There is no one right way to raise a child, and that logic also applies to feeding your baby. Classic formula as we know it today came out in the 1800s as a substitute for a mother’s breast milk. It’s possible your baby may still get everything it needs from the classic formula. Still, if you feel like there may be something missing or want to try something new, we recommend some of these alternatives to traditional baby formula.
Rice milk has become a growing trend in the alternative milk scene for babies, children, and adults alike. Rice milk provides a gentle taste that shouldn’t overstimulate your baby and reduces signs of agitation. One significant advantage of rice milk is that it contains the calcium of formula but without a lot of the excess calories. For better or worse, that makes it an excellent way to prevent your baby from gaining weight.
Different options are suitable for various stages of your child’s growth when looking for alternatives to formulas. Goat milk formula is best as a transitional option to wean your baby off formula entirely. Goat milk contains proteins to help with muscle growth and lower amounts of lactose. While goat milk offers several benefits, it’s more of an acquired taste, and your baby may not take to it very well.
Coconut milk has a long tradition as one of the best alternatives to traditional baby formula. Coconuts contain many essential vitamins while having a natural sweetness that’s enjoyable and beneficial to people of all ages. When shopping for coconut milk, we recommend avoiding the canned varieties and looking for cartons instead. Canned coconut milk frequently has less diluted fat, which makes it less beneficial for younger children, while carton coconut milk is closer to cow milk regarding the dilution of fat.
Different flavors and varieties have their own ups and downs, and you may need to try a few options to find the one that works best for your child’s dietary needs.
(These are suggestions, I am not a licensed practitioner, pediatrician, etc. ALWAYS consult your own doctor/pediatrician when making such decisions).