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New parents often get confused when they look for the goat’s milk formula of their child. There are so many different stages for goat’s milk formula, parents often must do extensive research before they can find the exact stage of formula they need. Curious what formula stages are available for goat’s milk formula? Read our information below to learn more.

Disclaimer

Please note that the information below is meant for informational purposes only. If you are not able to breastfeed your baby, it is always recommended to visit your child’s paediatrician to work out an alternative. We also recommend speaking to your child’s paediatrician about any of the topics mentioned below.

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Stage 1 Goat’s Milk Formula

The first stage of goat’s milk formula is the formula for infants; this type of formula is used from birth until the age of six months. With this, we must mention that breastfeeding is still better than using goat’s milk formula, but there are some instances where mums are forced to use goat formula instead.

Goat formula for infants have been modified to ensure it is suitable for their sensitive tummies. Some parents could also use a combination of breastfeeding and goat’s milk formula, which enables them to still switch back to full breastfeeding in case the mum’s milk production increases.

Stage 2 Goat Formula

When a baby is six months old, parents must switch to a follow-on goat formula for their child. Stage 2 goat formula contains a different balance of nutrients than stage 1 or stage 3 formula, since children aged 6 months and older could benefit from a different nutrient combination.

We do need to mention that parents are not obligated to switch from stage 1 to stage 2 formula at 6 months. Many parents continue the use of infant goat formula, so if your child seems happy with the current formula, there is no need to switch to another.

Stage 3 Goat Formula

The last stage of formula is stage 3, which is formula suitable for toddlers. Most toddlers switch from formula to regular milk when they reach the age of 1. However, some toddlers may require the extra nutrients due to a lack of development or weight gain.

Before you start the use of a toddler formula, it is always best to speak to your child’s paediatrician to determine if the use of toddler formula is best, or if you should make the switch to regular goat’s milk or cow’s milk. So, before you make the switch, make sure you print the formula information and take it with you for the appointment.

What Else Should I Know About Feeding My Child Formula?

One of the most important things – other than your formula choice – is making sure the bottle-feeding equipment does not contain any bacteria; this can be done by sterilising bottle feeding equipment before using it.

There are many tools you could use to sterilise bottle-feeding equipment. Read on to discover the most common types of methods to sterilise bottle-feeding equipment.

Before Sterilising

Before you use any type of sterilisation method, be sure that you wash all the bottles, teats and caps in some soapy water. Make sure that you do not only clean the exterior of the bottle, but also use a bottle brush to clean the inside of the bottle thoroughly. Then, check to make sure that no remains of formula remain!

Cold Water Sterilising

Cold water sterilising is your first option to remove bacteria from bottle-feeding equipment. To use this method, you will need a cold-water sterilising solution and a large, clean container.

Add the desired amount of water to the container and then add the cold-water sterilising solution. Place the bottle-feeding equipment inside the container and make sure they are fully submerged. Also, make sure that no air bubbles remain inside the bottle-feeding equipment.

When all the bottle-feeding equipment is fully submerged and no air bubbles remain, add the floating cover on top of the bottle-feeding equipment to ensure the equipment stays submerged. Then, leave the bottle-feeding equipment in the sterilising solution for at least 30 minutes.

Steam Sterilising

Steam sterilising is also a popular method, so there are many steam sterilisers available on the market today. Therefore, the method you use for steam sterilising may vary slightly by the steam steriliser you are using.

When you put the bottle-feeding equipment in the steam steriliser, make sure that your bottles and teats and facing down in the steam steriliser; this will make sure that the inside of the bottles and teats get sterilised fully.

One of the benefits of steam sterilising is that you do not have to use the bottle-feeding equipment immediately after sterilising. Of course, you do need to check the manual of your steam steriliser to make sure you do not exceed the duration you can leave the bottle-feeding equipment inside the steam steriliser.

Boiling

The last method you could use for sterilising is boiling, one of the most common and oldest methods for sterilising. The only things you need for this method is a clean pot and some water.

To sterilise bottle-feeding equipment through boiling, simply add the desired amount of water and submerge all the equipment in the pot. Also, make sure no air bubbles remain! Then, boil the feeding equipment for a minimum of 10 minutes.

There is a downside to boiling though. Even though you do not have to invest in steam sterilisers and cold-water solutions, boiling is more likely to damage your bottles and teats quicker. So, you must choose between investing in a better sterilisation method, or buy new teats, caps and bottles regularly.

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Conclusion

There is much to take into consideration when it comes to bottle-feeding your child. Of course, there are many information sources available to new parents; this includes professional advice from paediatricians, midwifes and other licenced medical professionals. Of course, new parents can also find valuable information on parent forums, where parents share their valuable experiences!