Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon answers your questions about baby formula

Watch Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon, pediatric gastroenterologist and mother of two, answer your questions about baby formula. In these videos, Dr. Gonzalez Simon explains your baby's feeding habits, personal recommendations, and shares her own story with feeding her children. She also explains why it's called formula for a reason.

How do I know if my baby is getting enough food?

Hi, I'm Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon. As a doctor in the pediatric field, I spend a lot of time with parents. And whether they have one or five children, there are always plenty of questions on their minds!

A common question I hear is: How do I know if my baby is getting enough food?

This is perhaps one of the most difficult and stressful questions for new moms. There are two ways to know if your baby is getting enough food. First, if the baby is gaining weight, that's a great sign. Most babies will lose a little weight in the beginning, but then they should steadily gain weight at each checkup. Second, and a more immediate sign, if they are wetting their diaper then they are well nourished.

It's called formula for a reason!


What infant formula do you recommend?

Hi, I'm Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon. As a doctor in the pediatric field, I spend a lot of time with parents. And whether they have one or five children, there are always plenty of questions on their minds!

I often get asked what infant formula I would recommend.

You might be surprised to hear that I do not recommend a specific brand. All infant formulas in the U.S. must meet the same FDA standards and provide complete, comparable nutrition, which means the real difference is in price and savings. Store brand formula can cost up to 50 percent less than the leading advertised brands, but simply because they don't spend a lot of money on marketing or sampling programs.

It's called formula for a reason!


Is it okay to supplement breast milk with formula?

Hi, I'm Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon. As a doctor in the pediatric field, I spend a lot of time with parents. And whether they have one or five children, there are always plenty of questions on their minds!

Moms frequently ask if it is ok to supplement breastmilk with formula.

It is absolutely ok to supplement breastmilk with formula! Breastmilk is best and definitely the gold standard, but supplementing with formula is a wonderful and safe option if you can't exclusively breastfeed, or if you aren't making enough milk, or if the baby isn't growing. Infant formulas are more similar to breastmilk than ever before, and store brand formula, which can cost up to 50 percent less than the leading advertised brands, is clinically proven to be just as well tolerated by babies.

It's called formula for a reason!


Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon tells her story

Hi, I'm Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon. I am a pediatric gastroenterologist and proud mother of two beautiful girls!

Some parents who come to me for advice feel uneasy or even guilty when choosing formula, so I like to share my own experience.

I struggled nursing my oldest daughter, I even had to take supplements to try to promote my milk supply, but it was clear that breastmilk alone wouldn't be enough to keep her healthy. At that point, I introduced her to formula and she has continued to thrive ever since. With my youngest daughter, I chose to do a combination of breastmilk and formula and when I went back to work I noticed my supply started to decrease even more, so formula helped her to be healthy and happy as well!

My advice, whether you are looking to supplement breastmilk or exclusively formula feed your baby, talk to your doctor about your options, including store brand formula.

It's called formula for a reason!


Advice on how to provide your baby the best nutrition.

Hello, my name is Dr. Jeannette Gonzalez Simon. I am a pediatric gastroenterologist and proud mother of two girls.

Many moms ask my advice about how to provide their babies the best nutrition. Whether moms choose to breastfeed, formula-feed, or use some combination of both, parents should feel confident in their decision.

Let me tell you more about store brand formula.

Did you know that all infant formulas sold in the United States must meet the same FDA standards and offer complete nutrition for baby? That means store brand formula is nutritionally comparable to nationally advertised brands. In fact, store brand formula is clinically proven to support baby's growth and development and proven to be just as well tolerated by your baby as those other brands.

I want parents to feel confident in choosing store brand formula; after all, it is called "formula" for a reason.

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