies and infants with certain diseases. It has more protein, calcium, vitamins, and minerals than the regular formula for full-term infants.

Regardless of the formula’s milk type, it would help if you first asked your pediatrician for advice. Babies and toddlers have special nutritional needs that the formula must meet.


Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).