Implementing follow-on milk? Here is how to do it!
Your baby is growing and his nutritional needs are changing. You will notice that your baby is a lot more active and playful than in the previous months. For most babies, at six months it is time to switch from regular milk to follow-on milk. To make the transition as smooth as possible, read all about the transition from baby milk to follow-on milk in this blog article. That way, both you and your baby will get the most out of it.
What is follow-on milk?
When you breastfeed your child, the composition of your own natural milk will change as your child grows older. The composition of your own milk is perfect for your baby’s growth and development. If you bottle feed your baby, you will also have to adapt to these changes in nutrients. Follow-on milk has been specially developed for the nutritional needs of babies who are six to twelve months old. Follow-on milk contains more iron than regular formula, for example, because your child needs more iron after six months. The iron supply that the baby made when it was safely in your womb is practically depleted after six months and will need to be replenished. Follow-on milk also contains extra vitamin D, which your baby needs to develop properly.
Making the switch
Switching to follow-on milk is easier for some babies than for others. Your baby may therefore have to get used to the new feed. To make this transition a little easier, we recommend mixing the previous formula with the new milk so that your baby can get used to the new milk and his stomach can also get used to the new nutrients. You can vary the proportions more and more so that the transition is much smoother. Before you know it, your child will be completely used to the follow-on milk.
Which brand should I choose?
Follow-on milk is available in all sorts of different brands and price ranges. The composition of follow-on milk must meet legal requirements. This means that there is not much difference from one brand to another. At Dutch Baby Shop we offer different brands of follow-on milk.