The initial journey in our baby’s life is the milk journey. It goes without saying that breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby, especially in the first few months. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends exclusive breastfeeding until at least the first 6 months. The benefits of breastfeeding are well documented.
We wish all our mamas to be able to breastfeed for as long as possible and to experience the incredible emotional bond it creates with your baby. If, however, there are reasons for which you can’t breastfeed (anymore) or decided not to, we respect your choice and would like to support you on the journey of formula-feeding. Ultimately, what is more important than a happily fed baby surrounded by love and growing well and healthily? #fedisbest
When the formula feeding becomes your choice, modern infant formula compositions are well researched and are created to meet your baby’s nutritional needs. They are manufactured under sterile conditions and created to duplicate breast milk by using a complex combination of proteins, sugars, fats and vitamins.
Most formulas on the market contain:
• Omega 3 & Omega 6 which are essential fats present in breast milk.
• Added Prebiotics and Probiotics, which support growth of healthy bacteria in the colon (selected modern formulas)
•Antioxidants to keep the baby’s cells healthy.
Below we put together a summarised version of baby’s milk journey divided into the first 36 months. Please treat it as a guideline only. When making your own choices regarding your baby’s milestones you should always consult with a registered health practitioner first.
Feel free to check out the age appropriate feeding guide too. It is based on the information and advice from Meg Faure and Kath Megaw in their book: Weaning Sense. Stress-Free weaning based on the scientific approach. This book is a great guide to baby’s feeding in general. It focuses on weaning methods, schedules and recipes once your little one is ready to start solids. It also illustrates how to incorporate breast/formula/milk feeds into it depending on the baby's age. “It became my bible and a fun way to approach solids second time round when my daughter was born” says Kasia, MyMilkClub founder.
Please note the below feeding guide is a sample and should be treated as a guideline only. All babies are different and some might need more or less milk. They might need more or less depending on a day, season of the year, their mood etc. This is similar to us adults whose diet might vary depending on the above reasons and more.
In making your own choices when it comes to your baby’s feeding schedule, you should always consult with a registered health practitioner first and refer to the specific feeding instructions featured at the back of your chosen brand’s formula tin.
Please refer to the “How to use” instructions tab within our product pages to view specific feeding guidelines for each infant formula product.
MyMilkClub is about sharing experiences and supporting each other. We launched the #mymilkjourney series to share stories from other mamas about their experiences on their milk journey. If you have a flair for writing and would like to share your story please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org