What Parents Need to Know About Fussy Babies
Parenting is a difficult job. Knowing what to do in every situation is impossible, especially when it comes to infant feeding. New mom Heidi Higgins experienced this firsthand when her formula-fed baby girl, Sophia, was constantly fussy, especially after feedings. "We tried everything to soothe her - from bouncy swings to car rides," Higgins said. "It was not until we switched to a soy infant formula recommended by our pediatrician that Sophia's fussiness was relieved in less than a week." Higgins is just one of many parents who are unaware that a soy-based formula may help manage persistent common infant feeding problems in formula-fed babies.
According to a recent survey among moms with formula-fed newborns, only one in 10 moms is aware that switching to soy formula can help manage persistent common feeding problems. "Breast-feeding is the gold standard in infant nutrition and the best choice for both baby and mom," said Bridget Swinney, registered dietitian, mom and author of the books "Healthy Food for Healthy Kids" and "Eating Expectantly." "However, if mom can't breast-feed or chooses not to breast-feed, and her baby is unable to tolerate a milk-based formula, a soy infant formula, like Isomil Advance, may help improve persistent common feeding problems." Generally, the surveyed mothers had a positive view of soy, but many felt they had very little information when it came to soy infant formula. Surveyed moms identified feeding problems as gassiness, spit-up and crying.
They believed that these problems typically improved with age. It's always best for parents to talk with their baby's pediatrician before changing their baby's infant formula or diet. Pediatricians recommend parents be patient when feeding problems first arise, as not all babies benefit from switching formulas. However, if a pediatrician recommends it, a soy infant formula, like Isomil Advance, can provide all the nutrients infants need to grow and develop like breast-fed babies or babies fed milk-based infant formulas.