Expert Opinion

A Guide to the World of Formula Milk

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With so many types of formula milk in the market, which is the most suitable for your child? Choosing the best baby formula depends on a variety of factors like how old your child is (for the formula to meet their nutritional requirements) or if your child is hypersensitive to any ingredients. Here’s a guide that may help you choose the most suitable baby formula based on your child’s needs. Don’t forget to also monitor your child for allergic reactions to a new formula.

#1: Best Milk For Child Transitioning

Breast milk is recommended as the optimal source of nutrition for your child for the first 12 months. At the 12-month mark, formula milk can be introduced as a complementary food. All formula milk sold in Singapore is safe and nutritionally complete for your child to consume, but with so many choices in the market, how would you choose the best formula milk that offers your child the best nutritional start in life?

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  1. Provides all-rounded nutrition to support your child’s growth
  2. Fortified with DHA, ARA, Lutein & Prebiotic GOS
  3. Full range of formula milk available up to Junior (3-6 years)

Nature One Dairy® premium range is formulated to provide all-rounded nutrition to support your child’s growth and development and is enriched with higher levels of essential nutrients to support the overall physical growth of your child.

  • Added Prebiotic GOS to maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Higher levels of DHA and ARA for healthy brain and eye development.
  • Added Lutein to support optimal eye health

Moreover, if your child has a sensitive gut, they may opt for Standard range which is gentler for child who is prone to bloating or gas.

#2: Best Milk for The Growing Toddler

There has been a steady shift towards organic formula milk for child in their formative years to minimize exposure to chemicals, additives or pesticides which may be linked to health and behavioural problems.

  1. No artificial ingredients or preservatives
  2. GMO-free
  3. Certified by the Australian Certified Organic (ACO) and Australian-made in a pharmaceutical-grade facility specifically for infant formula

When toddlers consume synthetic chemicals, these get absorbed very easily in their still-developing digestive tract and may block the absorption of vital nutrients. Consistent chemical exposure through foods could lead to poor immunity in children and conventional milk contains bovine growth hormones (used to increase milk production in dairy cows).

This formula contains zero synthetic or artificial ingredients and eliminates risk of intolerance to unnatural ingredients. It also carries an affordable price point of $41.50 for a 900g tin without compromising on quality ingredients.

#3: Best Milk for Children with Sensitive Tummies

Many children have a food intolerance and cow’s milk is one of the most common causes of food allergies in children and it typically develops when cow’s milk is first introduced into your child’s diet (formula or solids).

Speak to a healthcare provider if you suspect your child is sensitive to cow’s milk. Fortunately, most children tend to outgrow the allergy by 1 year of age, or if not majority will do so by the age of 3.

  1. Naturally easier to digest
  2. Enhances iron absorption
  3. Richer in prebiotic oligosaccharides

Digestive issues or eczema are some of the more common signs of food allergies and this is often triggered by the presence of allergenic casein protein, ∝s1-casein. Goat’s milk formula is known to be ‘gentler on the tummy’ as it naturally contains lower levels of s1-casein and is recommended over most dairy-based infant formula as it is easily digestible and less allergenic.

Naturally Easier to Digest

The casein micelles in goat’s milk are 25% larger than those from cow’s milk, creating more porous curds for the digestive enzymes to aid in more efficient digestion of goat’s milk protein.

Enhances Iron Absorption

A research study found that not only does goat’s milk increase the body’s ability to absorb and use both calcium and iron, but it also does this better and faster than cow milk. Goat’s milk infant formula also has higher contents of vitamins A and C which aids the absorption of iron to meet your child’s growing nutritional and developmental needs.

Richer in prebiotic oligosaccharides

Prebiotics occur naturally in breast milk and foods like bananas, onions, and garlic. Goat’s milk is also particularly rich in prebiotic oligosaccharides and contains six times the amount of oligosaccharides as compared to cow’s milk.

Nature One Dairy® offers a wide range of formulas to suit your child’s needs at every life stage so you won’t have to worry about transitioning between brands when your child reaches a certain age. Made in Australia and offering nutritionally complete milk formula, all their formula is manufactured in a pharmaceutical-grade facility in Australia licensed by the Dairy Food Safety Victoria (DFSV).