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Why give your child Baby Formula?

Breast milk is nature's perfect baby food. But if you can’t breastfeed, or if you’ve chosen not to, formula is the next best thing. Scientists, along with medical experts, have spent years developing high-quality formula that replicates the goodness of breast milk. This formula will provide your baby with all the nutrition he or she needs from the time they are born until they begin weaning and beyond.

For the first few months of life, a baby gets all their nutritional needs from milk. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. Follow on or growing up milk is only for babies over 6 months old once weaning has begun and should not be used as a breast milk substitute before than. Emerald Green Baby recommend that all formula milks are used on the advice of your paediatrician or other professional responsible for child care, who will recommend the best formula based on your baby’s individual needs.

Formula comes in many different types to suit your baby’s needs. Emerald Green Baby stock products that reduce the likelihood of stomach upset and symptoms of colic developing after meals as well as products designed for babies with allergies to specific ingredients.

When buying a formula, you should first consider the type of protein and carbohydrate it uses and what other ingredients are included and then choose the formula that is best for your baby. On our product pages you will find full ingredients for each of the baby formulas we sell so this information is readily available to you on our website.

Incorrect or improper use of a infant formula may present a health hazard, so be sure to follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully. Failure to follow the instructions could make your baby ill.

How much formula?

In the first week, formula-feed your newborn on demand. After that, it's important not to overfeed your baby so a healthy weight is maintained.

Most new babies want to eat every few hours. Start with 45 - 60mls (1.5 to 2 ounces) at each feeding for the first week, and work up to 60 - 90mls (2 to 3 ounces) every three to four hours.

As your baby gets older – and tummy gets bigger – your baby will drink fewer bottles a day with more formula in each. By about 1 month, for example, you may be down to five or six bottles of 4 ounces every 24 hours. And by 6 months, your baby will typically be down to four or five bottles of 180 - 240mls (6 to 8 ounces) per day.

Your baby is likely to maintain the four-to-five-bottle feeding pace until the first birthday, when he or she can transition to cow's milk in a bottle or cup, along with three solid meals and two snacks between meals per day.

These are signs that your baby's getting all the formula he or she needs:

  • Weight gain continues after the first two weeks and the same pattern of growth is maintained during the first year. (Most babies lose up to 10 percent of their birth weight and then regain it by the time they're about two weeks old.)
  • Your baby is relaxed and satisfied after a feeding.
  • Your baby wets five to six nappies (diapers) a day if you're using disposable, or six to eight if you're using cloth.
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