Regular readers of Ghostwritermummy will know that I am a breastfeeding mother and am so proud to have reached six months with my youngest. Regular readers will also know all about the health issues my son has had since birth. These have been mainly digestive issues which we are still trying to get to the bottom of and for which we have now been referred to Alder Hey children’s hospital. Some readers may also know how upset I was to have to stop breastfeeding him and switch to formula when he was four months old. I wish I’d saved myself the heartache, knowing now that it really was the best option for him.
Some mothers, for whatever reason, just cannot breastfeed and I believe that they are entitled to make that decision. After twelve months, most babies are ready to move on from their infant milk and this is where Aptamil Growing up Milk comes in. We are struggling to find a milk suitable for my son at the moment as he has a suspected cow’s milk allergy and is also not allowed soya products anymore. We’re worried for his calcium intake and so follow on milks are being trialed for him. Having never used follow on milks before, I was interested to learn the reasons why mums chose to use them and so found the following video very useful.
In our quest to find a milk suitable for my son, Aptamil was one formula we did try as it was recommended by some mum friends who had been bottle feeding and we had also used it for our eldest. I found it reassuring to read about the rigorous testing the milk is subject to and both our G.P and our health visitor were happy for us to use it. But as I said, I’ve never used growing up milks before and I have to admit to feeling a little overwhelmed by the choices. I know that growing up milk is not supposed to replace infant milk; it is intended for older babies who have different nutritional needs and I find it reassuring also that this is taken into consideration. But I’m finding it tricky to work out the best follow on milks out there. Allergies and digestive issues aside, Aptamil was my first thought as it is one of the brands we trust and one that we used for our eldest after she stopped breastfeeding at seven months old. Yes, my son is a different story as he needs dairy free and soya free milk, so for us the quest continues. But if you are thinking of using a growing up milk, Aptamil is well worth the consideration. As they say themselves- they are not trying to replace breastmilk, they are just helping to give your baby the best start in life. If that best start comes in a bottle, then so be it.
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This post has been sponsored by Aptamil but all thoughts are my own.