IMPORTANT NOTICE: Breastfeeding is best for babies as it is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illnesses such as ear infections, stomach upsets, diabetes, eczema and obesity. Aptamil Follow On milk should only be used as part of a mixed diet and not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. It is recommended that infant milks be used only on the advice of a doctor, midwife, public health nurse, dietitian or pharmacist.
From six months onwards, your baby’s nutritional needs start to change. Your baby is about to or has already started experimenting with new tastes and textures to help meet those extra needs for key nutrients. Babies have good iron stores until the time they are six months, when their iron stores begin to run out.
This is the time to stock up on dietary rich sources of iron in your baby’s weaning diet. Iron is such an important nutrient and needed in high amounts during periods of rapid growth and development. It is important for brain development and healthy blood.
The best dietary sources of iron include liver and red meat. Other good sources include poultry, eggs, breastmilk (where the amount of iron is very well absorbed), iron fortified milks (i.e. follow on milks) and dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach and broccoli. Vitamin C helps in the absorption of these vegetables, best absorbed when taken at mealtimes.
However, in order to get the amounts of iron they need at this time, they would have to be eating these foods in sufficient amount regularly. If the iron needs are not met, low iron stores can persist and symptoms such as paleness, tiredness and a lack of appetite can appear. If these iron needs are not met over time, a more serious condition, called anaemia results. Anaemia is a clinical definition which discribes when iron stores are very low over a period of time. Latest research shows that anaemia in the early years has a long term consequence as babies with anaemia presented a poorer school performance after ten years than babies without anaemia after follow up.
Dietary rich sources of iron are so important at this time and beyond. A Follow On milk can help to complement your baby’s diet by providing a rich source of iron and other nutrients such as vitamin D to your baby at this time. You’ll feel reassured that your baby is getting enough to meet their needs and in the amounts needed.
Aptamil Follow On milk is suitable for babies from 6 months to 24 months. It can be used as a main milk drink to complement your baby’s weaning diet, if you are no longer breastfeeding or are combination feeding. Aptamil Follow On milk is a good source of iron, to make it nutritionally tailored for your baby at this time. It is also a source of vitamin D and other essential nutrients to support your baby’s weaning diet.
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