Toddler and Infant Formulas: What’s the Difference?

Babies, especially when born prematurely, can have problems with suckling.  This makes breastfeeding more difficult than ever.  Whether you are replacing or supplementing breastfeeding, baby formula contains the answer. There are lots of options.  Is there really a difference between toddler and infant formulas?  If so, why?

Nutritional Needs Change

Toddler and infant formulas are not the same.  When a baby is breastfed, the nutrition in that breast milk changes during the nursing phase.  Those changes which happen gradually over time, are replicated in formula.  This is done to copy the changing nutritional needs as babies grow. 

The differences

There are many similarities between infant and toddler formulas.  The biggest difference between the two is the slightly higher amount of calcium, phosphorus and iron in toddler formulas.  These minerals are included in amounts that mirror breast milk levels as children grow.  Once more.  The defining difference between infant and toddler formula is higher amounts of calcium, phosphorus and iron in the toddler formula. 

Finding the Right Formula

The key to finding a formula that delivers all your baby’s nutritional needs is choosing a well-balanced formula with enough fat, carbohydrates and protein.  Straight milk cannot deliver all the nutritional needs at this stage of your baby’s life.  Formula is more nutrient dense with the caloric level your baby needs.  As toddlers ease into eating solid foods, you may discover yours is a picky eater, or has food sensitivities.  With formula supplementing meals, your kiddo will still get the nutrients they need.

Formulas, as opposed to whole milk, contain DHA, an omega-3 fatty acid that you would find in breastmilk.  Toddlers are not always ready to switch to solid foods and experts recommend you don’t force your child into eating more solid foods.  Meanwhile toddler formula is designed to fill your little one’s nutritional needs as he or she begins to experiment with solid food. 

What Your Child Wants

Sammy’s Milk offers clean nutrition that you feel good about and that your child will love.  On a recent Instagram post by @drgreenmom, Dr. Ashley captured on video the moment she came upon her son trying to mix up a bottle of Sammy’s Milk himself.  Sure, most of the mix ended up on the counter and floor, but it was a great illustration of how much toddlers love the taste of something so healthy.  That means less struggles to get them to get the nutrition they need.

What You Get

The main ingredient of Sammy’s Milk is whole goat milk, also known as the universal foster milk.  It is easy to digest, does not produce mucus and won’t suppress the immune system.    Sammy’s whole goat milk is pasteurized, hormone-free & antibiotic-free. Our milk is dried on the farm and tested to confirm the absence of Cronobacter, herbicides & chemicals. Our goats eat a variety of natural vegetation and supplemented feed which is grown on the farm or comes from local organic sources. We always make sure our goats are well cared for, in good health and have housing when wanted as part of our Humane Certification.  Sammy’s Milk also contains Fish oil, molasses, avocado oil, GOS & Inulin-FOS prebiotics as well as vitamins and minerals.

We know how important it is to find the right formula for your child.  Click Ask Sammy to answers about any questions or concerns you have.

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