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Choosing the Right Baby Formula for Tiny Tummies

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Not all baby formulas are created equal, but you don’t need to be a nutritionist to choose—just look out for these key ingredients.

Breastfeeding is ideal  for feeding babies as it offers numerous benefits for both baby and mom. But not every family is able to breastfeed, and some may choose not to. Personal preferences and a myriad of factors, including medical conditions, can shape a parent’s decision on how to feed their baby. That’s where baby  formula comes in — it’s the only safe and viable feeding alternative.

 If you choose to introduce baby formula, it is important to remember that not all infant formulas are created equal — some may offer additional benefits. For optimal nutrition during that crucial first year, look for formulas with well-researched ingredients that mimic the composition of breast milk. 

How to choose baby formula for tiny tummies 

When it comes to tiny tummies, hydrolyzed protein is a game-changer. Hydrolyzed proteins have been broken down into smaller, more digestible molecules, making them easy on baby’s belly. Probiotics are another important ingredient — strains like B. lactis and L. reuteri are probiotics that help support digestion and overall gut health. 

And don’t forget about HMOs (Human milk oligosaccharides) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid). HMOs, like 2’-FL, are prebiotics that nourish the good bacteria in the gut, while DHA contributes to normal brain and eye development.

In the end, you don’t need to be a nutritional scientist to choose the right formula for your baby. Just keep an eye out for these beneficial ingredients in a well-designed formula. Good Start® Plus is the only formula with the combination of partially broken-down whey protein, probiotics, DHA, and 2’-FL. Good Start® is Pediatricians’ #1 Choice for easiest formula on baby’s tummy.* 

Why Choose Good Start®?

Partially Broken-Down Protein
Hydrolyzed proteins are proteins that are broken down into smaller molecules, enhancing their digestibility for infants. Some partially broken-down protein, like Comfort Proteins™ in Good Start®, have been clinically shown to promote softer stools.1
Probiotics in breast milk
Probiotics are ‘good bacteria’ that are naturally found in breast milk and also found in certain baby formulas. Choose formulas with well-researched strains of probiotics like B. lactis and L. reuteri. A healthy gut microbiome supports an infant’s digestive and immune systems. Click here to learn more about the benefits of Probiotics.
Human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs), like 2’-FL, are naturally present in breast milk, acting as prebiotics and nourishing the beneficial bacteria in baby’s gut.
Breast milk contains docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which helps support the normal development of baby’s brain and eyes. Choose a formula with expert-recommended levels of DHA. 

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1 Czerkies L, et al. Int J Pediatr. 2018;2018:4969576     

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