Choosing Your Product

CHOOSING A PRODUCT FOR YOUR LITTLE ONE

Choosing the right product for your child, whether it’s a newborn, infant or toddler, is not easy. It often comes down to trying different options and breastfeeding is always best. However, if you are unable to breastfeed or choose not to then using a formula is the only way to give your little one the nutrients it needs to develop and grow healthy.
BABY FORMULA IN NEW ZEALAND
In New Zealand, the manufacture of baby formula is highly regulated. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) strictly monitors the quality of baby formula sold, which ensures that your baby is protected from sub-standard products.
HOW OLD IS YOUR CHILD?
Another important factor to consider when selecting a product is your child’s age.
Here is a standard classification based on age range:
INFANT: 0-6 Months
FOLLOW-ON: 6-12 Months
TODDLER: 1-3 Years
Warning: Never feed a newborn or infant under six months of page a follow-on formula or one that is meant for toddlers
DOES YOUR BABY HAVE ALLERGIES OR DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS?
Most formula is based on cow’s milk to which some babies may experience an allergic reaction. Using a cow milk-based formula may also lead to digestive problems for some babies.
When either of these things happen, it is necessary to consult your doctor who will recommend a suitable alternative.
You may consider goat milk based products as an alternative*.

 

Here are some signs that may indicate a potential allergy to cow or soy milk:

  • Visible skin conditions such as a rash, hives (pink or red swellings on the skin) or eczema (dry skin that flakes).
  • Vomiting or diarrhoea. However, stools that are too hard or too smelly may also signal a problem.
  • Constant crying or visible unease.
  • Too much ‘gas’.
  • There is a red ring around the rectum that doesn’t disappear.

If your baby has any of the above symptoms, it is best to speak to your doctor or nurse as soon as possible to find an alternative milk source as soon as possible

 

*Goat milk contains lactose. If your child is diagnosed with lactose intolerance, goat milk product may not be a suitable source for your baby to goat milk product is not a suitable source for your baby.

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