Welcome to Me and My Child

Welcome to Me and My Child where you’ll find lots of information on the wonderful journey of parenthood, from pregnancy, to birth and your child’s early development. Every child’s development is different, so be sure to consult with your health care professional if you have any concerns.

You’ll also find plenty of information about what you can feed your child.

When it comes to babies, Breastfeeding is best, and provides the ideal balanced diet and protection against illness. During pregnancy and after delivery, a mother’s diet should contain sufficient key nutrients. Professional guidance can be sought on diet and the preparation for and maintenance of breastfeeding. Infant formula is intended to replace breast-milk when mothers do not breastfeed. A decision not to breast-feed, or to introduce partial bottle-feeding, could reduce the supply of breast-milk. Once reduced, it is difficult to re-establish. Infant formula should be prepared and used as directed. Unnecessary or improper use, such as the use of unboiled water, unboiled bottles or incorrect dilution may present a health hazard. Social and financial implications, such as the preparation requirements and the cost of providing formula until 12 months of age, should be considered when choosing how to feed infants.

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Choosing the right formula

Once you have spoken with a healthcare professional and have decided to formula feed, you’ll start selecting what formula to give your baby. And, as a new Mum, it can be confusing when you decide to formula feed. There are a range of formulas available to choose from and you’ll find that there are different terms to get used to – many can generally mean the same thing.

Here is a guide to help.

Essentially, you need to consider the age of your baby and if he/she has any particular dietary needs in line with your doctor or other healthcare professionals recommendations.

These two aspects combined will set you in the right direction for the formula most suited to provide the appropriate level of nutrition for your infant.

You may then find that formula may be offered in a few different styles – such as powder in a can, powder pre-measured in a stick pack and even as a pre-mixed liquid in a ready to drink pack.

We recommend you simply choose whichever option you feel is more suited to your and baby’s needs in line with your doctor or other healthcare professionals recommendations.

So, getting back to those first two vital points – let’s look at baby age terminology.

Newborn is also known as Stage 1 or 1st Age.

Six months to twelve months of age is also known as progress, Stage 2 or 2nd Age.

And you’ll find that the age from first birthday to three years is also known as toddler, Stage 3 or 3rd age.

Next – consider if your baby has a particular dietary need. For instance some little ones can have an intolerance to lactose, a cow’s milk allergy or a tendency to experience regurgitation. Premature babies certainly have special dietary needs.