This post is a paid partnership with Aptamil Follow on Milk. All words and opinions are my own.
With Freya’s first birthday coming up, I’m finding myself feeling sentimental. I’m relishing all of the cuddles (even the middle of the night ones) and savouring all of the milk feeds. There’s something about the milk feeds with her, that I adore so much. She cuddles in close to me, looks at me with big, trusting eyes and pats me on the chin with her chubby fingers. It melts my heart every time and it’s a wonderful way to connect to her and have some calm amongst the daily chaos.
Since the week she turned six months old, Freya has been drinking Follow On Milk from a bottle for all of her daytime feeds. I know it’s a favourite part of her daily routine too, as no matter what she is doing at the time, she will always stop for milk and enthusiastically come over to me!
Our formula of choice is Aptamil Follow On Milk with Pronutra+ powder formulation and has been since the first week she started bottle feeding. We initially chose it because they have been pioneering breastmilk research for forty years and have a team of hundreds of scientists and experts, so I felt reassured knowing that the formula would give Freya the nutrition that she needed.
Needless to say, Freya loved it from the get go and we never looked back.
This year, Aptamil Follow On Milk with Pronutra+ powder formulation was updated and replaced with Aptamil Follow On Milk with Pronutra-ADVANCE.
The latest patented formulation combines a new process and a unique blend of ingredients including; DHA (Omega-3) to support normal visual development (benefit obtained
from a daily intake of 100mg DHA), Vitamins A, C & D (Vitamin D supports the normal function of the immune system), and Iron (Iron supports normal cognitive development) and a patented 9:1 blend of GOS/FOS (Galacto- and Fructo-oligosaccharides).
Seeing as Freya’s beloved Follow On Milk formula was being replaced, we thought we would give it a go.
As a parent to a small child, where everything can be a blur and you are all relying on routines and hopefully some sleep, the details matter. It can be worrying when you realise a product that your baby is used to (and loves) is potentially changing. I found myself wondering whether Freya would like it and if she would notice a difference and start refusing it.
I needn’t have worried, however, as Freya carried on drinking it as though nothing had changed. She didn’t bat an eyelid. For this reason, I would definitely recommend trying it, to other mums and dads who might be worried about transitioning to the updated formula.
The transition was completely seamless and we will carry on using it now, until she stops drinking as much milk in the day. (Sob. Why do babies grow up so quickly?)
Aptamil Follow On Milk comes in both ready-made and powder forms. The powder form is what we have been using at home recently and it’s really easy to use. You just have to make sure that everything is prepared hygienically and then you are good to go. (Always wash your hands before preparation, don’t use reboiled water, follow the instructions on amounts of water and powder accurately. Etc. You all know the drill, I’m sure.)
To some people, making up powder formulas for every feed might seem like a bit of a faff. To be honest, it does take a bit of time to prepare, mainly due to having to cool down the formula to a suitable drinking temperature. However, once you’ve had a few goes at it, it’s really not too bad at all. I’ve developed a little time efficient routine, where when we get up in the mornings, I make up Freya’s bottle first and whilst it’s cooling down to room temperature, I make myself some tea and sort out the kid’s breakfasts. Easy peasy! It’s no bother, even when I’m bleary eyed and feeling a bit grumpy about the 5am wake up call.
Speaking of feeling grumpy about the early mornings - I may currently be tired and have no personal space to speak of, but I know that in a blink of an eye my little ones will be grown up. I will come to realise that the last midnight cuddle has already happened, the last nappy will have been changed and the last time that I was called “mama” instead of “mum” was already in the past.
Maybe sooner than I would like, the last cozy milk feed will occur at some point too.
So even if I moan sometimes that I’m exhausted, I’m going to bottle up (pardon the pun) these moments and soak up every last milk feed, right to the very last drop.
Disclaimer from Aptamil Follow On Milk: Breastfeeding is best for your baby. Follow On Milk should only be used as part of a mixed diet and not as a breastmilk substitute before 6 months. Use on the advice of your healthcare professional. With vitamin D to support the normal function of the immune system. Suitable for 6-12 months