Nestle NAN Baby Formula

Availablity and Substitutes for NAN Baby Formula

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What is NAN baby formula?  Is it available in the United States?  If you have been using NAN formula and want to switch, what is an equivalent formula you can substitute?

What is NAN Baby Formula?

NAN is an infant formula that is made by Nestle, which also makes Good Start Essentials and Good Start Supreme formula. It is mostly marketed to Hispanic parents in Latin America. Keep in mind that it is not the same as Good Start Supreme.

In addition to having a different name, it is made with a different mix of milk proteins. Instead of the 100% whey 'comfort proteins' that Good Start Supreme has, NAN is made with a combination of whey and casein milk proteins. It is basically the same as the older Good Start Essentials line of baby formula made by Nestle.

Availability of NAN Baby Formula

NAN is also available in the United States and is sold in many grocery stores, but mainly in regions that have a large Hispanic population. If you can not find it in a store near where you live, you could buy it online at a site such as drugstore.com, or consider asking your local grocery store to order it for you.

Alternatives to NAN Baby Formula

Instead of trying to find NAN baby formula, you may just want to start feeding you baby Nestle Good Start Essentials baby formula, which is more widely available in the United States..

Choosing an Infant Formula

If you are wondering how to choose the right baby formula, it can be confusing.

  There are so many different brands!  How can you know which is best for your baby?  Certainly there are differences between these different brands, as can be gathered by all of the marketing, but it may give you some comfort to know that all baby formulas sold in the United States must meet the minimum nutritional requirements set forth by the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

Safety with Infant Food an Formula

Since you are looking into the right formula for your baby, you are ahead of the game in making sure your child has the right start for life.  Yet in addition to finding the right formula, it's important to keep safety in mind as well.

Knowing how to properly warm up formula is important no matter which formula brand you choose.  Avoid the microwave as formula can heat unevenly and potentially burn your baby.  It may seem that you could just shake up the bottle after microwave heating, but this hasn't been found to be a safe practice.  Even with vigorous shaking, pockets of overheated liquid could remain which could scald your baby's sensitive mouth.

And as long as you are being careful with both choosing and warming your baby's formula, go the extra mile and find bisphenol free (BPA-free) baby bottles.  While the research is still being done, it's thought that BPA in baby bottles could get into the formula and may result in behavioral changes in children and early onset puberty in girls.

On a final safety note, keep in mind that babies less than 12 months old should not have honey.  Due to the immature intestines of babies, the spores in honey could result in botulism in these young children.  Watch for hidden sources of honey as well, as might be found in honey graham crackers, honey nut cheerios, and honey wheat bread.

Coping with Common Feeding Problems

Every baby is different, and feeding is no different.  Even if you have several children you may notice that you face different challenges with each one.  Check out these tips on coping with most common bottle feeding problems so that you'll have some ideas when you see them.

One of the more frustrating of these problems is spitting up.  It may seem like no matter what you do, your child is fussy or irritable or arches his back during feedings.  There are a number of things you can try, from selecting hypoallergenic formula to medications.  Learn about some common approaches to children with infant reflux and spitting up and talk to your pediatrician right away if this is concerning you.

Next Steps

If you are currently feeding your baby infant formula, you may be wondering, "when can you switch to whole milk?"  There are some general guidelines on making the switch, but since each child is different it can be helpful to talk to your pediatrician to see what she recommends for your child.  When the time comes, check out these tips on making the transition from formula to whole milk.

Sources:

American Academy of Pediatrics. Healthychildren.org. Choosing a Formula. Updated 11/21/15. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/feeding-nutrition/Pages/Choosing-a-Formula.aspx

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