Every parent wants the best for their child, and the first big decision is deciding between organic or regular infant formulas. Organic formulas are notoriously more expensive, but more parents these days seem to be willing to shell out the extra dollars to minimize chemical exposure in their children’s body, especially while their brains are developing.
A deeper look into the breeding process reveals how organic milk is free from conventional pesticides, fertilizers or growth hormones. Cows that are used to produce organic milk feed on pure and fresh grass that is free of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides, which ensures zero contamination of their milk supply.
Organic cows have high standards of animal welfare and live in certified organic farms that enforce strict control on farming processes. As such, the cows are neither injected with growth hormones to increase milk supply nor subjected to the routine usage of antibiotics.
Organic milk is then further processed in a pharmaceutical grade facility to produce organic infant formula. The Australian-owned company, Nature One Dairy Pty Ltd, is one such company that formulates organic infant formula that is certified by the Australian Certified Organic (Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce). No chemical substances or genetically-modified organism (GMO) ingredients are used in the production, and the formula is free of artificial flavorings, colors or preservatives, making it more digestible for babies.
While retaining all the nutritional benefits of regular formula milk, organic formula milk has also been credited with a slew of additional benefits.
Breast milk is the ideal source of nutrition for your baby as it naturally contains the vitamins and minerals required to meet the specific nutrient needs of babies. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months.
When breastfeeding is not an option, a nutritionally complete milk-based organic formula is the next best alternative as it is formulated to mirror breast milk as closely as possible, without the use of artificial ingredients, especially sweeteners. Made in Australia with the organic milk powder, NATURE ONE DAIRY® Organic Infant Formula is a good organic formula to consider. It is specially formulated with a higher concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids, Omega-6, essential vitamins, and antioxidants to enhance your baby’s growth and development.
Nature One Dairy Pty Ltd, carries a complete and varied range of nutrition for your child, from Organic Infant Newborn Formula (0-6 months) to Organic Follow-On Infant Formula (6-12 months) and even Organic Toddler Nutritious Milk Drink (1-3 years). Each formula is customized to meet the nutritional needs required at each growth stage of your child while eliminating the hassle of having to switch between brands.
As your baby grows, their nutritional needs change. Formula milk is tailored for optimal nutrition at various growth stages, and mothers may feel unsure about transiting between different stages.
Babies will take any time between 7 to 13 days to adjust to a new formula, and you may notice differences in their stools, which may change consistency and color. This is perfectly normal as their digestive system is adapting to new nutrients present in the formula.
Here’s a quick guide for transiting between various stages.
If your baby is taking well to the new formula, you can always adjust the transition period to be much shorter. Be sure to look out for any signs of allergy including rash, vomiting or excessive fussiness.
As your little ones reach the 6-month milestone, they can no longer rely on a milk diet alone. This is an exciting time to introduce solid food into their diet and to discover your baby’s preference for food. Rice and cereals are wonderful first foods to start feeding your baby, as they are unlikely to cause an allergic reaction. Start with an iron-fortified rice cereal like NATURE ONE DAIRY® Organic Rice-based Infant Milk Cereal to complement their milk feedings.