Breast Milk is the best and most natural nutrition for babies.

For babies who do not receive breast milk, the only suitable substitute is an infant formula product.

Based on scientific studies of human milk, infant formula has been designed to partially and completely substitute breast milk.

For an infant under 6 months, a formula must provide the complete nutritional needs for a baby. For babies from around 6 months, formula feeding should be supplemented with solid foods.

The most common form of formula contains purified whey, casein protein and lactose from cows’ milk; a blend of vegetable oils; essential vitamins and minerals.

The base composition of infant formula is highly regulated in most developed and some developing countries so that a baby’s nutritional needs can be assured. Although cows’ milk is the basis of almost all infant formula, plain cows’ milk is unsuitable for infants because of its high casein and low whey content. This may put a strain on an infant’s immature kidneys and untreated cows’ milk is not recommended before the age of 12 months.

The infant intestine is not properly equipped to digest non-human milk. Cows’ milk used for formula must be processed before adding to infant formula. This includes steps to make the protein more easily digestible by altering the whey-to-casein protein balance to one closer to human milk. Several essential ingredients are added as well as the partial or total replacement of dairy fat with fats from vegetables or fish etc.

Despite the tight regulations around the processing of infant formula, some aspects are left to the manufacturers to decide. Some widely held beliefs around the beneficial ingredients of DHA and Nucleotides are not compulsory in all infant formula.

Standards

The Australian and New Zealand standards of infant formula do not specify or recommend the ratio of whey and casein protein to human milk. The difficulty of obtaining conclusive evidence of these beliefs may stop authorities in many countries addressing these issues.

Carbohydrates are an important source of energy for growing infants and account for 35-42% of their daily energy intake. The source of carbohydrates varies from cows’ milk based lactose to glucose and dextrins to natural or genetic modified starches. Lactose is considered the best as it is not only a good source of energy, it also aids in the absorption of the minerals magnesium, calcium, zinc and iron.

Premium formulas do cost more with better and often more expensive ingredients such as whey protein and DHA.Nuztri Premium Gold Plus Growing Up Formula Milk for Toddlers Stage 3 Luckily however, in New Zealand a premium formula may cost only $1 – $2 more a day for a baby exclusively fed on formula milk.

You can Trust NZ Made Formula Milk.

New Zealand’s isolated location, pasture-fed GE-free cows’ milk, absence of heavy industries, clean water and strict quality control regime makes New Zealand produced formula milk the most internationally sought after formula in the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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