You can find out more about the jungle of baby formula here: Which baby formula is the best . This article is about questions about changing baby milk.
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When does it make sense to change your formula?
Once you have decided on a first infant formula for you baby, there must be a good reason for the change. Very important, every baby has its own individual character, and that also applies to their tummy. If your baby doesn't tolerate your chosen baby milk well, it's time to switch. Another reason may be the ingredient list of another baby milk that is simply better than the baby milk you are currently feeding. In addition, it always makes sense to talk to your trusted midwife or your paediatrician.
The best thing to do is to read the information on the formula packaging carefully and start researching. Because there are ingredients that milk formula should definitely contain. (Here you can find the list of ingredients for our "Pre" First iNfant Formula (test winner from Stiftung Warentest)).
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Why switch from skimmed milk formula to whole milk formula?
Brand new in the German baby formula market baby formula made from whole milk powder . To this day, it is common practice to produce milk formula based on skimmed milk powder. One reason for this is the high quality of baby milk based on skimmed milk powder and the price of whole milk powder.
Nevertheless, infant formula made from whole milk has premium advantages: It is less processed because the milk's own fats are retained and no tropical oils such as palm oil have to be used. By the way: The fat content of baby milk made from skimmed milk powder and whole milk powder is the same.
When do I switch from initial first infant formula to follow-on milk?
"Pre" nutrition is designed so that you can feed it during the first full year of life, according to various child nutrition research institutes.
However, it may make sense for you and your baby to switch to follow-on milk 2 or follow-on milk 3. Just as the composition of breast milk adapts to the needs of babies, follow-on milk also adapts to the age-related needs of babies. Follow-on milk contains more minerals and vitamins. In addition, the ratio of satiating milk proteins (whey protein and casein) in most infant formulas adapts to the age of babies. A higher proportion of the milk protein casein is more filling. The addition of complex and long-chain carbohydrates can also fill babies according to their age.
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Why switch from baby milk based on cow's milk to baby milk based on goat's milk?
Cow's milk as a basis for dairy food has a long tradition. There are various reasons why cow's milk has become established on the baby food market. Cow's milk-based formula is a suitable and safe choice for baby's diet.
However, it may happen that for some reason your baby cannot tolerate milk formula based on cow's milk. Baby food based on goat's milk is easier for babies to digest and tolerate. This has to do with the composition of fats and proteins in goat milk .
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What do I have to consider when switching formulas?
Do you want to switch from one milk formula to another but are unsure how? You are not alone in this.
If your baby has no problems with the current milk formula, you can use up the current milk formula in peace. When the pack is empty, start with the new pack. Another option is to switch gradually. You can then switch between packs one bottle at a time until the old pack is empty.
If your baby cannot tolerate the current baby milk, it is probably better to throw away the opened carton and start with the new formula straight away.
Good to know: Even if the new milk formula has a better formulation, your baby may need a little time to get used to it. Babies have a sensitive sense of taste. Babies with sensitive tummies in particular react quickly to changes in formula.
Can I also feed "Pre" initial milk and follow-on milk?
"Pre" initial milk and follow-on milk can also be fed together. The only important thing is that you don't mix the two milk powders but give them to your baby separately. For example, you can fill your baby's bottle with pre milk during the day and follow-on milk in the evening.
Summary: Changing baby formulas
There are basically only two reasons to change infant formula:
- Your baby cannot tolerate the current milk formula.
- You would like to feed your baby a different formula because it is better suited to your baby's needs.
There are formulations that are particularly suitable for sensitive baby tummies, baby milk that is age-appropriately filling and baby milk from the premium segment that contains even more valuable ingredients for babies.
If your baby cannot tolerate the current milk formula, you can feed a new baby milk immediately. If your baby tolerates the current formula well, you can use up the current pack before starting the new pack or switch bottles.
Tip: Baby's first 1,000 days are so important because never again will so much happen so quickly in his life. The nutrition of babies and breastfeeding mothers plays a big role. Learn more about baby's first 1,000 days .
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