Bamboozled by Formula Brands?

1 Aug
@themummyyears ‘Am totally confused re all the different companies making formula milk. Do you know the differences?’ @sharmig

Thanks for your tweet  @sharmig  – that is a tough question, but in a nutshell, Aptamil is always my first recommendation as it is also recommended in the maternity hospitals. The following link provides all the chemical facts behind formula. It’s quite an interesting read and gives pointers of what to look for on the back of the tins –

Hipp Organic comes a close second, in my personal opinion – I like that it’s organic.

Occasionally a baby will have a reaction to a particular formula, or if they have reflux they may require a comfort milk, but this should be discussed with your health professional.
NB. Whilst we know that breast is best, breastfeeding can be one of the toughest challenges going and we will be addressing this in the coming weeks.

7 Responses to “Bamboozled by Formula Brands?”

  1. Charlotte, Edinburgh August 3, 2012 at 9:16 am #

    Apparently Cow & Gate and Aptamil are produced in the same factory, the only difference is a different breed of cow is used, for Aptamil it’s a more exclusive breed, hence the jump in price between the two but they are essentially the same. I suppose it’s a bit like a supermarket standard range and their “luxury” range 😉 !

  2. Fee August 3, 2012 at 9:21 am #

    An eminent Dietitian advised me to use Aptamil when I stopped breast feeding at 6 months…

  3. EdMum August 3, 2012 at 3:31 pm #

    This made me wonder about whether anyone has any insights on what bottle to put the formula in. All the maunfacturers seem to believe that they have the best answer to combining breast with bottle, but I guess they can’t all be right?!…

    • themummyyears August 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

      You’re right EdMum, they can’t all be right every time, but one bottle does not suit every baby either, and you have to consider other factors e.g. how old is baby when you switch from breast to bottle?
      My personal favourites are MAM Anti Colic bottles ( and NUK First Choice wide-neck bottles (
      However, if your baby is bigger when you switch (approximately six months), you could go straight on to a beaker.
      I’ll be explaining my preferences, and exploring this subject in more detail in the very near future, so keep reading!
      I hope this helps in the meantime.

  4. Lesley August 14, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Can you comment on follow on milk? What advice would you give age 1 onwards. Thanks

  5. themummyyears August 15, 2012 at 8:12 am #

    From age 1 cows milk is used to drink as long as there are no intolerances by now you will have introduced cows milk in cooking so will be aware of this.

    If your child has a varied balanced diet there is no need to introduce follow on milk at any point. Stick with stage one till twelve months then change to full fat cows milk.

    • Lesley August 15, 2012 at 10:20 am #

      Thank you!

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