Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. It is important that, in preparation for and during breastfeeding, you eat a healthy, balanced diet. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breastmilk, and reversing the decision not to breastfeed is difficult. The social and financial implications of using an infant milk should be considered. Improper use of an infant milk or inappropriate foods or feeding methods may present a health hazard.
If you use an infant milk, you should follow manufacturer’s instructions for use carefully – failure to follow the instructions may make your baby ill. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health visitor for advice about feeding your baby.
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We are updating our Aptamil Pepti 2 formulation to meet new EU requirements for infant and follow on milks*. The legislation that sets requirements for the nutritional composition for infant, follow on formulas and specialist milks is changing in the coming months and this means that all formulas will have to contain certain levels of some nutrients. These changes apply to all formula brands, including Aptamil.
The main reason for this legislation change is to reflect the latest scientific understanding in infant nutrition and to harmonise rules across all European member states.
*Infant milks, follow on milks, and specialised milks.
Our updated formulations will gradually replace our current packs in retailers from November 2019.
All products must be compliant with the latest legislation by 22nd of February 2020.
There will be changes to the mandatory levels of some vitamins, minerals and other nutrients to meet the requirements of the updated legislation. One of the key changes in the updated legislation is the mandatory inclusion or increase of DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), a type of Omega-3 fatty acid. Our current Aptamil infant and follow on formulas already contain DHA so we have increased the levels to meet the new legal requirement. As a result of the changes, you and your baby may notice some small differences in the smell, appearance or taste of the product but this is completely normal.
Omega-3 is one family of Long Chain Polyunsaturated acids that have been named essential fatty acids because the body is unable to make them, and they can only be obtained from foods so it essential to have them in your diet. Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPs) are the building blocks of the fats (technically called lipids). DHA stands for docosahexaenoic acid. DHA is a type of Omega-3 fatty acid.
Please be assured that the quality and safety of our products are our number one priority.
The key purpose of infant formula regulation is to ensure all infant formula has the appropriate nutritional composition and are safe for use. These regulation changes are based on latest scientific evidence and opinion on what is best for infant nutrition. All of our updated formulations comply with EU regulation which ensures formulations are suitable and safe for babies.
No, not all formulas will be the same. As a result of the updated legislation, the amounts of some specific vitamins, minerals and other nutrients will change across all formulations in all brands. However, manufacturers can voluntarily add ingredients that reflect their latest innovation and scientific research.
Many of our products contain additional ingredients and different levels of nutrients which make our products distinct. In addition, through our scientific developments we are able to continually innovate our products aiming for the future benefit of parents and babies.
We also only use high quality ingredients in our products and strive for the highest quality standards to bring the safest products to parents and their babies. The quality of ingredients and processes is something which may differ between formula manufacturers.
Our updated formulation will gradually replace the previous formulation in all retailers from November 2019. The availability of the previous formulation will vary depending on the retailer.
Our updated packs will be clearly labelled with ‘UPDATED FORMULATION’ so you know when your formula has changed
All babies are different, and some may benefit from moving onto to the new formulation gradually. If you have any concerns about moving to the new formulation straight away, we recommend that you replace one bottle of your baby’s current milk with one bottle of your baby’s new milk each day, keeping all of the other feeds to the previous one.
When making up a feed, it is important to follow the on-pack instructions closely. For a step by step video guide, please click here.
The preparation instructions for our Aptamil powders formulations have been updated so that you now need to shake the bottle immediately after adding the powder to the water. This is because the powder dissolves better if the bottle is shaken immediately and this helps to ensure that every bottle is made up correctly.
When changing to a new formulation, some babies may need a little time to adapt as they may experience slight changes in digestion, however this should only be minimal and temporary. If you have concerns about moving to the new formulation straight away, we recommend for you to replace one more bottle everyday with the new formulation. Please do not hesitate to contact our careline for further information, or you can speak to your healthcare professional.
We completely understand any changes to your baby’s milk, no matter how big or small, can raise questions. Please contact our careline at any time using the details below to talk to one of our friendly advisors for more information, or you can speak to your healthcare professional.
Our Aptaclub Careline is open from 8am-8pm Monday- Friday. You can contact us by phone, email or live chat. Click here to get in touch.