Although I would have loved to have kept breastfeeding both my boys until they no longer needed me to, it didn’t happen for us for a variety of reasons. I wrote about my breastfeeding story with Toby here, and the moment I realised my time breastfeeding Gabe was coming to an end here. I am very grateful for the fact that follow on formula exists and that I was able to feed Toby and Gabe in a way that worked for us.
We started weaning both boys at six months and followed a combination of spoon feeding and babyled weaning. It took Toby a month or two to really get the hang of eating solids but after that he would eat pretty much anything I put in front of him. He would eat the same foods as us and I was happy that he was getting all the nutrients and vitamins that he needed.
Gabe was a different story though – he took to eating a bit more quickly than Toby had but it took a long time before he would eat the same food as the rest of the family. Because of this we relied a lot on baby food pouches, probably until after his first birthday. As his eating wasn’t great I was happy to use follow on formula and it gave me peace of mind that it complements the weaning diet and contains essential vitamins and minerals.
SMA® Nutrition has developed SMA®PRO Follow-on Milk which is supported by 50 years of protein research and is their most advanced follow-on formula yet. Here’s what they have to say about it:
SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk with NUTRI-STEPS® helps build a nutritional foundation for life:
- Made with SMA® Nutrition’s unique protein technology
- Fortified with iron to help support normal cognitive development. Also contains important minerals such as Zinc and Iodine.
- Contains Vitamin D and Calcium to support normal growth and development of bone.
- Contains Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids to support normal development and growth†.
†The beneficial effect of essential fatty acids is obtained with a daily intake of 10g of Linoleic acid and 2 g of a-linolenic acid.
- SMA® PRO Follow-on Milk contains GOS/FOS (*in powder formulation only; GOS/FOS=Galactooligosaccharides/Fructooligosaccharides)
Both Toby and Gabe eat very well these days and I’m happy that they get everything they need from a varied diet and drinking cow’s milk. However, I’m pleased that follow on formula was available for us to use when we started weaning as I knew it contained vitamins and minerals to help compliment their weaning diets.
SMA® Nutrition has just launched a Facebook page, called ‘SMA® Baby Club UK & Ireland’. There are regular posts to help parents – both mums and dads – navigate their first 1,000 days of parenthood, from conception until their baby turns 2.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breast milk is best for babies and breastfeeding should continue for as long as possible. SMA®PRO Follow-on Milk is for babies over 6 months, as part of a varied weaning diet. Not intended to replace breastfeeding.
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