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.

This website mentions food, toddler milks and sometimes infant formula.

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Transitioning between formulas

In formula fed infants, when considering a change to your current product e.g. brand or stage, we recommend that you discuss it with your healthcare professional. This could be either a GP or Plunket or Tamariki Ora nurse.

Babies have sensitive tummies, so it’s important when changing formulas (for example the brand or stage), to do so gradually to allow your baby’s digestive system to get used to it. We recommend introducing the new formula gradually, substituting one feed of the new formula each day until all your baby’s feeds are the new formula.

We recommend starting the transition with a morning feed, so that if any changes occur, you can observe them during the day.

For example, substitute the mid-morning feed of day 1 with the new formula and use your existing formula for all other feeds that day. On day 2, substitute two daytime feeds with the new formula, and use your existing formula for the others. Continue in this way until all feeds have been substituted, changing any night time feeds last.

We do not recommend mixing the existing and new formula together in the same feed, as if there is something that does not agree with your baby it may be difficult to detect.

Most babies adjust quickly to the change in their diet; however some may experience minor tummy discomfort. Things to look out for are a change in bowel movements, having more wind, or being more spilly than usual. Most babies will return to normal within a few days, however if you have any concerns, please see your health professional.